Think like a director. Improve your ability to drive sustainable value. Have confidence in your future.

The world around us is changing, and organisations are looking to their leaders to confidently and capably navigate their business through today’s volatile environment.

The Company Directors Course Self-Paced offers you a convenient and flexible way to upskill and prepare yourself for the disrupted landscape ahead.

Invest in your professional development today and become part of an exclusive community of leaders.

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Is this course right for you?

If you are a director, business owner, senior executive or aspiring director looking to drive your career forward and improve your impact in today’s evolving business landscape, this is the essential course for you.

With over 40,000 graduates to date, the Company Directors Course attracts a diverse group of leaders from a wide range of sectors, industries and organisations.

Delivered as a self-paced course, you will be supported by online tutors, regular webinars, and discussion forums that allow you to engage with and learn from other participants. It is best suited to disciplined learners looking to take charge of their own study schedule.

We recommend you complete the Foundations of Directorship course or have relevant boardroom experience before enrolling.

Live tutorial sessions can be found here.

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What will you learn?

Take an in-depth look at the responsibilities and expectations of directors, explore the issues and trends facing boards and businesses today, and deepen your understanding of what effective governance looks like in practice.

During the course you will:

  • Gain clarity around the role, legal responsibilities and community expectations of directors
  • Improve your financial literacy and explore the strategic and financial levers that can help drive performance and sustainable value in your organisation
  • Explore the tensions between short and long-term priorities and diverse stakeholder interests
  • Enhance future strategic discussions with the knowledge and tools you need to improve your organisation's performance and evaluate risks effectively
  • Identify how you can make your board more effective and streamline board processes
  • Enhance your judgement and decision-making skills
  • Improve your personal performance as a leader and deepen your understanding of boardroom dynamics
  • Put learnings into practice through activities and real-world case studies.
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What can you expect?

The self-paced course offers complete flexibility with participants taking charge of their own study schedule and pace. Supported by course notes, study guides, online resources and discussion forums and access to expert tutors, participants have six months to complete the course and assessment.

During the course, participants are required to complete:

  • Approximately 60-80 hours of reading. A suggested study plan is provided with course materials.
  • Two e-learning courses: Interpreting Financial Statements and The Director Mindset.

During the course, participants have access to:

  • Course notes, supporting videos, regular webinar tutorials, quizzes and live Q&A sessions through the AICD’s online learning platform. The course notes include relevant case studies and activities that allow participants to apply learnings and reinforce knowledge.
  • 5 hours of email assistance from our experienced tutors.
  • Online discussion forums where they can discuss the course content with other participants.

After the course, participants:

  • Will accrue 50 DPD units for completing the course.
  • Can undertake the course assessment (optional); this must be completed within six months of the course start date.

On successful completion of the course assessment, participants:

  • Will qualify for the Company Directors Course Award and earn an additional 10 DPD points.
  • May be eligible to use the GAICD post nominals (AICD members only).
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How will you benefit?

Take control of your future, learn from the experts, be supported on your journey, and evolve with the business landscape. The Company Directors Course has a proven track record and will help you elevate your performance and take the next step in your career.

During the course you will:

  • Take control of your future: With six months to finalise the course and assessment, participants have the flexibility to complete our flagship program in their own time, at their own pace.
  • Learn from the experts: In line with our philosophy of ‘By directors for directors’, all course materials are written and reviewed by practising directors whose insights will help you make better decisions and increase your impact in the boardroom.
  • Take the next step in your career: Strengthen your ability to secure a directorship by completing a course that is widely recognised and respected in the director community.
  • Be supported on your journey: Access online resources, engage with experienced tutors and discuss issues with fellow learners as you complete the course.
  • Evolve with the business landscape: Course materials are updated regularly to ensure they remain current, relevant and reflective of good practice.
  • Join a network of leaders: Established in 1975, the Company Directors Course has a proven track record. With over 40,000 graduates, our alumni include the directors of many of Australia’s most prestigious organisations.
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Assessment and recognition

On successful completion of the course assessment, graduates will qualify for the Company Directors Course award and may be eligible to use the GAICD post nominal (AICD members only).

Find out more about how you will be assessed.

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Advanced standing

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

Once you complete your assessment you are eligible for advanced standing in an MBA program.

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The pricing for the Company Directors Course Self-Paced is as follows.

Member: $4,879.00

Non-member: $6,869.00

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.