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eLearning: Roles and duties of trustees

This flexible, interactive course will help you understand your duties as a trustee and support you to run your charity effectively so you can make a bigger difference.

Trustees play an important role in making sure charities are well-managed and can achieve their aims.

This accessible, interactive trustee eLearning course lets you study in your own time and at your own pace so you can fit around your schedule and priorities.


Our pricing structure is based on your organisation’s gross annual income. NCVO members receive a 30% discount on training prices.

Note: The course will initially appear in your basket at the full price (£95, non-members over £1m). Please add the correct discount code at checkout. Discounts will be applied before payment.

If you’d like to take advantage of our membership pricing, learn more about becoming an NCVO member. Organisations with a gross annual income of less than £30,000 can join NCVO for free.

Investec is proud to support this e-learning trustee induction course. Find out how Investec can help you through their bespoke investment service.

Would you like to offer this course to your board?

You'll 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.


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’ll 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 essential trustee guidance
  • confidently apply your trustee duties in real life
  • consider common difficulties faced by trustees.

How will it be delivered?

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). You can also pause at any point and come back to where you left off as your progress will be saved.

Note: the access period begins on the date of purchase.

Quotes and testimonials

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

Contact us

For further information about the course or for booking queries, please email

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