Everything you need to know to be a better director

Open courses

IoD open courses cover the essentials needed to successfully steer an organisation. You can take courses individually or as part of a tailored training package. The first four professional development courses listed here make up the Certificate in Company Direction – the first stage in our Chartered Director Programme.

Open course benefits

Real-world experience

Expert practitioners share strategic insights, practical experience and relevant case studies.

Stronger governance

Course content provides a detailed understanding of the roles and responsibilities of leadership teams.

Flexible delivery 

In-person, virtual and online learning at a pace that suits your career, role or life stage needs.

Role of the Director and the Board

The board’s role in corporate governance and your legal responsibilities as a director.


Leadership for Directors

Tried and tested techniques for influencing, engaging and creating impact.


Strategy for Directors

The skills you need to create, lead and evaluate your organisation’s strategic processes.


Finance for Non-Finance Directors

The skills you need to understand organisational finance and the relationship between financial and operational strategies.


Role of the Managing Director

Understand the relationship between the MD and the board.


Role of the Non-Executive Director

Practical skills and advice to prepare you for the role.


Role of the Finance Director

Learn how to balance the demands of this complex role.


Role of the Company Secretary

A practical look at the essential knowledge needed to perform as an effective company secretary.


Role of the Chair

Best practice for fulfilling your role successfully.


Cyber Security for Directors

The skills, knowledge, tools and techniques needed to secure your organisation against cyber attack.


Data Governance for Directors

Practical workshop for understanding the issues, challenges and benefits of taking a strategic approach to data governance.


Aspiring Director

Helping senior leaders identify what they need to progress.


What do you need to learn next?

Check your knowledge, skills and mindset with the Director Competency Framework

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