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Chartered Director Programme

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Chartered Director Programme

Chartered Director is the only professional qualification for alldirectors that demands both knowledge and experience of howto make boards effective, as well as a commitmentto continuous Professional Development. It enables directors to clearly identify and develop their roles and responsibilities, while benchmarking their skills against those of their peers and learning from their own and others' experiences. Together, these elements are designed to provide the all-round competence, knowledge and understanding necessary for directors in all sectors to successfully lead their organisation from a strategic point of view.

As a long-established professional awarding body, the IoD is the only Institute in the world to offer qualificationsfor directors under Royal Charter. Increasing numbers of influential businesses, institutional shareholders and their advisershave continued to recommend this qualification for executive and non-executive directors.

This programme is designed to be participative as well as highly flexible, giving you a range of different options in terms of training formats and schedules. These include e-learning elements, face-to-face workshops (delivered nationwide across the UK) and in-company tailored programmes for single organisations. Directors can build their own blended learning programmes based on the demands of their busy schedules, updating their knowledge and skills while continuing to perform their day-to-day duties.

“The modern director faces a unique range of challenges. In a rapidly changing business and regulatory environment, the professional development of directors is a crucial component of organisational effectiveness and good corporate governance.” Roger Barker, IoD Director of Corporate Governance and Professional Standards

Suitability - Who should attend?

The Chartered Director programme is suitable for:

  • Executives wanting to develop their knowledge and skills before joining the board
  • Newly appointed directors wishing to establish their role and responsibilities on the board
  • Experienced directors wanting to bring best practice to their organisations and gain up-to-the-minute knowledge on a range of business issues
  • The programme welcomes directors from all kinds of organisations, from SMEs to multinationals, as well as public sector and not-for-profit organisations.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Once you have qualified as aChartered Director you are entitledto use the designatory letters ‘C Dir’after your name and you will hold aChartered ProfessionalQualification.

You will have to complete the relevant development programmes and meet the relevant requirements to be able to apply for Chartered Director status. IoD qualifications requested to obtain the Chartered Director qualification include:

  • The Certificatein Company Direction
  • Diploma in Company Direction

Training Course Content

The Certificate in Company Direction* (Chartered Director Stage 1)

  • Role of the Director and the Board 2 days + post-course e-learning support
  • Finance for Non-Financial Directors 3 days + post-course e-learning support
  • The Director’s Role in Strategy& Marketing 3 days + post-course e-learning support
  • The Director’s Role in Leading the Organisation 2 days + post-course e-learning support

On successful completion of theCertificate examination you areentitled to use the designatoryletters after your name: ‘Cert IoD’.

The Diploma in Company Direction** (Chartered Director Stage 2)

Developing Board Performance - 3-day course

In this course, you will act as a board memberfacing a variety of typical issues and crises.The challenge is to apply the knowledge andlearning gained from the Certificate inCompany Direction courses and e-learning toreal-life situations. This is your opportunity toput theory into practice. You will receivefeedback on your own and your group’sperformance as the ‘board’ reviews andappraises its own impact and effectiveness.

On successful completion of theDiploma examination you areentitled to use the designatory lettersafter your name: ‘Dip IoD’.

Chartered Director*** (Chartered Director Stage 3)

The Chartered Director Qualificationcomprises a portfolio of evidence and apeer interview to assess your practicalexperience as a director. The assessment isbased on five key areas which are central toorganisational direction and governanceand on which you will create your portfolioof experience.The interview explores your portfolio andthe scope of your role(s) as a director. Theinterviews are conducted by experiencedpeer reviewers - who will generally beChartered Directors.

Once you have qualified as aChartered Director you are entitledto use the designatory letters ‘C Dir’after your name and you will hold aChartered ProfessionalQualification.

*Any of the Certificate in Company Direction courses can be taken as a stand-alone course **The Diploma in Company Direction can only be attended upon completion of the Certificate in Company Direction ***Both Certificate and Diploma examinations must be passed prior to applying for Chartered Director

Why choose Institute of Directors

Founded in 1903

Qualifications for directors under Royal Charter

Delivered in-company training in more than 40 countries over the last three years

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The cost of this course is: £720 + VAT.

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The Institute of Directors - Professional Development Programs and Courses

The Institute of Directors (IoD) offers an extensive suite of learning and development programs, specially designed for directors and senior leaders. For over a century, the IoD has been at the forefront of director development, championing training and representing the...

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Based on 2 reviews.

Ayesha Sultan CDir
The Chartered Director qualification has helped me gain more recognition and enhanced my opportunities of being selected to become a board member
Dr Suzy Walton C Dir
As I started to expand the number of boards I sat on, I started to see the benefit of the Chartered Director qualification in any setting – the skills of good corporate governance are applicable to boards in each and every sector.
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