Certificate in Campaigning

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This popular, ground-breaking campaigning course has been running since 2006. Over that time, the Certificate in Campaigning has become the essential course for campaigners in the UK, helping individuals to deliver change and organisations to achieve their goals. Now we want to help even more campaigners to run powerful campaigns that make a difference.

Series 19 will start on 19 October and the seven modules will be run over 5 months.  Please complete the application form asap as applications will be judged on a first come first served basis.

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

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.


There will be a 'getting to know you' webinar on Friday 5 October from 12.30 until 14.00

1. Introducing Impact and Strategy 19 October NCVO
2. Developing Your Strategy and Understanding Impact 9 November
3. Keeping It Legal and Using the Law to Campaign 7 December NCVO
4. Grassroots Campaigning and Lobbying 18 January 2019 NCVO
5. Communicating Your Campaign and working with the media 8 February 2019 NCVO
6. Working with beneficiaries, coalitions and digital 1 March 2019 NCVO
7. Local campaigning and your Campaigns Pitch! 22 March 2019   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 five 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: £1505 (30% saving on full price)
  • Non NCVO Member Organisations: £2150 (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 

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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...


We asked the previous cohort - what would you say to someone considering the course?

  • Go for it and suitable for range of experience.
  • Do it, and even if you don't currently work in campaigns. It will make you really think differently. Find a way to apply it ASAP.
  • Do it for the learning, the project work and the networks. Working on the project over several months gave such a good opportunity to apply what we learned.
  • Hugely beneficial! Worth the money
  • Definitely worth it!
  • Do it! Really helpful after course too to keep referring back to. Great foundation to strategies/ plans.
  • Do it, a great overview & gives you some really practical tools. I will definitely be keeping my notes in reach on my desk.
  • Do it  and make the most of learning, try to apply throughout course in your work.
  • Really useful and a must for anyone wanting to be a successful campaigner.

What previous participants have said:

The course went beyond what I’d expected and I feel I’m armed with an arsenal of campaigning tools, resources + knowledge.

Arthritis Research UK

I think it's a really great course overall. It's been brilliantly organised and I've really enjoyed meeting everyone- thank you all.

Guide Dogs

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

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..


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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 5 October 2018. All fees from individuals must be paid by Friday 14 December 2018. 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

NCVO Campaigning Conference 2018

This year's Campaigning Conference takes place on 10 September 2018. It's an opportunity for anyone in the voluntary sector involved in campaigns, public affairs, policy and media to learn practical skills, share knowledge and expand your network. Book your place now.

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