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Diploma in Company Direction

The Diploma in Company Direction is an opportunity to put into practice the knowledge gained from the Certificate in a realistic and safe environment. It encourages peer-group support, challenge and stimulation, mirroring in many ways the operation of a board.

Challenge and utilise the knowledge gained from your experience as a director in an applied and dynamic way with the IoD Diploma in Company Direction Level 11 (SCQF) qualification.

By replicating the issues of a 'real' organisation, you will gain hands-on experience that will not only enable you to achieve a world-class qualification, but also to make a significant impact on your board's effectiveness.

You will receive feedback on your own performance as a board member and return to your organisation ready to tackle future challenges with greater expertise and confidence.

Developing Board Performance

This three-day module of the Diploma in Company Direction provides a unique opportunity to put your skills to the test as you act as a board member to tackle a real-life board-room scenario, mirroring in many ways the operation of a board.

Who should attend?

Experienced directors and senior leaders who have completed the Certificate in Company Direction and wish to further their development with practical application and understanding of the knowledge and skills required at board level.

Course objectives

Participation on this course will enable you to:

  • Understand your board’s role, its dynamic, power, influence and conflicts
  • Gain knowledge of important topics: risk and crisis management, decision-making, mergers and acquisitions, and board performance
  • Understand relevant techniques and tools to improve personal skills and that of the board
  • Evaluate and improve the performance of your board, its committees and individual directors

When you have passed the examination you will be awarded the Diploma in Company Direction. This is also an essential step for achieving Chartered Director status, the professional qualification that recognises the professionalism and experience of directors.

Request more information 

Member: £3,475 + VAT

Non-member: £4,225 + VAT

Available dates

25 - 27 January 2022, London
08 - 10 February 2022, Virtual
23 - 25 March 2022, Northern Ireland

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

Professional development

“The IoD's approach to director development  is practical and rooted in real-world business. We do that by looking at case studies and taking a ‘real play’ rather than ‘role play’ approach.”
Simon Haslam, IoD course leader and strategy consultant

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020 7766 2601

0208 142 9066

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Please note: 

If your first language is not English, you need to have reached an equivalent level of fluency to IELTS Level 6.5 in order to be able to undertake the Certificate and Diploma Examinations in Company Direction.