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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)



The purpose of continuing professional development (CPD) is to ensure that a professional remain up to date with the latest developments in corporate governance.  This is not only about maintaining your competence as CD(SA) or Cert.Dir.  but also about ensuring that you remain effective when fulfilling your roles and responsibilities as director.


There are 5 categories of CPD activities required for CPD of a CD(SA) or Cert.Dir.:

  • Professional work-based activities (min. 8 hours) - these are all the activities that a director would participate in including serving as a director, maintaining membership of their membership of the IoDSA as well as their related profession.  Implementing new techniques, learning a new discipline applicable to their directorship(s) or serving on committees related to their line of work or corporate governance.

  • New director mentoring (min. 5 hours) - these activities are related to the mentoring or new or aspiring directors in growth and developing on their directorship path.  This could be part of a formal mentoring programme like the Director Mentoring Circles offered by the IoDSA, or it could be an informal agreement between colleagues or peers.

  • Personal activities outside work (min 7 hours) - these activities relate to the competencies of a director (as set out in the IoDSA's Director Competency Framework) but are performed outside of work and include, but are not limited to, being a member of committees of other professional institutes, management of a club or contributing to corporate governance in smaller, less substantive organisations.

  • Courses, seminars and conferences (min. 5 hours) - these are educational activities related directly to the competences in the Director Competency Framework. This includes formal educational programmes offered by universities or non-formal short courses, workshops or conferences.  The professional could attend as a participate or claim CPD for presenting, facilitating or lecturing these educational interventions.

  • Self-directed learning activities (min. 5 hours) - these are activities performed almost daily as an integral part of a director's role.  However, these activities don't usually involve other people and are driven by the individual.  these include, but are not limited to reading of newspapers, journals and books; listening to audio books or watching videos related to business, economics or corporate governance.


Both CD(SA) and Cert.Dir. are required to comply with the CPD requirements, as set out in the related Handbooks.

These requirements are to:

  • maintain membership as a fully paid up IoDSA member
  • ensure completion of a minimum of 30 CPD hours every year (a minimum of 60 hours over a period of 2 years)
  • subscribe to the CD(SA) or Cert.Dir. Code of Conduct (see the related Handbooks on page 13 and page 8 respectively)




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