Company Directors Course - Self-Paced

If you prefer to learn at your own pace, the Company Directors Course – Self-Paced offers you the flexibility to develop your director skills in your own time and from any location.
Right course for you

Is this course right for you?

This course is delivered in a flexible format over six months – the ideal solution for the busy director who prefers to learn on-the-go and at their own pace.

This course is best suited to independent learners who are comfortable setting and managing their own learning.

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.

Course learnings

What will you learn?

Company Directors Course Self-Paced has been designed for you to study at your own pace, when it suits you.

The course includes topics on effective decision-making, the legal aspects of directorship, financial literacy and strategy, and your duties and responsibilities. Upon completion of this course you will be equipped to:

  • Understand your role and the compliance issues for your board
  • Lead beyond compliance to better understand the governance expectations and ethical considerations for businesses
  • Help build a better board as well as improve and streamline board processes
  • Focus your future strategic discussions with the knowledge and tools you need to monitor your organisation's financial performance and risk management
  • Broaden your view of directorship and provide guidance to improve your personal performance and consequently the performance of your organisation
Course expectations

What can you expect?

You will develop your director skills by exploring case studies.

You will work through relevant case studies to apply and reinforce your knowledge.

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 80 hours of reading required for the course. A suggested study plan is provided with your course materials. You are also required to complete the two complimentary e-learning courses (Interpreting Financial Statements and The Director Mindset).

Complimentary e-learning course

All Company Directors Course participants receive complimentary access to the Interpreting Financial Statements and The Director Mindset e-learning courses. As a participant you must complete your study of the reading materials, the e-learning courses and the assessment within 6 months from the last day of the month in which you registered.

You will also have access to up to 5 hours of assistance (conducted via email) relating to course content and access to a discussion forum where you can discuss the course content with other participants.

Choice of Format

How will you benefit?

The course has been designed to:
  • Apply decision-making skills and implement strategies for your board
  • Identify the fiduciary and compliance responsibilities of directors
  • Improve your knowledge of the governance and ethical expectations of board members
  • Outline what risk is and how to implement risk management techniques
  • Enhance your value and reputation
  • Strengthen your ability to secure directorship opportunities
Assessment award

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 by 18 universities and institutions.

Why learn with us?


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.

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.

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.

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.