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Chartered Director (SA)


Every company should be headed by a board that is the focal point of governance. The board should provide effective and ethical leadership to direct and safeguard relationships between management, the board, shareholders and other stakeholders. To do this, directors require specialist skills, knowledge, experience and integrity – all while meeting the challenges of today’s complex business environment.



The way in which the IoDSA defines a competent director is captured in the IoDSA Director Competency Framework TM


An overview of all the processes and requirements of the CD(SA) can be found in the CD(SA)® Handbook 2017.


Purpose of the CD(SA) designation


The CD(SA)® designation is designed to enhance directorship as a profession and further promote sound corporate governance in South Africa. 


Although the Companies Act, 2008, provides for ineligibility and disqualification of directors, there are no professional or occupational qualification criteria.  CD(SA) will assess and credit the mastery of directors while enhancing the skills of directors in South Africa.


The CD(SA) designation will:

  • Enable directors to demonstrate their mastery of knowledge, skills and experience
  • Enable directors to evidence their commitment to on-going professional learning
  • Enable directors to demonstrate their integrity and commitment to moral and legal duties;
  • Create a pathway for aspirant directors to enhance their careers;
  • Lend credibility to the profession by upholding standards for directorship and sound corporate governance;  and,
  • Result in better directors, better boards and better business in the interest of South Africa.

Apply for CD(SA) Online
For more information about the application process on how to become a CD(SA). click here

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

For more information about Continuing Professional Development (CPD). click here

CD(SA) National Register
This is the current list of all CD(SA)s that were awarded the designation since 2013 and maintained their status. click here


Governance Structures


The CD(SA)  Governing Body oversees the awarding, revoking and CPD requirements of the CD(SA)  professional designation.This structure is independent in that it is appointed by the IoDSA Board, but performs its duties independently of the board.



View the CD(SA) Governing Body members

View the CD(SA) Exam Committee members


For information or enquiries:

CD(SA) Documents

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
CD(SA) Assessment Calendar 2018 PDF (360.27 KB)  more ] Administration 2018-01-08
CD(SA) Member Dates 2018 PDF (139.85 KB)  more ] Administration 2018-01-04
CD(SA) Annual CPD Declaration 2017 DOCX (37.21 KB)  more ] Administration 2017-11-06
CDSA National Register PDF (135.07 KB) Administration 2017-12-19
IoDSA CPD programme 2017 PDF (166.31 KB) Administration 2017-02-09
CD(SA) Profile Sheet DOCX (48.21 KB) Administration 2016-11-08
Getting started with PrivySeal - CD(SA) PDF (178.58 KB) Administration 2016-05-24
CDSA Official Handbook 2017 PDF (1.57 MB) Administration 2017-03-23
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