Certificate IV in Governance

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who undertake the responsibilities required of a member of a Board of governance of an organisation. They would apply a broad knowledge of the business or core functions of organisations and contribute their skills and knowledge to monitoring and guiding the activities of the organisation at a Board level. They apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems, and analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources. They may provide leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others.

Job Roles

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

Board Member

Coordinator of Quality Governance.

Qualification Pathways

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Pathways into the qualification

Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

BSB30107 Certificate III in Business or other relevant qualification/s


providing evidence of competency in the majority of units required for the BSB30107 Certificate III in Business or other relevant qualification/s


with some vocational experience in a range of environments working with boards of governance, but with no formal qualification.

Examples of indicative job roles for candidates seeking entry based upon their vocational experience include:

Accounts Clerk

Customer Service Advisor

Import/Export Clerk

Legal Secretary

Office Administrator


This breadth of expertise would equate to the competencies required to undertake this qualification.

Pathways from the qualification

After achieving the BSB40907 Certificate IV in Governance, candidates may undertake a range of Diploma qualifications in the BSB07 Business Services Training Package or other currently endorsed national Training Packages.


Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 10

3 core units plus

7 elective units suggest

At least 4 of the elective units must be selected from the elective units listed below.

The remaining 3 elective units may be selected from the elective units listed below, or any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course at the same qualification level. If not listed below, 1 unit may be selected from a Certificate III or Diploma qualification.

Elective units must be relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and the qualification level.

Units selected from other Training Packages must not duplicate units selected from or available within the BSB07 Business Services Training Package.

Core units


add topic BSBGOV401A Implement Board member responsibilities

add topic BSBGOV402A Work within organisational structure

add topic BSBGOV403A Analyse financial reports and budgets

Elective units


add topic BSBDIV301A Work effectively with diversity

General Administration

add topic BSBADM502B Manage meetings

Project Management

add topic BSBPMG408A Apply contract and procurement procedures

Relationship Management

add topic BSBREL401A Establish networks

Risk Management

add topic BSBRSK401A Identify risk and apply risk management processes

Small and Micro Business

add topic BSBSMB305A Comply with regulatory, taxation and insurance requirements for the micro business

add topic BSBSMB404A Undertake small business planning


add topic BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


add topic BSBWRT401A Write complex documents


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Licensing, Legislative, Regulatory or Certification Considerations

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, where required, a unit of competency will specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements that impact on the unit.

Employability Skills


Qualification Code and Title

The following table contains a summary of the Employability Skills required by industry for this qualification. The Employability Skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


networking and negotiating with relevant persons

providing information to stakeholders about the organisation's activities and Board decisions


encouraging a team approach where individuals' contributions are recognised and documented

identifying people and delegating authority to relevant team members

supporting participation in decision making


seeking clarification of clauses in the constitution from experts

Initiative and enterprise

designing the process for the development of policy

questioning outcomes and actions of financial reports

Planning and organising

planning regular community forums

setting directions for the future of the organisation


adhering to the operational structure of the Board and performing duties as per the job description

modelling respect for the organisation's culture and values


promoting and encouraging an environment which allows people to enhance their skills and knowledge

transferring competency to other situations


using technology for communication, time scheduling, planning, financial management and asset management