Being an officer of a charity means you have certain responsibilities and obligations - as well as an opportunity to learn, extend your skills, and contribute to the success of your charity.
Here are some online resources and tools to help and guide you. You might like to bookmark this page, so you can return from time to time to refresh your knowledge, or to find information that can help you solve a problem or answer a question.
This is a great place to find out all the basics! We recommend you provide a copy to each of your charity's officers, and include a copy in the induction kit you give to new officers. Includes links to useful resources, FAQs, and tips to help you meet all your obligations.
- Officer certification information sheet
Who are your charity's officers? How do you know if they are qualified to be officers under the Charities Act? And how do you certify a new officer? This information sheet explains the Charities Act's requirements for certifying an officer.
- Officer certification form
Use this form when applying to register your charity, or to certify a new officer after your charity is registered. Includes guidance on which officers to certify, and disqualifying factors. This form can be completed by the officer applying for certification, or by anyone on their behalf.
- Officer FAQs
Got a burning question about being an officer? Here are answers to some of the questions we are most commonly asked about officer's liabilities and obligations.
- Officer and Trustee quizzes
How much do you know about your role as an officer or trustee of a charity? Try one of our quick quizzes, to test your knowledge.
- Trustees' responsibilities
We are often asked for information about the responsibilities and obligations of trustees of trusts registered with the Commission. This information sheet gives you the basics, links to useful resources, and guidance on when you might want to seek expert advice.