Non-profit and Volunteer Training

Training can be an essential component of setting up or running a community organization. As many organizations rely on volunteers to run programming, it is important that these volunteers (as well as paid employees) can avail of training to inform how they carry out their duties. Well-informed employees and volunteers allow for a well-run organization and can help reduce incidences of fraud or mismanagement. For more information on how to run an organization, see our Organizational Planning or Tools and Resources pages.

If you know of a training program, upcoming training session or course offering not listed here that may be of interest to the community sector, please email us at

Online Training

Smartforce NL opens in new window opens in new window is delivered through a partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI) and Bluedrop Performance Learning. It is an initiative that fosters innovation in skills development for all workers in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Through CoursePark, individual employees can build a personal profile and access courses on topics ranging from Microsoft Excel to leadership or project management. Companies throughout the province can create learning networks to manage the training of their employees, helping them to improve human resources knowledge and strengthen global marketing skills. Each Business and Not for Profit in Newfoundland and Labrador can use CoursePark to contribute to profitability, efficiency and employee empowerment.

In November 2013, 8 new courses specifically for volunteer and non-profit groups in Newfoundland and Labrador were announced. They are:

Course Description
What is a Non-Profit Organization?

Provides an overview of the province's non-profit sector and its important contributions to communities.

What is Risk?

Provides organizations with an increased understanding of risk and how to identify possible risks within their organization.

Risk Management

Provides an introduction to risk management strategies and procedures for the non-profit sector.

Becoming a Registered Charity

Explores the risks, benefits and responsibilities associated with becoming a registered charity.

What is Social Fundraising?

Provides an overview of online fundraising tools available to the non-profit sector.

Getting a Handle on Good Governance

Provides an overview of the importance of effective board governance and associated resources for non-profit organizations.

Creating a Board That Works for Your Non-Profit

Provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of board members and outlines the characteristics of an effective board of directors.

Creating an Effective Non-Profit Policy Framework

Provides an overview of key internal organizational policies for non-profit organizations.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Training Funding Programs

Besides SmartForce, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador offers a number of other programs to assist with the cost of training for non-profit organizations. Some of those programs are listed below.

Community Capacity Building Program

This program in the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development provides training support to non-profit organizations with a clear link to economic and business development. This includes Community Capacity Building module delivery and industry development sessions, based on four themes (strategy and planning, relationship building, organizational skills and management, and co-operative development).

Emergency Services Courses

Fire and Emergency Services - Newfoundland and Labrador offers several emergency management courses that are available to municipal representatives, first responders and volunteers, who could be involved in emergency planning in your community. All of these courses are offered at no charge throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

Non-Governmental Training Resources

Other organizations, such as non-profits and academic institutions, have also developed training resources for the community sector. Please see the links below for more information. If you are aware of a training program that is not listed here, please contact us and let us know.

CSCNL Training and Events opens in new window opens in new window

Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador training programs are designed by experienced trainers to address the needs of voluntary, community-based groups. CSCNL conducted thorough research to determine the training needs of the sector. Whether your organization is run solely by volunteers or you have several paid staff members, these sessions are tailored to your needs.

Dalhousie University Non-Profit Sector Leadership Program opens in new window opens in new window

The program provides a range of training opportunities and advisory services to executive directors, managers, board members and others involved with voluntary sector organizations. This includes a variety of in-depth professional development opportunities and a highly developed training and support program in volunteer board development and governance.