Company Directors Course™

Gain a greater understanding of your duties and responsibilities with the essential course for directors. Immediately improve your board performance and decision-making with pragmatic professional development that will have a long-lasting impact on your director career.
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Is this course right for you?

The course is tailored to experienced directors wishing to take their performance to the next level, as well as executives and managers who need to understand governance issues in depth.

The Company Directors Course is essential for the professional development of anyone who wants to further their directorship skills and knowledge. Participants include executive and non-executive directors, CEOs and senior executives who report to boards. It is recommended that participants have completed the Foundations of Directorship program or have equivalent professional experience before enrolling.

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What will you learn?

The Company Directors Course gives a comprehensive grounding in the roles and duties of board directors. The course includes topics on effective decision-making, the legal aspects of directorship, financial literacy and strategy, as well as putting the lessons into practice.

Upon completion of this course you will be equipped to:

  • Understand your role and the compliance issues for your board

  • Lead beyond compliance to better understand the governance expectations and ethical considerations for businesses

  • Help build a better board as well as improve and streamline board processes

  • Focus your future strategic discussions with the knowledge and tools you need to monitor your organisation's financial performance and risk management

  • Broaden your view of directorship and provide guidance to improve your personal performance and consequently the performance of your organisation

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What can you expect?

Over five days of focused learning with other professionals, you will develop your director skills by exploring case studies brought to life by video content and participating in interactive workshops on the issues and challenges that directors face.

You will embark on interactive working sessions through relevant case studies brought to life with video to apply and reinforce your knowledge. After completing the course, you should not only understand your roles and responsibilities, but also improve your contributions to board performance.

The Company Directors Course comprises specific topics, chosen to enhance your learning. You will explore the role of the board and the practice of directorship, as well as sound decision making. You will have the opportunity to understand the duties and responsibilities of directors and upskill your financial literacy. You will dedicate time to studying how the board examines risk, executes strategy and learn the board's legal environment. Upon completion, you will understand how to drive financial performance and increase board effectiveness. You will also be able to put your learning into practice through a simulated board meeting.

There is approximately 60-80 hours of pre-reading required before the course takes place. It is strongly recommended that you complete the two complimentary e-learning courses (Interpreting Financial Statements and The Director Mindset) before the course takes place.

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Choice of format

The Company Directors Course is offered in a variety of formats so you can choose the learning method that is most suited to you.

  Five day courses Residential  Self-paced In-House
Delivery Five days held over one week or multiple weeks Five day residential program with accommodation included For those not available to attend face-to-face sessions to complete in their own time within a six month period Delivered to your board or organisation
 Benefit Condense your learning time commitment Immerse yourself in learning and networking away from daily distractions Study at your pace, when it suits you Improve the performance of your whole board or executive group
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Fees for each format can be viewed on the individual course pages through the course calendar.

Please enquire for more information regarding self-paced and in-house formats.

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Assessment and recognition

Graduates may attain the Company Director Course award.

To do so, you will need to successfully complete the optional assessment. On successful completion of the Company Directors Course, financial members may be eligible to use the GAICD graduate post nominal. The assessment needs to be completed if you are planning to use the course to gain advanced standing in an MBA program.

You will accrue 50 DPD units for completing the course, and an additional 10 DPD units for successfully completing the assessment.

Find out more about how you will be assessed.

The Company Director Course award is recognised for advanced standing by 18 universities and institutions.

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Sector specific courses

Specialised versions of the Company Directors Course are offered that have been tailored to the requirements of directors in particular sectors or industries.

We offer specialised versions of the Company Directors Course that have been developed to help contextualise your directorship responsibilities within your sector or industry, including:

  • Public Sector (In-House only)

  • University (In-House only)

  • Indigenous (In-House only)

Enquire to find out more about our specialised In-house courses. For those working internationally, we offer the International Company Directors Course which focuses on cross-border governance.

If you have already completed the Company Directors Course and are looking to refresh your directorship knowledge, the Company Directors Course Update might be suitable.

Why learn with us?

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The content

Our programs and courses are designed by expert educators with the input of experienced directors and subject matter experts. The contemporary content is updated annually and includes case studies and real-life examples to ensure relevancy for today's and tomorrow's directors.
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The facilitators

With our rigorous selection criteria, we recruit facilitators boasting extensive real-world director experience and the ability to create an interactive and unique learning environment.
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The participants

You'll spend time connecting with, learning from, and sharing experiences with, a broad range of high-calibre senior executives and directors who are passionate about improving performance.
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The recognition

We offer highly-regarded and established governance and directorship programs. By participating, you are demonstrating your commitment to good governance practice, and have the opportunity to earn post nominals that associate you with Australia's leading organisation for directors and are recognised by the wider director community.

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