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
An overview of all the processes and
requirements of the CD(SA) can be found in the CD(SA)® Handbook 2019
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
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
- Enable directors to evidence their commitment to on-going professional
- Enable directors to demonstrate their integrity and commitment to moral
and legal duties;
- 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.
How do I maintain my status as CD(SA)?
All CD(SA)'s are required to maintain their professional designation through compliance with the CPD requirements. as set out in the CD(SA) Handbook and detailed on the CPD page.
The requirements are:
- remain a fully paid up IoDSA member
- accrue a minimum of 30 CPD hours across 5 CPD categories annually
- subscribe and adhere to the IoDSA Code of Conduct
The CD(SA) Governing Body has overseen the
awarding, revoking and CPD requirements of the CD(SA) professional designation until December 2018. As from 2019, the IoDSA Certification Committee, a Board committee, has taken over this role and oversees all process related to both the Certified Director and Chartered Director (SA) designations.
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