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Consolidate your knowledge and skills with residential director training and benefit from focused learning at venues across the UK.

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Whether you’re a newly appointed director, aspiring to a seat on the board, or want to improve performance with fresh insight, the IoD Certificate in Company Direction, Level 9 (SCQF) qualification will equip you with the core knowledge and awareness needed to function effectively as a director.

The programme covers the key areas of governance, finance, strategy and leadership providing you with a foundation in effective directorship:

  • An in-depth view of the role, responsibilities and legal duties of a director
  • An understanding of the characteristics of an effective board
  • Sound knowledge of financial terms and concepts
  • The issues and processes associated with formulating strategic business plans and achieving strategic leadership

Take advantage of a range of flexible routes to qualification available across the UK, featuring a blend of online and face-to-face learning tailored to your level of experience, prior qualifications, career aspirations and learning style.

Your four steps to success

Award in 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.

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Award in Finance for Non-Finance Directors

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

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Award in Leadership for Directors

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

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Award in Strategy for Directors

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

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Attend the full Certificate programme, fast track your development with an intensive residential, or learn at your own pace with a series of recognised modular awards that contribute to your overall qualification. 

2019 dates 

Certificate Module






Role of the Director
and the Board

29-30 Oct
14-15 Nov;
26-27 Nov;
11-12 Dec;
9-10 Jan;
3-4 Feb;
25-26 Feb

16-17 Jan

16-17 Jan

10-11 Feb

30-31 Mar

Finance for
Non-Finance Directors

16-18 Oct;
4-6 Nov;
6-8 Nov;
20-22 Nov;
4-6 Dec;
15-17 Jan;
17-19 Feb

5-7 Feb;

25-27 Mar

23-25 Mar

Strategy for Directors

30-31 Oct
18-20 Nov;
10-12 Dec;
20-22 Jan;
17-19 Feb

21-23 October;
9-11 Mar

4-6 November

4-6 November

24-26 September

Leadership for Directors

28-29 Oct;
25-26 Nov;
28-29 Nov;
30-31 Jan;
20-21 Feb

18-19 November

25-26 November;
13-14 Feb

2-3 December

4-5 November

By paying in advance for the complete programme you will receive a free revision session and webinar sessions (subject to availability). Enrolment and examination fees are also included. Alternatively, you may book and pay for courses individually as advertised on course pages. Examination fees for individual course units may be pre-paid when booking. Please see the IoD Examinations page for more information.

Prices: Member: £9,675 + VAT; Non-member: £11,775 + VAT

Accelerated Certificate in Company Direction | 5 Day Fast-Track

Business pressures can make it difficult for directors and senior leaders to take time out to focus on personal and professional development and keep up-to-date with industry updates.

Take control of your development, become a certified director in under a month* with this intensive fast track residential designed specifically for the time-poor leader.

Practical just-in time learning enhanced by real-life scenarios and peer collaboration will provide you with the vital knowledge and skills for immediate application and maximum impact at board level.

In addition, the Accelerated Certificate in Company Direction provides an effective solution for teams and groups of leaders who wish to develop a common approach to governance, strategy and leadership that may be applied at organisational level.

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