Director Training

About the Programme

The Chartered Director Programme is a unique qualification for directors and strategic business leaders combining learning and professional experience.

The Programme is delivered through class-based learning modules which bring participants through the syllabus in preparation for examinations in the Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction.

What is covered in the syllabus?

The Certificate in Company Direction

The Certificate in Company Direction encompasses the core knowledge and awareness that is necessary to function effectively as a director and provides:

  • 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
  • An understanding of the issues and processes associated with formulating strategic and business plans and achieving strategic leadership

Participants can access a range of supporting material for each module through the IoD e-Learning zone.

Certificate modules include: 

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

The Diploma in Company Direction

The Diploma in Company Direction builds on the Certificate to cover additional functional areas covered in a two-day learning module:

  • Developing Board Performance

This two-day interactive module requires participants to act as board members through role-play which focuses on the activities involved in running an effective organisation and dealing with a variety of challenges and crises at board level. Participants will challenge and utilise the skills gained from their experience as directors and business leaders in an applied and dynamic way.

Programme Overview   Expression of Interest Form 

Find out more in this video below from Eileen Gleeson C Dir, Programme Director.

What time commitment is involved?

The Programme comprises 11 class-based learning days, together with a one-day preparation session for the Certificate examination and a half-day preparation session for the Diploma examination - 12.5 learning days in total.

Modules take place on weekdays, with approximately one module per month. The timings for each two-day module are typically:

Day One - 9.30am to 6.30pm 

Day Two - 8.30am to 4.30pm 

All modules are delivered 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 and accommodation is available at a specially negotiated rate, if required.

The Chartered Director Programme has two commencement points in each calendar year, January and September, with up to eight cohorts per year. Please note that participants join the Programme as part of a cohort and complete the Programme with that cohort. Once having started the Programme, deferrals from one cohort to a later cohort are not permissible.


How is the Programme examined? 

The Chartered Director Programme is examined with a focus on active learning. Participants complete the syllabus and examination for the Certificate in Company Direction followed by the syllabus and examination for the Diploma in Company Direction.

Examinations take place in March and June or June and November, depending on when participants begin the Programme. Examinations are taken online via remote invigilation.


The IoD UK awards 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. 

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. Further information on the SQA can be found here. Details of awards / qualifications of SQA can be found here and the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework can be found here.  Qualifications made by SQA broadly compare to qualifications in Ireland using the Qualifications Cross Boundaries leaflet.

IoD Certificate in Company Direction : This qualification is credit rated by Scottish Qualifications Authority and has 18 credits at level 9 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework. This qualification broadly compares to an award at level 7 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.

IoD Diploma in Company Direction : This qualification is credit rated by 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.

Networking and exchanging ideas

Networking and the exchange of ideas is an integral and valuable part of the Programme. Participants are encouraged to take part in such interactions and one of the main opportunities to do so is the dinner at the end of the first day of two-day modules.