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Experience an interactive workshop approach with IoD open programmes available in Scotland

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.

Take advantage of a range of flexible study routes will help you develop competencies specific to the knowledge, skills and mind-set required of directors, senior leaders and aspiring directors. IoD open courses can also form part of a tailored training package for you and your organisation.

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. All IoD courses can be delivered as in-house company training and time-poor directors have the option to take certificate modules as a fast-track Accelerated Certificate programme.

Whether you select CPD learning-focused sessions, covering the latest best practice with added opportunities for peer-learning, or the Certificate in Company Direction qualification to gain professional recognition, you will benefit from the world-class content, immediately applicable in both an individual and organisational context.

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.

30 March 2020

Award in Finance for Non-Finance Directors

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

27th April 2020

Award in Leadership for Directors

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

6th July 2020

Award in Strategy for Directors

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

1st June 2020

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

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. 

16th February 2020 | 27 September 2020

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Diploma in Company Direction

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.

2 December 2020 | Edinburgh | 3 days

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IoD Scotland Professional Director Series Workshops

IoD Scotland run a selection of day and half-day Professional Director Series (PDS) workshops, developed and delivered by directors, for directors and aspiring directors.

These workshops offer a more fundamental starting point on your Director Development Journey prior to stepping onto the formal qualfications (Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction) pathway.

They also offer CPD events for those already qualified, together with opportunities to meet with directors and founders from other sectors, to share experience and uncover different apporaches to challenges faced.  All our workshops are open to members and non-members and usually bring together delegates from a variety of sectors and locations to connect and share knowledge.

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Mastering the Art of Strategic Questioning

Focus on deconstructing and reconstructing the way you think about asking questions with the ultimate aims of building trust in people and gaining deeper insights from them in the process.

"What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question.

Jonas Salk

Dundee - 21st May 2020

Edinburgh - 19th November 2020


The Apprentice Director

It is important that all directors, on appointment, receive induction about their role and the significant duties and legal liabilities that go with it. Directors have a duty to exercise a standard of skill, care and diligence and this workshop will provide delegates with the know-how and insights to effectively fulfil and grow within the role.

This one-day workshop is designed for the newly-appointed, or apprentice directors who want to gain the basic tools to do the job. It outlines the role and legal responsibilities of a director and explores how the apprentice moves from managing to directing. 

6th February 2020


The Role of the Family Director & the Board

This one-day workshop explores the role of the director and the Board within individual and family-owned companies. Important aspects of the director’s role are the legal duties and changing architecture of governance, which have much to offer both start-up companies and established family-owned companies. 

10th March 2020


Ros Taylor Master Classes

A series of boardroom skills masterclasses with this leading UK and international psychologist and executive coach, where you can book 6 for the price of 5.

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Future Directors

Succession planning and developing the next generation of directors can be a daunting task and relies on the alignment of employee ambition, company resources, finances and time. To help you nurture the leaders of your organisation, we've created our Future Directors course.

Across three days, delegates will explore, analyse and develop the key attributes of a director.

The course is designed by expert IoD course leaders, and is available as a residential or non-residential programme, as well as the option to be tailored to the specific needs of your future directors and delivered in-company. 

Delegates will meet and be inspired by a Chartered Director during their time on the course - men and women who are advocates for professional development and have learned valuable lessons to share with those on a pathway to directorship.

Date: 01 - 03 September 2020
Location: Edinburgh

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