Certificate in Campaigning

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It's 10 years since our first cohort started this ground-breaking campaigning course. We have just started our 17th cohort in October 2016. If you want to be on the waiting list for the 2017 course please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At a time when campaigning is under pressure, there is no better time to hone your skills, ensure your campaigns are effective and be able to clearly report your success.

So now we want to help even more campaigners to run powerful campaigns that make a difference. For the past ten years we've already helped individuals to deliver change and organisations to achieve their goals.

Over that time, the Certificate in Campaigning has become the course for campaigners in the UK.

Who should apply?

We're looking for people with passion. People who want to see change in the world and are keen to learn in a dynamic environment. People who want to network with leading campaigners and springboard their campaigning career.

Whether you're a grassroots campaigner or a senior manager in a charity, one of the best things about this course is being in a room of peers at all different levels from across the sector, facing the same challenges and looking for proven solutions and techniques.


1. Course Induction and Introducing Impact and Strategy 18 October NCVO
2. Developing Your Strategy and Understanding Impact 1 November
3. Keeping It Legal and Using the Law to Campaign 22 November NCVO
4. Achieving Change with Coalition Campaigning and Grassroots Campaigners 13 December NCVO
5. Successful Digital Campaigning 17 January 2017 NCVO
6. Winning Hearts and Minds: Communicating Your Campaign 7 February 2017 NCVO
7. Lobbying and your Campaigns Pitch! 28 February 2017   NCVO

Participants must commit to all modules and attend at least six of the seven modules to pass the certificate.

What does the course include?

With seven full days of tuition spread out over four months, you'll be able to talk about your real-life campaigning challenges and apply what you learn in the classroom to your own campaigning.

Though a combination of expert contributors, group workshops, Q&A sessions and networking, you'll learn core campaigning skills ranging from successful e-campaigning to how to develop your campaign strategy, plus a whole lot more.

You'll hear from sector leaders in campaigning about what they've learned, what works and what hasn't, insider tips and plenty of insights you won't pick up just reading books.

Some recent speakers have included movers and shakers from:
British Red Cross, ActionAid UK, Fairsay, Change.org, RSPB, NCVO, Request Initiative, Leigh Day & Co, Charity Commission, Stonewall, Leonard Cheshire Disability and many many more.


  • Self-funded individuals/NCVO Member Organisations: £1440 (30% saving on full price)
  • Non NCVO Member Organisations: £2058 (full price)

If your organisation is not an NCVO member, consider joining us and enjoy the discount on this course fee plus access to ongoing support and benefits from NCVO. Find out more about NCVO membership.

Apply now. We have just started our 17th cohort in October 2016. If you want to be on the waiting list for the 2017 course please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are passionate about change and developing your own campaigning, make sure you're part of this critical sector-leading course. But don't just take our word for it...


What the current cohort are saying:

"This was an excellent insight into the legal issues and implications that I need to be considering when designing and delivering campaigns"

"I found the grassroots activism brainstorming activity most helpful"

"I found the presentation on campaigning and the use of statistics the most interesting. It resonated with me most strongly, so it's the section I went away talking and thinking about."

What previous participants have said:

"Very interesting and thought provoking module and course. My view on how to campaign has been challenged and is being redefined."
Sharon Roberts Diabetes UK

"So useful in helping you to tackle the big things that will make your campaign successful - in your own head and with others. "
Rachel, RSPB

"I'm loving it! It's already really helping me make valuable contributions to debates at work (what is the impact we are aiming for, not how many more people are trying to get following us on Twitter). And it's great to get away from the daily pressures and get some perspective on the bigger picture."
Series 13 participant

"Brilliant. Relevant. An investment in the future of your organisation."
Maria, Stonewall Housing

"NCVO's ground-breaking Certificate in Campaigning will be producing many, if not all, of the coming generation of top-flight campaign managers."
Simon Burton, Life Changes Counselling

"The Certificate has introduced me to a community of friendly, supportive and encouraging peers and trainers. For a campaigner in a small organisation, this really matters. I cannot recommend it highly enough."
Education and Campaigns Officer

"The NCVO campaigning course has been the most useful course I've done during my eight years in public affairs and campaigning... Fantastic, and highly recommended for those whose role is about making a difference."
Julia, British Heart Foundation

But what do employers think?

"Now he is able to communicate ideas not just to me but to our management team in a way that makes them listen. He is now really admired and respected."
Course participant's line manager

"The Certificate took his passion, enthusiasm and imagination and gave him the framework, structure and tools to turn good ideas into really great practical ideas."
Course participant's line manager

If you'd like to chat to us about the course or have any questions, please give us a call on 020 7520 2587 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Submit your application

Cancellation and payment policy

50% of delegate fees will be refunded for cancellations received more than three weeks before the event. After this date, no fees are refundable for cancellation or non-attendance. All cancellations and changes need to be sent in writing.

All fees paid through organisations must be paid by Friday 14 October 2016. All fees from individuals must be paid by Friday 16 December 2016. Individuals can pay in three instalments in October, November and December.


Online training on campaigning

Don't have time or unable to attend training? Watch our online introductory course which gives you an insight into campaigning, helping you to create your strategy, evaluate your campaign and ensure you always work within the required legal framework. Watch the video below for a taster. 

The price of the full course is £8.99; NCVO members can access the course for free.

The full training course is broken down into four bite-sized videos and comes with transcripts and useful links.

Video course on campaigning.

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