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Open courses

IoD open courses are specifically designed for directors, covering the wide spectrum of roles, responsibilities and leadership skills that are essential in today’s evolving business landscape.

These director training courses are the perfect form of CPD to enhance your knowledge and skills in a flexible, interactive environment. Our expert practitioners deliver the latest strategic insight and live industry case studies for practical application. IoD open courses can also form part of a tailored training package for you and your organisation.

We also offer the Certificate in Company Direction, a Level 9 (SCQF) qualification which consists of a set courses which can either be taken individually or as part of the Certificate. Each of these courses provide a qualification as a modular award. These courses are marked with an asterisk.

To find out more information on course dates and pricing click on the tabs below.

Courses for directors and senior leaders


Role of the director and the board

Role of the Director and the Board*

This course provides an essential introduction to the role, duties and legal responsibilities of a director, and to the workings of a board.


Director's role in leading the organization

Leadership for Directors*

New Syllabus - This new and improved course will equip senior leaders with the core competencies required for effective leadership at board level with a focus on values, culture and stakeholder engagement.


Finance for Non-Financial director

Finance for Non-Financial Directors*

This course will demystify the world of finance, allowing you to contribute more effectively to boardroom discussion. It will ensure that you develop the skills you need to evaluate and monitor the financial health of a business.


Director's role in strategy and marketing

Director's Role in Strategy and Marketing*

This course provides an introduction to the key ideas and approaches to strategic direction and marketing within your organisation. It will assist your role in leading the strategic process.


Role of the Non-Executive Director

Role of the Non-Executive Director

This course is designed to equip you with practical skills to prepare for this role, raise your profile and add real value in the boardroom. Includes an evening dinner and drinks reception with a high profile, portfolio NED guest speaker.


Role of the Company Secretary

Role of the Company Secretary

This course provides a practical overview of the company secretary's duties and responsibilities and the essential knowledge required to fulfil this role successfully.


Role of the Chair

Role of the Chair

The chair has a critical influence on a board's style, composition, balance and performance. This course provides an opportunity to review the key responsibilities of this role with a comprehensive review of current legal requirements and good practice.


Role of the Executive PA

Role of the Executive PA

This ground-breaking course has been designed exclusively for experienced PAs working for directors, business leaders and other executives at board level. Learn how to drive tangible business improvements and gain an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the board.


Role of the Managing Director

Role of the Managing Director

This course examines the relationship between the managing director and the board of directors. It further deals with the managing director's accountability, authority and constraints and will enable you to assess your performance and plan your development.


Role of the Finance Director

Role of the Finance Director

The finance director is a key member of the board of directors. This comprehensive course demonstrates how to balance the demands of this crucial and complex role to ensure that the financial strategies support the broader corporate aims of the business.


Role of the Trustee

Role of the Trustee

This lively, expert-led course looks at the role, duties and legal responsibilities of trustees, and at the workings of the charity board and its responsibility for the organisation’s governance.

Director skills courses


Coaching Skills for Directors

Coaching Skills for Directors

This course is ideal for anyone looking to explore the idea of coaching and covers a range of models and techniques – whether you are looking to improve the performance of your direct reports or to introduce coaching into your organisation.


Chairing Meetings Effectively

Chairing Meetings Effectively

Chairing meetings effectively is an essential skill for today's leaders, who conduct a wide range of meetings on a regular basis. Poorly managed meetings can lead to a loss of valuable time and money. This course provides you with the vital skills and techniques for leading concise, structured and meaningful meetings.


Keys to Personal Effectiveness

Keys to Personal Effectiveness

Identify and focus on your key priorities to increase the effectiveness of you and your team. This course introduces you to a battery of time-management tools and also provides you with techniques to understand and focus on priorities, thereby increasing your productivity.


Inspirational Leadership

Inspirational Leadership

This course will allow you to evaluate your personal leadership style, enhance your personal credibility and develop a committed organisation.


Developing Strategic Thinking

Developing Strategic Thinking

Benchmark your strategic thinking capability and strengthen your contribution to the development of organisational strategy. This course provides practical insight into the processes and techniques for strategic thinking and strategy custodianship at board level.


Business Presentation Skills

Business Presentation Skills

Learn how to prepare and deliver exceptional presentations and speeches with confidence, expertise and professionalism this course will allow you to practise and improve your skills under expert guidance.


Social Media Strategy for Directors

Social Media Strategy for Directors

Understand the strategic challenges posed by the rise of social media. This course covers areas such as social media strategy, reputational risk and social media governance.


Negotiating Skills for Directors

Negotiating Skills for Directors

Learn to negotiate confidently with clients, customers, suppliers and others on a national and international basis. With insight into the processes of negotiation, you will be able to control what is both a complex and sophisticated activity.

CPD workshops


Strategic Change - Making it Happen

Strategic Change - Making it Happen

This interactive session will position the strategic change process and share examples of best practice in the leadership of strategic change.


Finance Business Partnering

Finance Business Partnering

Board directors are often asking how finance can add more value. Explore how finance and business management can work together to overcome multiple barriers and become successful business partners.


CPD Improving Board Dynamics

Improving Board Dynamics

This interactive taster session considers the important interplay and balance of board dynamics exhibited at board level, focusing on how to improve interaction, behaviour and relationships in board meetings.


CPD Risk Governance for Directors

Risk Management and Value Creation

This workshop provides a board-level introduction to risk governance, looking at the importance of understanding risk, exploring how your business can prepare for uncertainty, and examining the director’s role in managing risk.


CPD Strategic Decision Making

Strategic Decision Making

Examine the impact of ‘assumptions’ that underpin debate about strategic decisions and how these are promoted by organisational culture and human behaviour.


CPD The Top 5 Things Every Director Should Know

The Top 5 Things Every Director Should Know

This interactive workshop will enable you to distinguish the roles of a director compared to the other actors involved in the management and oversight of a business. You will also examine the legal obligations of a director with that of the personal liability as a director.


CPD Practical Tips for Becoming an NED

Practical Tips for Becoming a NED

Are you looking for your next NED role? Learn how to how to distinguish yourself from the competition, write a compelling CV and construct a well-prepared list of questions before you proceed.


CPD Step to the Top

Step to the Top

Are you ready and willing to take the step to the board room? This interactive workshop will equip aspiring directors with a concise overview of the duties and obligations you will face as a board director and an appreciation of the personal characteristics and traits required for success.

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