Director Professional Development FAQs

Why was DPD introduced?

Shareholders and the broader community expect all directors to have the requisite skills.

Shareholders and the broader community expect all directors to have the requisite skills, knowledge and understanding to fulfil their duties and govern their organisations effectively.

The extension of our DPD requirements have been designed to positively differentiate our members' capability and build greater confidence in the professional standing, credibility and integrity of our membership.

Who does DPD apply to?

Director Professional Development applies to our Members (MAICD), Graduates (GAICD) and Fellows (FAICD).

As entry to the category of Affiliates is open to those not currently practicing as a director, a mandatory requirement for director professional development is not necessary.

What is the Mandatory DPD Requirement?

You have three years after your member renewal in 2013 to accumulate the required 60 units of DPD.

MAICD, GAICD and FAICD members are required to accrue and maintain 60 DPD units over a rolling three-year cycle. DPD also applies to international membership for the same membership categories. DPD does not have a bearing on membership grades or renewal for affiliates, retired members and life fellows.

How does the rolling 3 year period work?

After your initial period (also known as Foundation period), you will need to maintain 60 DPD units on a rolling three-year basis.

After your initial period (also known as Foundation period), you will need to maintain 60 DPD units on a rolling three-year basis. The rolling three years will cover the year you are in, accruing 'new' DPD units plus the two previous years and their already acquired DPD units e.g. in 2016, your rolling three years will be from 2013 to 2014 (year 1), 2014 to 2015 (year 2) and 2015 to 2016 (year 3).

What is Period of Grace?

There is a once only opportunity (Period of Grace) for members who have not attained the 60 units of DPD rolling 3 year requirement.

There is a once only opportunity (Period of Grace) for members who have not attained the 60 units of DPD rolling 3 year requirement.

Members who do not complete the mandatory DPD requirements within the timeframe (at the end of the grace period) will be eligible for renewal in the Affiliate category only.

Do years of experience or directors meetings count for DPD?

Director Professional Development is a commitment to lifelong professional learning.

Attending board meetings for directorships (paid or unpaid) does not qualify for professional development. We do, however, recognise the learnings you gain through your practical experience.

Professional development with other providers

DPD activities undertaken through other appropriate providers attract the same number of DPD units as similar activities offered by us.

DPD activities undertaken through other appropriate providers attract the same number of DPD units as similar activities offered by us, provided you can establish that the activities relate to the practice of directorship and governance as identified in the Framework.

Professional development through other providers will not be subject to the advice or approval of AICD.

How much will it cost to do DPD?

The cost is dependent on the activities you undertake. It is entirely possible for you to meet your DPD requirements at no cost.

The cost is dependent on the activities you undertake. It is entirely possible for you to meet your DPD requirements at no cost. Your Members and Directors Executive will have information about this.

How were DPD unit allocations determined?

Representatives from our executive and leadership teams undertook a review of the depth of engagement* required to demonstrate effective participation.

Representatives from our executive and leadership teams undertook a review of the depth of engagement* required to demonstrate effective participation in all professional development programs and resources, as well as considering the benefits of contributing to Professional Development programs (e.g. developing and delivering presentations).

What is the depth of engagement?

Depth of engagement refers to the level of preparation, participation and reflection required before, during and after our programs.

Depth of engagement refers to the level of preparation, participation and reflection required before, during and after our programs.

Do units expire?

DPD units do not expire. They are accounted for on a rolling basis over a three-year period.

DPD units do not expire. They are accounted for on a rolling basis over a three-year period. There is no specific unit per year requirement — just 60 units over a three-year rolling period.

Your DPD record will be available on My Site via your member log in.

Who oversees the audit?

The audit will be overseen by our DPD Operations Group.

The audit will be overseen by our DPD Operations Group. Audit selection will be conducted according to an individual's member number, ensuring that member identities will remain confidential.

Reports are provided to the DPD Oversight Committee, principally comprised of members.

Will AICD report on levels of DPD externally?

Your records will remain confidential and all DPD processes will be carried out in line with our privacy policies.

Your records will remain confidential and all DPD processes will be carried out in line with our privacy policies.

When will audits begin and who is eligible?

Audits will be undertaken on a monthly basis from February 2016.

Audits will be undertaken on a monthly basis from February 2016.

  • Any member who has completed their first three-year foundation period is eligible for selection in the audit.

  • A small number of members are randomly and independently selected via an automated process that identifies a sample of members who renewed the previous month

Special consideration

Any member may request renewal into their existing membership class even though they have not fulfilled the Mandatory DPD Requirement.

Any member may request renewal into their existing membership class even though they have not fulfilled the Mandatory DPD Requirement. We may agree to such a request in exceptional circumstances. Such exceptional circumstances may include the following:

  • An extended period of illness

  • An outstsanding period of work challenge / adjustment (not including being located internationally

  • A personal trauma

  • Full-time study

  • Extended travel overseas (for leaisure and not work-related)

If you are exempted from the DPD provisions for special and compelling reasons - for details, see DPD Guidelines - this will last a full year. You will receive, prior to membership renewal, 20 DPD exemption units in your DPD record which enables you to readily re-engage in the DPD system once your year of exemption is over.

Get in touch

Please contact us if you have further enquiries or wish to discuss your individual Director Professional Development.