Board Member Certificate Program

Better Your Community with Nonprofit Board Service!

There are over 11,000 nonprofit organizations in the County of San Diego that play a pivotal role in protecting and enhancing the well-being and prosperity of our region. As the sector continues to grow in size and scope, there is a corresponding need for thoughtful, engaged, and knowledgeable board members to lead these organizations.

In response to this need, The Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego with support from the City of San Diego Department of Economic Development is launching a Board Member Certificate Program designed to help passionate and talented professionals use their skills and experience to make an impact on our community.

Who Should Participate and Why?

  • Individuals seeking to fully understand the roles and responsibilities associated with serving on a nonprofit board.
  • Current or aspiring board members who seek to advance their general board governance knowledge and increase their leadership potential.

Benefits of Board Certification

  1. Increase your impact!
  2. Ensure effective governance of your nonprofit
  3. Gain valuable personal and professional experience
  4. Enhance your leadership skills
  5. Meet like-minded people and network with other leaders

Program Description

The Nonprofit Institute’s Board Member Certification program is held at the University of San Diego. The program is directed by Lyn Corbett, the only Boardsource Certified Governance Trainer in the region. The Board Member Certification Program meets weekly for three consecutive weeks.

Session 1 Dates:

Week 1: May 8th

Week 2: May 15th

Week 3: May 27

Can't make the May session? Join us for our next session in July!

Certification Process

To obtain Board Member Certification, applicants must:

  1. Complete pre-work and online program components
  2. Attend and participate in all in-person sessions
  3. Complete and pass the online multiple-choice exam within a 12-month period


To register for the program an online application must be completed. Once enrolled in the program, applicants will be given a link to our online learning management system to complete all pre-work activities.

Topics Covered

  • Characteristics of High Impact Boards
  • The Realities and Legalities of Nonprofit Board Governance
  • BoardSource 12 Principles of Governance that Power Exceptional Boards
  • Five Steps to Identifying the Right Board to Join


General Participants: $250

Eligible Promise Zone Participants: Program costs sponsored by The City of San Diego.


For more information, email Lyn Corbett at