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The Chartered Director Programme

Chartered Director (CDir) is the only professional qualification for all directors that demands both knowledge and experience of how to make boards effective and which demands a commitment to continuous Professional Development.  Courses can be taken individually if the Certificate is not the goal.   Alternatively a one week Accelerated Programme is also offered. Directors can test their current level of knowledge using the Directors’ Insights Toolkit. Costs in 2016 for a 2 day CDP course held at Edinburgh are £1,995 (members) and £2,395 (non-members). 3 day courses are £2,195 and £2,635. The Developing Board Performance course is currently only run in London.

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Any of the Certificate in Company Direction courses can be taken as a stand-alone course

Role of the Director and the Board 2 days + post-course e-learning support

This course looks at the key duties, roles and legal responsibilities of directors, corporate governance and the role of the board. It also looks at the crucial differences between management, direction and ownership and offers guidance on improving board effectiveness.

Finance for Non-Financial Directors 3 days + post-course e-learning support

This course will demystify the world of finance, allowing you to contribute more effectively to boardroom discussion. It will ensure that you develop the skills you need to evaluate and monitor the financial health of a business. 

The Director’s Role in Strategy & Marketing 3 days + post-course e-learning support

This course provides an introduction to the key ideas and approaches to strategic direction and marketing within your organisation. It will assist your role in leading the strategic process.

The Director’s Role in Leading the Organisation 2 days + post-course e-learning support This course will appraise the role of the Board in setting objectives, culture and values and the techniques, tools and resources needed to deliver corporate strategy. It demonstrates the individual director’s role as a Board member and as a corporate leader in driving strategic change. 

The Diploma in Company Direction can only be attended upon completion of the Certificate in Company Direction

Developing Board Performance 3 days

In this course, you will act as a board member facing a variety of typical issues and crises. The challenge is to apply the knowledge and learning gained from the Certificate in Company Direction courses and e-learning to real life situations. This is your opportunity to put theory into practice. You will receive feedback on your own and your group’s performance as the ‘board’ reviews and appraises its own impact and effectiveness.

Both Certificate and Diploma exams must be passed prior to applying for Chartered Director

Chartered Director

The Chartered Director Qualification assesses the practical experience gained by a director. This is based on five key areas which are central to organisational direction and governance. The interview is based on an exploration or your portfolio of evidence. The interviews are conducted by experienced peer reviewers – who will generally be Chartered Directors

Help and support

The Directors’ InsightsToolkit – This complimentary online toolkit is your starting point to discovering where your current knowledge lies in the key areas of Governance, Finance, Strategy and Leadership – Test your director knowledge at

The Learning Zone – All Certificate courses are supported via our dynamic e-learning platform, the Learning Zone, where you can continue and consolidate your learning at your own pace.

Webinars – These interactive webinar sessions will give you the opportunity to practise exam style questions against the clock in a simulation of exam conditions to help prepare for the Certificate in Company Direction exam.

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