Club Directors Institute

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Skilled and educated directors drive governance and steer corporate direction in registered clubs - so it's imperative they stay on the forefront with their professional development.

Club Directors Institute (CDI)

Club Directors Institute is the professional association for club directors and managers. Membership gives you full access to all the training, development, tools and templates that you and your club need to meet your compliance and governance obligations, and improve operations and financial viability. 

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CDI Membership

CDI members receive a discount on all courses, workshops & governance modules

CDI Membership runs from 1 January to 31 December. CDI Membership is charged per director or manager, and can be transferred to an incoming director/manager following the election to the board or change of employment. 

Club Chair, President, CEO, General/Secretary Manager

(of every member club)


Full Director Member 

(on the board of a member club)


Associate Member 

(club members/staff who wish to engage in governance education or remain involved after leaving a board)


Supporter Member (corporate partner, industry supporter)

(corporate partner or industry supporter employees who wish to learn more about good governance and understand how client clubs comply with the industry governance standard)


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Additional Courses & Qualifications

The courses listed here are an integral part of the ClubsNSW Governance Course (non accredited) or the Certificate IV in Governance (nationally accredited). Sessions can be delivered to your club or region on request. Fees apply to all face-to-face training with discounts for CDI members. 

Mandatory Director Training Requirements

ClubsNSW Mandatory Director Training program provides the information directors need to fulfil corporate governance training compliance.

  • Director Foundation & Management Collaboration
  • Finance for Club Board

The two key mandatory courses of the ClubsNSW Governance Program — 'Director Foundation and Management Collaboration' and 'Finance for Club Boards' can be completed online, or alternatively will be delivered regionally over a series of two-day workshops throughout 2020.

Governance Program

The ClubsNSW Governance Program is the core of the Certificate IV of Governance qualification. It has been written by industry experts and specifically addresses the key skills and knowledge that directors need to successfully govern their clubs. Once you complete your mandatory governance courses, there are 3 other modules of governance knowledge to be completed that constitute the ClubsNSW Governance Program:

Additional Governance Modules
Fees apply to all face-to-face training with discounts for CDI members.

Strategic Planning & Market Profiling

Directors, CEOs and management learn the skills required to identify, measure, evaluate and monitor the marketplace and your club’s performance in achieving both medium and long-term strategic goals.

Club Leadership in Action

Contemporary leadership competencies and team development techniques are explored to ensure no issues, relating to dysfunctional board operations, hinder the delivery of good corporate governance.

Risk Management & Procurement

Guidance on policies and procedures to ensure risk minimisation for your club, including the entire procurement and contract cycle – from setting organisational purchasing policy and tendering methods, understanding the major risks presented by the ‘fine print’, through to establishing a contract management plan to monitor performance.

The ClubsNSW Governance Program is usually delivered at ClubsNSW Head Office. To check dates or to book please click here or email for more information. 

*Please note that these three modules are not compulsory and do not cover your Mandatory Director Training requirements.

Director & Manager Workshops

  • Managing Banking Relationships
  • Contracts
  • Financial Fitness
  • Effective Interaction: DiSC Facilitation for Teams
  • Coaching Conversations
  • Building High Performing Teams
  • Strategic Planning Facilitation
  • Risk Management
  • Marketing Mix
  • The Competitive Edge
  • Accelerating Operational Efficiencies & Effectiveness
  • How to be the Employer of Choice

Exemptions, Recognition and Credit Transfers

Any director who has served on a club board for three consecutive years or more, up to and including 30th June 2013, can be deemed exempt, on the assumption that they have gained sufficient knowledge and skills for good corporate governance.

Recognition of Current Industry Knowledge (RCIK) can be obtained by completing the RCIK assessments online for the two mandatory modules.

To apply for recognition of current industry knowledge (RCIK), complete and return the application form.

To apply for exemption based on previous formal tertiary qualifications, complete and return the credit transfer (CT) application form.

Your attendance at externally managed events and training requires voluntary manual reporting at the end of each calendar year.

Extra Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Points

Attendance at relevant external activities contributes to your (CPD) points.

Update your activities for the last 12 months (1 Jan–31 Dec) to gain recognition points using this form.

2020 Learning & Development Events

National Governance & Management Congress I Tuesday 17 March, 2020 AHG Expo, Brisbane

CDI Regional Seminars I Round 1 Feb–Apr & Round 2 Round 2 Jul–Aug

Mandatory Director Training I Modules online anytime or face-to-face by region

Facilitated Training I Programs of your choice delivered to your club at a time and place to suit you

Directors & Managers Workshops I Finance, Leadership, Strategy and Culture

Masterclasses I 28–30 October, 2020 ClubsNSW Conference, ICC, Sydney

Additional Governance Modules I ClubsNSW Training Rooms

Chairmanship Training I Next level workshops delivered across the State


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