Certificate in Law and Governance for Trustees

certificate in law and governance for trustees
Microcredential / Professional
6 Weeks
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Dublin Main Campus
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Course Overview

Gain the in-depth technical knowledge & skills specifically required to operate as a Trustee within the pensions industry

The Certificate in Law and Governance Programme for Trustees offers trustees and advisors the insights and understanding required to carry out their roles effectively. Touching on the many aspects of pension schemes, the 10-ECTS Level-8 programme will focus on the building blocks for implementing good scheme governance and risk management. The programme covers the core areas of trustees' responsibilities imposed by both legislation and social needs, and it examines the liabilities they face, compliance issues and the need for proper risk management. Trustees will have a deeper understanding of how risks can be mitigated through the implementation of good practices and procedures. Issues will be examined for both ongoing schemes and those in the process of wind-up.

Please note: If you are hoping to apply for programme exemptions please complete this form as part of your application.

Why Study Law and Governance for Trustees at Griffith College?

The programme provides learners with comprehensive knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to enable and empower trustees and their advisers to carry out their duties. The programme also develops softer skills in the areas of written and oral communication, active listening, relationship management, problem solving and business awareness.

  • The programme was developed in consultation with the pensions industry and with the pension regulator.
  • The programme is purposely designed to incorporate contemporary regulatory developments such as IORP II, SRD, SFRD, GDPR etc.
  • Graduates will be awarded membership of the Irish Institute of Pensions Management (IIPM) and permitted to use the designation QPT subject to application to the IIPM).
  • The programme is delivered by experts from both the college and the industry.
  • The programme provides superb networking and mentoring opportunities.
  • Students may choose to progress onto the Higher Diploma in Pensions Management.



​Irish Institute of Pensions Management

The IIPM was founded in 1990 with the primary objective to promote professional and educational standards amongst those working in the field of pensions. The institute has delivered high quality and relevant qualifications to employees for close to 30 years. Employers and the pensions regulator recognise the value of IIPM membership qualifications given the importance of pensions to the Irish economy and Irish society.

Intake Dates

  • Dublin - Part-Time - September 2024

Course Details

Certificate in Law and Governance for Trustees (QQI Minor Award)

The programme has three core strands:

  • Pensions Law - Trusts, Trustee Duties, Legislation, Documentation, Equal Treatment, Termination

  • Governance - What it is, Governance Planning, Risk, European Directive, Financial Governance, Supervision
  • Effective Trusteeship - Trustee Meetings, Conduct, Problem Solving, Ethics, Managing Relationships 

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Course Contacts

Áine Mc Manus

Áine Mc Manus

Graduate Business School Programme Director - Head of Faculty
  • Dublin Main Campus


The course will take place over two sessions a week for three weeks, followed by a break, then a further two sessions a week for another three weeks.

Timetables TBC.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Applicants who hold a professional qualifications in cognate (similar) areas and/or professional experience are very welcome and are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with an academic qualification, an undergraduate degree at level 7 (cognate) or level 8 (non-cognate) are also very welcome to apply.  

IMPORTANT: If you are hoping to apply for programme exemptions please complete this form as part of your application.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply to Griffith College directly using the Apply Online button. Those who are interested in finding out more information can contact us with any queries. 


Please note that not all study modes may be offered at all times; for confirmation, refer to the Intake dates on the Overview tab.

Tuition Fees

Dublin: Part-Time

Fee: EUR1,500. 


(This includes a €100 payment to the IIPM.)

An Academic Administration Fee of €250 is payable each September at the start of term. For students starting in the January/February term, €125 is payable in February, and then €250 will be payable each September from then onwards. 

A 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted. The fees above relate to Year 1 fees only.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and you should send this to the Student Fees Office:

Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
Email: [email protected]

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please view our Fees information page to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


On completion of the Level 8 Law and Governance for Trustees (QPT) students may progress onto the Higher Diploma in Pensions Management. You can contact our admissions team to discuss what progression options are available to you. Through the Law and Governance for Trustees (QPT) programme, you will have gained valuable professional experience, built a strong foundation of knowledge and covered a diverse range of technical topics. There is a wide range of career options for our graduates in many areas of pension services. 

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