Frequently Asked Questions

The Corporate Governance Institute is the global leader in education and certification of existing and aspiring boardoom directors.  The 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.

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


This Diploma has been designed around you and your schedule, no matter how busy you are.

No matter which of the following learning options yo choose, the course content, exams and diploma are exactly the same.  Whatever route to Diploma you take, the output is consistent. 

You can learn with us in one of three different formats, each one designed with optimum flexibility in mind.

  1. You can choose complete flexibility by takin your course 100% online through our learning portal.  This allows you to choose when you learn, which can be any time that suits your busy schedule. As it is self-paced, you have 6 months to complete the course. 

  2. The second choice is to take the part-time option.  Part time option is delivered live online (Zoom-based), once per week (usually a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening between 18:30 and 21:30). This option takes 11 weeks to complete (and up to 6 months to take the exams) and you and your classmates all meet and network, together with your lecturers, to learn and discuss case studies in small peer groups.  On top of spending 3 hours in class each week, we expect delegates to spend a further 20-30 hours on reading materials. 

  3. And then there is the Full-time Bootcamp. This option is ideal for busy executives who want to get certified over a short period. This option, like the Part-time version, is delivered over Zoom, this time starting on Monday morning and finishing on Friday evening. This option is full time over the course of 1 week. Lectures and classes are delivered live, you get to network with your classmates and peers (and lecturers) throughout the week, both in the wider classroom as well as smaller peer groups.  

All reading and other course materials are available well in advance of attendance.  

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


Both the Diploma in Corporate Governance and the Diploma in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) are credit-rated by Glasgow Caledonian University, a highly-rated UK university. They are recognised at Level 7 on the Scottish Curriculum and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). For the EU, British Isles, Ireland and other parts of the world there will be an equivalent award in your relevant educational systems. For guidance, please review the ‘Qualifications can Cross Boundaries‘ guide.

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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.


In case you are unable to complete your assessments, and hence your diploma certification, you can request for a Certificate of Attendance. This will only be issued to you if you have completed all your modules. Please note that all requests for a Certificate of Attendance are subject to a fee of €750. Full details of this process are available on request from your course coordinator.


In case you are dissatisfied with your performance in the assessments, and want to appeal, you can do so. Please note that all appeal requests are subject to a fee of €495. Full details of the appeals process are available on request from your course coordinator


Created and delivered by board directors for board directors, the 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.

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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.


We created the Governance Advisory Council 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.

The GAC comprises leaders from boardrooms across the globe, along with educators, industry influencers, employers and pedagogical experts. This ensures that the programmes that we deliver are exactly what is required of the modern board director. The GAC serves as our direct connection to the people that we certify, playing a pivotal role in the shaping of the courses and membership programmes that are delivered.




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 €250. Full details of this process are available on request from your course coordinator.

In case you are unable to complete your assessments on time, you can request for an extension. Extension requests are subject to a fee of €250 (i.e. for each individual assessment) . Full details of the extension process are available on request from your course coordinator.


All materials are available online, some of which are made available for downloading and printing. 


If you fail your assessments, you can resit the test. The fee to resit each assessment is €250. Full details of this process are available on request from your course coordinator.


Membership costs €345.00 annually

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