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

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.

Edinburgh, In Person Dates for 2022 

To register your interest in any of these dates email:

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.

9th- 10th June 2022

Edinburgh Waldorf Astoria

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Award in Finance for Non-Finance Directors

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

3rd- 5th August 2022

Edinburgh Waldorf Astoria

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Award in Strategy for Directors


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

5th-7th October 2022

Edinburgh Waldorf Astoria

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Award in Leadership for Directors

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

1st- 2nd December 2022

Edinburgh Waldorf Astoria

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

Virtual Development Open Courses


Accelerated Certificate in Company Direction | 5-Day Residential Fast Track in Edinburgh  23rd- 28th October 2022  

Norton House Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh, Scotland

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: Natasha Ure

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.

Member: £3,475 + VAT

Non-member: £4,225 + VAT

Available dates

25 - 27 January 2022, London
08 - 10 February 2022, Virtual
23 - 25 March 2022, Northern Ireland

For more information, or to apply please contact the Professional Development team. 

Professional development

For more information, please contact

0131 557 5488


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