Develop the practical knowledge, insight and global mindset of a board director

Become a qualified director in just one week


One Intensive Week


6 Hours Per Day

Course starts

27th September 2021




100% Online, Zoom

Become an accredited, certified Director with a Diploma in Corporate Governance


Receive a global, accredited qualification in corporate governance. Currently, less than 0.5% of company directors have a formal qualification in corporate governance.


This Diploma is designed by directors who understand the essential practical skills required to develop the mindset to become an influential, effective board member.


Become part of an elite group of senior leaders, acquire a board position, enhance your career options and connect with a diverse group of directors from around the world.

Enrol before September 27th to guarantee your place

Ciara Murphy

Ciara Murphy
The Bar of Ireland

I thought it was by far one of the best courses that I have undertaken in recent times. It is so good, that I have recommended to some senior barristers whom I know participate on Boards that it is an absolute essential course to undertake that will help them perform better in their board role

Declan Cahill

Declan Cahill
Programme Director
Trinity College

I must say that you have by far the best lecturers and tutors among all of the Diplomas in this area.
As part of this diploma, I connected and networked with some amazing people. Your course will definitely have an impact on the business landscape and I recommend it highly.

Patrick O'Meara

Patrick O'Meara
P Woods & Associates

The purpose, content and tone of the Diploma from the Corporate Governance Institute are compelling. The Diploma has really brought to life my understanding of how governance works. I deal with the boards of various companies, and the Diploma gave me whole new insights and a refreshed reference framework for what I do.

Barbara Husband

Bob Hoffman
Managing Partner
Vista People executive Search

The CGI Diploma is a great new qualification by a new organisation full of energy and fresh ideas. The workload was just right. The lecturers were all very good and come from day to day, real world businesses. Like all courses of this type, the networking with your cohort is a big aspect of the course.


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What will you learn?

This Diploma in Corporate Governance is university credit-rated and validated by our Governance Advisory Council. The syllabus is steeped in rigorous pedagogy and contains everything you need to know to become a company director.

Module 1

Introduction to Corporate Governance

In this module, you will gain a clear understanding of the world of corporate governance, the principles which underpin it, global trends and the role it plays in contemporary business.

Module 2

Governance Architecture

In this module, you will learn that the governance structure of every organisation is unique, given its heritage and culture, and how to build a best practice governance structure.

Module 3

The Company Director

You will learn about the duties and responsibilities to be a competent and skilful director with the appropriate mindset to make a real impact in the boardroom.

Module 4

Corporate culture

This module explains the importance of aligning the culture of the board with the organisation and its strategy. Culture is how companies create and protect value through people.

Module 5

The Governance Handbook

This underpins the governance structures of an organisation defining roles, policies, procedures and other board documentation. All of this forms part of the Governance Handbook, the rulebook for directors.

Module 6


This module clearly explains, in detail, the information and supporting processes that directors require to perform their role and how they relate to effective reporting, which is essential for boards.

Module 7

Financial matters

This module will help to interpret the financial statements that you will have to master as a director.

Module 8


This module ensures that you can provide the proper oversight of risk in the organisation and ask intelligent questions.

Module 9

Evaluating performance

This module clearly explains how to initiate and implement evaluations of the board, directors, and the CEO.

Module 10

The non-executive director (NED)

This module will help you to formulate, in a systematic manner, your career plan as a director or non-executive director.

Case Studies

Real world challenges

We use high-profile, real-life case studies that are presented by the faculty members who deliver each module.


Multiple choice assessment

Candidates complete three online assessments based on the programme. These take approximately six hours in total.

The Diploma is also available as a part-time, 10-week option.

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At the end of this course …

You will understand

How boards function and the format of effective board meetings.

How various committees operate and how they enhance the effective operation of a board.

Strategy and risk, financial performance, decision making, board and organisational culture, and board dynamics.

You will be

Familiar with the skills and expertise that a board director needs to know to do their job effectively.

Able to evaluate any risks facing an organisation and know-how to mitigate these risks.

Skilled at evaluating a board, for instance, if you are thinking of joining one.

We will provide you with

Different reporting tools that will be useful to you as a director.

The tools, templates and confidence you need to make an impact in the boardroom.

A plan, putting you on the road to becoming a successful non-executive director. For example, how do you land your first role on a board?

Frequently asked questions

How is this Diploma in Corporate Governance delivered?

All courses in 2021 will be streamed live online via Zoom or Microsoft Teams.  The Diploma comprises 11 modules, each module is three hours long.

Each module will be delivered on successive weekday evenings (usually either Tuesday or Wednesday), with a follow-up tutorial a couple of days later.

Each three-hour module will be divided into three, one-hour slots. Each slot will be approx 50 minutes in length with plenty of time for questions and answers, followed by a 10-minute break.

How Much Time Should I Allocate for the Diploma?

The Diploma in Corporate Governance programme itself is 30 hours long. This is based on attending ten, three-hour modules over the course of ten weeks.

Throughout the programme, you will be introduced to various case studies by our faculty lecturers. This will require you to spend extra time reviewing these documents. You will also spend time discussing these case studies with your peers and colleagues within our online community.

There is also a capstone case study that will run across and through the ten modules, bringing together the various components of each module.

We recommend that you allocate a further 30 hours of review and study time, on top of the actual face-to-face time with your lecturers.

Who are my Lecturers?

The lecturers are leading practitioners in corporate governance. They have years of experience in boardroom leadership, chairing board meetings, managing corporations and adding shareholder value to companies. The Diploma is designed by directors for directors.

Click on our Faculty Page to see our lecturers.

What is the Governance Advisory Council?

We created the Governance Advisory Council to help promote excellence in boardroom leadership across the globe. Our mission has always been to ensure that you are receiving only the very best and the very latest thinking in corporate governance. Your certification is validated by leading professionals from top global companies.

Is the Diploma recorded?


If, for any reason, you cannot attend your class, we will be making each one available for later viewing.

Can I Pay by Instalments?

Payment is made in full before commencing the course. Please contact us if you would like discuss alternative options.

Instalment payments may be discussed with your training advisor – please contact us for further details.

This Bootcamp is only available for a limited amount of time