Award Type and NFQ level : CERTIFICATE LEVEL 7

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This certificate course is designed to introduce the student to concepts, definitions, principles and processes of community development and to explore formal and informal community development models. It will critically analyse modern society. It will also introduce students to facilitation and group work skills as leadership tools for managing community development. This course seeks to build the capacity of those working (paid and unpaid) in the community sector.  


The NUI Cert. in Community Development and Leadership will be held on our Maynooth Campus.  The duration of the course is 100 hours.  Students will attend 1 evening per week for a 3 hour facilitated workshop/tutorial.  Students will also attend 3/4 Saturdays over the duration of the course. For assessment purposes, students are expected to have at least a 85% minimum attendance, complete a Learning Journal and complete Essays & Project work.

Course Duration: 100 hours part-time over one year, which may include 3 or 4 Saturdays.

Our Community Development and Leadership course has been instrumental in giving people the skills to become effective actors in their local communities.  This certificate course has been found to benefit and inform the work practices of people working or seeking to work in the Community and Voluntary sector.  We have direct links to a network of Rural and Urban Partnership Companies, Local Development Community Projects and Educational Providers. 

Every year a number of students from this course successfully progress onto the BA Community Studies (MH803) carrying with them the credits that they have accumulated on this level 8 course as Recognition of Prior Learning. 

The NUI Certificate in Community Development and Leadership is a standalone qualification however, when combined with the NUI Certificate in Equality Studies (On Line) and the NUI Cert. in Training and Continuing Education (Train the Trainer Level 7) it forms part of the Diploma in Arts: Training and Development for Socially Inclusive Workplaces. 

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Participants need to be 21 years of age or over on 1st January of the year in which the course commences. As courses are delivered in keeping with adult education practice, participants will be expected to: be willing to engage with group activities and group learning; be willing to learn through dialogue and reflection on experience; have a level of literacy that is sufficient to complete the assessment requirements.


Additional Information

Participants must be 21 years of age or over; it is preferable that applicants have:

Have the capacity to complete a course at NUI Certificate level

Openness to reflect on one’s own practice, attitudes and beliefs.

Commitment to learning in a group setting.

This course is suitable for people who are already active in their community or who seek to become more community involved. The course is particularly relevant for students are working with groups in a facilitation or leadership role.

Start Date: Oct. 4 2016


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For further information contact Kay Loughlin on 01 708 6062 or e-mail

An Easy Payment Plan is available upon registration.

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