Develop the practical knowledge, insight and global mindset of a new generation of board directors

Become a qualified, globally recognised, university accredited board director

Diploma in Corporate Governance

Diploma in Corporate Governance

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€3,450 / £3,000

  • Designed and delivered by practicing directors and governance directors, specifically for existing and aspiring directors.
  • Join a diverse network of senior executives and directors to exchange ideas and experiences.
  • Learn to succeed as a Non Executive Director.
  • Understand the duties, responsibilities and liabilities of being a practicing director.
  • Learn how a board operates and gain the practical experience to be a successful board director.
  • Ideal for senior executives aspiring to a seat in the boardroom, along with existing directors who need certification.

How would you like to get certified?

Same accreditation, you choose your learning journey
Self-paced, 1 week or 11 weeks – the choice is yours.


diploma in corporate governance

Perfect for those looking for total flexibility, this option is available 24/7 via our easy to navigate, learning portal.

Learn at your own pace, whenever and wherever suits you. Accessible on any device. Live tutorials available for all our online delegates.

Totally flexible
HD video lectures
Downloadable course material
Recommended reading
Practical exercises
Choose your own pace
6 months to complete
Live tutorials
Weekly networking sessions

Online assessment

11 weeks

diploma in corporate governance

Delivered via Zoom, once per week for 11 weeks, same evening each week, 18:30 – 21:30 GMT.

Live, practical, interactive lectures with lots of peer discussions and networking. Follow up tutorials weekly with further networking and exam focus.

Delivered via Zoom
One evening per week
Each evening 18:30 – 21:30
11 weeks
Weekly live tutorials
Weekly live networking
Meet with peer-directors
Reading materials provided
Case Studies throughout

Online assessment

One week

diploma in corporate governance

Ideal for the busy executive. Live Zoom-based lectures, Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 17:00 GMT.

Practical and interactive for you to meet other, like-minded professionals as well as existing and aspiring directors. Become a certified director in just one week.

Delivered over Zoom
Monday – Friday
Each day 09:00 – 17:00
Practical weekly tutorials
Weekly networking
Case Studies throughout
Reading materials provided
Classes recorded and available
Peer networking

Online assessment

Whichever option you choose, you get the same Diploma in Corporate Governance with the same certification. You choose your learning experience and education journey. For a complete breakdown of the modules, see below.

Globally Recognised Certification

World Class HD Videos & Live Classes

Cutting edge learning content & case studies

Exclusive networking with peer directors

Unrivalled support throughout your learning journey


€3,450 / £3,000

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All delegates get free access to Membership for 6 months (click here to discover what you get with Membership)

Past delegates now work for global leaders

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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Why become an accredited, certified Director with a Diploma in Corporate Governance?


Learn best boardroom practices from company directors, who share their experiences and learnings with you. The case studies are real-world, practical and full of insights. Your resulting certification is globally recognised.


All lectures, whether live or recorded, are taught by world-class leaders and governance practitioners. They are high-impact, interactive sessions that provide real insights into real-world challenges that you will learn from.


The programme is structured to maximise your learning outcomes, with full support from both peers and lecturers. Designed, created and delivered by directors for directors, this is the best available course.

Duration Options


Part Time
11 Weeks

Full Time
1 Week

What you’ll learn?

Diploma in Corporate Governance


100% Online


Approx 60 hours in total



Why this Diploma in Corporate Governance?


This Certification brings credibility to what you have achieved to date, giving you greater confidence to be a voice of authority.


This Diploma in Corporate Governance Certification demonstrates your competence and ambition to current and future employers.


Your expertise will be acknowledged, giving you the opportunity to pursue your career as a corporate governance professional.

Created and delivered by board directors for board directors, this Diploma in Corporate Governance provides you with access to the latest thinking and methodologies being used at the world’s most admired boards.

Whether you are an experienced director or you are new to the world of boards, the Diploma in Corporate Governance is the most direct route to becoming an effective board director. Our experienced team of professionals clearly explain what is required to identify and fulfil your role and how you can make a positive impact on the organisation.

Our courses are always up to date, keeping you relevant.

Setting the Standard in Corporate Governance Education & Certification

Learning Outcomes

  • You will clearly understand how boards work and how you can take part in the Board Structures.
  • You will understand how the various committees operate, which committees should be in place and how they enhance the smooth operation of a Board.
  • You will be familiar with the skills and expertise that a board director needs to know to do their job in an effective manner.
  • We will give you the tools and confidence to make an impact in the boardroom.
  • You will be introduced to the various Reporting tools that you should be using in your role as a director.
  • You will be introduced to the ongoing and changing Ethical issues and how they apply to a modern Board.
  • You will clearly understand the nature and effect that culture – good and bad – can have on an organisation. You will also understand how you can influence and shape the culture.
  • On completion of this Diploma, you will be in a stronger position to evaluate the various Risks facing an organisation and how you, as a director on the board, can mitigate these risks.
  • We will provide you with the skills to Evaluate a Board, for instance if you are thinking of joining it.
  • The road to being a Non Executive Director should be carefully planned. We will help you to formulate such a plan, putting you on the road to becoming a successful NED.

Why Learn With Corporate Governance Institute?

We have designed the best possible learning experience for you, bringing together some of the leading boardroom practitioners from across the globe.  Our syllabus is both modern and unrivalled.  Your learning methods include

Videos & Case Studies

Learn from some of the best practicing directors, who share their experiences and learnings for you. The case studies are real-world, which you can bring into your world.


In addition to the videos and case studies, we deliver world-class monthly updates to our members and learners. These webinars provide the real-world challenges that you can learn from.


This programme is completely structured to maximise your learning outcomes, with full support from both peers and lecturers.

What you Will Learn
(Module by Module)

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.

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