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Chartered Director Examination


IoD awards, certificate and diploma level examinations and qualifications are now credit rated under the internationally recognised Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

Flexible examination dates are available throughout the year, and are offered via remote invigilation using a computer-based testing system which can be used on your home or work computer.

The Certificate in Company Direction is composed of four separate modular exams:

Award in Role of the Director and the Board*
Award in Finance for Non-Finance Directors*
Award in Strategy for Directors
Award in Leadership for Directors

The exams can be taken in any order, all at once or at intervals to suit your personal circumstances. Candidates will be awarded the Certificate in Company Direction once all four modular exams have been successfully completed.

Each modular exam is 45 minutes in duration and composed of 16 multiple-choice questions drawn from a randomised question bank. Twelve of these are one-mark and four are two-mark questions, as they present a greater challenge.

Dates and Fees

Certificate in Company Direction Exam Dates - 2021/22

Exam Date

Closing Date


22 September 2021 25 August 2021 20 October 2021
3 November 2021 6 October 2021 1 December 2021
8 December 2021 10 November 2021 12 January 2022
26 January 2022 29 December 2021 23 February 2022
16 February 2022 19 January 2022 09 March 2022
09 March 2022 09 February 2022 06 April 2022
06 April 2022 09 March 2022 04 May 2022
04 May 2022 06 April 2022 01 June 2022
22 June 2022 25 May 2022 20 July 2022
10 August 2022 13 July 2022 07 September 2022
21 September 2022 24 August 2022 19 October 2022
02 November 2022 05 October 2022 30 November 2022
07 December 2022 09 November 2022 11 January 2023

Diploma in Company Direction Exam Dates - 2021/22

Exam Date

Closing Date


03 November 2021 06 October 2021 01 December 2021
09 March 2022 09 February 2022 06 April 2022
29 June 2022 25 May 2022 27 July 2022
09 November 2022 12 October 2022 07 December 2022

Examination Fees


Modular Award £200 + VAT
Certificate (All 4 exam modules) £600 + VAT*
Diploma £600 + VAT*
Transfer fee (Certificate) £100 + VAT*
Transfer fee (Diploma) £260 + VAT*

Please note:

  • Registration for the first sitting of your examination(s) is included in the course fees for all modules of the Certificate in Company Direction* and the Diploma in Company Direction, if booked and attended through the IoD.
  • The Examination fees listed in the above table will only apply in the event of a re-sit.
  • Exam enrolments will not be accepted after the closing date for any given exam date.
  • You will need to pay for your course or exam re-sit prior to your exam date otherwise you will not be able to sit your exam
  • Transfer fee above applied if request is made within 14 days of the exam date and applies per individual exam booked
  • If you have enrolled on to an exam, all requests for cancellations and transfers must be forwarded to [email protected].  Fees will not be transferred or refunded if the request is received less than 14 days before the date of the examination.

*(Role of the Director and the Board, Finance for Non-Finance Directors, Strategy for Directors and Leadership for Directors)

Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions are intended to be legally binding between the person booking the examination (You) and the Institute of Directors (IoD, we or us). These terms and conditions apply to all bookings for examinations conducted by the IoD.

Please read terms and conditions for IoD examinations here

IoD Examinations Terms and Conditions

Disclosure of examination results to third parties

If you do not wish the IoD to disclose your results to third parties, including your tutors, please write to us at [email protected] to opt out. This information will be limited to your grade (eg Pass).

In relation to the release of examination results to third parties (programme managers), if you have not ‘opted out’ for purposes of non-disclosure, the IoD may inform your regional director if you have been successful in the Certificate and Diploma examinations. This information will be limited to your grade (e.g. Pass).

Cancellation of exams

In the rare situation where it is not possible for your examination to be conducted following efforts by IoD to accommodate the examination and/or where it is not possible for any reason for your results of such examination to be provided to you – for example in the event of a technological error, natural disaster, geopolitical or other significant circumstances or where the conduct of agents appointed by IoD fail to discharge their responsibility, candidates will be notified and offered a further examination sitting without charge. It is stressed that this will be extremely rare. The IoD does not accept any liability for any associated losses of any kind (whether direct and/or indirect) that may be incurred by you as a consequence of such circumstances.




Exam Registration

IoD Awards, Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction programmes can be booked together with your examination through your Professional Development Account Manager, or by contacting the Examinations team.

If you have already booked onto an IoD programme and wish to register for an examination, please complete the below examinations booking forms and send to the Examinations team directly: [email protected]

Certificate Examination Booking form 2021

Diploma Examination Booking form 2021

Certificate Examination Booking form 2022

Diploma Examination Booking form 2022

For any other examination enquiries please contact:

+44 (0) 20 7766 8910

[email protected]

Our exam preparation materials, available at the IoD Academy website will give you an opportunity to test your knowledge and practice various exam questions. 

