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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 which 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.

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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.

Award in Finance for Non-Finance Directors

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

Award in Leadership for Directors

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

Award in Strategy for Directors

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

For all Virtual Training Dates for the Certificate in Company Direction please refer here:

Virtual Development Open Courses

In line with national guidelines IoD Scotland are anticipating resuming face to face training in Edinburgh for the Certificate Courses and The Role of the Non- Executive. If you would like to register your interest for face to face from the end of August 2021 please email your details below:

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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. 

To register your interest for the next fast track residential in Edinburgh please email:

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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.

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IoD Professional Director Series 

The IoD run a selection of Professional Director Series (PDS) sessions, developed and delivered by directors, for directors and aspiring directors.

These sessions offer a more fundamental starting point on your Director development journey prior to stepping onto the formal qualifications (Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction) pathway.

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. For full IoD members any of our PDS  90 minutes sessions are free.

For a full list of our Virtual offering for the Professional Director Series  please refer here:

Professional Director Series Virtual Workshops 

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0131 557 5488

Scotland

Branch and staff contacts can be found on the main Contacts tab


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.

Academy Future Directors - path diagram - FOR BOARDS 

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For Virtual Delivery Dates for Future Directors please check here: