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Accelerated Certificate in Company Direction

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 financial directors   
  3. Director's role in strategy and marketing 
  4. Director's role in leading the organisation  

How does the online aspect work?

The IoD Certificate in Company Direction provides directors with the knowledge that will help them to perform their duties effectively. It provides tools and techniques to examine the key responsibilities of directors.

This accelerated option combines online learning with an intensive face-to-face group workshop. The online elements are delivered via our specially-developed web-based learning tool, the Learning Zone. Participants are monitored as they study, at their convenience and often from their own home or office.

Comprehensive information on each topic is provided, together with a range of activities designed to support the learning. Once the pre-course online elements* are complete, participants come together for a five-day intensive workshop** with our expert course.

How does it all fit together?

  • Complete the online pre-workshop elements*
  • Attend the five day face to face workshop
  • Post-workshop support via e-learning
  • Sit the certificate in company direction examination
  • On successful completion of the examination, receive the Certificate in Company Direction

*Completion of the online modules is mandatory before attending the five-day session

**The workshop will include some evening sessions which must be attended

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
  • Those who wish to gain further qualifications will be able to progress to the Diploma in Company Direction and to Chartered Director status  
  • Overseas directors who are looking to complete the full programme. Directors can also undertake our exams abroad, upon request      

Features and benefits

  • Achieve the IoD Certificate in Company Direction in a flexible way and without taking your 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
  • Experience the latest in online learning support, both pre and post course and in the build up to the examination
  • Available for individual directors as well as groups of directors from the same organisation     

Pre-course work for Accelerated Learning Certificate       

The pre-course work and delegate information for the Accelerated Learning Certificate in Company Direction are contained within the IoD Learning Zone. This includes:

  • Delegate pre-course questionnaire (dietary requirements, company information etc.)
  • Course timetable
  • Certificate Exam registration form
  • Pre-course work

As a guide, pre-work for this course should take between 8 and 10 hours depending on the experience of the delegate. For the benefit of all delegates, please ensure that pre-work is completed prior to attending the programme. Pre-work is usually sent 6 weeks prior to the programme being attended.

For any queries related to the pre-course work, email or call on +44 (0)20 7766 8884   

Paul Fox, managing director, Merryhill Environtech


"When I first became a director in 2008, I knew that I needed not only to perform my operational duties, but to learn exactly what being a director was all about; I wanted to become a ‘professional director’. This qualification gave me a thorough understanding of a director’s duties and was a phenomenal learning curve which gave me great confidence in making decisions that affect my day-to-day role. The IoD programme has been instrumental in making me the successful director I am today."

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

Chartered Director

Dates and Pricing

Ashorne Hill
, Leamington Spa (residential)

4-9 September
11-16 September
25-30 September
9-14 October
23-28 October

7 September - deadline for applications 1 August

5 October - deadline for applications 1 September

9 November - deadline for applications 1 October

7 December - deadline for applications 1 November

2016 Prices:
Member: £7,990 + VAT (incl. 5 nights accommodation, complimentary half day revision session and webinar sessions)

Non-member: £9,525 + VAT (incl. 5 nights accommodation, complimentary half day revision session and webinar sessions)