IPGA's Policy Governance® Proficiency Program
IPGA’S Policy Governance Proficiency (PGP) program leads to a certificate denoting the successful completion of an accredited program designed to provide a high standard of Policy Governance knowledge and expertise. It is accessible from anywhere in the world to English-speaking participants who have a good internet connection. As an international organization, IPGA aims to offer the program in other languages wherever this can be made possible.
The program aims to meet the needs of those who want to equip themselves to play a leadership role in the application of Policy Governance principles and practice.
The Policy Governance® Academy run by Miriam Carver provides the highest level of Policy Governance expertise currently available. More information about the Policy Governance Academy® can be found at www.policygovernance.com.
Registration for the PGP program for 2016-2017 is now closed.
For more information about our 2017-2018 program, please contact email@example.com.
PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
|WHO IT’S FOR||
Consultants, board members and staff who wish to play a leadership role in applying Policy Governance principles and practice in the non-profit, for-profit and/or public sectors.
[Please note that the Policy Governance® Academy run by Miriam Carver provides the highest level of Policy Governance expertise currently available. More information about the Policy Governance® Academy can be found at www.policygovernance.com.]
|WHAT YOU GET||
Recognition from IPGA, the non-profit community of practitioners, researchers and consultants interested in Policy Governance® and other advanced governance systems, that you have successfully completed an accredited program designed to provide a high standard of Policy Governance knowledge and expertise. You will receive an official certificate and recognition at our annual conference and on our website.
|WHAT YOU NEED TO INVEST||
Over the period September 30, 2017 to May 19, 2018, you will need to attend 9 webinars/discussion groups. Each session is on a Saturday mornings Eastern time and lasts for 2 hours. In total, you will need around 5 hours per week for participation in group sessions, individual tutorial time and personal study time.
IS PGP FOR ME?.....
Yes, it is, if you are:
- Interested in acting as an internal or external consultant in Policy Governance
- A Member/Director of a Governing Board* interested in Policy Governance
- A Board Officer on a Governing Board interested in Policy Governance
- A CEO who is accountable to a Governing Board using Policy Governance
- An Administrator on whom one or more Governing Boards rely for high-level support using Policy Governance
*The term “Governing Board” is used above to distinguish boards that have full accountability for an organization from boards that are advisory.
WHAT WILL I LEARN? …..WHAT WILL I LEARN?
Competencies and Learning Outcomes
The overall competency that the PGP program seeks to develop is the ability to play a leadership role in the application of Policy Governance principles and practice.
This overall competency is broken down into sub-competencies and then into Learning Outcomes which are delivered through a curriculum based around seven Learning Units.
The PGP program Competencies and Learning Outcomes are derived from:
o The latest IPGA Consistency Framework created in consultation with Miriam Carver. For further information, click here.
o Consultation with participants in the Policy Governance Academy who are applying to use IPGA's PGP designation (details available from firstname.lastname@example.org).
o Consultation with participants in the 2015 and 2016 IPGA Consultants’ Forums.
The PGP Program curriculum is delivered through seven Learning Units:
Unit 1 - Foundations of Governance
Unit 2 - Policy Governance Principles and Architecture
Unit 3 - Policy Governance: Roles, Documentation, Processes, Competencies
Unit 4 - Policy Governance in Action
Unit 5 - Building the Ownership Connection
Unit 6 - Varieties of Policy Governance Application
Unit 7 - Representing Policy Governance to The World
HOW WILL I LEARN?
The PGP program consists of seven units of learning delivered through:
- Reading and Writing Assignments
- Group Discussions
- Individual Tutorials
- A Final Exam
WHO WILL TEACH ME?
All Unit Tutors will be persons who have participated in the highest level of publicly available Policy Governance training and have at least 5 years’ experience of supporting Policy Governance implementation in a variety of settings.
The IPGA Professional Education Committee select tutors for each unit using the following criteria:
- overall length and depth of experience in supporting Policy Governance implementation
- variety of experience
- extent of their Policy Governance education
- evidence of teaching skills (highest weighting).
