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IoD Academy Northern Ireland

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Gain the confidence to grow yourself, your business and make a real impact with IoD professional development in Northern Ireland.

Directorship is a skilled, demanding and challenging profession. The IoD, with its many years of experience educating and developing senior leaders around the world is here to help you rise to the challenge. Earlier this year the IoD Academy launched in Northern Ireland, offering local leaders an opportunity to access internationally recognised courses and qualifications.

Individuals and boards are able to complete the Certificate in Company Direction, achieve the Diploma in Company Direction and then progress to Chartered Director under the guidance of local and visiting course leaders. Our programmes are underpinned by the Director Competency Framework, which identifies the knowledge, skills and mind-set required to be an effective director.

Below is the schedule of upcoming courses, including all four modules of the Certificate in Company Direction and our Accelerated Certificate Programme. Developing Board Performance, Role of the Non-Executive Director, Role of the Company Chair, and other short courses as well as in-house company training. To find out more please contact the Academy NI team.

Contact us

We’re always ready to help – please don't hesitate to contact Lisa Maltman for advice, assistance or further information.

T: 02890683224


IoD Academy NI
Institute of Directors 

Riddel Hall



Find out more about the IoD in Northern Ireland here

Role of the Director and the Board

Understand your duties and legal responsibilities as a director and examine the board's role in corporate governance.

10 February 2020

Finance for Non-Finance Directors

Get the skills necessary to evaluate business plans with confidence and contribute more effectively to boardroom discussion.

23 March 2020  

Strategy for Directors

Get the knowledge and skills required to create, implement and evaluate your organisation’s strategy. 

4-6 November 2019

27 April 2020

Leadership for Directors

Brush up with the latest leadership techniques from real world leaders, learn how to create influence, engagement and impact.

2-3 December 2019

In-company training

Our customised in-house training programmes, led by experienced directors, include a combination of facilitated classroom sessions, real-world case discussions and small group exercises that encourage participants to think strategically and drive tangible improvements in performance at an individual, board and organisational level.

We look at the client journey holistically, working collaboratively with you to design and deliver in-company training solutions that are relevant, measurable, accessible and flexible – seeking feedback at every stage of your development pathway with us. Integrated programmes may include accredited workshops, subject-specific facilitations, consultancy or individual coaching sessions, depending on the specific circumstances and required outcomes.

For more information, please download our brochure.


Challenge and utilise the knowledge gained from your experience as a director in an applied and dynamic way with the IoD Diploma in Company Direction Level 11 (SCQF) qualification.

By replicating the issues of a 'real' organisation, you will gain hands-on experience that will not only enable you to achieve a world-class qualification, but also to make a significant impact on your board's effectiveness.

You will receive feedback on your own performance as a board member and return to your organisation ready to tackle future challenges with greater expertise and confidence.

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Accelerated Certificate in Company Direction | 5-Day Residential Fast Track

Business pressures can make it difficult for senior leaders to take time out to focus on personal and professional development and stay up-to-date. Our 5-day intensive residential programme provides you with fresh insights into the areas of strategy, leadership, governance and finance enabling you to advance your career and maximise your impact on your organisation.

Experience an interactive workshop approach with real-world case studies, practical examples and scenarios. Benefit from the tried and tested experience of our leading experts, each with a unique understanding of leadership and governance best practice. Network with peers and build long lasting relationships as part of your wider support network. 

14 - 19 June 2020

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IoD Digital Academy

Digital Academy

Access interactive CPD content - from polls to podcasts - to read, watch or listen on the go.

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“The Chartered Director programme has allowed me to stand out from my peers and to make the best decisions for my company by staying ahead of any changes to business practices, which ensures our clients receive the best advice and service”  Jeremy Biggerstaff CDir, Managing Director, Flint Studios

“I could not have achieved the level of success that I have done without a commitment to development through the Diploma in Company Direction.”  Clare Guinness, Chief Executive, Warrenpoint Harbour

Read insights from our inspiring and business leading directors.

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