What is the Cert.Dir® designation?
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 CDSA Benefits

The Certified Director (Cert.Dir)® is a professional designation conferred by the Institute of Directors in South Africa (IoDSA).

The designation is awarded to individuals who have successfully met the entrance criteria; completed the pre-requisite Director Development training and associated online multiple-choice questions (MCQs); and successful complete the written exam. The programme is aligned with the knowledge components of the IoDSA’s Director Competency Framework™.

The Certified Director® designation is aimed at signalling to the market place that individuals who attain this designation have the knowledge to serve as a director. However, it does not indicate that the individual is an experienced director because the candidate’s experience is not evaluated as part of the Certified Director® assessment process 

Why should you apply for Certified Director®?

  • Fast track your career as a professional director
  • Demonstrate proficiency of governance knowledge
  • Show your commitment to on-going professional development
  • Demonstrate your integrity and commitment to moral and legal duties
  • Uphold standards of sound governance in South Africa

What do you need to qualify for Certified Director®?

  • Candidates must be a member of the IoDSA in good standing*;
  • Candidates must hold as a minimum a Senior Certificate (NQF 4)*;
  • Candidates must have at least 3 years’ senior management or higher experience*; and
  • Must have completed the requisite Being a Director - Certified Director® training programmes and multiple-choice questions (Click here for more information on these courses)

*As per the IoDSA Certification policy approved 28 November 2019 and applicable to candidates who initiated training after November 2019.Not yet a member? Click here

Registration & Assessment

Once Director Development has issued the Letter of Completion for Part 1, the individual is able to apply for the second part of the Certified Director (Cert.Dir)®, namely Part 2: Assessment which takes the form of a 3-hour assessment. Click here for more information