You will experience different interactive features such as:

Certificate in Company Direction

  • Revision quizzes. Review the key learning points and test your knowledge with a comprehensive set of true/false questions.
  • Practice exam questions. Work through a set of exam-style multiple-choice questions in an online quiz format and get full explanations of the answers.
  • Exam preparation webinar. Let our course leaders take you through a set of practice questions and talk you through the answers, providing tips on your revision and exam technique.
  • A full set of multiple-choice questions and answers, provided as part of the course materials, as a downloadable PDF

Online exam preparation sessions

As part of your learning journey and to assist you in your preparation for the exam, we are running 2-hour exam preparation sessions, which will be scheduled in the fortnight preceding each certificate exam sitting. These sessions, delivered online via virtual classrooms, will be run by our course leaders in each of the four certificate subject areas, and will provide a valuable opportunity to practice and discuss a range of exam questions with a small number of your peers.

These sessions are included in your certificate course fees but need to be booked in advance. It is essential that you have completed the relevant course before attending the exam preparation session.


Role of the Director and the Board – Virtual Exam Preparation

1 February - 10.00 -  12.00

22 February - 10.00 - 12.00

22 March - 10.00 -  12.00

19 April - 10.00 -  12.00

7 June - 10.00 -  12.00

26 July - 10.00 -  12.00

6 September - 10.00 -  12.00

18 October - 10.00 -  12.00

22 November - 10.00 -  12.00

Finance for Non-Finance Directors  – Virtual Exam Preparation

1 February - 14.00 - 16.00

22 February - 14.00 - 16.00

22 March - 14.00 - 16.00

19 April - 14.00 - 16.00

7 June - 14.00 - 16.00

26 July - 14.00 - 16.00

6 September - 14.00 - 16.00

18 October - 14.00 - 16.00

22 November - 14.00 - 16.00

Strategy for Directors  – Virtual Exam Preparation

3 February - 10.00 - 12.00

24 February - 10.00 - 12.00

24 March - 10.00 - 12.00

21 April - 10.00 - 12.00

9 June - 10.00 - 12.00

28 July - 10.00 - 12.00

8 September - 10.00 - 12.00

20 October - 10.00 - 12.00

24 November - 10.00 - 12.00 

Leadership for Directors – Virtual Exam Preparation

3 February - 14.00 - 16.00

24 February - 14.00 - 16.00

24 March - 14.00 - 16.00

21 April - 14.00 - 16.00

9 June - 14.00 - 16.00

28 July - 14.00 - 16.00

8 September - 14.00 - 16.00

20 October - 14.00 - 16.00

24 November - 14.00 - 16.00

Regulations and Policies

Examination Guides and Regulations

All candidates are bound by all IoD rules and regulations governing the conduct of the examination. Please ensure that you read the regulations prior to registration. Registering for an examination will be taken as confirmation that you have read and accepted these regulations.

IoD Certificate Exam Guide IoD Diploma Exam Guide

Academic policies

The Institute of Directors (IoD) is committed to maintaining the highest standards of assessment. To meet this commitment the qualifications are based on the IoD Director Competency Framework and there is a set of academic policies covering the following matters:

  • Academic Progression
  • Feedback and appeals
  • Exemptions
  • Malpractice
  • Special Consideration
  • Reasonable adjustments

1. Academic Progression

The IoD's Academic progression policy outlines the regulations the IoD has in place to enable candidates to progress through its qualifications and that these are administered in a way that is valid, fair and consistent for all candidates.

2. Feedback and Appeals

The IoD recognises the importance of candidates receiving appropriate feedback following the marking of examinations, completion of assessments and publication of results. It also recognises that there may be occasions when a candidate has a genuine belief that an issue has arisen, or they have genuine grounds to appeal following the release of examination or assessment results.

The IoD will:
  • Have processes in place to enable candidates to receive appropriate feedback following the publication of examination or assessment results
    • To protect the integrity of the question bank, for Certificate-level examinations this will be limited to descriptions of assessment criteria where candidates have answered incorrectly.
    • For Diploma-level examinations and Chartered-level assessments, feedback will be specific to the candidate’s answer highlighting, in general terms, how the candidate performed in the examination or assessment. Additional feedback can be requested.
  • Provide an appeals process that enables candidates to present a clear statement of the grounds on which the appeal is being made and to provide supporting evidence.
  • Conduct an investigation into the appeal, based on the evidence presented.
  • Ensure that investigations are undertaken by someone independent of the process being looked into.
  • Provide the candidate with the outcome of the appeal within the agreed timescales.

For more information on the IoD feedback and appeals process, please read the documents below and when you are ready, download, complete and email the form to [email protected]

3. Exemptions

The IoD recognises that in some instances certain programmes and qualifications already completed by individuals are at an equivalent or higher level to those of the IoD Certificate qualifications. Participants who have successfully completed such programmes and gained the relevant qualification may apply for an exemption, offering a faster-track completion of IoD’s Certificate modules by avoiding duplication of learning.

