Educational Pathway for Irish Non-profits: Accredited Training up to MSc. Level

The National College of Ireland, in conjunction with The Wheel and Quality Matters, are offering a new and innovative education path specifically developed to meet the needs of the not-for-profit sector. This pathway offers you shorter professional courses in key areas of non-profit management and coming soon, a full Master of Science in Non-Profit Management. Programmes are suitable for senior and developing non-profit leaders.

These programmes have been developed by National College of Ireland, The Wheel and Quality Matters working with the sector to match its emerging needs. The pace of change in the sector will only quicken and we believe it is essential for leaders in the sector to upgrade their knowledge and skills.


Now Enrolling (December 2016): Leaders For Change - Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership and Management - learn more (or see summary below)

Location: IFSC Campus

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Overall Aim of Educational Pathway Programme

Engage: these courses have been developed by National College of Ireland, The Wheel and Quality Matters working with the sector to match its emerging needs. The pace of change in the sector will only quicken and we believe it is essential for leaders in the sector to upgrade their knowledge and skills.

Learn: you can take a special purpose minor award at level 9. These shorter programmes would be ideal if you wished to update your skills or if there is a particular challenge your organisation is facing. Some of the credits that you achieve in these short programmes can be carried over to study on the MSc course.

The MSc in Non-Profit Management is a full level 9 programme which is ideal for leaders or those aspiring to lead. The course focuses on management and leadership skills, the key tenets in the non-profit sector and the research skills you will need to succeed. Accessible tutors, applied assignments and practical learning supports means the programme is ideal for those in work and returning to education.

Innovate: throughout the course, you will be encouraged to explore new ways of thinking about leadership and the non-profit sector. The topics and projects will broaden your perspective and give you game-changing insights. You will learn from sector experts and also, vitally, from your peers as the course will connect you with other leaders and broaden your network.

Transform: the suite of courses will allow you to make a transformational impact on your organisation and the sector. You will study the latest thinking in the area with a very practical focus. You will be immediately able to put the learning to use in your organisation. NCI's experienced faculty will guide you and the programmes provide access to a range of inspiring guest speakers and lecturers with contemporary experience in the community and voluntary and social services sector.

 

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MSc in Non-Profit Management

Location: IFSC Campus
Duration: 2 years
NFQ Level: Masters
 
The MSc in Non-Profit Management is an applied course, aimed at improving managerial competencies at an emerging management senior level in non-profit organisations while combining academic evidence-based practices with practitioner-led knowledge and skills.
 
This is a new course intended to be offered from September 2016. This programme is currently in development and is not yet validated by QQI. As a result, details, including the programme and award title may vary.
 

About this Course

The programme is underpinned by three pillars, namely: management knowledge and skills, knowledge and skills specific to the not-for-profit sector and skills of research and analysis.
 
The core knowledge which extends across the business domain, including: economics, finance, strategy and law, allows students develop and enhance their management competencies. Specifically, graduates will be provided with the skillset to resolve real-life management challenges and personally develop into strong and confident leaders and mentors.
 
The non-profit pillar ensures that graduates of the programme are provided with a comprehensive understanding of the key tenets and stakeholders of the sector.
 
The final pillar is that of research. The research element of the course directs students to contemporary challenges and problems in the sector in Ireland or overseas. Overall this course seeks to ensure graduates develop their personal competencies as well as the critical thinking, analytical and management skills necessary for modern non-profit enterprises. At the core of the programme is the objective to ensure that graduates become reflective, thoughtful leaders who collaborate, create and share knowledge in order to deal with the complexities of the dynamic third sector.
 

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at anyone following a career path which requires them to step into middle to top management positions in the non-profit sector and/or INGOs. Additionally, the course can provide a transition stage for graduates from other disciplines who wish to move into the management arena either as practitioners, researchers or consultants with a specific interest in non-profit management.
 
As the course addresses a wide variety of managerial topics in the non-profit management space, current or aspiring Board Members of non-profit organisations may be attracted to the programme. As there are few non-profit management level 9 qualifications available from universities in Europe, current or aspiring leaders from the sector, in Europe and Africa, may also be attracted to the programme.
 

Awards & Progressions

The MSc in Non-Profit Management is awarded by QQI at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (subject to QQI validation). This award will allow transfer to level 9 research awards and in some cases progression to doctoral courses at level 10 on the NFQ.
 

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. This programme does not require applicants to have previous work experience. The college operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme whereby applicants who do not meet the normal academic requirements may be considered based on relevant work and other experience.
 
Non-English speaking applicants must demonstrate fluency in the English language as demonstrated by IELTS score of at least 6.5 or equivalent.
 

Course Fee

€3,950 per annum
(€7,900 total fee)
(Fees revised annually)
 
You can spread the cost of this course with a direct debit plan.
 

