This course is designed for those interested in learning more about the various types of boards potentially available for their participation.  The information will be helpful to experienced board members as well as those who have not yet served on a board. Going through the sections of types of boards and the responsibilities required in each will help you decide your next step in your own board involvement.

Although it is a “stand-alone” course, it is also the beginning of a series designed to help you – the active board member – master the art of outstanding board development and involvement.

In this course we cover: Corporate Boards (including a section on SOX,) Boards of Religious Organizations, Professional Association Boards, Common Interest Associations (HOAs,) Advisory Boards, Art-Music-Community Boards, Boards of Charitable Organizations, Executive Committees and Advisory Boards.

Within each of these sections is information about the necessary committees, areas of authority and responsibility and your potential role.

Learning Objectives
  • Explore different types of boards from corporate to small non-profits
  • Recognize that different boards require different levels of involvement
  • Discover your own best fit at this time in your life
  • Identify your next step in board participation
Last updated/reviewed: March 4, 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
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Member's Profile
Good insight. The SOX overview was a bit too much but appreciate the importance.

Course Complexity: Foundational

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

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 the Types of Boards and Expected Level of Participation in Each2:05
  Corporate Boards2:48
  The CEO15:37
  Selection Criteria11:46
  Other Key Committees of the Corporate Board13:06
  Boards of Religious Organizations6:28
  Associations and Charitable Boards 6:21
  Types of Boards and Expected Level of Participation in Each59:47
Supporting Materials
  Slides: Types of Boards and Expected Level of Participation in EachPDF
  Types of Boards and Expected Level of Participation in Each Glossary/IndexPDF