ELEARNING: Roles and duties of trustees

  • Half day
  • Governance and trustees
  • Governance and trustees
NCVO, in partnership with the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), have created an accessible, interactive trustee eLearning course. This interactive course let's you study at your own time and pace and can fit around your schedule and priorities.
Trustees play an important role in making sure charities are well managed and can achieve their aims. Understanding your duties as a trustee will help you run your charity effectively, keep to the law and make a bigger difference.
NCVO eLearning is hosted by the FSI's learning management system. You will need to set up a login on the FSI system to book this course. Click here to register and book via the FSI’s online booking system.


This course will equip you with the basics of being a trustee. It offers an overview and understanding of the roles and main duties of trustees and can fit around your schedule and priorities. 

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • identify what charity status, liability and legal form means
  • describe your role and main duties as a trustee
  • review the six main duties set out in the Charity Commission’s The Essential Trustee
  • confidently apply your trustee duties in real life 
  • consider common difficulties faced by trustees


This eLearning course has three pathways suitable for 

  • those thinking of becoming a trustee
  • those who are new to governance and trusteeship
  • existing trustees who would benefit from a refresher course. 
Trustees looking for a more detailed introduction led by an expert consultant should consider NCVO’s open training programme charity trustee induction and refresher course

"The course helped to consolidate my understanding of my role of trustee.  There is a lot of information out there about the roles and responsibilities of trustees but this course was the first time I’ve seen them distilled into such an accessible format." Gwen Seller, Wirral Mencap

As a new trustee "I have much to learn and understand. The course made things much clearer to me. I understand better where I need to focus." David Rayns, Haringey Migrant Support Centre
"I found the practical examples very useful" Petanque England

"I like the fact that the course was interactive" Annyes Laheurte - Funding for all and British Association for Music Therapy


The course is designed to take approximately half a day to complete in full, including exercises. You can complete the course at your own pace within your access period (30 days) and can pause at any point and come back to where you left off as your progress will be saved.
Note: the access period begins on date of purchase.


Our pricing structure is based on your organisation’s gross annual income. NCVO members also receive a 30% discount off training prices. Organisations with a gross annual income of less than £30,000 can join NCVO for free and will then qualify for the discount. 

  • NCVO member under £1m              £30          (use discount code MEM£1M)
  • Non NCVO member under £1m      £43          (use discount code NONMEM£1M)
  • NCVO member over £1m                 £67          (use discount code MEMOVER£1M)
  • Non NCVO member  over £1m       £95  
Note: The course will appear in your basket at the full price (£95, non-member over £1m). Please add the correct discount code at checkout and it will be added prior to payment.

HOW to book?

NCVO eLearning is hosted by the FSI learning management system. You will need to set up a login on the FSI system to book as your NCVO one will not work. Click here to register and book via the FSI’s online booking system.


You will receive an extra 30% off the course prices for three or more bookings. The discount will be automatically applied for three or more bookings. 

Please follow the correct link below for multiple purchases, based on your organisation's income, to receive the 30% discount.


For further information on the eLearning or any eLearning booking queries, please contact the FSI on 020 8142 5147 or admin@thefsi.org.
For more information about NCVO training courses, please email the training team.
EdenTree is proud to support this eLearning course by NCVO. If you would like to find out how EdenTree can deliver your charity Profits with Principles, please do get in touch with us by email at charities@edentreeim.com or by phone on 0800 032 3778.