Membership grades and criteria
IoD membership is open to anyone with senior-level responsibilities – you do not need to be a registered director or working in a commercial entity to be eligible for membership.
The IoD has four grades of membership based primarily on an individual’s experience: Associate, Member, Fellow and Student.
Associate and Member grades give you an identical package of benefits and services, and the membership subscription fees are the same. As a Member of the IoD, you would also be entitled to use the designation MIoD after your name for the duration of your membership. As an Associate member, you may upgrade your membership in line with the criteria stated further down the page.
Membership of the Institute of Directors is open to those responsible for the strategic direction of an ‘entity’, being one of the following:
- Incorporated company
- Business unit or association
- Professional or other partnership
- Not-for-profit organisation, charity or trust
- Non-departmental public body
- Local or national government
- Academic or training organisation
- Armed forces organisation
- Similar body whose activities and strategies require direction.
If you are still unsure as to whether you fulfil the Member criteria then please contact the membership team on +44 (0) 20 7766 8866.
Also note: If you do not meet Member criteria you may apply as an Associate.
IoD director definition
A member of the body that is responsible for the strategic business direction of an entity and the implementation of its corporate governance and which makes the decisions that determine its success and integrity. The expression may include: a divisional director where the division is equivalent to an entity of substance; or a leader of an entity not conducted for commercial purposes.
We will consider applicants where turnover, budget or length of service does not meet Member criteria. It is open to:
- A ‘director’ of an ‘entity’ or a proprietor of an enterprise which has active operations
- A partner in a professional practice or a senior executive or officer of another entity who reports directly to a member of the body that is responsible for the strategic direction of that entity and the implementation of its corporate governance.
Full member status can be achieved by a director who is (or who has been during the past five years), responsible for the strategic direction of one or more of the above solvent entities that has (or have in aggregate) an annual minimum turnover or budget of £250,000 and has:
- Held the post of director for a minimum of three years and been in business for a minimum of seven years
- Held the post of director for a minimum of one year, been in business for a minimum of five years and has attended the IoD's course The Role of the Company Director and the Board.
Should you feel you qualify for Member grade, please click here to download an Application for Transfer to Member Grade.
Members are invited to become Fellows of the IoD, based on their experience and contribution to business.
Recognition is given to members who have attained the IoD’s Diploma in Company Direction and those who have become Chartered Directors.
To ensure that the prestige and status of Fellowship is maintained, qualification is based on a number of criteria including:
- You have held full membership for at least one year
- You are currently (or, at any time in the five years immediately prior to invitation, was) a director of an entity whose annual turnover or budget exceeds £10m or such higher sum as the board determines. Directors of several entities with accumulative turnover will be taken into consideration.
- You have been a director for a minimum of five years
As a Fellow of the IoD, you would be entitled to use the designation FIoD after your name for the duration of your Fellowship. In addition to the prestige of Fellowship and your existing membership benefits, you would also have access to an enhanced package of benefits.
If you would like to discuss membership grades and fees or require further information, please contact the membership team on +44 (0) 20 7766 8866.