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Accelerated Certificate in Company Direction

Business pressures can make it difficult to take time out to focus on personal and professional development and stay up to date. Take control of your development, become a certified director with this intensive fast track residential designed specifically for the time-poor leader.

Using a blend of online and face-to-face learning we offer directors the same expert training and knowledge available through our traditional approach, but requiring only five consecutive days away from the demands of your business.

This fast-track residential programme provides you with fresh insights into the key areas of strategy, leadership, governance and finance, thus covering the subjects of the Certificate in Company Direction modules:

Certificate in Company Direction modules:

  1. Role of the Director and the Board 
  2. Finance for Non-Finance Directors   
  3. Strategy for Directors 
  4. Leadership for Directors

  Why attend?

  • Achieve the IoD Certificate in Company Direction in a flexible way and without taking focus away from your professional life
  • Share experiences with your peers in an environment conducive to intensive learning
  • Minimise the amount of time spent away from the office
  • Learn from leading industry professionals whose talent and ability has been proven in the marketplace
  • Available for individual directors as well as groups of directors from the same organisation

Who will benefit?

  • Any busy director who simply cannot take too much time away from the demands of their business and who is looking for a fast track method of achieving the certificate in company direction
  • Overseas directors who are looking to complete the full programme
  • Leaders from organisations of all sizes and sectors who want to bring specific competences and credibility to their businesses
  • Those who wish to gain further qualifications will be able to progress to the Diploma in Company Direction and to Chartered Director status

2022 dates

Woodlands Park Hotel, Surrey, South

Stanbrook Abbey Hotel, Worcestershire, West Midlands

Culloden Estate and Spa, Belfast. Northern Ireland

20 - 25 February 2022

27 - 01 April 2022

22 - 27 May 2022

24 - 29 April 2022

15 - 20 May 2022

Stanbrook Abbey Hotel, Worcester, West Midlands

Norton House Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh, Scotland

Principal York, York, Yorkshire

24 - 29 April 2022

23 - 28 October 2022

Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath, South West

116 Pall Mall, London


: Member: £9,775 + VAT; Non-member: £11,875 + VAT

Prices are inclusive of course materials, 5 nights accommodation including breakfast and group meals.

Your steps to achieve the Certificate in Company Direction

  • Complete the online pre-course questionnaire available on the IoD Academy website*
  • Attend the five day face-to-face programme
  • Enroll in the Certificate in Company Direction examinations**
  • Access the recap quizzes and examination preparation area on the IoD Academy website
  • Upon successful completion of the examination, receive the Certificate in Company Direction

*It is strongly recommended to complete the reading and activities to help you prepare for the programme.

**If you hold one of our approved finance qualifications you may be entitled to an exemption from our Finance for Non-Finance Directors Certificate module. For more information please refer to the Examinations section of our website

The IoD Academy Website

The IoD Academy website provides you with learning materials to support the Accelerated Certificate in Company Direction. Gain access to the pre-course reading and case studies to prepare for the intensive face-to-face modules, as well as the recap quizzes and exam preparation for each module to refresh and support the knowledge you have gained and prepare for the examinations.

Pre-course work includes:

  • The short pre-course questionnaire (complete two weeks prior the course)
  • Pre-course reading
  • Gain access to the course material for the four course modules, including the handbook, case studies and pre-course reading prior to attending the course.

    For more information, or to apply please contact the Professional Development team. 

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    What our attendees think

    Ben Slade

    "The Accelerated Certificate in Company Direction programme was stimulating, highly relevant, and all four tutors were first rate. I gained a huge amount of knowledge, practical skills and positive affirmation from the IoD, thanks to the excellent tutors and high quality documentation that I have brought “back to the ranch” for the immediate benefit of SkillForce and our various stakeholders."

    Ben Slade, chief executive, SkillForce

    Contact us

    To find out more about the Accelerated Certificate in Company Direction and to book your place(s), speak to the Professional Development team

    020 7766 2601

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