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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-Financial Directors
Award in Strategy for Directors*
Award in Leadership for Directors

The exams can be taken in any order, all at once or month by month. 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, with varying degrees of difficulty.

Important update to IoD Courses and Qualifications

*As part of our ongoing commitment to providing the highest quality learning for directors and senior leaders following current best practice, the IoD has completed a review of the Director’s Role in Strategy and Marketing (DRS) syllabus. The result of the review is an update to the entire Certificate module including syllabus, course materials, course handbook and exam. To avoid confusion, the revised module will now be called Strategy for Directors (SFD).

If you have attended the DRS course but not yet taken the exam, and are intending to do so, you should register for one of the exam dates below.

Final DRS Exam Dates

Dates and Fees

2018 Certificate in Company Direction Exam Timetable

Exam Date

Closing Date


17 May 2018

19 April 2018

14 June 2018

20 June 2018

23 May 2018

18 July 2018

25 July 2018

27 June 2018

22 August 2018

29 August 2018

1 August 2018

26 September 2018

4 October 2018

6 September 2018

1 November 2018

7 November 2018

10 October 2018

5 December 2018

5 December 2018

7 November 2018

19 January 2019

2018 Diploma in Company Direction Exam Timetable

Exam Date

Closing Date


7 March 2018

7 February 2018

4 April 2018

20 June 2018

23 May 2018

18 July 2018

7 November 2018

10 October 2018

5 December 2018

Diploma Exam Preparation Sessions

1 June 2018
25 October 2018

Member Rate: £450 + VAT; Non-Member Rate: £540 + VAT
To book exam preparation session please contact our team: or +44 (0) 20 7766 2601

2018 Examination Fees



Modular Award

 £160 + VAT


 £420 + VAT*


 £550 + VAT*

*Examination fees may be pre-paid with your programme fees (please see below)

If you have commenced the examinations registration process but payment has not been made, your examination booking will be held until payment is received. This means that you will not be able to access exam preparation resources in the online Learning Zone.  Payment for applications may be made by bank transfer, credit/debit card, or cheque payable to the IoD London.
All requests for cancellations and transfers must be forwarded to  Fees will not be transferred or refunded if the request is received less than 14 days before the date of the examination.

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

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 Professional Development team.

If you have already booked onto an IoD programme and wish to register for an examination, please contact the Assessment and Professional Standards team directly.

+44 (0) 20 7766 8910

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 Examination Regulations

IoD Certificate Exam Guide

IoD Diploma Exam Guide

Exemption Policy

On the 1st October 2016 the IoD implemented a new exemption policy pertaining to candidates from modules for the Certificate in Company Direction, stating that candidates may be exempted from both the relevant course and the examination. Exemptions are only issued on a like for like basis, which demands at least 70% syllabus similarity for an exemption to be granted. It is important to note that IoD exempts against relevant masters level modules of 10+ credits, and furthermore, exemptions against Batchelor’s cannot be considered.

IoD Exemption Policy

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 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 examinations by IoD

In the rare situation where it is not possible for your examination to be conducted following efforts by IoD to accommodate the examination – for example in the event of natural disaster, geopolitical or other significant circumstances or where the conduct of agents appointed by IoD fail to discharge their responsibility, the result of which will carry a significant risk, candidates will be notified and offered a further examination sitting without charge.  It is stressed that this will be extremely rare.