Chartered Membership pathway

This pathway takes members through Associate to Member to Chartered Member and onward.

The Chartered designation offers stakeholders an assurance that directors have met professional standards of knowledge and skill that supports them to carry out their duties as a director. Their knowledge, background, character and experience make them role models for other members, their organisations and the community as a whole.

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How do I become a Chartered Member?

You must be a member of the governing body of a qualifying organisation, one that has a meaningful separation of its executive and governance functions. You must also complete the IoD’s Company Directors’ Course (CDC) or an equivalent and have passed the Chartered Member assessment. The assessment consists of two parts – an exam and written assignment.

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How do I become a Chartered Fellow?

Chartered Fellows have significant experience in organisations of substance. 

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Both Chartered Members and Chartered Fellows make an annual confirmation to uphold the principles of the IoD Charter, and are required to make disclosures regarding their good character.