Applications

Full course information, including a link to the online application system, is on the National College of Ireland website here.

If you would like more information about this course please email Regina Dunne on regina.dunne@ncirl.ie.

Leaders for Change - Certificate in Non Profit Leadership and Management 2

Location:  IFSC Campus
Duration:  1 year
NFQ Level: Certificate
 

2017 Schedule:

Block One: Mon 20 – Weds 22 February 2017
Block Two: Mon 20 – Weds 22 March 2017
Block Three: Mon 24 - Wed 26 April 2017
Block Four: Mon 28 – Tues 29 May 2017 

The next intake for this course is January 2017 and applications are now being accepted. Go directly to the NCI website now or read on for full details.
 
This level 9 Leaders for Change - Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership and Management is an applied programme, aimed at improving specific, managerial and leadership competencies for managers and executives in Irish nonprofit organisations. The course combines academic evidence-based practices with practitioner-led knowledge and skills. The faculty are drawn from academia and from qualified senior managers/CEOs who work within capacity building and research organisations within the non-profit sector in Ireland and internationally.
 

Course Content

The course will focus on very specific and emerging managerial issues in the sector, which are not generally found in conventional MA/MSc/MBA programmes, other than those which focus exclusively on the non-profit sector. Learners receive very specific 360-degree feedback on their own leadership behaviours as seen by their peers, colleagues, direct reports etc. using a validated instrument.
 
The managerial portions of the programme (10 of 15 ECTS) addresses, in a foundational way, many of the contemporary issues faced by Irish managers in the non-profit sector. Topics and skills such as reflective practice, conflict management, emotional intelligence at work, non-profit governance, managing culture, HR and performance management, impact measurement, change management, influencing government and advocacy, information management, social media and personal presentation skills differentiate the programme from conventional management programmes. While the knowledge base is developed from an empirical perspective, the core focus is on helping learners migrate the knowledge base into a new set of competencies.
 
 

Awards & Progressions

This course is a Special Purpose Award at level 9 (15 ECTS credits), Learners who complete these modules on this programme may wish to transfer their credits as part of a continuing pathway to the MSc at a future date.
 

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree at level 8 or equivalent on the National Framework of Qualifications. Applications may also be considered under the college’s Recognition of Prior, Experiential Learning (RPEL) policy and this is likely to be particularly germane to the non-profit sector managers who do not hold an undergraduate degree but have substantive work and managerial experience. This programme requires applicants to have previous work and managerial / team leader experience.
 

Course Fee

The cost of this course is €1,500.
 

Applications

Full course information, including a link to the online application system, is available here >>
 
If you would like more information about this course please email Regina Dunne on regina.dunne@ncirl.ie.

Certificate in Project Management and Implementation Science

Location:  IFSC Campus
Duration:  1 year
NFQ Level: Certificate
 

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Organisations in the not-for-profit sector are increasingly being asked to provide evidence for the approaches that they use in their work or for particular programmes. This can be vital for funding and other supports. This course teaches participants how to use modern research techniques to develop an evidence base for their work. The course will also equip you to use this research to implement changes to existing programmes based on the research evidence.
 

Course Description

The Certificate in Project Management and Implementation Science is an applied programme aimed at supporting managers in non-profit organisations to identify and introduce evidence based approaches and to use the latest research techniques to support their work. You will learn the factors that impede the use of evidence-based practices and gain an understanding of how to overcome these factors using project management principles. In a world where solid research evidence is required from organisations and leaders in the sector this programme will give you the skills to provide that.
 
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Who is the course for?

Not-for-profits are increasingly being asked to evidence the approach used in their work. For many services interventions have grown organically as their service has developed. This course teaches participants how to use research to develop an evidence base for their work and how to implement changes to existing programmes. The course is targeted at senior managers and staff who are responsible for service delivery.

Award and Progression

This is a Special Purpose Award level 9 (10 ECTS credits). Learners who complete the modules on this programme may wish to transfer their credits as part of a continuing pathway to the MSc in Non-Profit Management at a future date.
 

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree at level 8 or equivalent on the National Framework of Qualifications. Applications may also be considered under the college’s Recognition of Prior, Experiential Learning (RPEL) policy and this is likely to be particularly germane to non-profit sector managers who do not hold an undergraduate degree but have substantive work and managerial experience. This programme requires applicants to have previous work and managerial / team leader experience.
 

Career Development

Based on the history of other CPD programmes provided by the partners, all learners are likely to be currently employed in the sector. This programme will help to further develop your skills and competences in the sector.
 

Course Fee

The cost of this course is €1,150.
 

