Training and Skills Development

We provide a wide range of training from one-day events to bespoke training packages and online training.

NICVA's training is developed to meet the needs of the voluntary and community sector and includes a wide variety of high quality sessions, all at affordable prices. NICVA members benefit from 30% discount on all courses.

Training is delivered at NICVA, unless specified otherwise, and if there is substantial demand we will run additional courses in other locations across Northern Ireland.

Bespoke Service

Skills development bespoke training is designed to meet the specific needs of your organisation in the most effective and convenient way to maximise the performance of your staff, volunteers and board. We design and deliver bespoke training to you at a time and place that best suits you. You can find out more about bespoke training here.

Training Calendar

NICVA's training calendar offers courses in a wide range of subjects from management to governance and fundraising. Some of the courses are accredited and all of them are competitively priced and are delivered by subject matter experts. We provide a wide range of training courses including online sessions and accredited programmes.

ILM Accreditation

NICVA is an approved centre with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). Courses are offered in Leadership and Management, Coaching and Mentoring and Management of Volunteers. We design and deliver a range of ILM courses — award, certificate and diploma — at levels 3 and 5.

TQUK Accreditation

NICVA is an approved centre with Training Qualifications UK (TQUK).  NICVA are currently offering the level 3 award in Education and Training. We design and deliver a range of TQUK courses as part of our training calendar and on a bespoke basis such as Customer Service and Equality and Diversity.

Skills Development Subjects

Leadership and Management

Developing your leadership and management skills has a positive impact on your organisation from improved delivery of services and increased innovation, to better motivation and retention of staff. We provide ILM accredited courses, as well as one day sessions on topics such as managing staff, planning projects and making presentations.


Developing your governance skills and knowledge will help to ensure that your organisation is governed and led effectively and is aware of best practice and relevant legislation. We provide a range of governance training sessions that can be delivered to your board at a time and place that suits them.


Developing your fundraising skills is essential for the sustainability of your organisation. Our training will help you to consider how to diversify your funding streams and how to be successful in securing resources. We provide a range of fundraising training  sessions to help you be more sustainable as part of our calendar and on request.

Human Resources

Developing your Human Resource skills and knowledge is vital to ensure that your organisation is a good employer, complies with legislation and recruits and retains the right staff. We provide a range of HR training sessions to help you apply HR best practice as part of our calendar and on request.

Train the Trainer

Developing your training skills and knowledge will help to improve the quality of the training you deliver both internally and externally and encourage you to be more creative in your approach. We provide TQUK accredited programmes as part of our training calendar as well as for individual organisations on request.

Data Protection

It's important that your organisation is aware of the legal provisions of data protection law, and can handle personal data fairly and securely. We have developed guidance on GDPR and delivered advice to the community, voluntary and social enterprise sector, and have worked together with the Information Commissioner's Office on a number of issues. We can provide training to ensure that your board, staff and volunteers know how to meet their responsibilities.


Using LinkedIn to Connect Recording

Camilla Long from Bespoke Communications delivered a session on Using LinkedIn to connect on 11 February as part of the CFNI Accelerator Programme funded by The Department for Communities.

Starting a Social Enterprise resources

Amanda Johnston from Social Enterprise NI (SENI) along with 3 social enterprises delivered a session on Starting a social enterprise as part of the CFNI programme funded by Department for Communities. 

Social Media for fundraising recording

Louise Brogan from Social Bee delivered a session on using social media for fundraising as part of the CFNI Accelerator programme, funded by Department for Communities.

Higher Skills Ambition needed for NI

Northern Ireland risks slipping further behind other countries in the Skills of its workforce, a new report by a leading research institute finds.

Accelerator Programme empowers voluntary sector

Margaret Connolly from Monkstown Village Initiatives explains how she has benefited from the new skills and relationships she gained through taking part in the Accelerator programme.

Podcast: Capacity building in the Third sector

Siofra Healy, Director of Philanthropy at the Community Foundation for NI and Sandra Bailie, Head of Organisational Development at NICVA discuss the capacity programme and the need for more of similar programmes to grow capacity in the sector.

New training for 2021

We are excited to promote our new training calendar for the first few months of 2021 and we have packed a lot in to suit all sizes and types of organisation.

Preparing to Tender - webinar recording and resources

On 3 December Úna McKernan from NICVA delivered a webinar on Preparing to Tender as part of the CFNI Accelerator programme funded by Department for Communities (DfC). 

Online fundraising events webinar (Skills Match) resources and recording

Online events webinar with guest speakers from Graham Group,Cancer Focus NI and Volunteer Now was held on 1 Dec as part of Skills Match. 

Developing corporate partnerships - recording and resources

On 11 November we hosted a webinar as part of the CFNI Accelerator Programme funded by Department for Communities on Developing Corporate Partnerships. This was delivered by Hilary Hanberry from Business in the Community with guest speakers.


Measuring your impact (CFNI)
11 Mar 2021 -
11:00 to 12:30
Introduction to Lobbying and Campaigning
23 Mar 2021 -
10:30 to 12:00
61 Duncairn Gardens
United Kingdom
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ILM level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management
25 Mar 2021 - 10:00 to 24 Jun 2021 - 12:30
61 Duncairn Gardens
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61 Duncairn Gardens
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TQUK Level 3 Award in Education and Training (RQF)
14 Apr 2021 - 10:30 to 23 Jun 2021 - 10:30
61 Duncairn Gardens
County Antrim
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ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management - ONLINE
18 May 2021 - 10:30 to 29 Jun 2021 - 10:30
61 Duncairn Gardens
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I have developed the skills, knowledge and confidence to build a formalised training package to roll out to staff across NI, I have no doubt this will influence and improve their practice.

Participant on our TQUK Level 3 Award in Education and Training

This was really very helpful training and I’ve taken a lot of ideas away that I will be able to use. The handouts are really good and will help me to recall all that was done.

Participant on a conflict management skills training session