Professional development


Improve your knowledge and skills. Participate in courses at all stages of your governance journey to network with your peers and keep up to date with the latest thinking. We offer courses for directors at every experience level. Special rates for members.

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Continuing professional development

IoD members are committed to lifelong learning and professional standards. 

Members, Chartered Members, and Chartered Fellows have to participate in continuing professional development. Associates do not have a CPD requirement.

When you are an established professional director, your participation in CPD can include giving back to the profession. You can do this by mentoring other directors, publishing articles, and delivering presentations.

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Chartered membership pathway

Show you are ready to add value in New Zealand business and society. Commit to the IoD chartered membership pathway.

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Company Directors’ Course

Show your commitment to improving your governance skills by participating in our one-week Company Directors’ Course. The course is essential for developing governance competencies and making a step change in your performance at the board table.

The Company Directors' Course is for directors and senior executives with at least one to five years' experience of working on boards or with them, and a sound knowledge of business finance. This course is a required step to becoming a Chartered Member of the IoD. Special rates for members.

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Emerging Director awards

Apply for an Emerging Director award. The awards are for new directors and experienced executives demonstrating leadership, integrity, and commitment to their professional development in governance. For members only.

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Mentoring for Diversity

Apply for our Mentoring for Diversity programme. The programme is for directors and experienced executives ready to step up to large and NZX company boards.

Mentoring for Diversity links mentees with mentors who are leading chairs and directors. You can apply on the basis of diversity of gender, ethnicity, age, skill set, and experience. Applications for this programme open each April. Successful applicants must be or become IoD members.

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Become a mentor

Experienced directors can consider mentoring with the IoD. Become a mentor through your IoD branch or on our Mentoring for Diversity programme.