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 Virtual Programme Certificate & Diploma level Fees
Role of the Director and the Board11-12 January
21-22 January

1-2 February
15-16 February
22-23 February

3-4 March
17-18 March
29-30 March
Finance for Non-Finance Directors12-14 January
20-22 January

1-3 February
10-12 February
25-27 February

1-3 March
22-24 March
29-31 March
Leadership for Directors18-19 January
8-9 February

1-2 March
11-12 March
22-23 March
Strategy for Directors25-27 January

22-24 February

8-10 March
17-19 March
Completion of above 4 modules =
Certificate Level
Enrolling for Certificate£8,350
Developing Board Performance12-14 January
20-22 January

8-10 February
15-17 February
Completion of above 4 modules +
Developing Board Performance =
Diploma Level
Enrolling for Diploma£11,345

Certificate & Diploma Level completion includes exam fees which had not been previously included. Additional cost of IoD Membership – currently £145.  Agreement with IoD Pall Mall to waiver joining fee until 31 March 2021.

Certificate in Company Direction Exam Dates - 2021
Closing dateExam dateResult
30 December 202027 January24 February
10 February10 March7 April
10 March7 April5 May
7 April5 May 2 June
26 May23 June21 July
Diploma in Company Direction Exam Dates - 2021
Closing dateExam dateResult
10 February
10 March7 April
26 May23 June21 July