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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
  • Enriched peer learning with directors across the globe
  • A qualification that is respected world-wide and sits as an equivalent to degree level

Take advantage of a range of flexible routes to qualification available across the UK, featuring a blend of digital and interactive virtual 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 required to evaluate the director's role and responsibilities in relation to finance, and the relationship between financial and corporate strategies.

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Award in Strategy for Directors

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

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Award in Leadership for Directors

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

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2021 virtual delivery dates

Certificate Module



Award in Role of the Director
and the Board (2 days)

29-30 March
8-9 April
26-27 April
28-29 April
6-7 May
20-21 May
7-8 June
24-25 June

Member: £2,475 + VAT
Non-Member: £2,975 + VAT

Award in Finance for
Non-Finance Directors (3 days)

22-24 March
29-31 March
21-23 April
28-30 April
5-7 May
24-26 May
7-9 June
21-23 June

Member: £2,745 + VAT
Non-Member: £3,300 + VAT

Award in Strategy
for Directors (3 days)

29-31 March
22-24 April
26-28 April
12-14 May
7-9 June
23-25 June

Member: £2,745 + VAT
Non-Member: £3,300 + VAT

Award in Leadership
for Directors (2 days)

12-13 April
22-23 April
17-18 April
3-4 June
14-15 June

Member: £2,475 + VAT
Non-Member: £2,975 + VAT

By purchasing all certificate modules upfront you will receive a discounted package rate. Examination fees for each certificate module are included, excluding any transfer or re-sit fees. Alternatively, you may book and pay for courses individually as advertised on course pages. For more information on booking examinations please click here or contact To book or find out more information about the Certificate in Company Direction please contact:

Prices: Member: £9,775 + VAT; Non-member: £11,875 + 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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Knowledge, skills and mindset for a challenging world

IoD courses are designed to tackle the core competencies needed to thrive at board-level.

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