IoD Accelerated Certificate in Company Direction

Course Summary

The IOD Accelerated Certificate in Company Direction is an alternative to the modular Certificate programme, which forms the first part of the Company Direction Programme. The delivery of this course takes place over 5 1/2 and covers all of the modules in the standard delivery.

This is an intensive and challenging opportunity which is normally only offered by the IoD as a residential programme. The GTA are offering it on a non-residential basis, however delegates must commit to attending all sessions for their duration. There is some pre-course learning and after hours study involved.

The IoD Certificate in Company Direction provides directors with the knowledge that will help them to perform their duties effectively. It provides tools and techniques to examine the key responsibilities of directors. This accelerated option combines online learning with intensive face-to-face group workshops. The online elements are delivered via the IOD’s specially-developed web-based learning tool, the Learning Zone

How does it work?

  • Complete the online pre-workshop elements*
  • Attend the 5.5 day face-to-face workshop
  • Post-workshop support via e-learning
  • Sit the Certificate in Company Direction examinations
  • On successful completion of the examinations, receive the Certificate in Company Direction.

Please note that completion of the pre-workshop elements is mandatory before attending the workshops. As a guide, pre-work for this course should take between 8 and 10 hours depending on your experience. Pre-work is usually sent 6 weeks prior to the start of the programme.


This programme provides fresh insights into the key areas of strategy, leadership, governance and finance, thus covering the subjects of the Certificate in Company Direction modules, which are as follows:

  • Role of the Director and the Board
  • Leadership for Directors
  • Strategy for Directors
  • Finance for the Non-Finance Managers

Following successful completion of the Certificate you can choose to undertake the Diploma in Company Direction. The Diploma is a three-day development module entitled Developing Board Performance. This enables delegates to practice application, analytical skills and decision-making in a realistic but safe environment. This develops and enhances the director’s ability to apply principles covered at Certificate level.

Course Benefits

Business pressures can make it difficult for directors and senior leaders to take time out of the office to focus on personal and professional development, and to keep up to date with industry updates.

The accelerated version of the Certificate in Company Direction is suitable for any busy director who simply cannot take too much time away from the demands of their business and who is looking for a fast-track method of achieving the IoD Certificate in Company Direction.


  • Accelerated Certificate and Diploma: £7,625 IoD Member (£9,725 non-member)
  • Accelerated Certificate: £6,050 IoD Member (£7,650 non-member)
  • Diploma: £2,100 IoD Member (£3,150 non-member)
  • Deferring the Diploma when the full programme is booked: £500


Participants are required to pass an exam for each of the four modules in order to be awarded the Certificate. Each modular exam is 45 minutes in duration and is composed of 16 multiple-choice questions drawn from a randomised question bank. Flexible examination dates are available throughout the year and examinations are taken via remote invigilation. The exams can be taken after each module or in one session after the four modules have been studied. Examination fees are additional and payable direct to the IoD. Fees are £200 for each module, or £600 for the Certificate (all four modules).

Please note: examinations must be booked with, and paid directly to, the IoD. Please call their examinations team on 020 7766 8910 or email [email protected]


Contact Michelle Morley, GTA Programmes Manager, who will be happy to discuss this programme, and your individual requirements, in more detail with you. Phone 746886 or email [email protected].

Alternatively, click the ‘register interest’ button on the right of this page and Michelle will get back to you. To book, please complete this booking form and return it to Michelle Morley who will process the booking on your behalf.

Course at a Glance

  • Next Start Dates: New dates TBA
  • CPD Points: 51
  • Course Cost: £6,050.00
  • Course Length: 5 full days and one half day (generally 08:30-19:00 x 5 days and 08:30-13:00 last day) - 21-26 September 2020

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