Board Governance
HousingU Pathway: Leadership

Board Structure and Operating Procedures

Self-Directed Module

This module is designed to get you thinking about the structure of your board and how you conduct board business. Participants will explore a practical framework to help you understand how your board is organized, common bylaw questions, position descriptions and terms of office, administrative support, and more. By the end of the course, participants will be in a stronger position to answer board structure questions, whether the information is written in their society’s bylaws, in policies or manuals, or in a set of accepted – but unwritten – practices. This course only addresses non-profit society frameworks, but is not limited to housing societies.



Self-Directed Module


$59 (+GST)

Member Cost:

$39 (+GST)

Registration Start/End Date:

Registration open


Topics include

Building Your Board | Common By-Law Questions | Board Structure and Size | Formal Officers | Position Descriptions and Terms of Office | Administrative Support | Board Manuals | Working and Standing Committees and Task Forces

What you’ll learn

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Discuss your current board structure and operating procedures
  • Explain the officer positions on your board
  • Create a board position description
  • Explain the role of board committees

Throughout the course you will read and watch content, and be encouraged to engage in various offline activities to apply your learning to your board role. We know that you may not all have the opportunity to take activities back to your board while you’re in this module; however, this learning is all about your involvement with your board. Our invitation to you is to take the information in this module and make it live in your own situation.

Once you have completed this module you can go on to learn more about board governance in our other self-serve modules.

This module is one of 4 modules which comprise the 12-week facilitated online Board Governance course curriculum, which has been developed in partnership with BC Housing.

Time commitment

You have 30 days to complete the module. At the end of the 30-day enrollment period you will be automatically unenrolled from this module.

The learning content is provided in a lesson format that allows you to progress at your own pace. The lesson includes non-graded checks for understanding, interactive and self-reflective activities. This module also includes an non-graded pre-test and a graded post-test. You’ll need to complete the non-graded pre-test in order to access the lesson.

To receive a certificate you’ll need to score 70% or more on the post-test. You can re-take the post-test as many times as needed, within your enrollment period.


This is an online course and participants must have basic computer skills and have regular 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 and .pdf reader. This course is provided in English and requires reading and writing at a grade 8 level.

Module Duration

Modules are 30 days in length and run continuously throughout the year. You may register for the course at any time during the month or year. You will receive your log-in details upon registration.

Once you receive your log-in details, you can log into HousingU at any time to start your module. You will have 30 days to complete the module from the date that you receive your log-in instructions (not the day you choose to log in). For example, if you registered on July 10, you will have until August 10 to complete. After the 30-day enrollment period, you will be automatically un-enrolled from the module. If you do not complete the module within 30 days, you will have to re-register for the module.

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. If you have 2 or more participants from the same organization who want to register for a course they will each be required to set up an account and register individually.

For further instructions, check out the Course Registration Information page.

Module registration fees are non-refundable.

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