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To be eligible to complete the Chartered Director qualification you must be a full Member or Fellow of the Institute of Directors and have passed the Certificate and Diploma examinations in Company Direction.

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To become a Chartered Director, your length of experience in a director role or equivalent should be either:

  • 5 full years' experience in a director level role
  • 3 full years' experience in a director level role, plus a recognised degree or full chartered professional qualification, i.e CEng, MCIPD, CIM, ACMA, ACA etc.

For either period you may have been working in a number of roles at director (or equivalent) level, including non-executive positions (NED positions must be consecutive). Your board (or governing body) must comprise three directors (including executive or non-executive directors).

For any queries regarding the validity of professional qualifications, please contact the Chartered Director team.


The maximum time for applying for Chartered Director, having passed the Diploma in Company Direction, is ten years. Similarly, roles or experience that exceed ten years from the point of application will not be accepted.  The role(s) that you put forward should include at least one that has been held in the last five years.


The Chartered Director qualification comprises a peer interview to assess your practical experience as a director. The assessment is based on five key areas which are central to organisational direction and governance.

The interview, conducted by an experienced peer reviewer, explores your portfolio and the scope of your role(s) as a director.

To be eligible, you must be able to answer the below affirmatively.

Do you participate, and/or have you participated, in the direction of your organisation by:

  1. Being a full member of the board;
  2. Deriving your authority directly from the board, within an executive role, with clear responsibility;
  3. Taking responsibility for determining and developing the strategy and direction of the organisation; participating in board activity in a role such as a non-executive director, trustee or governor;
  4. Acting as company secretary or as company secretary combined with an executive position of a public body or institution;
  5. Being a focal point for the determination of the mission and vision of your organisation, or for driving the review and relevance of these;
  6. Being responsible for the delegation and monitoring of performance and the delivery of the organisation's strategy through senior management and other stakeholders;
  7. Being responsible and demonstrating accountability on your own behalf, and on behalf of your organisation to a range of stakeholders.

Download an application form