How to become a CD(SA)
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Chartered Director (SA) 

Chartered Director(SA)

Chartered Director (SA)
- is designed to enhance directorship as a profession and further promote sound corporate governance in South Africa. The CD(SA) will assess and credit the mastery of directors while enhancing the skills of directors in 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)" detailed in the the CD(SA) Handbook. All relevant 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:

Phase 1: Registration  

In order to register, the applicant needs to meet the following criteria:

  •  Needs to have a track record of at least 3 years directorship or equivalent position, experience on the board of an organisation of substance
  • Have an NQF 7 qualification or equivalent
  • Be a fully paid-up member of the IoDSA
  • Be a member in good standing 

You will need to complete the online CD(SA) Application Form. This form needs to be completed in full before it can be submitted. You therefore need to ensure that you are familiar with the 'Guidelines to completing the CD(SA) Application'before initiating completion on our website. Please note that the CD(SA) Application Form must be completed in one session and cannot be saved and returned to later.

Also ensure that you already have digital copies of all the documents that need to be uploaded before initiating the completion of this form. The following documents need to be ready for upload:

  • Full CV (you may make use of the Governance CV template available for download)
  • Certified copy of ID
  • Certified copy of highest qualification
  • Certified copy of relevant professional certification(s) – optional
  • Proof of payment – email Valencia Mavundla at to request your invoice
  • Form E.1: Directorship Experience
  • Board Appointment Verification ( E.g. Appointment letters)
  • Form E.2: Organisation of Substance Checklist
  • Board Charters of each organization listed on form E.2
  • Form F: Candidate Declaration

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 4 intakes for CD(SA):

  • Intake 4: Registration closes on Monday, 23 September 2019

The full set  of dates are outlined in the CD(SA) Assessment Calendar 2019

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)

More information

The CD(SA) Handbook 2019 details all information relevant to the designation, eligibility criteria as well as the application and the evaluation process and is contained in the document library. For access please click here

CD(SA) Documents

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Guideline to completing the CD(SA) application PDF (479.94 KB) Administration 2019/09/04
CD(SA) Handbook PDF (2.52 MB)  more ] Administration 2019/11/15
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
CD(SA) Assessment Calendar 2019 PDF (360.07 KB) Administration 2019/09/04
Governance CV Template DOCX (13.74 KB) Administration 2018/11/13
IoDSA CPD Policy PDF (737.42 KB) Administration 2019/05/30
IoDSA Certification Policy PDF (755.84 KB) Administration 2019/05/30
IoDSA Disciplinary Regulations PDF (179.17 KB) Administration 2019/05/30
Director Mentoring Circles 2019 PDF (340.21 KB) Administration 2019/05/29
IoDSA Director Competency Framework PDF (276.37 KB) Administration 2018/09/26
CDSA__Self_Evaluation.pdf DOCX (70.17 KB) Administration 2019/05/30
Skills Gap Analysis DOCX (39.65 KB) Administration 2019/05/30
IoDSA Code of Conduct PDF (324.22 KB) Administration 2019/05/30
CD(SA) Peer Review Guidelines PDF (90.84 KB) Administration 2019/05/30
Examination Policy Guidelines PDF (245.79 KB) Administration 2018/09/20
CDSA National Register PDF (262.21 KB) Administration 2019/09/02
The Boardwalk Series 2019 PDF (241.37 KB) Administration 2018/11/13
CD(SA) Annual CPD Declaration 2019 DOCX (26.12 KB) Administration 2019/05/30
Getting started with PrivySeal PDF (6.45 MB) Administration 2019/03/29