Foundations of Directorship

Set your director journey on the right path
Governance for Directors

Governance for Directors

Develop an understanding of the key roles, functions, duties and responsibilities of boards and directors through this one day course.

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Finance for Directors

Finance for Directors

Learn how to interpret financial statements, assess an organisation’s financial performance and understand financial aspects of director’s statutory duties.

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Strategy and risk for directors

Strategy and Risk for Directors

Build your knowledge of strategy and risk to minimise your personal liability and safeguard the long-term success of the organisation(s) you govern.

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Right course for you

Is this program right for you?

The program is designed for new and aspiring directors, senior executives, and managers wanting to gain a foundational knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of boards and directors.

For directors newly appointed to boards, anyone who might be interested in pursuing a career as a director, or for executives and managers who would like a better understanding of board processes, the Foundations of Directors program gives you the essential information you need to know. It offers the skills and knowledge that those new to directorships need to excel in their role from the outset.

Course learnings

What will you learn?

The program covers all the key areas you will need to be across as a board director, including modules on board duties, meeting processes, finance and strategy.

   Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Identify the duties and responsibilities of a director

  • Understand governance and board meeting processes

  • Outline the director's role in evaluating financial statements

  • Recognise the link between corporate strategy and financial performance

  • Identify the director's role in formulating and monitoring strategy, and identifying and assessing risk
Course expectations

What can you expect?

Over the three days you will undertake interactive working sessions facilitated by an experienced director. The program uses relevant cases studies to help you understand the nuts-and-bolts of directorship.

The program consists of three one-day courses, which can be undertaken individually or as a suite for a packaged rate:

Day 1: Governance for Directors

  • The Role of the Director and the Board
  • Introduction to Board Meetings and Governance
Day 2: Finance for Directors
  • Introduction to Financial Statements for Directors
  • Assessing Financial Performance for Directors
Day 3: Strategy and Risk for Directors
  • Introduction to the Strategic Role of the Director
  • Risk: Issues for Directors
Assessment award

Assessment and awards

On completion, you will attain the Foundations of Directorship Certificate.

To do so, you will need to successfully complete and pass the assessment.

Find out more about how you will be assessed.

Upon successful completion of the three Foundations of Directorship multiple choice quizzes, you will receive a Foundations of Directorship Certificate, as well as 5 DPD units.

Successful completion is indicative of your commitment to good governance practices and associates you with a community of informed directors who value ongoing director professional development.

Sector Specific

Sector specific programs

We offer sector-specific programs that have been developed to help contextualise your directorship responsibilities within your sector or industry.

Our sector-specific programs focus on the essentials you need to know on different types of boards. We offer:

  • Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors

  • Foundations of Directorship for the Public Sector (In-House only)

  • Governance Essentials for Local Government

  • Indigenous Governance Program (In-House only)

  • Sports Governance Program (In-House only)

For those working internationally, we offer the International Foundations of Directorship, which focuses on international governance. Enquire to find out more about our specialised In-House programs.

Customised courses for your board or organisation

Our In-House service can work with you to build tailored development
solutions that meet the unique needs of your board or organisation.

Why learn with us?

Content

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.
Facilitators

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.
Participants

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.
Recognition

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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