Tax included

For a management committee to function effectively, an organised and efficient secretary is essential. They have a pivotal role supporting the strategic leadership of the organisation. Working closely with the Chairperson they will maintain effective records and manage the administration of the organisation. The secretary needs to know about legal requirements and responsibilities and their own key functions.

This course is aimed at anyone who is currently in the role of secretary or thinking about putting themselves forward for this position. The skills learnt will help you to develop a deeper understanding of functions and responsibilities of this role. 

Course content

Modules you will cover in this Secretary Skills in a Community Group Online Training:
Module 1 - The role of secretary: in this module you will look at the role of the secretary, electing a secretary, role description, other roles within a committee and forward planning.
Module 2 - Trustee responsibilities - registered companies: secretary requirements, responsibilities of trustees, CIC 'V' CLG's, reporting to companies' house, tax and community interest companies.
Module 3 - Trustee responsibilities - charity requirements: secretary responsibilities, registered charities, becoming a charity, CIO's, roles and skills, types of accounts, SORP and SOFA.
Module 4 - Key functions of a secretary: arranging meetings, barriers to attending meetings, planning, preparation, during and after the meeting, distributing, benefits and storage of minutes, agendas and dealing with correspondence.
Module 5 - The importance of a secretary: key tasks of a secretary and the consequences if there were no secretary.
Module 6 - Effective skills for a secretary: skills and key tasks when arranging meetings, qualities and transferable skills of a secretary.

Customer Review

The 'Secretary Skills in a Community Group' was a truly useful course that allowed me to understand what it takes to be a secretary. It transferred directly to my community group and allowed me to undertake my role quickly and efficiently. Giselle Kiraly, Secretary, British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology 


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

All of our courses are certified. This is done by the CPD certification Service. They have been inspected by an independent assessor and meet national standards.

Is this course right for me?

• You want content delivered online.

• You want a course that you can complete at your own pace.

• You want access to course material and additional resources for 1 year.

• You want access for 24 hours a day.

• You want to print your own CPD certificate upon completion. 

Remember, if you need to purchase multiple courses you may be eligible for a discount. Contact us to see how we can help you.


  • Fully online course with assessment at the end of each module

  • CPD certified by the CPD certification Service

  • CPD certificate available to download upon completion

  • Audio option (read aloud)

  • Optional learner file resource

  • Approximate 2.5 hour duration

Optional Formal Accreditation

Most of our courses have the option for formal accreditation through AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group.

What does this mean?

Whilst all of our courses are CPD certified as standard, formal accreditation is done through a National Awarding Body.

What level are the courses?

The majority of our courses are all at a level 2.

How many credits does this course quality for?

This course is a single credit value.

Do I need to do any extra work?

You will be required to compete a learner file which is available once logged in. This is an enabled PDF so you can type your answer in. You will upload this in your learning area along with your learner registration form. We will then mark your learner file and provide feedback. 

Once this is complete we will put a request in to AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group for your formal certificate.

How do I get my formal certificate?

This will be posted out to you once we receive it from the awarding body. It is sent recorded delivery.