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 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

 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
CD(SA) Annual CPD Declaration 2019 DOCX (26.12 KB) Administration 2019/05/30
CD(SA) Assessment Calendar 2019 PDF (360.07 KB) Administration 2019/09/04
CD(SA) Handbook 2019 PDF (2.45 MB)  more ] Administration 2019/05/30
CD(SA) Peer Review Guidelines PDF (90.84 KB) Administration 2019/05/30
CDSA National Register PDF (262.21 KB) Administration 2019/09/02
CDSA__Self_Evaluation.pdf DOCX (70.17 KB) Administration 2019/05/30
Director Mentoring Circles 2019 PDF (340.21 KB) Administration 2019/05/29
Examination Policy Guidelines PDF (245.79 KB) Administration 2018/09/20
Form E.1 Directorship Experience DOCX (41.23 KB) Administration 2019/05/30
Form E.2 Organisation of Substance Checklist DOCX (33.48 KB) Administration 2019/05/30
Form F Candidate Declaration DOCX (39.84 KB) Administration 2019/05/30
Getting started with PrivySeal PDF (6.45 MB) Administration 2019/03/29
Governance CV Template DOCX (13.74 KB) Administration 2018/11/13
Guideline to completing the CD(SA) application PDF (479.94 KB) Administration 2019/09/04
IoDSA Certification Policy PDF (755.84 KB) Administration 2019/05/30
IoDSA Code of Conduct PDF (324.22 KB) Administration 2019/05/30
IoDSA CPD Policy PDF (737.42 KB) Administration 2019/05/30
IoDSA Director Competency Framework PDF (276.37 KB) Administration 2018/09/26
IoDSA Disciplinary Regulations PDF (179.17 KB) Administration 2019/05/30
Skills Gap Analysis DOCX (39.65 KB) Administration 2019/05/30
The Boardwalk Series 2019 PDF (241.37 KB) Administration 2018/11/13