Policy Governance® Proficiency Program 2018-2019 starts in October

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The Govern for Impact Policy Governance Proficiency (PGP) program aims to provide a high-level understanding of governance in theory, principle and practice. The curriculum draws strongly on the work of John Carver in creating the Policy Governance system and provides context through the provision of an understanding of approaches to governance.

The PGP program leads to a certificate denoting the successful completion of an accredited program designed to provide a high standard of governance knowledge and expertise. It is accessible from anywhere in the world to English-speaking participants who have a good internet connection.

The program aims to meet the needs of those who want to equip themselves to play a leadership role in the application of Policy Governance principles and practice, and the furtherance of governance knowledge more generally.

The Policy Governance® Academy run by Miriam Carver provides the highest level of Policy Governance expertise currently available. More information about the Policy Governance® Academy can be found at www.carvergovernance.com.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Please note that the application deadline is September 10, 2018. 

2018-2019 PGP TIMETABLE coming soon

 

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
WHO IT’S FOR

Consultants, board members and staff who wish to play a leadership role in applying Policy Governance principles and practice and more general governance knowledge in the non-profit, for-profit and/or public sectors.

WHAT YOU GET

Recognition from Govern for Impact, the non-profit community of practitioners, researchers and consultants interested in Policy Governance® and other advanced governance systems, that you have successfully completed an accredited program designed to provide a high standard of governance knowledge and expertise.  You will receive an official certificate and recognition at our annual conference and on our website.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO INVEST 

Over the period of October 2018 to May 2019, you will need to attend nine webinars.  Each session takes place on Saturday morning at 11am Eastern Time (NYC/Toronto) and lasts 2 hours. You will also need to allow an average of 8-10 hours per week for participation in group sessions, individual tutorial time, reading, and personal study time.  

IS PGP FOR ME?.....

Yes, it is, if you are interested in Policy Governance and governance more generally and are:

  • Acting as an internal or external consultant to one or more governing boards
  • A Member/Director of a Governing Board* 
  • A Board Officer on a Governing Board 
  • A CEO who is accountable to a Governing Board 
  • An Administrator or Corporate Secretary on whom one or more Governing Boards rely for high-level support 
*The term “Governing Board” is used above to distinguish boards that have full accountability for an organization from boards that are advisory. 
WHAT WILL I LEARN? 
Competencies and Learning Outcomes
The overall competency that the PGP program seeks to develop is the ability to play a leadership role in the application of Policy Governance principles and practice and the furtherance of governance knowledge more generally.  

This overall competency is further organized into sub-competencies for which there are specific Learning Outcomes delivered through a curriculum based around 7 Learning Units. 

The PGP program Competencies and Learning Outcomes are derived from:

  • The latest Govern for Impact Consistency Framework created in consultation with Miriam Carver. For further information, click here 
  • Consultation with participants in the Policy Governance Academy who are applying to use Govern for Impact's PGP designation (details available from ceo@policygovernanceassociation.org).
  • Consultation with participants in the Govern for Impact Consultants' Forums.

CURRICULUM
The PGP Program curriculum is delivered through seven Learning Units:

Unit 1 - Foundations of Governance

  • The Relationship between Governance and Society (legislation, regulation, standards and codes – (comply or explain, principles vs rules)
  • The Relationship; Between Governance and Owners and Stakeholders; The Relationship Between Governance and Management

Unit 2 – Policy Creation

Unit 3 – Governance Roles, Documentation, Processes and Competencies

Unit 4 - Governance in Action

Unit 5 – Transcending Ourselves – Building the Ownership Connection

Unit 6 - Varieties of Governance Application

Unit 7 – Representing Governance to the World

Each Unit is approximately one month in length inclusive of pre-reading, webinar, tutorial and assignments.

HOW WILL I LEARN?
The PGP program consists of seven units of learning delivered through:

  • Reading and videos
  • Webinars
  • Group and Individual Tutorials (the format depends on the Unit)
  • Writing Assignments
  • A Final Exam

WHO WILL TEACH ME?
All Unit Tutors are persons who have participated in the highest level of publicly available Policy Governance training and have at least 5 years’ experience of supporting Policy Governance implementation in a variety of settings.

The IPGA Professional Education Committee selected tutors for each unit using the following criteria:

  • Overall length and depth of experience in supporting Policy Governance implementation variety of experience
  • Extent of their Policy Governance education evidence of teaching skills (highest weighting).

HOW MANY PARTICIPANTS ARE IN THE COHORT?

