Accredited Nonprofit Management Courses

Educational Pathway for Nonprofits

The National College of Ireland, in association with The Wheel and Quality Matters, are offering an innovative education path specifically developed to meet the needs of the Irish nonprofit sector. You can study shorter professional courses in key areas of nonprofit management or a full Master of Science in Nonprofit Management. Programmes are suitable for senior and developing nonprofit 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.
 
Courses currently available:
 
  1. Leaders for Change: Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership & Management
  2. Certificate in Project Management & Implementation Science

Also see the MScin Nonprofit Managment note below.


Leaders for Change: Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership & Management

Location:  IFSC Campus

Duration:  1 year
 
NFQ Level: Certificate
 
This 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 nonprofit 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 nonprofit 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 nonprofit sector. Topics and skills such as reflective practice, conflict management, emotional intelligence at work, nonprofit 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.

For information on the subjects taught on this course view the module descriptors.

Schedule:

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.

Dates

Block 1: 3 - 5 September 2018
Block 2: 8 - 10 October 2018
Block 3: 19 - 21 November 2018
Block 4: 17 - 18 December 2018

 

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 NonProfit 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 nonprofit 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.
 
Note: the National College of Ireland also offers an MSc in Nonprofit Management. Although there is no ability to offer exemptions on this MSc, any student who undertakes one of the certificates here at NCI would be offered a full discount of the certificate fees against the MSc in Nonprofit Management. Learn more here >>
 

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.
 

Testimonials / Feedback

"I was surprised by the impact the course had on my work life, and how it also transferred to other aspects of my life, it had a really positive impact." - senior leader, tourism
 
"The 360 degree feedback piece was invaluable." - senior leader, addiction services
 
"It has been absolutely invaluable to get a greater insight into my own leadership skills and deficits. I definitely would not have had this awareness without doing the course." - senior leader, disability service
 
"The biggest learning for me has been to understand my core values and principles."  - senior leader, youth services
 
"It's about putting an academic framework on what are the best management practices that research has shown work. Some of them I am doing already and it's putting a name on these, and then realising I do not do enough other, and learning some new skills." - senior leader, youth services
 
Fully 91% of respondents from the last Leaders for Change reported that the course is better, or much better, than any course they had taken previously.
 
You can gain additional insight into the Leaders for Change programme and hear more from past participants in the following video:
 


Certificate in Project Management & Implementation Science

Location:  IFSC Campus

Duration:  1 year
 
NFQ Level: Certificate
 
The Certificate in Project Management and Implementation Science is an applied programme aimed at supporting managers in nonprofit 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.
 
Nonprofits 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.
 
For information on the subjects taught on this course view the module descriptors.

Schedule:

Attendance at college for 3 x 2-day blocks and 1 additional day (7 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.

Dates

Block 1: 17 - 19 September 2018
Block 2: 22 and 23 October 2018
Block 3: 26 and 27 November 2018

 

Awards & Progressions

This is a Special Purpose Award level 9 (10 ECTS credits). Learners who complete this programme may be able to transfer some credits to an MSc in Nonprofit 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 nonprofit 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 €1,150.

Note: the National College of Ireland also offers an MSc in Nonprofit Management. Although there is no ability to offer exemptions on this MSc, any student who undertakes one of the certificates here at NCI would be offered a full discount of the certificate fees against the MSc in Nonprofit Management. Learn more here >>

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.

 

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