CGI Foundation Course

Start your path to becoming Chartered with the Foundation Programme. The Foundation Program provides all relevant skills and knowledge to help prepare you to meet the demands of Part One of the CGIUKI Chartered Governance Qualifying Program.


This is especially useful if you do not have the academic or professional experience to enter the Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme at Part One. The Foundation Programme is your first step on the path to a career as a governance professional or company secretary.

Program structure:

Introducing the Business Environment

How businesses are organised and run and how the external environment affects business activities


Introduction to Law

An introduction to corporate and business (commercial) law and the legal framework within which businesses operate


Principles of Company Compliance and Administration

Introducing legal, ownership and management structures for companies, how companies are incorporated and routine company compliance and governance obligations


Introduction to Finance and Accounting

The basics of bookkeeping and how to understand the components of financial documentation as well as the principles of financial decision making.



We recommend 150-200 hours of study for this course which will take around six to nine months.

You will be assessed in one 3 hour exam with 15 minutes reading time. You can take your exam in June and November each year. The paper contains a mixture of short- and extended-answer questions with a pass mark of 50%.

When registering for the course, you must pick from one of the next two exam sessions, which are held twice a year, in June and November.

Hawkamah Institute is a regional partner with The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland (CGIUKI), working with regional governance professionals to reach the next level of their career and pursue a certification through CGIUKI. The program is designed as open entry, with no prior qualifications required.


Please note that Hawkamah’s tuition and revision fee does not include the ICSA registration and examination fee. To take the exams, participants have to register on the CGIUKI website. Please click here.