Applications

Full course information, including a link to the online application system, is available here >>
 
If you would like more information about this course please email Regina Dunne on regina.dunne@ncirl.ie

Certificate in Management of Information Systems and Social Impact Measurement

Location: IFSC Campus
Duration: 1 year
NFQ Level: Certificate
 
A key challenge for not-for-profit organisations is to be able to use data to show the impact of their work. Organisations need to know what information they need to collect and how to develop systems that will enable them to track what they are doing and the impact it is having.
 
This programme is currently in development and is not yet validated by QQI. As a result, details, including the programme and award title may vary.
 

About this Course

This award is an applied programme that allows non-profit managers to develop a framework for their organisation that measures the impact and value of what they are doing. The course will allow you to document the information needs of your organisation in order to support the development of effective management information systems and to support the implementation of these systems.

The course teaches you how to use data to show impact and how to integrate this into your overall information technology strategy. The course combines the latest evidence-based practices with insights from practitioners from the sector. Expert tutors are drawn from academia, senior leaders from the sector and managers who work within capacity-building, research and information technology within the sector in Ireland and internationally.

Who is this course for?

The course is targeted at senior managers and staff who are responsible for service delivery and advocacy with senior partners and stakeholders. The programme would be particularly relevant to specific team leader roles within the sector whose remit includes reporting on the impact of their service or supporting information management within their service.

As the programme covers a variety of managerial topics focused on information management in the non-profit sector it will also be highly beneficial for current or aspiring board members or those involved in statutory bodies.

Awards & Progression

This is a Special Purpose Award at level 9 (10 ECTS credits). Learners who complete the modules on this programme may wish to transfer their credits as part of a continuing pathway to the MSc at a future date.
 

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree at level 8 or equivalent on the National Framework of Qualifications. Applications may also be considered under the college’s Recognition of Prior, Experiential Learning (RPEL) policy and this is likely to be particularly germane to non-profit sector managers who do not hold an undergraduate degree but have substantive work and managerial experience. This programme requires applicants to have previous work and managerial / team leader experience.
 

Indicative Content

This is an indication of the content covered on this course:

  • Logic model and theory of change
  • Sourcing and using tools for data collection
  • Managing challenges in outcome reporting
  • Data protection
  • Developing an information management strategy
  • Selecting appropriate software and process mapping,

Course Fee

The cost of this course is €1,150.
 

Applications

Full course information, including a link to the online application system, is available here.
 
If you would like more information about this course please email Regina Dunne on regina.dunne@ncirl.ie.

Certificate in Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 2

Location: IFSC Campus
Duration: 1 year
NFQ Level: Certificate
 
Go directly to the NCI website now or read on for full details.
 
Social enterprises use big ideas and new thinking to address the problems and challenges their stakeholders face. This programme gives you an entrepreneurial framework and the support to develop these game-changing ideas. This Certificate in Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship is an applied programme that will give you the skills to move your enterprise into new areas or indeed to establish a new social enterprise.
 
Using the key skills from business, entrepreneurship and the non-profit sector the course will support you in understanding how to develop and test a model for a new social business or to realign a business model for an existing organisation or enterprise. The skills developed on the programme will ensure you are ready to work in the social enterprise sector having gained the knowledge and skills to develop and implement best practice enterprise strategies.
 

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at those seeking to develop a social enterprise or progress an existing enterprise. It will be of particular relevance to those working in or aspiring to be leaders in social enterprise. Participants may come from an existing social enterprise, a start-up or an organisation/charity interested in integrating social enterprise into their work, the programme will enable you to develop and implement best practice social enterprise strategies into your organisation.
 
The programme will be useful to anyone interested in starting a social enterprise, funders who are looking to start funding Social Enterprises and for existing charities who are looking to diversify their funding models.
 

Awards & Progression

This is course is a Special Purpose Award at level 9 (10 ECTS Credits). Learners who complete the modules on this programme may wish to transfer their credits as part of a continuing pathway to the MSc at a future date.
 

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree at level 8 or equivalent on the National Framework of Qualifications. Applications may also be considered under the college’s Recognition of Prior, Experiential Learning (RPEL) policy and this is likely to be particularly relevant to people with significant work experience at a senior level in their organisation.
 

Career Development

Successful graduates of the programme are likely to emerge as future senior managers or CEOs of indigenous non-profit organisations, or develop further career progress in a newly developed social enterprise.
 

Course Content

This is an indication of the content covered on this course:
  • Entrepreneurialism what it is and how to develop it
  • Developing a Social Enterprise business model
  • Assessing business models
  • Social enterprise finance skills
  • Managing common social enterprise risks.

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Course Fee

The cost of this course is €1,150.
 

Applications

Full course information, including a link to the online application system, is available here >>
 
If you would like more information about this course please email Regina Dunne on regina.dunne@ncirl.ie.

GENERAL PROGRAMME INFORMATION / APPLICATIONS

If you would like to learn more about these courses please contact Regina Dunne on regina.dunne@ncirl.ie.