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Frequently asked questions

What are the entry requirements?

You do not need any formal qualifications to enter the course. Most participants are employed in a relevant occupation and have at least GCSEs or their equivalent.

Does the Course count towards CPD?

The Course does count towards your Continuing Professional Development for The Chartered Governance Institute. The Institute currently require 20 CPD a year for their members and this course would meet a year’s requirement in full. Our alumni training sessions also count towards The Chartered Governance Institute CPD, each of our alumni seminars will count as 1 CPD hour. Our course and alumni events may count towards other professional CPD requirements.

Am I eligible for any exemptions?

We are regularly asked about the possibility of missing part of the course or being exempt from parts of the exams because of prior professional qualifications or experience.

This short course qualification constitutes a good grounding for all aspects of employee share plans. It covers all key issues such as legal, accounting, tax and regulatory requirements and on the course we show how these issues relate to each other. We do, therefore, expect you to attend the full course and there are no exemptions available.

What happens if I cannot complete the course?

Attendees are required to register for both parts of the course on first application for registration. A refund will not be provided in the event that you do not complete the course

Who is responsible for quality assurance?

Tapestry is committed to delivering the highest of standards for both course delivery and quality of course material.

The Chartered Governance Institute is responsible for quality assurance, through moderation of the exam material and the marking.

Will the exams also be online?

Yes. The whole course and the exams will take place in a virtual environment. Further information about how the exams will be conducted, can be found in the Student Handbook.

What happens if I fail one of the two exams?

Should you fail one examination paper, you must re-sit the failed examination at the next available opportunity (usually the following year). Candidates are allowed two re-sit opportunities. If successful at these re-sits, the mark will be capped at 50% (so a ‘Pass’ grade is the highest possible result for any re-sit exam).

Further re-sit opportunities are at the discretion of the External Moderator who looks at each case on its merits and will take extenuating circumstances into account. In the case of an appeal, the decision of The Chartered Governance Institute External Moderator will be final.

There will be a small charge to re-sit an examination.

What happens if I have to miss a session/day?

That’s ok. We provide very detailed course notes and also provide catch-up/revision sessions. There is also a revision session a few weeks before the exam to provide course participants with the opportunity to go over things covered on the course. There is a requirement in The Chartered Governance Institute course handbook to attend 75% of the course to be able to sit the exams.

Who are the presenters on the course?

All the presenters are experts in their field and most are senior lawyers at Tapestry Compliance.

Is anything available for the alumni?

We host events and provide newsletters and updates to keep our alumni to keep connected with each other and to keep up-to-date. Our alumni club is separate from the course you attend and is not included in the course fee. We aim to invite most of the alumni to our events and receive our newsletters but this is a separate arrangement from the course and it’s for us to decide.

Who can I speak to if I have further questions?

Gabrielle Miranda

Gabby is the best person to speak to. She can be contacted on and on +44 (0)203 432 2556. She also deals with all registrations on the course and, when the course is full, maintains the waitlist.

Alternatively please contact

Emma Parker oversees the development of the course and leads on developing the course content.

Emma Parker

Emma Parker
0203 4322 556