This is the third course in the series designed to help you – the active board member – master the art of outstanding board development and involvement.  The focus of this course is on the roles and responsibilities of individual board members on many different types of boards.  It, like the others in the series, is also a stand-alone course for those not interested in certification.

This course is relevant for all current board members, those anticipating board participation, trainers, and those responsible for recruiting, orienting, training, and evaluating board members.  It is also relevant for all staff members working with boards.

In this course we cover:

  • The responsibilities of board membership
  • Functions of the board
  • The role of the CEO – and the board’s relationship to him/her
  • Development and Growth of board members
  • Various responsibilities of directors – an evaluation process
  • Successful and unsuccessful board characteristics
  • Legal, ethical and social responsibilities of board membership
  • Board evaluation
Learning Objectives
  • Explore the many ways you can contribute effectively to participation on the boards you choose
  • Recognize the value of board participation
  • Discover ways to identify board areas that are working effectively, and areas that need improvement
Last updated/reviewed: March 26, 2024

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Certification Programs:

10 CoursesMastering Board of Directors Participation Certification

  1. Types of Boards and Expected Level of Participation in Each
  2. Integrating and Training Your Board Member
  3. Assertiveness Skills for Executives, Managers and HR Professionals
  4. Preparing to Be on a Board
  5. Board Participation
  6. Creating Rewards and Recognitions that Get You What You Want to Achieve
  7. Volunteers Working Together
  8. Group Decision Making and Problem Solving
  9. Management of Meetings, Committees and Boards
  10. Raising Funds: Investments – Donations – Events – Grants
3 Reviews (20 ratings)


Member's Profile
There is no way the testing answers are correct (i have ran into this a few times). Question 5 answers are follow by-laws of parent org, or set rules on their own but within framework of parent org, or set your own rules and somehow the answer is all of the above even though c is mutually exclusive.

Anonymous Author
As a member of a board for a non-profit organization I found this course to be very helpful!

Anonymous Author
Provides a broad understanding of what the board responsibilities are.

Course Complexity: Intermediate

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course. However, it is recommended to take the other courses in the series prior to completing this one.

Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact: For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Instructor for this course
Course Syllabus
  Introduction to Board Participation4:41
  About the Board11:55
  Development and Growth10:57
  Ideas for Evaluation for Non-Corporate Boards14:09
  Board Participation 59:41
Supporting Materials
  Slides: Board ParticipationPDF
  Board Participation Glossary/IndexPDF