This level 9 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
non-profit 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
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.
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.
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.
Successful graduates of the programme are likely to
emerge as future senior managers or CEOs of indigenous
non-profit organisations, or develop further career
progression in their current non-profit organisation.
For information on the subjects taught on this course view our module descriptors.
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
Expected dates for the face-to-face classes:
The cost of this course is €1,500.
If you would like to learn more about this course please contact Regina Dunne on email@example.com.
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