Frequently Asked Questions

The Corporate Governance Institute provides board directors with education and certification to the  highest standards. Working with leading board members and industry practitioners, we create and deliver world-class education and certification for the modern board director.


Unfortunately, many of the incumbent course suppliers are considered staid and lack innovation. They often do not have the practical content to enable directors to be productive upon certification.


The Corporate Governance Institute arms our graduates with the tools and expertise required to be an effective board member.

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.

The Corporate Governance Institute is fully accredited by the Glasgow Caledonian University. Our staff, tutors and courses have been thoroughly vetted and are continually monitored by the university to ensure that we are meeting the highest standards possible. This accreditation is part of the European Qualification Framework (EQF), which means that your qualification is recognised throughout the globe.

The Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance is awarded by the Corporate Governance Institute. The Diploma is also credit-rated by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) at Level 7 on the Scottish Curriculum and Qualifications (SCQF) Framework. Level 7 indicates the level of complexity of the programme. The table below indicates equivalent award levels for a selection of countries, and in the context of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).


While the European Qualifications Framework attempts to provide a certain leveling across various certifications, each country in the EU uses a slightly different scale to define the “level”.  So, for example, Level 5 in England is equivalent to Level 8 in Scotland.  Here is a list of the levels that the Diploma in Corporate Governance warrants across the British Isles, Ireland and EU.


  • (SCQF) SCOT Level 7
  • (EQF) EU Level 5
  • (NQF) IRL Level 6
  • (RQF) ENG Level 5
  • (CCEA) N. IRL Level 5
  • (CQFW) WALES Level 5


A detailed explanation of the the above can be found on the attached document, entitled “Qualifications can cross boundaries – a guide to comparing qualifications in the UK and Ireland

The course will cover the key principles of company law in common law countries.


These countries include, Ireland,United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Canada (excluding Quebec), Singapore, Hong Kong and the United States.


The Diploma in Corporate Governance enables existing or potential directors to be able to ask about their specific duties and responsibilities as a director under company law in any common law country.



While CPD is usually applied by your own awarding body, the Diploma in Corporate Governance and our ongoing webinar series should qualify for Continuous Professional Development CPD) recognition.


As an example, the Law Society of Ireland (the regulatory body for solicitors in Ireland) states:


“To qualify as CPD, the education/training must relate to law, management and professional development skills or regulatory matters and must be intended to develop the solicitor in his/her professional knowledge, skills and abilities.CPD credit may be claimed for actual time spent in training, minus registration/break times.


Please ensure that the attending solicitors retain suitable proof of CPD (e.g. Certificate of Attendance), as it is required in all instances for solicitors to be credited with CPD.”


Their Law Society CPD Handbook provides a wealth of further detail.

This course is delivered though English. Therefore, applicants, whose first language is not English, or who have not been educated through the medium of the English language during their two most recent years of study, must provide evidence they are proficient in the English language.

If you attend all course modules, you can request a Certificate of Attendance for a fee of €495.

Yes, you can email your course coordinator expressing your intention to appeal your grade. Your course coordinator will walk you through the appeals process. The fee for appealing your grade is €495.

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 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, go 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.

The Governance Advisory Council was formed to promote excellence in the board membership and directors across the globe. We created a unique collaboration from the outset to ensure that you are receiving, the very latest and the very best thinking in corporate governance. Your certification is therefore validated by leading professionals from some of the top global companies.


Our customers and graduates are a multi-talented group of individuals, who come together to share their wealth of board experience. As such, the diversity across boards is vast. We are confident, therefore, that we can certainly assist in finding the right board that meets your specific requirements and matches to your skillset.


Please contact us to discuss your options.


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 for more information.

In the event of your purchase of a programme:


You may express your right to cancel your purchase within 14 days. This request should be sent via email to A refund will be issued using the original payment method without undue delay.


This 14 day cooling off period only applies where the programme has not been accessed. Once the programme is accessed this is indication of use of service and acceptance of the terms and conditions. No refunds will be issued once the 14 day period has passed or once the programme has been accessed.


In the event of your payment of a deposit:


If you have paid a deposit for a programme, deposits paid for programme are non refundable.  In the event that, for whatever reason, you cannot take the programme that you paid the deposit for, you can take the next available course for the same price.

If you fail your assessments, you can resit the test. The fee to resit each assessment is €495.
If you need an extension to complete your diploma or assessments, email your course coordinator and we will review your request. The fee to apply for a diploma extension or an assessment extension request is €495.

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