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

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Is this course right for you?

The Company Directors Course Online is designed for experienced directors, new directors, business owners and senior executives reporting to boards.

The course is open to leaders from a diverse range of industries and organisations and is ideal for those looking to understand governance issues in depth, take their boardroom performance to the next level, and improve their impact in today's evolving business landscape.

Delivered via a blended learning approach (comprising both online and offline study) and supported by our team of experienced teaching faculty, it is best suited to participants who are comfortable with online learning and are keen to build connections with their fellow online learners.

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

We also recommend that all participants:

  • Have access to reliable, high speed internet (we recommend a minimum bandwidth of 4Mbps for uploads and downloads) .
  • Use a computer or device with a quality camera and microphone.
  • Have access to a quiet, private location for the duration of the virtual classroom sessions.

The Company Directors Course Online is available in-house. Enquire with us for more information.

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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 literary 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, real-world case studies and a boardroom simulation.
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What can you expect?

The Company Directors Course Online offers you the flexibility to study from a location that suits you while being supported by a team of experienced faculty members and a dedicated Learning Support Executive to assist you as you progress through the course.

Over five days of focused learning in our virtual classroom, 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.

Combining virtual classroom sessions, online learning activities and individual study, the blended delivery method provides a flexible and highly engaging learning environment designed to foster knowledge retention and application as well as relationship building with your online peers.

After completing the course, you will not only understand your roles and responsibilities and how to contribute to improved board performance and effectiveness, you will also walk away with valuable new connections.

The course offers a structured program over a total of 19 weeks which includes:

  • Two weeks of pre-reading to familiarise yourself with the course materials.
  • An online Faculty Induction Session during week 1 of the course where you will virtually meet the teaching faculty and Learning Support Executive who will guide you through the program.
  • This session provides an overview of what you can expect during the course and is a great opportunity to meet the cohort of online learners undertaking the course with you.
  • Five days in our virtual classroom (one day per week over five weeks).
  • A three-month assessment period where you will be supported by a dedicated Learning Support Executive as you navigate the assessment tasks.
  • An online Meet the Director session, where one of Australia's leading directors will discuss their directorship journey and how your experiences in the classroom can be applied in today’s evolving governance environment.

During the course, you will have access to:

  • Hard and soft copy course notes, supporting videos, eLearning modules and live tutorial 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.
  • Online discussion forums that allow you to connect and discuss the course content with fellow participants.
  • An online Meet the Director session where you can engage with one of Australia’s leading directors.
  • Live assessment tutorial sessions and a dedicated Learning Support Executive to guide you through the assessment.

After the course, participants:

  • Will accrue 50 DPD units for completing the course.
  • Can undertake the course assessment (optional); this must be completed within three months of the final live virtual classroom session.

On successful completion of the course assessment, participants:

  • Will qualify for the Company Directors Course Online 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 Online will elevate your boardroom performance, build powerful connections and help you take the next step in your career.

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: Experienced teaching faculty, leading directors, a learning support coach and fellow learners will support you 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: Our alumni include the directors of many of Australia’s most prestigious organisations.

Be recognised as a graduate: Participants who successfully complete the course assessment may be eligible to use the GAICD post nominal.

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Assessment and recognition

Participants who successfully complete the (optional) course assessment will qualify for the Company Director Course award and may be eligible to use the GAICD post nominal (AICD members only).

Find out more about how you will be assessed.

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

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Advanced standing

The Company Director Course award is recognised for advanced standing (ie. recognition of prior learning) by 18 universities and institutions.

The assessment must be completed if you are planning to use the course to gain advanced standing in an MBA program.

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The pricing for the Company Directors Course Online is as follows.

Member: $6,699

Non-member: $9,379

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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