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Portfolio of Qualifications and Experience
Once the registered candidate submits their completed
Portfolio of Qualifications and Experience (PQE), it is evaluated by a suitably
qualified assessor. The evaluation of
the PQE can result in one of two outcomes:
Should the candidate be deemed competent, then the
evaluation report is submitted to the Chartered Director Governing Body for
approval. The candidate is then
recommended for participation in the Examination and the Peer Review Interview.
NOT YET COMPETENT
Should the candidate be deemed not yet competent, then
the evaluation report will be sent to the candidate for remediation. The candidate is allowed one opportunity to address the
areas requiring remediation.
The re-mediated submission is made to the IoDSA,
evaluated and the final evaluation report submitted to the Chartered Director
Governing Body for approval.
Should the candidate be deemed competent for the second
submission, then the process pertaining to competent candidates applies. However, should the candidate be deemed not
yet competent, then they will need to (a) pay an additional fee for subsequent
remediation of the PQE or (b) address the gaps identified in the evaluation
through participation in additional training or work experience.
The Examination aims to assess the knowledge and insights
underpinning the candidate’s experience as executive or non-executive
director. The examination is written
twice a year.
Format of the Examination
The Board Exam is written under examination conditions and is a
4 hour, open book examination and consists of two sections:
- Multiple choice (50 marks) – 25 questions (2 marks each) based on the different
elements comprising the knowledge and skill based of the designation;
- Case Study (50 marks) – 5 questions worth 10 marks each based on a prepared case
Although you will be able to prepare for the exam by working
through the case study during the week, you will not be able to bring any notes
with you into the examination room. A
"clean” copy of the case study will be provided to you for use during the exam.
The pass mark
for the Exam is 60%. A sub-minimum of
50% needs to be gained in each section of the Exam.
Content of the Exam
The exam is designed to assess the knowledge and skills
underpinning the competencies against which a Chartered Director is
awarded. Details of the type of content
included in the Exam are included in the Examination Guidelines for the
Chartered Director Governing Body Exam (K). Although a textbook or material is
not prescribed for the Board Exam, the outline provides an indication of the
types of books, articles and material could be read in preparation of the exam.
Re-Writing of the Exam
A candidate that does not pass the exam is able to re-write the
exam once in a 2 year cycle. However, should a
candidate wish to re-write the exam a third time then this will be at an
additional cost. A candidate that has
failed three exams within a 2 year cycle will need to wait a year before being
allowed to re-write the exam.
Review Interview is a compulsory part of the CD(SA) Evaluation Programme. The aim of the Peer Review Interview is to
validate the contents of the PQE and to gain greater insight into the
competencies of the candidate.
The Peer Review Interview will be performed by a panel of two
(2) members duly appointed by the Chartered Director Governing Body. The panel will consist of suitably qualified
executive or non-executive directors.
Although not a requirement, the panel members should be qualified CD(SA)’s. However the Chartered Director
Governing Body maintains the right to include experts in specific fields that
might be required from time to time, depending on the candidate’s field of
The Peer Review Interview dates are scheduled annually. Details of the venue and time are
communicated to all parties well in advance.
The Interview lasts about 1 ½ hours and is managed using the Chartered Director Interview Guidelines. The questions used during the interview are
agreed by the panel beforehand and the outcome of the interview is recorded
using the Interview Report.
The interview is conducted as informally as possible –
conversational more than inquisitorial.
The aim of the interview is to flesh out the content of the Portfolio of
Qualifications and Experience. It is an
opportunity for the candidate to provide in-depth information about their
experience and to make a good impression of them as person.
The interview aims to verify the candidate’s experiences in the
and period served as a director;
of a board;
of a director; and,