Director Training

The ClubsNSW Pathway for directors encompasses a number of essential training programs.


Club Directors Institute (CDI)

CDI 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.

2018 CDI Program:

  • CDI Regional Seminars - Two Half Day Seminars aligned to regional meetings. View dates and locations here
  • National Governance and Management Congress – Tuesday 6 March 2018
  • Mandatory Director Training –  Dates and Locations around the state 
  • Online Training – via ClubsNSW Online Learning Centre
  • Facilitated Training – program of your choice delivered to your club 
  • Strategic Planning Facilitation - to assist with your club's strategic plan
  • ClubPATHWAYS Program - training and workshops to directors, leaders and club staff
  • Pre-Conference Training – ClubsNSW Annual Conference 12 - 13 October 2018
  • Board Performance Assessment Tool - to assist club boards measure their progress in the governance journey. For more information click here
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Chairmanship Masterclass & Advanced Governance Training - Click here to view the dates and locations. 

For further information about CDI click here. 

To view dates and locations and to register for CDI seminars, please click here. 

To download the ClubPATHWAYS brochure, click here.

Mandatory Training

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

Mandatory Director Training Regulation Requirements

1st July 2016 - the first compliance date of the Mandatory Director Training Guidelines.

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

Mandatory Director training is available either online (via ClubsNSW Online Learning Centre) or in face to face class through the set training dates or via facilitated training at your club or a nearby one (minimum numbers are required).


Click here to view exemption, recognition of prior learning and credit transfer guidelines
  Exemptions from Director Training
  • 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.
  • Online RPL – attempt the RPL assessments online for the 2 mandatory modules via ClubsNSW Online Learning Centre.
  • RCIK Application Form - Download the Recognition of Current Industry Knowledge Application Form
  • Credit Transfer (CT) - Applying for exemption-based on previous formal tertiary qualifications by downloading the CT Application Form.

For more information contact ClubsNSW Learning & Development Team on 02 9268 3000 or

To download the ClubPATHWAYS brochure, click here. View Dates & Locations

Mandatory Director Training (MDT) Registration

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.

Mandatory Director Training:

MDT Table


For more information contact ClubsNSW Learning & Development Team on 02 9268 3000 or

To download the ClubPATHWAYS brochure, click here.

ClubsNSW 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 gained 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.

ClubsNSW Learning and Development team are delivering the additional three modules:

Date               Club   Model
April 2018 ClubsNSW Training Rooms  Strategic Planning & Market Profiling
April 2018 ClubsNSW Training Room  Club Leadership in Action
April 2018 ClubsNSW Training Room  Risk Management & Procurement

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

For more information on the additional three governance modules please contact ClubsNSW Learning & Development Team on 02 9268 3000 or

To download the ClubPATHWAYS brochure, click here.

Training Options

ClubsNSW delivers all of the training courses face to face, and a few are available to be completed online. Whilst Online Training is complimentary, face to face training is $290/CDI Member or $390/Non-CDI Member per director per session. Clubs in financial hardship should contact us to discuss options.

Online training vs. facilitated training :

Online Training

Facilitated Training

Online training is convenient and perfect for those who would prefer to complete training at a time that suits you and at your own pace, with the flexibility to either complete it in one session, or if you prefer, save and exit mid-way then finish it later.

The ClubsNSW Online Learning Centre is your central point to access our web-based courses. Some courses are complimentary for directors, while others may require payment to gain access.

The ClubsNSW Director Foundation and Management Collaboration (DFMC) and the ClubsNSW Finance for Club Boards (FFCB) courses are available online now, at no cost.

To access the online courses please contact the Member Enquiries Centre on 1300 730 001 to set up a login for each director.

ClubsNSW Facilitated Training brings the knowledge to you: your board, at your club, at a time to suit you, including evenings and weekends.

Facilitated sessions are only run for a minimum of 15 people, on the following basis:

Non - CDI Members: $390.00 per person per day (minimum $5,850.00)

CDI Members: $290.00 per person per day (Minimum $4,350.00)

*All prices are ex GST and attendees will need to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

Note: Travel and accommodation for our trainers is additional at $250 for drive and stay or $500 for fly and stay. Weekend surcharge of $500 per day also applies.

Clubs in financial hardship should contact the Learning & Development Team on 02 9268 3000 to discuss options.

Training can be delivered either exclusively to your board or extend the invitation to the clubs close to your area to further reduce the cost per head.

To discuss any training delivery options, please contact ClubsNSW Learning & Development Team on 02 9268 3000 or

To download the ClubPATHWAYS brochure, click here.

Pathways Plus

Three streams of workshops are being offered to directors and managers to enhance their learning in each specific area.

Three essential workshops to enhance your financial oversight of the club:

1 Managing Banking Relationships – covering the critical aspects of understanding your club’s needs, the client/bank relationship and bank’s terms and conditions, especially around loan covenants.

2 Contracts – focusing on identifying the pitfalls and traps facing clubs when looking at contracts with suppliers, so that you can traverse the path to supply management without suffering detrimental financial consequences.

3 Financial Fitness – learn how to apply the appropriate analysis to your club’s financial reports to gauge the financial health and fitness of your club.

Three essential workshops to enhance your leadership skills:

1 Effective Interaction: DiSC Facilitation for Teams – Team synergy is a critical success factor in any club and this is as true for the team on the board, as it is club staff. We can provide assessment, delivery and facilitation of DiSC Behavioural profiles for your board or club staff, to ensure more productive teams.

2 Coaching Conversations – builds on leadership knowledge and skills for directors and managers to assist their teams to better define and achieve professional and personal goals.

3 Building High Performing Teams – this workshop focuses on the behaviours, needs and characteristics of high-performance teams and the leadership skills needed to build, manage and maintain them.

Three essential workshops to facilitate your club’s strategic planning process:

1 Strategic Planning Facilitation - Looking to update or create a strategic plan for your club? We can guide you and your board through the process of establishing the Club Vision, Mission, Values and key Strategic Objectives to set the strategic path for your club.

2 Marketing Mix – focus is applied to improving your communications, customer relations and product/service mix to help build member numbers, turnover, brand recognition and reputation.

3 Risk Management – guides your club to create a risk management policy which identifies all critical business risks that might detrimentally impact on the club achievement of its goals and objectives. Ensures your club creates appropriate Crisis Management and Business Recovery plans.

For more information contact ClubsNSW Learning & Development Team on 02 9268 3000 or

To download the ClubPATHWAYS brochure, click here.

Need Assistance?

To discuss any training delivery options, please contact:

ClubsNSW Learning & Development Team

P:  02 9268 3000