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 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 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;
  • 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 become a CD(SA)?

The process of becoming a Chartered Director (SA) is an assessment process.  The summary of this process is set out in the infographic"How to become a CD(SA)".  Details of the process are contained in the CD(SA) Handbook. 

 Both documents are available for download in the document library at the bottom of this page.

 In short the CD(SA) assessment process entails the following steps:

  • Apply online to register for the CD(SA) assessment process
  • Complete the 3 part assessment:
  • Portfolio of Qualifications and Experience (PQE) - prepare and submit a portfolio of evidence of competence against each of the 20 competencies contained in the IoDSA Director Competency Framework.
  • Examination - successfully write the 4-hour, open book CD(SA) Exam.
  • Peer Review - successfully complete the 45 minutes interview with a panel of CD(SA)s.

Once you have successfully completed the 3 part assessment process, the IoDSA Certification committee may recommend the candidate to the IoDSA Board. All aspects, including the reputational risk the candidate holds, are considerable in this assessment process. The IoDSA Board is the final authority for awarding the designation.

 How long does it take to complete the CD(SA) Assessment?

 A candidate that successfully completes all 3 parts of the assessment can complete the process within 6 months.  

 In 2019, there are 3intakes for CD(SA):

  • Intake 1: Registration closes on Monday, 3 December 2018
  • Intake 2: Registration closes on Monday, 11 March 2019
  • Intake 3: Registration closes on Monday, 10 June 2019 

The full set  of dates are outlined in the CD(SA) Assessment Calendar 2019 - see bottom of this page.


How much does it cost to complete the CD(SA) Assessment?

 The cost of the CD(SA) assessment process for 2019 is R 16,434.79 (excl. VAT).

 However, the individuals pays this amount in 3 tranches:

  • Registration fee (paid before registering to apply) - R2,260.87 (excl.VAT)
  • Assessment Fee (PQE) (paid after submitting the PQE) - R7,086.96 (excl. VAT)
  • Assessment Fee (Exam / Peer Review) (paid before writing the CD(SA) Exam) - R7,086,96 (excl. VAT)

  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 CD(SA) Code of Conduct


Apply to register online for CD(SA) 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 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.


For information or enquiries:

CD(SA) Documents

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Examination Policy Guidelines PDF (245.79 KB) Administration 2018/09/20
IoDSA Director Competency Framework PDF (276.37 KB) Administration 2018/09/26
CDSA__Self_Evaluation.pdf PDF (565.39 KB) Administration 2018/11/13
CD(SA) Member Dates 2019 PDF (138.01 KB)  more ] Administration 2018/11/13
The Boardwalk Series 2019 PDF (241.37 KB) Administration 2018/11/13
CD(SA) Annual CPD Declaration 2019 DOCX (26.34 KB)  more ] Administration 2018/11/13
Form D.1 Letter of Nomination Proposer DOCX (35.84 KB) Administration 2018/11/13
Form D.2 Letter of Nomination Seconder DOCX (35.96 KB) Administration 2018/11/13
Form E.2 Organisation of Substance Checklist DOCX (33.28 KB) Administration 2018/11/13
Skills Gap Analysis PDF (267.02 KB) Administration 2018/11/13
CD(SA) Peer Review Guidelines PDF (131.46 KB) Administration 2018/11/13
CD(SA) Code of Conduct PDF (219.78 KB) Administration 2018/11/13
Governance CV Template DOCX (13.74 KB) Administration 2018/11/13
Form G Final Checklist DOCX (38.09 KB) Administration 2018/11/13
Form F Candidate Declaration DOCX (38.06 KB) Administration 2018/11/13
CD(SA) Handbook 2019 PDF (1.69 MB)  more ] Administration 2018/11/26
Form E.1 Directorship Experience DOCX (40.97 KB) Administration 2018/12/07
CD(SA) CPD Programme 2019 PDF (145.42 KB) Administration 2019/02/19
Guideline to completing the CD(SA) Online Applicat PDF (350.36 KB) Administration 2019/02/19
CD(SA) Assessment Calendar 2019 PDF (207.04 KB) Administration 2019/03/12
Getting started with PrivySeal PDF (6.45 MB) Administration 2019/03/29
CDSA National Register PDF (157.48 KB) Administration 2019/04/01