Company Directors Course Self-Paced

In an environment of rapid change, boards face uncertainties and risks as well as opportunities for growth and innovation.

Directors need to be sufficiently knowledgeable and agile to navigate this complexity. It requires balancing short-term volatility with long-term value. It is also important to identify strategic opportunities and promote an innovative culture for sustainable growth.

As an exemplary leader, you add value by sharing your knowledge and consideration of how emerging issues impact the success of the organisations you are governing.

The Company Directors Course Self-Paced is the perfect opportunity to lift your director skills in preparation for a distinguished career.

It is a convenient and flexible way for disciplined learners to invest in your professional development and become part of an exclusive community of leaders.

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Is this course right for you?

The Company Directors Course Self-Paced is tailored to help you gain or update the knowledge required for sound decision-making and governance best practice in a constantly changing environment.

If you are:

  • A new director 
  • An experienced director 
  • A senior executive reporting to boards 

and have the discipline to commit to an independent learning journey through self-study this course is right for you.

It is recommended to complete the Foundations of Directorship™ program or have relevant boardroom experience before enrolling.

Note: This course is suited for learners who prefer to learn independently and are comfortable progressing without access to learning support. For more detail, see the ‘What can you expect?’ section of this webpage.

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What will you learn?

The Company Directors Course Self-Paced provides a comprehensive understanding 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, you will have a thorough knowledge 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.
  • Analysing financial reports, 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.
  • The board’s roles in developing a culture that is appropriate for the risk tolerance of the organisation and the board’s role in developing and executing a risk-mitigation strategy.
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What can you expect?

The self-paced course offers complete flexibility to take charge of your study schedule and pace. Working independently through the same material as other formats of Company Directors Course, your study support resources are available on AICD’s online learning portal.

The course is scheduled monthly, with a new course commencing on the first of every month. Participants have six months from the course commencement date to review the course materials and complete the (optional) three-part assessment.

You will have access to:

  • AICD’s learning platform populated with the latest course content written and reviewed by practising directors whose insights will help you make better decisions and increase your impact in the boardroom.
  • Course notes, supporting videos, regular webinar tutorials, quizzes and simulated board meetings.
  • Comprehensive course materials, including course notes, case studies and activities that allow you to apply learnings and reinforce knowledge.
  • Interpreting Financial Statements eLearning course.
  • The Director Mindset eLearning course.
  • A suggested study plan to help you work through the resources.
  • Moderated online discussion forums to connect with an online tutor and peers.
  • Two online sessions each month including one content presentation and one application-based board scenario session covering each of the five topics on a monthly rotation.
  • Recordings of online sessions for each of the topics.
  • Optional assessment, successful completion of which results in the achievement of the Company Directors Award.
  • Assessment Hub featuring support resources such as videos and practice quizzes.

Note: This course is suited for learners who prefer to learn independently and are comfortable progressing without access to learning support. If you prefer to learn in a more traditional classroom style or are looking for a format with access to mentoring and coaching, we encourage you to explore the face-to-face or online versions of this course. Your assigned Membership Partner (contact details in your online membership) would also be delighted to assist you in selecting the course that best matches your needs.

You are required to complete:

  • Approximately 60-80 hours of reading. A suggested study plan is provided with course materials.

It is also recommended to:

  • Complete the two complimentary eLearning courses Interpreting Financial Statements and The Director Mindset.
  • Embed your learning by attending the two monthly online sessions and reviewing the supporting video assets and relevant case studies.
  • Attempt the optional assessment to demonstrate knowledge retention and have a chance at gaining the Company Directors Award.

At the conclusion of the course:

  • You will accrue 50 DPD units for successful completion.
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How will you benefit?

The Company Directors Course Self-Paced will help you understand your roles and responsibilities as well as gain the skills required perform at the highest level in an evolving business landscape.

You will:

  • Gain the knowledge to ensure you understand your role and the compliance issues for your board.
  • Understand the governance expectations and the ethical considerations of your role beyond compliance requirements.
  • Focus your future strategic discussions to provide the knowledge and tools you need to monitor your organisation’s financial performance and risk management.
  • Broaden your view of directorship, improve your personal performance and organisational performance.
  • Take control of your future: With six months to finalise the course and assessment, you have the flexibility to complete our flagship program in your own time, at your own pace.
  • 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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How will you be assessed?

Once you have reviewed and absorbed the learning materials, you can undertake an optional assessment comprising assignment, quiz and exam.

On successful completion:

  • You will qualify for the Company Directors Course Award and earn an additional 10 DPD points.
  • You may be eligible to use the GAICD post nominals (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 23 universities and institutions.

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

Course Delivery

Choose your learning journey with our flexible course delivery formats.


Join your peers in a face-to-face learning environment with our specialised faculty and connect through case analysis and rich discussion. Choose your preferred classroom delivery as five consecutive days, or one day per week.

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Engage with peers and faculty in an interactive learning journey with the opportunity to meet your cohort at the start, and support from a dedicated learning coach. Participate fully in small group live virtual classrooms with faculty and peers one day per week.

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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.