Leaders for Change - Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership & Management

Run by the National College of Ireland, Leaders for Change is a level 9 Certificate in Nonprofit 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.

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.


Attendance at college for 3 x 3-day blocks* and 1 x 2-day block* (11 days total). These blocks will be run over a 6-month or less period, allowing students spend time on applying the evidence based principles learned, completing applied projects as part of their assessment and focusing on independent learning.

Expected dates for the face-to-face classes:

  • Block One: 4 Sept 2019
  • Block Two: Oct 2019
  • Block Three: Nov 2019
  • Block Four: Dec 2019

*Please note day blocks involve a full day of class.

Awards & Progressions

This course is a Special Purpose Award at level 9 (15 ECTS credits). Learners who complete this programme may be able to transfer some credits to an MSc in Non-Profit Management subject to progression rules at the time of application.

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.

For a full course description and module breakdown, please visit the NCI website here.