HOW DO I KNOW THE CERTIFICATION IS CREDIBLE?
The PGP program is to be accredited by IOEE (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) – a UK based body that accredits organizations to deliver qualifications and certify individuals around the world.
HOW MUCH WILL I HAVE TO PAY?
The cost of the PGP program including access to relevant technologies is:
IPGA Members: US$2,700.00
Non-members: US$2,950.00 (including a one-year IPGA membership).
$1350 is due for IPGA Members on or before September 15, 2017.
$1600 is due for Non-Members on or before September 15, 2017.
The balance is due by January 15, 2018.
Participants should also allow around $300 for purchase of reading materials. See more about Reading under Entry Requirements below.
IPGA is a 501 3c non-profit organization and tax receipts can be provided on request.
Prior to October 31st you may cancel with a full refund less a $150 administrative fee. Between November 1 and January 31st you may cancel without paying the second half of the fee. No refunds after Feb 1st but 50% of the fees can be applied to the following year's program.
WHAT SUPPORT WILL I HAVE?
The PGP program provides the opportunity to network closely with peers and teaching staff. Tutors will be available throughout their units to answer queries and provide support and will have two one-on-one tutorial/feedback sessions with participants over the course of their unit. Peer group support will be encouraged through online and offline discussion.
Tutors and mentors will be provided with guidance about IPGA’s expectations regarding the provision of a positive learning environment
WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?
PGP participants must meet the following entry requirements:
a. Evidence of Ability to Complete the Program:
Before joining the program, all participants must provide evidence of:
i. At least two years’ relevant experience as a board member, CEO, board support (for example board clerk or administrator) or board consultant
ii. Having been actively engaged in developing and operating board processes using Policy Governance
iii. Ability to comprehend and write English to a degree-level standard
Before joining the program, all participants must provide a name of either a) a board Chair or b) someone who has completed the Carver Policy Governance Academy who is willing to affirm the above.
All participants are required to have read the following before the start of Unit 1 of the program:
i. Boards That Make a Difference: A New Design for Leadership in Nonprofit and Public Organizations, 3rd Edition, John Carver 2006, Jossey-Bass
ii. Corporate Boards That Create Value: Governing Company Performance from the Boardroom, John Carver with Caroline Oliver, 2002, Jossey-Bass
If you do not already have these books and are an IPGA member, they may be purchased at a 25% discount through IPGA’s website or accessed through any other bookseller or your local public or institutional libraries. Members please sign in to the IPGA Members Area page. On the right had column click on the Wiley Bookstore tab to receive the discount.
Most reading materials will be included in your program. However, you will also need to purchase/gain library access to some books if you don’t already have them. We are currently negotiating discounts where possible. Participants should allow around $300.00 for the purchase of materials.
d. Technical Requirements:
All participants are required to have ready access to computing resources with sufficient capacity for electronic communications including video-conferencing and video review. A headset is required for good quality video-conferencing.
Participants will also be required to use a variety of software applications which will be provided free of charge.
You will also be required to signify your understanding of the nature of the certificate and the use of IPGA copyright course materials.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
International Policy Governance Association
5300 Lakewood Road
Whitehall, Michigan 49461 USA
USA Tel: +734-239-8002 x202
Direct Tel: +231 894 0323
USA Mobile: +1 248 770 1865
Fax: +248 814 7151
A FINAL NOTE ON CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
IPGA is committed to the continuous improvement of the PGP credential as a trustworthy designation. The feedback of PGP program participants is essential to this aim.
There will be formal opportunities for participants to provide feedback in the middle of the program at its conclusion. However, feedback is always welcome and should be sent to the IPGA Professional Education Committee via the Program Director at email@example.com.
Policy Governance® is an internationally registered service mark of John Carver. Registration is only to ensure accurate description of the model rather than for financial gain. The model is available free to all with no royalties or license fees for its use. The authoritative website for Policy Governance is www.carvergovernance.com.
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