Company Directors Course™

Gain a greater understanding of your duties and responsibilities with the essential course for company 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 provides a comprehensive overview of the roles and duties of board directors and includes topics on the legal environment, the director mindset, strategy and risk, financial performance, decision making, board and organisational culture, board dynamics and measuring board effectiveness.

Upon completion of this course, participants will have an understanding of:

  • The duties of directors, the legal environment in which they operate and the function and responsibilities of the board
  • Contemporary issues facing boards and relevant frameworks and tools to help boards govern effectively
  • The board’s role in developing and executing strategy, overseeing risk, and developing and monitoring culture
  • How to analyse financial reports and financial performance and the levers available to the board in driving organisational performance
  • Board dynamics, how to improve board effectiveness, and how a constructive board culture can create value for an organisation

Through experiential learning activities including in-depth case studies and the sharing of professional experiences with peers, participants will also gain an understanding of how to apply learnings to their own circumstances.

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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 recommend that you complete the two complimentary eLearning 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.

  Face to face Residential  Self-paced In-House  Online
Delivery Five days held over one week or multiple weeks Face to face 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

 An 11-week program (including
the optional assessment period)
with facilitated learning over
five full-day sessions. This format
is available in-house and to
individual participants

 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 Combine the best of online learning with interactive and engaging group sessions 
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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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Contemporary Content

Designed by expert educators with the input of experienced directors and subject matter experts, our courses offer contemporary content that is updated annually. Course materials include recent case studies and real-life examples to ensure relevancy for directors of today and tomorrow.
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Expert Facilitators

Our course facilitators boast extensive real-world director experience and undergo a rigorous selection and development process to ensure they are equipped to create an interactive and engaging learning environment.
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High-Calibre Participants

Connect with and learn from a diverse group of experienced senior executives and directors who are passionate about improving their impact and leadership in the boardroom and the performance of their business.
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Widely Recognised

By undertaking one of our highly regarded programs you are demonstrating your commitment to good governance and can earn the widely recognised post nominals that associate you with Australia's leading organisation for directors.

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