Director Training

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.

The following Director Training options are facilitated by ClubsNSW. For all enquiries relating to education, learning and development, please contact the ClubsNSW Member Services team.

Club Director's Institute (CDI)

Club Director's 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. 

The complete CDI brochure, detailing the program and events can be viewed here.

CDI Membership

CDI Membership runs from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. CDI Membership is 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 - Complimentary 

CEO, General - Secretary Manager - Complimentary 

Full Director Member (on the board of a member club) - $160

Associate Member (previous board member or planning
to nominate for the board) -

Supporter Member (corporate partner, industry supporter) - $160

Please complete and return these forms to the email address listed within to join or transfer CDI.

Mandatory Director Training

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

Mandatory Director Training requirements are as follows:

  • Directors — Director Foundation & Management Collaboration and Finance for Club Boards
  • Managers — Board Governance, the Company Secretary and the General Manager

Small clubs with less than $1 million gaming turnover need two directors trained or deemed exempt from training, and large clubs with more than $1 million gaming turnover need to have at least 50% of their directors trained or deemed exempt from training by 1st July 2016 and 100% by 1st July 2018.

The two key mandatory courses of the ClubsNSW Governance Program — 'Director Foundation and Management Collaboration' and 'Finance for Club Boards' will be delivered regionally over a series of two-day workshops throughout 2018:

Date Venue Region
12 - 13 Feb CluBarham Riverina & South West
26 - 27 Feb Parkes Services Central West
17 - 18 Apr Baulkham Hills Sports Club Western Metro
8 - 9 May Ballina RSL Far North Coast
24 - 25 May Narooma Golf Club Southern Tablelands
21 - 22 Jun Narrabri RSL New England Tablelands & North Coast
5 - 6 Jul The Juniors @ Maroubra Eastern Metro
1 - 2 Aug Moama Bowling Club Riverina & South West
29 - 30 Aug Wentworth Falls Country Club Central West
4 - 5 Sep Davistown RSL Club Central Coast
18 - 19 Sep Forster Bowling Club Far North Coast - South
11 - 12 Oct ClubsNSW Annual Conference All
12 - 13 Nov Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Newcastle & Hunter Valley

To book, click here.

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.

Mandatory Director training is available either online or face to face. There is also the possibility of facilitated training at your club or a nearby one (minimum numbers are required). 

Your attendance at externally managed events and training requires voluntary manual reporting at the end of each calendar year. Use this form to report your attendance at external activities for the last 12 months (1 Jan–31 Dec) to gain recognition for your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. 

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:

Strategic Planning and Market Profiling - Learn how to analyse your members, community and competition to develop the right strategic objectives to take your club well into the future.

Club Leadership in Action - DiSC facilitation helps understand how you interact with your team and guide you to deliver better leadership outcomes against the Club Leadership Framework.

Risk Management & Procurement - Understand how your governance decisions impact business risk and can influence how your management procure their supplies for your club. 

The ClubsNSW Governance Program will be delivered at ClubsNSW Head Office from 2-4 April 2019. 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.


2018 Director Education Events

Scheduled Events

CDI Regional Seminars - delivered twice annually at Round 1 and AGM Round of regional meetings. Book here

National Governance and Management Congress — 7-8 March 2018 in Brisbane 

Mandatory Director Training — around the state throughout the year 

Masterclasses - delivered at the 2018 ClubsNSW Annual Conference, ICC Sydney,11 & 12 October

Chairmanship Masterclasses & Advanced Governance Training - various dates and locations

Online Training — delivered via ClubsNSW Online Learning Centre

Premium, Custom-delivered Events

Facilitated Training — program of choice from the Directors Pathways Plus stream delivered to individual club

Strategic Planning Facilitation - to assist clubs plan their future growth, sustainability and direction