Becoming a better director.

IoD awards, certificate and diploma level qualifications are internationally recognised and credit rated under the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). Exams are flexible and can be taken at various dates throughout the year at a time that works best for you. They are completed using a computer-based testing system and are remotely invigilated allowing you to choose when and where you take them.


You will need to pass an exam at the end of each certificate module. Each exam is made up of 16 multiple choice questions and lasts 45 minutes. You’ll receive your results within four weeks.


To obtain the diploma, you’ll need to complete the Developing Board Performance module and pass a three-hour exam. We publish a standard exam question beforehand, which you’ll need to answer in relation to a case study released on the day of the exam.


Browse dates below to book an exam directly, or visit the IoD Academy. Please email the exams team if you have any questions. [email protected].


We will help you prepare for certificate exams with two-hour preparation sessions, scheduled the fortnight before your exam. These virtual sessions are run by course leaders from each of the four certificate areas, providing an opportunity to practice and discuss sample questions with a group of peers. These sessions can be booked via the IoD Academy and are included in your course fees.


The IoD recognises that in some instances, certain programmes and qualifications already completed by individuals are at an equivalent or higher level to IoD certificate qualifications. Participants who have gained these qualifications may apply for an exemption allowing faster completion of the IoD certificate modules.

IoD Academy

All learning and exam preparation materials are available on the IoD Academy, our online learning platform.

Prices and discounts

Purchase all four certificate exams together for a discount.

Certificate exams (all four modules)

Multiple dates


Browse dates to book an exam. The closing date for application is four weeks before the exam. Results are awarded approximately four weeks following an exam.

Dates and prices

Strategy for Directors (exam)
22 Jun
Finance for Non-Finance Directors (exam)
22 Jun
Leadership for Directors (exam)
22 Jun
Role of the Director and the Board (exam)
22 Jun
Developing Board Performance (exam)
29 Jun

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 use our contact form and we will respond within 24 hours.

IoD Professional Development

+44 (0)20 7766 2601 [email protected]
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