Board Governance
HousingU Pathway: Leadership

Board Governance Fall (Sept) 2023

September 11 - December 4, 2023. Watch for 2024 Winter cohort details to be announced.

This course has been developed in partnership with  bc housing logo

If you’re new to a board position, a seasoned board member looking to brush up on the latest best practices in our sector, or an individual new to the sector and aspiring to a volunteer board position, this course has you covered. Participants will learn all aspects of non-profit board governance in an online format adapted from our long-time in-person Board Governance workshops.

This virtual format means busy board members in the non-profit housing sector can take advantage of professional development training from anywhere. Board Governance includes up-to-date information that all non-profit board members are required to know, and includes sections on relationship building, recruitment and retention, and succession planning.

The course format consists of self-study online material, discussion forums, and a facilitated Zoom group activity – new for 2023!



September 11 - December 4, 2023. Watch for 2024 Winter cohort details to be announced.


$209 (+GST)

Member Cost:

$139 (+GST)

Registration Start/End Date:

Registration closed; contact learn@bcnpha.ca for details. Note: HousingU course registration is single-user only. Refer to the Registration Details section below before registering.

I learned a lot from the Board Governance 2023 cohort. I found it very useful both from a refresher standpoint, but also learning more about the unique aspects of governing a non-profit housing provider. Thank you for delivering this course.

Thank you for delivering the Board Governance Course. It takes skill and diplomatic persuasive actions to accomplish change, and this course has left me with ideas for making positive changes moving forward.

Topics include

Introduction to Governance | Key Elements of Societies | Board Governance Models | Board Member Roles and Responsibilities | Building Relationships | Board Structure and Operating Procedures | Board Conduct and Relationships | Board Composition, Recruitment and Retention | Board Development and Evaluation

What you’ll learn

Our Board Governance course has been designed to meet the learning needs of those new or aspiring to non-profit governance and for those with experience and wanting a refresher. Participants who successfully complete this course will be armed with all the knowledge and tools needed to effectively govern an affordable housing society.

Note: This course addresses non-profit society frameworks, but is not limited to housing societies. The content is applicable to the governance of non-profit societies generally.

Time commitment

This course includes approximately 32 hours of content. It is recommended that you commit to studying for 3-4 hours a week in order to be done in 8 weeks; however, you have up to 3 months (12 weeks) to complete. You can progress at your own pace, log in to do assignments, and participate in forum discussions whenever when it’s convenient for you. Having said that, we do encourage you to stick to the posted weekly schedule so that most participants will be working on the same topic at roughly the same time.


As an online course participants must have basic computer skills and have access to a computer with MS Office 2010 or later and a modern, safe browser. We recommend Chrome, however any updated browser will work. Templates used in this course may require MS Excel, MS Word or a .pdf reader. This course is provided in English and requires reading and writing at a grade 10 level.

This course should be mandatory for a board placement. All board members should be clear about their roles and fiduciary responsibilities.

Registration Details

To register, click on the button above to login to our secure Registration site.

Note: All HousingU courses are single-user registration only as our learning management system requires a unique email address for each participant. You will not be able to enroll another person(s) on your behalf as each participant is required to set up their own account and register individually in order to receive their unique login details and access.

For step-by-step registration instructions (PDF) and/or cancellation policy, check out the Course Registration Information page.

Registrants will receive course access instructions from learn@bcnpha.ca one week prior to the course start date.

Need help?

For more information email:
Kate Nielsen