Company Directors Course

Elevate your director performance

Gain a greater understanding of your duties and responsibilities with the essential course for directors. Immediately improve your board performance and decision-making with pragmatic professional development that will have a long-lasting impact on your director career.

Is this course right for you?

This course is designed to suit those who wish 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.

What will you learn?

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

What can you expect?

Over five days you will develop your director skills by exploring the director's role and responsibilities. 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 10 modules:

  1. The Role of the Board and the Practice of Directorship
  2. Decision Making
  3. Directors' Duties and Responsibilities
  4. The Board's Legal Environment
  5. Risk: Issues for Boards
  6. Strategy: The Board's Role
  7. Financial Literacy for Directors
  8. Driving Financial Performance
  9. Achieving Board Effectiveness
  10. Learning into Practice

There is approximately 20-30 hours of pre-reading required before the course takes place.

Choice of format

The Company Directors Course is delivered in a variety of formats to suit your individual circumstances, including:

Five day courses Residential Correspondence In-House
Delivery Five days held over one week or multiple weeks Five day 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
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


Fees for five day and residential course formats can be viewed on the individual course pages through the course calendar. Please enquire for more information regarding Correspondence and In-House formats.


Assessment and Awards

You have the opportunity to achieve the Company Directors 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. Find out more about how you will be assessed.

The Company Directors Course is recognised by 14 Australian universities.


Specialised courses

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.

Unsure which course is right for you?

If you are unsure whether your experience level is suited to a particular course, view our Course Recommender, undertake the Self-assessment Tool or request to speak to a Consultant.

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Why learn with us?

When you're at the top of your game you need the best.

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.