Certificate in Company Direction

What you need to know to be an effective director

The IoD Certificate in Company Direction will equip you with the knowledge you need to function as an effective company director and leader. Covering governance, finance, strategy and leadership, the certificate is a Bachelors level (SCQF) qualification in its own right and the first stage in the Chartered Director Programme.


Our Certificate in Company Direction is designed to improve your performance by sharing the latest insights in high-performance leadership. Divided into four modules, it covers:

  • the role, responsibilities and legal duties of a business director
  • the characteristics of an effective board
  • financial terms and concepts
  • issues and processes involved in formulating strategic business plans
  • how leaders create influence and impact within and beyond their organisation


The IoD Certificate in Company Direction is a globally-recognised, degree-level qualification. Offering flexible study routes and blending digital and interactive learning, it is tailored to your level of experience, prior qualifications, career aspirations and learning style. The modules are designed by directors for directors and encourage peer learning to help you build connections and benefit from real-life experiences.


The certificate is comprised of four modules

Introduction to the Certificate in Company Direction programme

Sample and experience an element of course content alongside other delegates and the IoD’s course leader. Get a feel for how the IoD’s director training is delivered. Next taster session – 14 March 2024.

Prices and discounts

If you purchase all certificate modules upfront, there is a discounted package rate. Examination fees for the first sit of each module are included, any transfers or re-sit fees are at an additional fee. You can also book and pay for modules individually on relevant course pages.

Multiple dates

Various locations

Accelerated Certificate in Company Direction

You can fast-track your director development with our five-day residential course. Practical learning enhanced by real-life scenarios and peer collaboration will give you knowledge and skills that you can use immediately at board level for maximum impact. As well as offering time-poor directors a faster way to upskill, the accelerated certificate is also a great solution for leadership teams wanting to develop a shared approach to governance, strategy and leadership.

Dates and prices

21 Apr
26 Apr
Ettington Park Hotel, Warwickshire
12 May
17 May
Crathorne Hall Hotel, North East
19 May
24 May
Culloden Estate & Spa, Northern Ireland
16 Jun
21 Jun
Woodlands Park Hotel, Surrey
13 Oct
18 Oct
Norton House Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

The Certificate in Company Direction is a challenging, but valuable qualification. All of the presenters have a wealth of knowledge and experience, which they were able to bring alive in real life scenarios.

Richard Johnston Assistant Director, Ulster University Economic Policy Centre


Becoming a qualified chartered director

IoD awards, certificate and diploma level qualifications are internationally recognised and credit rated under the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

Here to help

Please get in touch if you have any questions about our business courses. Our contact hours are 9am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday. If you would like someone from our team to contact you, please email us at [email protected] and we will get in touch within 24 hours on weekdays.

IoD Professional Development

+44 (0)20 3855 4309 [email protected]
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