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IoD Academy NI


Gain the confidence to grow yourself, your business and make a real impact with IoD professional development in Northern Ireland

Directorship is a skilled, demanding and challenging profession. The IoD, with its many years of experience educating and developing senior leaders around the world is here to help you rise to the challenge. Earlier this year the IoD Academy launched in Northern Ireland, offering local leaders an opportunity to access internationally recognised courses and qualifications.

Individuals and boards are able to complete the Certificate in Company Direction, achieve the Diploma in Company Direction and then progress to Chartered Director under the guidance of local and visiting course leaders. Our programmes are underpinned by the  Director Competency Framework, which identifies the knowledge, skills and mind-set required to be an effective director.


Certificate in Company Direction

Whether you’re newly appointed, aspire to a seat on the board, or want to improve performance with fresh insight, the IoD Certificate in Company Direction, Level 9 (SCQF) qualification will equip you with core the knowledge, mind-set and behaviours for effective performance. The programme examines key issues such as leadership and governance, interpretation and application of financial data and the employment of strategic management tools to enhance business performance.

Award in Role of the Director and the Board

Understand your duties and legal responsibilities as a director and examine the board's role in corporate governance.

27-28 August 2020


Award in Finance for Non-Finance Directors

Develop the skills to evaluate business plans with confidence and contribute effectively to boardroom discussion.

7-9 September 2020


Award in Leadership for Directors

Brush up on the latest leadership skills from expert leaders, learn how to create influence, engagement and impact.

5-6 November 2020

Award in Strategy for Directors

Get the knowledge and skills required to create, implement and evaluate your organisation’s strategy. 

5-7 October 2020


Accelerated Certificate in Company Direction | 5-Day Residential Fast Track

Date TBC

Business pressures can make it difficult for senior leaders to take time out to focus on personal and professional development and stay up-to-date. Our 5-day intensive residential programme provides you with fresh insights into the areas of strategy, leadership, governance and finance enabling you to advance your career and maximise your impact on your organisation.

Experience an interactive workshop approach with real-world case studies, practical examples and scenarios. Benefit from the tried and tested experience of our leading experts, each with a unique understanding of leadership and governance best practice. Network with peers and build long lasting relationships as part of your wider support network. 

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Diploma in Company Direction

18th - 20th January 2021 | The Merchant Hotel, Belfast

Challenge and utilise the knowledge gained from your experience as a director in an applied and dynamic way with the IoD Diploma in Company Direction Level 11 (SCQF) qualification.

By replicating the issues of a 'real' organisation, you will gain hands-on experience that will not only enable you to achieve a world-class qualification, but also to make a significant impact on your board's effectiveness.

You will receive feedback on your own performance as a board member and return to your organisation ready to tackle future challenges with greater expertise and confidence.

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Role of the Non-Executive Director

Do you have what it takes to become a non-executive director? Join us in Birmingham to develop an understanding of the role of a non-executive director, how to secure this position and first class strategies to hone your skill set.

22 October 2020 | Belfast

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