Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Advisory Board Technical Foundations

    • A Message from Louise Broekman, Advisory Board Centre CEO

    • How To Use This Course

    • Pre-Reading & Preparation

    • Advisory Board Professional Development Pathways

    • Before we begin...

  • 2

    Understanding Best Practice

    • What is best practice?

    • Background to the ABF101 Advisory Board Best Practice Framework™

    • Access the ABF101 Advisory Board Best Practice Framework™

    • Terminology Index

  • 3

    Advisory Board Foundations

    • Understanding the Advisor Sector

    • Governance Boards & Advisory Boards

    • Activity - Governance Boards & Advisory Boards

    • Activity Review - Governance Boards & Advisory Boards

    • Activity - Advisor Engagement Role Clarity

    • Activity Review - Advisor Engagement Role Clarity

    • Why Organisations Engage Advisory Boards

    • When Organisations Engage Advisory Boards

    • How Organisations Engage Advisory Boards

    • Who Organisations Engage on Advisory Boards

    • Activity - Managing Expectations

  • 4

    Understanding the ABF101 Advisory Board Best Practice Framework™

    • Introduction to the ABF101 Framework

    • Advisory Board Best Practice Principles : Clarity of Scope

    • Advisory Board Best Practice Principles : Independence

    • Advisory Board Best Practice Principles : Fit for Purpose

    • Advisory Board Best Practice Principles : Structure and Discipline

    • Advisory Board Best Practice Principles : Measurement

    • Activity - Scenario Planning Best Practice Principles

    • Activity Review - Scenario Planning Best Practice Principles

  • 5

    Advisory Board Best Practice Guidelines

    • Applying Best Practice Guidelines

    • The Charter

    • Meeting Protocols

    • Board Reports

    • Member Engagement

    • Roles and Responsiblities

    • Ethics and Code of Conduct

    • Advisory Board Model Variations

    • Accelerators and Incubators

    • Activity - Scenario Planning Best Practice Guidelines

    • Activity Review - Scenario Planning Best Practice Guidelines

  • 6

    Personal Reflection and Planning

    • Practical Applications of Your Learning

    • Before you go...

Why learn with the Advisory Board Centre?

We are the professional body for the global advisory sector.

Our research-backed programs add significant value to professionals on Advisory Boards or in individual engagements to support broader strategic outcomes. Our vision for our programs is to provide professionals with a challenging learning environment where they can engage with evidence-based ideas, share their own experiences and insights and deepen their relationships to gain practical understanding and renewed confidence in an Advisory capacity.

Elevate your Professional Development

Gain practical knowledge and executive insights to equip you with the technical foundations of high performing Advisory Board including: 

  • Explore the ABF101 Best Practice Framework™, including what it means for Advisory Board members and the organisations they support.

  • Enhance your understanding of the ABF101 Framework through immersive learning and the supporting Best Practice Guides.

  • Participants will receive access to the complete Best Practice Guide Resource Library.

  • Current Advisory Board Centre professional members are eligible for discounted pricing. Contact us for your access code.

What Participants Are Saying

5 star rating

Great way to strengthen my Advisory Board skills

Ditta Zizi

My ability to engage with business owners and founders on the benefits of Advisory Boards has been enhanced by participating in the Technical Foundations Pro...

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My ability to engage with business owners and founders on the benefits of Advisory Boards has been enhanced by participating in the Technical Foundations Program.

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5 star rating

Valuable and worthwhile for businesses and advisors

Kristen Sadler Ph.D.

This course provides an excellent introduction to and/or reminder about all aspects of Advisory Boards. From the principles and purpose to practical steps fo...

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This course provides an excellent introduction to and/or reminder about all aspects of Advisory Boards. From the principles and purpose to practical steps for establishing a board and maintaining relevance, the course is comprehensive in scope. The content is easy to follow and digest, it's set out in a user-friendly format. I recommend this course for businesses and advisors alike, regardless of the phase of the advisory board journey.

