Foundations of Directorship™

This three-day program provides aspiring directors with a comprehensive overview of the main components of directorship.



Start your director journey on the right path.

Learn the essential skills that directors need with this introduction to governance, our program tailored to new and aspiring directors, senior executives and managers.


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Governance for Directors

Develop an understanding of the key roles, functions, duties and responsibilities of boards and directors through this one day course.

Finance for Directors

Learn how to interpret financial statements, assess an organisation’s financial performance and understand financial aspects of directors' statutory duties.

Strategy and Risk for Directors

Build your knowledge of strategy and risk to minimise your personal liability and safeguard the long-term success of your organisation.

Find out more about the course

The program is designed for new and aspiring directors, senior executives, and managers wanting to gain a foundational knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of boards and directors.

For directors newly appointed to boards, anyone who might be interested in pursuing a career as a director, or for executives and managers who would like a better understanding of board processes, the Foundations of Directorship program gives you the essential information you need to know. It offers the skills and knowledge that those new to directorships need to excel in their role from the outset.

Foundations of Directorship is also available for in-house delivery. Enquire here for more information.

The program covers all the key areas you will need to be across as a board director, including sessions on board duties, meeting processes, finance, strategy and risk.

   Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Identify the duties and responsibilities of a director

  • Outline governance and board meeting processes

  • Outline the director's role in evaluating financial statements

  • Recognise the link between corporate strategy and financial performance

  • Identify the director's role in formulating and monitoring strategy, and identifying and assessing risk

Over the three days you will undertake interactive working sessions facilitated by an experienced director. The program uses relevant cases studies to help you understand the nuts-and-bolts of directorship.

The program consists of three one-day courses, which can be undertaken individually or as a suite for a packaged rate:

Day 1: Governance for Directors

  • The Role of the Director and the Board
  • Introduction to Board Meetings and Governance

Day 2: Finance for Directors

  • Introduction to Financial Statements for Directors
  • Assessing Financial Performance for Directors

Day 3: Strategy and Risk for Directors

  • Introduction to the Strategic Role of the Director
  • Risk: Issues for Directors

There is approximately 20-30 hours of pre-reading required before the program takes place.

On completion, you may attain the Foundations of Directorship Certificate.

To do so, you will need to successfully complete and pass the assessment.

Find out more about how you will be assessed.

Upon successful completion of the three Foundations of Directorship multiple choice quizzes, you will receive a Foundations of Directorship Certificate, as well as 5 DPD units.

Successful completion is indicative of your commitment to good governance practices and associates you with a community of informed directors who value ongoing director professional development.

We offer sector-specific programs that have been developed to help contextualise your directorship responsibilities within your sector or industry.

Our sector-specific programs focus on the essentials you need to know on different types of boards. We offer:

  • Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors

  • Foundations of Directorship for the Public Sector (In-House only)

  • Indigenous Governance Program (In-House only)

  • Sports Governance Program (In-House only)

For those working internationally, we offer the International Foundations of Directorship, which focuses on international governance. Enquire to find out more about our specialised In-House programs.

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