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Core Skills in Volunteer Management

Core Skills in Volunteer Management (CSVM) is a suite of training which covers all the essentials of volunteer management.  Suitable for both someone new to volunteer management as well as those who have been in the business for a while, these enjoyable and interactive courses will help you develop your professional volunteer management skills and share experience with other managers.  The courses have been developed by practitioners for practitioners.

The suite is designed so that you can attend the two courses courses and get a complete overview of volunteer management or one individual course on subjects that you feel are of most interest to you. Courses include:

  • CSVM 1 (online, two weeks): Involvement and Recruitment
  • CSVM 2 (online, two weeks): Support, Supervision and Training

In addition to these core units we also offer a range of enhanced learning opportunities covering a diverse range of topics from Health and Safety and Risk Management, Equal Opportunities and Marketing.

Our training is some of the most competitively priced available at £85 per person per course. This is part of our commitment to make high quality training available to as many volunteer management professionals as possible.

Flexible Learning

Each week will require approximately 3.5 hours of study time, most of which can be done flexibly to suit you, but you are required to attend a weekly Zoom session on Friday. You can participate in the course at any time between Monday and Friday.

How is the course designed?

The course consists of several activities including self-study (reading) and forum discussions all of which can be done at your own pace on the Academy. There is also a weekly 1.5 hour, facilitated Zoom session each Friday to enable you to connect with other learners, reflect on your practice and learning, and share discussions. Each week you will be able to select a time slot for the Zoom session that suits you best (Thursday 14:00-15:30; Fridays 9:30-11:00 or 14:00-15:30); we will have a maximum of six participants in each slot.

The estimated time required for each week:


How long?

Readings and interactive presentationsAcademy


Forum discussion participation and activitiesAcademy


Chat discussionZoom




You will find further details of any upcoming units here where you can also book a place.  If you would like to know more about the course or if you have any other questions about the training we offer please call 0131 225 0630 or email