Diploma in Company Direction

The next stage in your development as a chartered director.

The Diploma in Company Direction is a Masters level (SCQF) qualification and the second stage in our Chartered Director Programme, with a focus on developing your board performance. Three days of practical, simulated boardroom challenges in a safe environment will set you up for the diploma examination and have an immediate impact on your performance as a director.


Our Diploma in Company Direction is designed to build on the knowledge gained from the Certificate in Company Direction and boost your expertise and confidence as a director. The diploma will give you:

  • an understanding of your board’s role, its dynamic, power, influence and conflicts
  • an insight into key topics such as risk and crisis management, decision-making, and mergers and acquisitions
  • access to techniques and tools to improve your own competencies and evaluate the performance of your board


The Diploma in Company Direction is an internationally-recognised qualification. Using the latest real-world scenarios and insights, the course encourages peer learning, challenge and reflective practice. Course content is designed by directors for directors. The Developing Board Performance course must be completed in order to gain the diploma, allowing you to move on to the final step of the Chartered Director Programme.

Dates and prices

1 Oct
3 Oct
116 Pall Mall, London
22 Oct
24 Oct
The Merchant Hotel, Northern Ireland
4 Nov
6 Nov
116 Pall Mall, London

The skills I acquired through the Diploma in Company Direction were invaluable to me in providing a toolset I could use to strategically appraise and navigate the last 12 months.

Jayne Brady Head, Northern Ireland Civil Service


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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