Director Training

About the Programme

The IoD’s Chartered Director Programme offers a unique qualification for directors and strategic business leaders in Ireland. Combining learning and professional experience, the Chartered Director Programme will equip you with the all-round skills, knowledge and understanding that   is essential to effectively and successfully lead your organisation. Join over 1,000 senior business leaders who have already undertaken this prestigious programme.

The Programme is delivered through 11 class-based learning days in cohorts of 20 participants, leading to a Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction  . Successful participants may go forward for admission to become a Chartered Director (CDir), subject to eligibility criteria.

The Chartered Director Programme is made up of three phases:

Phase 1: Certificate in Company Direction -  (Four Classroom-Based Modules + Exam )

Phase 2: Diploma in Company Direction - (One Classroom-Based Module + Exam)

Phase 3: Becoming a Chartered Director - (Professional Review Process)

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

Certificate modules include: 

  • International role of the director and the board
  • Strategy for directors
  • Finance for 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 CDir, Programme Director for the Chartered Director, IoD Ireland.

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 - 09:30 to 18:30 

Day two - 08:30 to 16:00 

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 with graduation the following January, and September with graduation the following September. 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 Otober, depending on when participants begin the Programme. Examinations are taken online via remote invigilation.


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 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. During the programme, participants, who are also IoD Ireland members, will have full access to the events programme. The IoD Ireland events programme offers over 30 free events a year to members, which also provide a great opportunity to network with fellow directors and colleagues.