Certificate in Company Direction

Awards to further your career

Whether you’re a newly appointed director, aspiring to a seat on the board, or want to improve performance with fresh insight, the IoD Certificate in Company Direction, Level 9 (SCQF) qualification will equip you with the core knowledge and awareness needed to function effectively as a director.

The programme covers the key areas of governance, finance, strategy and leadership providing you with a foundation in effective directorship:

  • An in-depth view of the role, responsibilities and legal duties of a director
  • An understanding of the characteristics of an effective board
  • Sound knowledge of financial terms and concepts
  • The issues and processes associated with formulating strategic business plans and achieving strategic leadership

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

Course fees

Company Direction Programme Certificate & Diploma level Fees
Role of the Director and the Board16 - 17 October (virtual)£2,795 (Member) / £3,295 (Non-Member)
Finance for Non-Finance Directors16 - 18 October (Tbc)

17 - 19 October (Northern Ireland)

27 - 29 November (virtual)
£2,995 (Member) / £3,595 (Non-Member)
Leadership for Directors8 - 9 November (Isle of Man)

27 - 28 November (Aberdeen)

29 - 30 November (Northern Ireland)

4 - 5 December (Edinburgh)

5 - 6 December (virtual)
£2,795 (Member) / £3,295 (Non-Member)
Strategy for Directors11 - 13 September (Isle of Man)

25 - 27 September (Aberdeen)

9 - 11 October (Edinburgh)

7 - 9 November (Northern Ireland)

13 - 15 November (virtual)

13 - 15 November (Tbc)
£2,995 (Member) / £3,595 (Non-Member)
Completion of above 4 modules =
Certificate Level
Enrolling for Certificate 2023£9,995 (Member) / £12,995 (Non-Member)
Developing Board Performance18 - 20 September (virtual)£3,995 (Member) / £4,745 (Non-Member)
Completion of above 4 modules +
Developing Board Performance =
Diploma Level
Enrolling for Diploma 2023£13,170 (2023 prices tbc)

Certificate & Diploma Level completion includes exam fees which had not been previously included. Additional cost of IoD Membership – currently £175.  To book onto our Company Direction Programme, please contact Josh Ngondo directly at IoD Pall Mall on developing@IoD.com

Certificate in Company Direction Exam Dates - 2023
Closing dateExam dateResult
24 May21 June
5 July2 August
9 August6 September
3 October1 November
8 November6 December
Diploma in Company Direction Exam Dates - 2023
Closing dateExam dateResult
28 June
22 November