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4 star rating

Good introduction

Ryan Gonsalves

Great introduction to the advisory board principles. The case studies along with the expert feedback really help bring the framework to life

Great introduction to the advisory board principles. The case studies along with the expert feedback really help bring the framework to life

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5 star rating

Excellent

Rob Keogh

A well presented and structured course

A well presented and structured course

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5 star rating

Great foundational words, templates, checklists and intro...

Renée B. Lahti

This material is applicable regardless of country of origin where you wish to advise. I appreciated the reminders to get the work done, while still fresh. An...

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This material is applicable regardless of country of origin where you wish to advise. I appreciated the reminders to get the work done, while still fresh. And I much appreciate the downloads of the materials, which have wide usage for great business governance.

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5 star rating

Building on an Excellent Technical Foundation

Bruce Wookey

With an excellent starting foundation this course develops a much better understanding of practical application and potential areas of concern. It navigates ...

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With an excellent starting foundation this course develops a much better understanding of practical application and potential areas of concern. It navigates in a seamless and informative manner. Thoroughly recommended !

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5 star rating

Very happy with the course and thanks for the quick and e...

Tim Mann

I was very happy with the course content and the way it was delivered with no jargon. Very succinct and not repetitive at all. It was great to hear the opin...

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I was very happy with the course content and the way it was delivered with no jargon. Very succinct and not repetitive at all. It was great to hear the opinions of the other Advisory Chairs and their diligent answers to the Road Test questions. That being said, I still obviously have a lot of reading left to do in the way of resource documents.

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5 star rating

Advisory Board Technical Foundations - 2nd time completion

Keith Bailey

The online course provides an effective way to progress at your own pace. Like a rich resource, reviewing and redoing the content allows more insights and de...

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The online course provides an effective way to progress at your own pace. Like a rich resource, reviewing and redoing the content allows more insights and details to be captured and understood. I also completed the day course which provided alternative peer experience sharing, however the online course allowed more information to be absorbed. A great resource both for business owners and advisors.

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5 star rating

A course that delivered what it said

Nigel Fairbairn

The Foundations course was self paced and both engaging and fulfilling. The time to complete the course passed quickly such was the quality of the content a...

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The Foundations course was self paced and both engaging and fulfilling. The time to complete the course passed quickly such was the quality of the content and the manner it was presented. I wish I had known about the course years ago!

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Your Program Facilitator

Founder & CEO

Louise Broekman

Louise is an award winning Entrepreneur, researcher and business advisor. Louise has received recognition from Industry and Government at a local and national level for her contribution to the Australian business sector. In 2004, Louise established an Advisory Board for her own business which has provided her with first hand experience in how a well run Advisory Board can positively impact CEOs. Since 2012, Louise has served as Chair for commercial Advisory Boards. She is an in-demand speaker and is regularly called upon as the leading voice for Advisory Boards in the Asia Pacific region.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is the program designed for?

    The Advisory Board Technical Foundations Program is designed to support professions in a variety of applications including: Advisory Boards Advisors and Chairs, Business owners or executives looking to engage an Advisory Board, Committees, Steering Panels and Working Groups, Service Providers, Incubators/ Accelerators, Investors/ Venture Capitalists.

  • Will I be supported in my learning?

    The program has been designed following leading eLearning principles designed to provide you with a flexible, self-paced yet fully supported learning environment. You will have full access to program resources including Activity Guides, Best Practice Guides Resource Library and Videos.

  • How long does the program take?

    This is a Executive level program. Please allow 6-8 hours in a self-paced learning environment for review of the program videos, resources and activities.

  • How long do I have program access?

    You will have full access to the program and course materials for 30 days from registration.

  • What are my professional development pathways?

    As the professional body for the advisory sector, the Advisory Board Centre provides professional membership and executive learning and development programs. To explore your professional pathways, visit www.advisoryboardcentre.com.au. Completion of this program may contribute to CPD/CPE requirements for external professional bodies.

  • Can I access discounted pricing for my team?

    The Advisory Board Technical Foundations program is a effective program for professional services firms, Executive teams and Boards. Contact the Advisory Board Centre directly to discuss special pricing for teams and for purpose organisations.

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