  • Exemptions will be available for the following Certificate training courses: Finance for Non-Financial Directors (FFD), Strategy for Directors (SFD) and Leadership for Directors (LFD).
  • Exemptions will not be available for The Role of the Board and the Director (RDB) training course.
  • Candidates must self-certify that a programme that they have previously completed covers a minimum of 70% of the learning outcomes of the relevant IoD course (both in terms of course material and examination). The IoD may choose to undertake due diligence of the self-certification where it feels this is appropriate.
  • Where an exemption is not granted, the IoD will provide access to an appeals process.
  • Whilst candidates may be allowed exemptions from the relevant Certificate training course (except RDB), they will always be required to pass the examination.
  • Relevant fees must be paid before any exemption(s) will be granted.
  • Candidates wishing to undertake the exam only will be provided with the Assessment Criteria for the examination. A more extensive package of preparation materials, e.g. the course manual, practice examination questions and access to learning resources, will only be available to candidates that participate in the training course.
  • Exempted candidates will be allowed two attempts at the relevant Certificate examination. However, if they fail twice, they will subsequently be required to attend the IoD training course prior to re-sitting the examination.

For more information on the IoD exemptions policy and process on how to apply for an exemption, please read the documents below. When ready, please download and email the completed form to [email protected]

4. Malpractice

In order to maintain the highest standards of integrity for its qualifications the IoD operates to a set of defined accreditation, examination and assessment processes. The IoD will not tolerate any breach of these standards or processes.

In order to protect this integrity, the IoD will:

  • Have processes in place to manage, investigate and resolve any alleged or suspected cases of malpractice by candidates, staff members, invigilators, contractors and partners.
  • Investigate alleged or suspected cases of malpractice.
  • Ensure investigations are fair, objective and conducted in a timely fashion.
  • Take account of all relevant facts and circumstances when deciding the outcome of an alleged/ suspected malpractice case.
  • Notify a candidate during an examination or assessment that their actions may be in breach of IoD policies when malpractice is suspected.
  • Ensure staff members, invigilators, contractors and partners promptly report any alleged/ suspected malpractice.
  • Consider anonymous allegations of suspected malpractice and investigate where there is sufficient information to do so.
  • Establish a Malpractice Panel to review all allegations of suspected malpractice and determine appropriate penalties where allegations are upheld.
  • Ensure that any penalties imposed reflect the seriousness of the act and that all similar cases are treated in an equitable, fair and unbiased manner.
  • Inform those investigated of the outcome of the investigation and any penalties where the case was proven.
  • Provide the right to appeal against any decision(s) or penalty(ies) imposed by the Malpractice Panel.

For more information on the IoD malpractice process and policy, please read the documents below and when you are ready, download, complete and email the completed form to: [email protected]  

5. Special considerations 

The Institute of Directors (IoD) is committed to treating candidates fairly. As part of that commitment the IoD understands that candidates may experience incidents outside of their control which may have affected their ability to perform to their normal expectations during an examination or assessment. 

In this respect, the IoD will:

  • Have processes in place to enable candidates to raise a requirement for special consideration. 
  • Consider requests from candidates for special consideration for circumstances that have happened immediately before or during an examination or assessment.
  • Such requests must be made before or at the end of the examination or assessment and, in all cases, before the candidate leaves the examination or assessment venue.
  • Where results are made available to candidates immediately on completion of an examination or assessment, the circumstances must have been reported before the results have been issued. 
  • Consider requests that arise from aspects of the examination or assessment process that are under the control of the IoD or its partners, as well as those which, while affecting the candidate’s ability to perform to the best of their ability, are nonetheless beyond the control of the IoD.
  • Not recognise requests for special consideration based on circumstances which, in its opinion, are reasonably within the control of the candidate.
  • Provide an appeals process where an individual does not believe the response correctly deals with the circumstances encountered.
  • If a factor which may affect a candidate’s performance has been identified before the examination or assessment date, the reasonable adjustments policy and process will apply.

For more information on the IoD special considerations process and policy, please read the documents below and when you are ready, download, email your special considerations request to:[email protected]  

6. Reasonable adjustments 

The Institute of Directors (IoD) recognises that it has a responsibility to accommodate candidates with disabilities and anyone with specific learning difficulties or medical conditions. The IoD’s commitment is to ensure that no candidate with a disability is ever treated unfairly and that they are able to participate fully in the examination or assessment process.  As defined in the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), a disabled person is someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

The IoD will:

  • Have processes in place to enable appropriate adjustments to be made to accommodate recognised disabilities, learning difficulties or medical conditions.
  • Establish and apply consistent adjustments for specified disabilities, difficulties and conditions.
  • Provide an appeals process where an individual does not believe the adjustment offered addresses their disability, learning difficulty or condition.

For more information on the IoD reasonable adjustments process and policy, please read the documents below and when you are ready, download, email the relevant form to: [email protected]