Foundations of Directorship Online

A three-day online program that helps you prepare for a successful director career.
Right course for you

Is this program right for you?

Foundations of Directorship Online is designed for new and aspiring directors, senior executives, and managers looking to gain an understanding of the duties and responsibilities of boards and directors.

If you’ve recently been appointed to a board, are interested in pursuing a career as a director, or would like to better understand board processes, the Foundations of Directorship Online program will provide you with the knowledge you need.

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 learners online.

We recommend that, to effectively participate in the virtual classrooms, all participants:

  • Have access to reliable, high-speed internet (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.

Foundations of Directorship Online is also available for in-house delivery. Enquire here for more information.

Course learnings

What will you learn?

The program provides a comprehensive introduction to the main responsibilities of directorship and helps participants establish a director mindset to prepare for a successful director career.

Foundations of Directorship Online is comprised of three days of virtual classrooms covering: Governance for Directors, Finance for Directors, and Strategy and Risk for Directors.

Upon completion of the program, you will have an understanding of:

  • The duties and responsibilities of a director
  • Governance and board meeting processes
  • The director's role in evaluating financial statements
  • The link between corporate strategy and financial performance
  • The director's role in formulating and monitoring strategy, and in identifying and assessing risk.
Course expectations

What can you expect?

Foundations of Directorship 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.

Combining virtual classroom sessions, online learning activities and individual study, the blended delivery method offers a flexible and highly engaging learning environment and the opportunity to connect with your online peers.

After completing the course you will have a clear understanding of how to contribute to board performance and effectiveness, and will walk away with valuable new connections.

The course offers a structured program over a total of 11 weeks which includes:

  • Two weeks of pre-reading to familiarise yourself with the course materials.
  • An online Course Introduction Session to welcome participants and discuss how the course will be delivered. During this session you will virtually meet the teaching faculty and Learning Support Executive who will guide you through the program. This is also a good opportunity to meet your cohort of fellow online learners.
  • Three days in our virtual classroom (one day per week over three weeks) where you will explore key concepts and case studies which cover the fundamentals of directorship.
  • A six-week assessment period, during which you will be supported by a dedicated Learning Support Executive as you navigate the optional assessment task.
  • An online ‘Meet the Director’ session. An experienced director will provide insights into kickstarting a director career and how to apply your new knowledge in today’s governance environment.

During the course, you will have access to:

  • Hard and soft copy course notes, live tutorial sessions and online discussion forums that allow you to connect and discuss the course content.
  • An online Meet the Director session where you can engage with an experienced director.
  • A dedicated Learning Support Executive who will support you as you prepare for the optional assessment.
  • Additional resources to help you prepare for assessment, including an assessment-focused video exploring tips and tricks, and a practice quiz where you can familiarise yourself with the type of questions you will be asked.

After the course, participants:

  • Will accrue 30 DPD units for completing the course.
  • Can undertake the course assessment; this must be completed within six weeks of the final live virtual classroom session.

On successful completion of the course assessment, participants:

  • Will qualify for the Foundations of Directorship Certificate and earn an additional 5 DPD units.
Assessment award

Assessment and awards

On completion, you may attain the Foundations of Directorship Certificate.

To do so, you will need to successfully complete and pass the assessment.

Find out more about how you will be assessed.

Upon successful completion of the Foundations of Directorship multiple choice quiz exam, you will receive a Foundations of Directorship Certificate, as well as 5 DPD units.

Successful completion is indicative of your commitment to good governance practices and associates you with a community of informed directors who value ongoing director professional development.

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.

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