IoD Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction

Course Summary

The IoD Company Direction programme (“full programme”) is recognised internationally as the benchmark for directors. It provides a robust and challenging programme to meet the needs of today’s executives. It comprises the IoD Certificate in Company Direction (“Certificate”) and the IoD Diploma in Company Direction (“Diploma”).

The Certificate qualification will equip you with the core knowledge and awareness needed to function effectively as a director. Following successful completion of the Certificate, you can undertake the Diploma. This provides you with the opportunity to challenge and utilise the knowledge gained from the Certificate in an applied and dynamic way.

Completion of the IoD Company Direction programme leads on to the prestigious qualification of Chartered Director – the ultimate qualification for today’s director.


The Certificate comprises four modules, each focusing on a key area in which boards and directors must collectively be proficient to achieve continued organisational success.

Module 1: Role of the Director and the Board (3-4 March 2020)

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

Module 2: Finance for Non-Finance Directors (21-23 April 2020)

Provides in-depth knowledge of financial terms and concepts to allow directors to monitor the financial health of their business and evaluate new business plans with confidence.

Module 3: Strategy for Directors (9-11 June 2020)

Introduces delegates to the key ideas and concepts for creating an effective organisational strategy. It considers the main approaches to strategic direction and marketing within the organisation, and will assist directors in their role of leading the strategic process.

Module 4: Leadership for Directors (1-2 July 2020)

Enables delegates to explore strategic leadership issues both within and beyond their organisation. This module introduces a more personalised approach to leadership. Delegates will be encouraged to understand and develop their own self-awareness and emotional intelligence.

The Diploma is a three-day development module entitled Developing Board Performance (19-21 October 2020). 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.

For those with time or financial constraints, there is the flexibility to defer some modules until a later date but please note that a deferral fee will apply (see below for all fees).

Course Benefits

  • Accredited and globally recognised programme providing a benchmark for director development
  • Supports and maintains best-practice in corporate governance
  • Programmes designed and delivered by directors for directors ensuring applicable, relevant and contextualised content
  • Enhanced performance for individuals
  • Enhanced performance for the organisation


  • Full programme: £7,875 IoD member (£9,975 non-member)
  • Certificate: £6,300 IoD member (£7,875 non-member)
  • Diploma: £2,100 IoD member (£3,150 non-member)
  • One module of the Certificate: £1,845 IoD member (£2,050 non-member)
  • Deferring a module of the Certificate: £250 per module
  • 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).

Participants are required to pass an exam to be awarded the Diploma. The three-hour exam is based on a specific case study and scenario where participants are marked on their application of the knowledge they have learned, and the communication of that knowledge. Several examination dates are available throughout the year and examinations can be taken via remote invigilation or in a computer-based testing centre. The examination fee for the Diploma is additional and payable direct to the IoD. The fee is £600.

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.

Tutor Profile

IoD professional development programmes are designed and delivered for directors by directors. The IoD’s faculty of course leaders and executive coaches are all expert practitioners in the fields of governance, strategy, leadership and finance and have been recruited in recognition of their wide directorial experience, detailed subject matter expertise and excellent facilitation skills.

Every course leader brings a unique wealth of insights from within the boardroom and wider business community to the programmes they deliver and the IoD gives you exclusive access to their expertise.

Course at a Glance

  • Next Start Dates: New dates TBA
  • CPD Points: 91
  • Course Cost: £7,875.00
  • Course Length: 6 months (commencing 3 March 2020)

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