Duration Options

Flexible, 11 Weeks or 1 Week


Approx 60 hours in total

What you’ll learn?

Diploma in Corporate Governance




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Non-executive directors and next generation boards

What are non-executive directors?

A non-executive director (NED) is a member of the board who is not responsible for the daily operations or management of the organisation. They act as advisors to the management team. Recent years have seen a rise in the demand for non-executive directors as well as business leaders transitioning to non-executive positions. NED positions offer a wealth of professional development opportunities.

Role of the non-executive director

Non-executive directors have a broad role to play. A non-executive director should challenge, question, and monitor the CEO and senior management. They must also support and mentor the CEO and senior management, and provide an independent perspective to decision-making. NEDs serve as a “critical friend” to the executive team and must act in its best interests of the organisation and its stakeholders.

Skills required by NEDs

The selection and appointment of non-executive directors are often based on the person’s unique qualities, experience, and expertise. Prior to appointing a new NED, the nominations committee and the board of directors should assess the skills, experience, and knowledge that are lacking on the board. Boardroom chemistry and diversity should also be taken into account when appointing a non-executive director.

Explore the course modules and what you will learn to become a non-executive director.

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Develop the knowledge, insight and mindset of a next-generation boardroom leader.

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97.3% of delegates

recommend this diploma

Here is what they have to say

Thank you for creating this Diploma. It is a much-needed service. Other Diplomas like this are unobtainable for many because of the cost. To be honest, having reviewed the other Diplomas, you have the best lecturers. I networked with some great people doing this Diploma. You really are going to make a difference in the business landscape. I certainly recommend this course.

Declan Cahill – Ireland

MBSI Programme Director

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. It sharpens how I approach the work I do on their behalf. Thanks for such a rich opportunity.

Patrick O’Meara – Ireland

Owner P Woods & Associates

“This was an excellent course. The materials were well designed and fully supported the first class Tutorials and presenters throughout. I have no hesitation in recommending this course to those seeking to enhance their understanding of Corporate Governance, and of the nature of working in Boards”.

Jon Gillies – United Kingdom


Invest in your future with a comprehensive and valuable Diploma in Corporate Governance

The full Diploma in Corporate Governance is the best course for non-executive directors and offers comprehensive knowledge of corporate governance, including how to be an effective non-executive director.

The Diploma in Corporate Governance provides you with the skills you require to enable clear and concise decision-making as well as adhering to best governance practices.

Ensure that you are fully informed on all of the various changes and updates that are being applied to boardrooms in what is now a very dynamic corporate governance environment.

A Diploma in Corporate Governance will improve your leadership skills and ensure you enter the boardroom with the professional mindset of an experienced director.

With the Diploma in Corporate Governance, company secretaries, non-executive directors and executives gain a distinct career edge by better understanding their duties and responsibilities.

Alumni of the Corporate Governance Institute are better qualified then other boardroom directors and are, therefore, more equipped to lead real change. Take the best course for non-executive directors today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our faculty members are industry experts with an interest in teaching the next generation of directors and board members. Along with teaching, our lecturers are professionally involved in numerous types of businesses.

You will examine the most current and relevant case studies and learn about the latest thinking at the board level. To see the full list of faculty members, click here

You can study for this Diploma in three different formats, each one designed to be flexible so they work for busy people.

  • Some students choose to learn at their own pace by taking the online, self-paced format.
  • Some prefer the part-time Diploma which takes 11 weeks to complete and involves three hours of teaching per week.
  • And then there is the Bootcamp format which is ideal for busy executives who wish to become certified directors in just one week.

You can learn more and decide which format suits you the best, here.

Definitely. We designed this Diploma to demystify and define what it means to be a company director and a boardroom leader. You will learn best boardroom practices from company directors, who share their experiences and knowledge. The case studies are real-world, practical and full of insights. Your resulting certification is globally recognised.

This Diploma is ideal for the next generation of leaders who wish to make a positive impact at the highest levels of organisations around the world.

Absolutely! We’ve had teams join us from PLCs, NGOs, law firms, public bodies, today’s financial and tech giants, and everywhere in between. If you’re interested in participating in teams of five or more, email paul@thecorporategovernanceinstitute.com for more information.