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 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.
This course is a Special Purpose Award at level 9 (15 ECTS credits). Learners who complete these modules on this programme may wish to progress, subject to entry requirements, to the MSc in Non-Profit Management at a future date.
For information on the subjects taught on this course view our module descriptors.
Applicants are required to hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree at level 8 or equivalent on the National Framework of Qualifications. Applicants under 21 will be assessed based on Leaving Certificate or equivalent.
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.
NCI is prepared to adhere to Government directives for course delivery in September 2021. Investments have been made in technology for online learning, as well as campus enhancements if face-to-face classes are permissible.
If remote learning remains a feature of the course timetable, the College recommends the following laptop requirements for incoming students:
Intel 7th (or higher) generation processors (Core i-3, i-5, i-7,i-9-7x)
or AMD Ryzen 3rd generation processors, running at 2.0GHz and above (Intel Atom/Celeron or AMD Athlon/Sempron Processors may cost less, but may not meet your requirements)
Random Access Memory (RAM):
8 GB minimum
Solid State Drive (SSD) Capacity:
256 GB minimum
802.11 a/b/g/n compliant with Bluetooth Capability (incompatibilities have been noted with the Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Adapters and software device drivers)
Direct X9 or later
Supported Operating Systems:
Windows 10 Home/Pro
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.
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 to spend time on applying the evidence-based principles learned, completing applied projects as part of their assessment and focusing on independent learning.
Course Block 1
Course Block 2
Course Block 3
Course Block 4
*Please note day blocks involve a full day of class.
Please note that exams can be scheduled during the morning, afternoon or evening Monday to Saturday.
The cost of this course is €1,500.
(Fees revised annually)
You can spread the cost of this course with a direct debit plan.
If you would like to learn more about this course please contact Regina Dunne on firstname.lastname@example.org.