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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.

04 September 2019

Award in Leadership for Directors

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

4 November 2019

Award in Strategy for Directors

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

24 September 2019

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. 

27 October 2019   

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 2019 | 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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For more information, please contact

0131 557 5488


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


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

21st November 2019

Net-Defence - Services - Real World Security

Governance in the Digital Era

In a world of fast evolving digital threat, Directors need to know, plan and test their governance responsibilities.

Protecting yourself as a Director is the first smart step. Join us for this half-day workshop to learn what’s changed in recent months, what you are accountable for, and actions you can take to minimise your personal risk.

7th November 2019


The Fundamental Role of the Non-Executive Director

This one-day workshop (9-5) identifies the various roles of the non-executive director (NXD) in Scotland within a range of settings – family company, subsidiaries, Third Sector and Public sector; how their appointment can help balance a board and how they make an effective contribution to a board's work. It also examines methods for NXD selection and reviews their motivation, induction and reward. It will help improve your current performance or help prepare you for the time when you may be appointed. 

26th November 2019

Upcoming Workshops

  • How to Influence Others and Handle Challenging People - 12th November
  • An Introduction to Public Sector Appointments - Learn & Lunch - 14th November
  • Making an Impact for Business Presentations - 5th December

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