October 2019 to May 2020

Registration is now closed.


If you are already registered for the 2019-2020 PGP Program and would like to make your second payment, please click here.

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.  Successful participants are eligible to use the professional designation, GSP (Governance Systems Professional).

The PGP program is delivered online and 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




Board members, staff, and consultants 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.






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.

You also become eligible to use the professional designation, GSP (Governance Systems Professional). GSP Code of Ethics



Over the period of October 2019 to May 2020, you will need to attend nine webinars. The orientation webinar is held in late September.  Each session takes place mid-month on Saturday morning at 11am Eastern Time (NYC/Toronto) and lasts 2 hours. Unit 6 is scheduled mid-afternoon as the Tutor lives in New Zealand. 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.


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/Trustee 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.
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 the PGP Tutors, other Policy Governance Academy participants as well as those who have successfully completed the PGP program.  
  • Consultation with participants in the Govern for Impact Advanced Practice Forums.

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.

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

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 Govern for Impact Professional Education Team selected Tutors for each unit using the following criteria:

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


The PGP cohort is limited to 16 participants.


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.


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.


Tuition Fees:
The cost of the PGP program is:
Govern for Impact Affiliates: USD $2,950.00
Non-affiliates: USD $3,245.00 (including a one-year Govern for Impact affiliate).

Payment Schedule:
Fees are payable in two installments. The first payment of $1,475 for affiliates or $1,770 for non-affiliates is due by September 15, 2019. The second installment of $1,475 for affiliates or non-affiliates is due by January 15, 2020.
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:
If you need to cancel, you may use any money paid to date towards PGP tuition for up to four years.  If there is an increase in tuition, you will be responsible for the difference.

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 Govern for Impact's expectations regarding the provision of a positive learning environment.

The PGP Program Director provides continuous administrative and program information and support throughout the duration of the program. 


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 a Govern for Impact affiliate, they may be purchased at a 25% discount through Govern for Impact's website. Affiliates please sign in to the Govern for Impact Affiliate 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.

We are no longer accepting registrations for this event.

If you are already registered for the 2019-2020 PGP Program and would like to make your second payment, please click here.


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

Govern for Impact
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Lapeer, MI 48446 USA

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

Participants are asked to provide feedback after each unit and on the full program at its conclusion. However, feedback is welcome at any time and should be sent to the Govern for Impact Professional Education Team 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.

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