The PGP cohort is limited to 16 participants.

HOW DO I KNOW THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IS CREDIBLE?

The PGP program has been accredited by IOEE (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) – a UK based body that accredits organizations to deliver qualifications and certify individuals around the world.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM?

Participants are considered to have completed the program if they achieve 75% on final exam. Participants must complete all Unit assignments prior to writing the exam.

HOW MUCH WILL I HAVE TO PAY?

Tuition Fees:
The cost of the PGP program is:
IPGA Members: USD $2,950.00
Non-members: USD $3,200.00 (including a one-year IPGA membership).

Payment Schedule:
Fees are payable in two installments. The first payment of $1,475 for members or $1,725 for non-members is due by September 15, 2018. The second installment of $1,475 for members or non-members is due by January 15, 2019.
Participants should also allow about $300 for purchase of reading materials. See more details about Reading under Entry Requirements below.

Who is Govern for Impact

Govern for Impact is a worldwide organization chartered in the United States as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Cancellation Policy:
Prior to October 31st: You may cancel with a full refund less a $150 administrative fee.
Between November 1st and January 31st: You may cancel without paying the second half of the fee.
After Feb 1st: No refunds will be given but 50% of the fees paid can be applied to the following year's program.

WHAT SUPPORT WILL I HAVE?
The PGP program provides the opportunity to network closely with peers and Tutors. Tutors will be available throughout the duration of their Unit to answer queries and provide support. Tutors will lead a tutorial/feedback session with participants during their unit, typically in the week following the Unit webinar. Peer group support is encouraged through online and offline discussion.

Tutors will be provided with guidance about IPGA’s expectations regarding the provision of a positive learning environment.

 

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

PGP participants must meet the following entry requirements:

a. Evidence of Ability to Complete the Program:

Before joining the program, all participants must provide evidence of:

i. At least two years’ relevant experience as a board member, CEO, board support (for example board clerk or administrator) or board consultant

ii. Having been actively engaged in developing and operating board processes using Policy Governance

iii. Ability to comprehend and write English to a degree-level standard

b. Reference:

Before joining the program, all participants must provide a name of either a) a board Chair, or b) someone who has completed the Carver Policy Governance Academy who is willing to affirm the above.

c. Technical Requirements: 

All participants are required to have ready access to computing resources with sufficient capacity for electronic communications including video-conferencing and video review. A headset with a microphone is recommended for optimal quality video-conferencing.

Participants will also be required to use a variety of software applications, most notably the PGP Online Learning Center in Moodle, all of which will be provided free of charge. 

d. Agreements
You will also be required to signify your understanding of the nature of the Certificate and the use of Govern for Impact copyright course materials and all other copyright materials obtained for the exclusive use of PGP participants.

e. Reading: 

It is strongly recommended that participants read the following two books before the start of Unit 1 of the program:

i. "Boards That Make a Difference: A New Design for Leadership in Nonprofit and Public Organizations", 3rd Edition, John Carver 2006, Jossey-Bass

ii. "Corporate Boards That Create Value: Governing Company Performance from the Boardroom", John Carver with Caroline Oliver, 2002, Jossey-Bass

If you do not already have these books and are an IPGA member, they may be purchased at a 25% discount through Govern for Impact’s website. Members please sign in to the Govern for Impact Members Area page. On the right had column click on the Wiley Bookstore tab to receive the discount.

You may also purchase books through any other bookseller or borrow them from your local public or institutional libraries. Second hand booksellers such as AbeBooks have proved to be a good source for some of the books you will use.

Most reading materials will be included as part of your program. However, you will also need to purchase/gain library access to some books if you don’t already have them. Upon registration, you will receive a list of the books which are used throughout the program. This will allow you to order them or determine where you can borrow them in advance of the start of the program. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

Contact: The Govern for Impact's Managing Director, Michael Palmer, at mpalmer@governforimpact.org

Govern for Impact


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Whitehall, Michigan  49461  USA


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Skype: mpalmer.treeline

A FINAL NOTE ON CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

Govern for Impact is committed to the continuous improvement of the PGP credential as a trustworthy designation. The feedback of PGP program participants is essential to this aim.

There will be formal opportunities for participants to provide feedback on each unit and on the full program at its conclusion.  However, feedback is always welcome and should be sent to the Govern for Impact Professional Education Committee via ceo@governforimpact.org.  

Policy Governance® is an internationally registered service mark of John Carver. Used with permission.  The authoritative website for Policy Governance is www.carvergovernance.com.

© 2018 Govern for Impact

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