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Diploma in Company Direction

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The Diploma in Company Direction aspect of the IoD Chartered Director Programme builds on the Certificate, covers additional functional areas over a two-day learning module.

Module: Developing Board Performance

The Diploma in Company Direction builds on the technical knowledge gained in the Certificate syllabus and enables participants to contextualise and apply their knowledge and build their practical skills as Directors. This module provides a unique opportunity to put your skills to the test as you act as a board member to tackle a real-life boardroom scenario, mirroring in many ways the operation of a board. The Diploma in Company DIrection can only be undertaken following the successful completion of the Certificate in Company Direction exams. 

Benefits of the Diploma in Company Direction

The Diploma in Company Direction builds on the Certificate, and provides:

  •  An understanding of your board’s role, its dynamic, power, influence and conflicts
  •  Knowledge of important topics: risk and crisis management, decision-making, mergers and acquisitions, and board performance
  •  An understanding of relevant techniques and tools to improve personal skills and that of the board
  •  An opportunity to improve the performance of your board, its committees and individual directors.

Time Commitment

This two-day interactive module take place on a weekday during working hours (normally, 09:00-17:00). In addition, reading and revision work is required following each module, and in advance of exams.

Please note: The Chartered Director Programme has two commencement points in each year, January through November, and September through June. Please note that participants join the programme as part of a cohort and complete the programme with that cohort. 


On completion of the Diploma module, delegates will sit an exam based on a board scenario. Examinations are taken online via remote invigilation. To proceed to the final step, i.e. the Professional Review Process, all applicants must successfully pass their exam for the Diploma in Company Direction.


  • The IoD UK awards both the Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction under the provisions of its Royal Charter and leads to qualifications credit rated by the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA).
  • The SQA, under Scottish Government legislation, is both an accreditation body and an awarding body, providing a wide range of high quality, internationally recognised qualifications and associated services. For further information and details on awards and qualifications, visit the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework section of the SQA website.
  • IoD Diploma in Company Direction: This qualification is credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority and has 4 credits at Level 11 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework. This qualification broadly compares to an award at Level 9 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.


Subject to Government guidelines and public health requirements, this programme will be delivered in a classroom setting. However, online/virtual delivery will be considered where appropriate or necessary. Where this is being delivered in a classroom setting it will take place at the Irish Management Institute (IMI), Sandyford Road, Dublin 16, which is easily accessed by the M50 and Luas. Ample free car parking is available.