Education Programmes for Irish Nonprofits - Accredited Leadership Training

Educational Pathway for Nonprofits

The National College of Ireland, in conjunction with The Wheel and Quality Matters, have developed an innovative series of certificate programmes to meet the specific needs of the nonprofit sector. These Level 9 programmes offers you shorter professional courses in key areas of 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.

Location: IFSC Campus

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These programmes offer you professional courses in key areas of nonprofit management. Programmes are suitable for senior and developing nonprofit leaders.

The nonprofit landscape is changing rapidly. As managers and leaders we need new skills to ensure our services are in a position to provide the best services for our stakeholders.
 
These courses prepare you for the contemporary issues in the nonprofit sector, including:
 
  • The leadership skills required in a rapidly changing environment
  • The move towards tender and commissioning
  • The need to measure and show outcomes and impact
  • Exploring new business models and doing more with less state funding
  • The need to consistently improve and evidence programme quality.
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Location:  IFSC Campus
Duration:  1 year
NFQ Level: Certificate
 

2017 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.

Block One: Wed 20 – Fri 22 September 2017
Block Two: Wed 18 – Friday 20 October 2017
Block Three: Wed 15 – Friday 17 November 2017
Block Four: Thurs 14 and Friday 15 December 2017
 
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.
 

Course Description

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.
 
 

Awards & Progressions

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 (see below for more).
 
Note: for students who complete one or more of the certificate programmes and are successful in their application to continue onto the masters programme, their fees for the masters will reflect this.
 

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.
 

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.
Location:  IFSC Campus
Duration:  1 year
NFQ Level: Certificate
 
Organisations in the nonprofit sector are increasingly being asked to provide evidence for the approaches that they use in their work or for particular programmes. This can be vital for funding and other supports. This course teaches participants how to use modern research techniques to develop an evidence base for their work. The course will also equip you to use this research to implement changes to existing programmes based on the research evidence.
 

Course Description

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

Who is the course for?

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.
 

Award and Progression

This is a Special Purpose Award level 9 (10 ECTS credits). Learners who complete the modules on this programme may wish to transfer their credits as part of a continuing pathway to the MSc in Nonprofit Management at a future date (see below for more).
 

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.
 

Career Development

Based on the history of other CPD programmes provided by the partners, all learners are likely to be currently employed in the sector. This programme will help to further develop your skills and competences in the sector.
 

Course Fee

The cost of this course is €1,150.
 

Applications

Full details are available here >>

If you would like more information about this course please email Regina Dunne on regina.dunne@ncirl.ie

GENERAL PROGRAMME INFORMATION / APPLICATIONS

MSc in Nonprofit Management

NCI also offers an MSc in Nonprofit Management, an applied course aimed at improving managerial competencies at an emerging management senior level in nonprofit organisations while combining academic evidence-based practices with practitioner led knowledge and skills.

Note: for students who complete one or more of the certificate programmes and are successful in their application to continue onto the masters programme, their fees for the masters will reflect this.

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If you would like to learn more about these courses please contact Regina Dunne on regina.dunne@ncirl.ie.