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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 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, we regularly review the course syllabi. The result of the review is an update to the entire Certificate module including syllabus, course materials, course handbook and exam.

Over the last year we have completed reviews of the following syllabi:

  • Role of the Director and the Board (International) (RCD International)

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

RCD (International) Exam dates and FAQs

Dates and Fees

Certificate in Company Direction Exam Dates - 2021

Exam Date

Closing Date


27 January 2021 30 December 2020 24 February 2021
10 March 2021 10 February 2021 7 April 2021
7 April 2021 10 March 2021 5 May 2021
5 May 2021 7 April 2021 2 June 2021
23 June 2021 26 May 2021 21 July 2021
11 August 2021 14 July 2021 8 September 2021
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

Diploma in Company Direction Exam Dates - 2021


Exam Date

Closing Date


10 March 2021
10 February 2021   7 April 2021
23 June 2021 26 May 2021 21 July 2021
3 November 2021 6 October 2021 1 December 2021  

Examination Fees



Modular Award

 £200 + VAT

Certificate (All 4 exam modules)

 £600 + VAT*


 £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  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 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:

Diploma Examination Booking form

Certificate Examination Booking form

For any other examination enquiries please contact:

+44 (0) 20 7766 8910

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
12 January - 10.00 – 12.00
24 November - 10.00 - 12.00

Finance for Non-Finance Directors 2020 – Virtual Exam Preparation

Strategy for Directors 2020 – Virtual Exam Preparation

Leadership for Directors 2020 – Virtual Exam Preparation

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

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.

Candidates who qualify for an exemption will be exempt from both the relevant course and the examination.

The IoD will:

  • Have processes in place to enable appropriate exemptions to be made to accommodate recognised prior learning.
  • Ensure that exemptions for prior learning meet a minimum of 70% of the learning outcomes of the IoD course, and the candidate has been subject to appropriate assessment of this learning to demonstrate at least a comparable competency to that assessed in the relevant IoD examination.
  • Maintain a list of recognised courses where an exemption will be applied.
  • Consider courses that are not on the current recognised list. 
  • Annually review the list of recognised exemptions.
  • Record an exemption as a ‘pass’ for that module of the Certificate.
  • Provide an appeals process when a candidate is dissatisfied with the exemption decision. 

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

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:  

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  

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: