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GCC BDI Director Development Programme

Diploma in Board Directorship

 

 

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Overview

The GCC BDI Director Development Programme provides a structured road map for professional director development, tailored for GCC directors.

The programme has three levels of qualification:

1. The World of Directorship - Certificate in Board Directorship

2. Mastering the Boardroom - Diploma in Board Directorship

3. Chartered Director

The GCC BDI Director Development Programme was launched in 2019 starting with The World of Directorship – Certificate in Board Directorship.

Only participants who have completed the Certificate in Board Directorship, and who have been Certified, are eligible to take the Diploma.

The Diploma in Board Directorship will build upon the knowledge acquired from the Certificate level. The Diploma is focused on the core director skills and competencies necessary to function effectively and make a valuable contribution within any board.

The Diploma consists of 3 modules:
Module 1: Board Leadership
Module 2: The Dynamic Board
Module 3: An elective module from a choice of 3 open workshops

It also includes an optional assessment process for those participants pursuing a Diploma Award. Participants can attend 1, 2, or all 3 modules, but to be awarded the Diploma, they must attend all 3 modules and pass the assessments.

The Chartered Director will be the flagship qualification awarded to individuals who have provided evidence of governance leadership within their own organisation. In order to become a Chartered Director, the participant must have first obtained the Diploma in Board Directorship. The
Chartered Director programme will be launched in 2021.

 

Introducing the Diploma in Board Directorship

The Diploma in Board Directorship encourages participants to develop their skills  and to fulfill their role as board directors. 

Achieving the award of Diploma in Board Directorship, means that a Director has  demonstrated an internationally accepted level of application of knowledge and skills  as it pertains to board performance. A Director with an award of Diploma in Board  Directorship is equipped to make a valuable contribution to any Board.

Once you are awarded a Diploma in Board Directorship, you may continue on your  professional director development path and go on to become a Chartered Director.

 

 

What is a Diploma Award (Dip.Dir)?

The Director’s Diploma Award is a professional designation conferred by the GCC Board Directors Institute and the Financial Academy.

The designation is awarded to individuals who have successfully completed the relevant training programme and assessments, including an evaluated board simulation exercise, an individual presentation assignment and a multiple-choice questions-based assessment. The training programme is based on GCC BDI’s Board Director Competency Framework.

What are the benefits of achieving a Diploma Award?

Achieving the award of a Diploma in Board Directorship, means that a director has demonstrated an internationally accepted level of understanding of the application of knowledge and skills as it pertains to board performance. A Director with an award of Diploma in Board Directorship equipped to make a valuable contribution to any Board.

The designation is awarded to individuals who have successfully completed the relevant training programme and a multiple choice questions based assessment. The training programme is based on GCC BDI’s Board Director Competency Framework.

 

Mastering the Boardroom – Diploma in Board Directorship is launching in November 2020.

The Diploma Programme will consist of 3 Modules:

Module 1: Board Leadership

Module 2: The Dynamic Board

Module 3: An elective module from a choice of the following 3 open workshops

Elective 1: The Tone at the Top – Corporate Culture and Business Ethics
Elective 2: Risk Oversight – The Role of the Board
Elective 3: Strategic Thinking

Each module or elective is a 2-day workshop

The Diploma Assessment will comprise 3 elements:

i) A Board Simulation exercise. This will be part of Module 2 and will evaluate appropriate behaviours, knowledge and skills in a simulated board meeting

ii) An individual presentation based on a case study which will evaluate the relevancy and application of learning acquired from the Diploma

iii) A Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) Examination which will evaluate the participants learning of Module 1 and Module 2
Diploma  

 

Course Delivery

Course delivery will be a mix of

1. Virtual live online workshops and
2. Face-to-face traditional classroom workshops

Each module consists of 2 full days of live online training and discussion. The 2 mandatory modules and the elective modules are run on a cyclical basis. You can take the modules in any order and if you miss a module, you can wait for it to come round again in the cycle. You can start the cycle at any time.

All our workshops are run using our online learning platform LEARN GCC BDI and the virtual live online workshops are run using Zoom.
Our face-to-face traditional classroom workshops are run in Riyadh at the Financial Academy.

 

The Financial Academy is the Awarding Body for all our Certification Programmes and exams will either be held online or at the Financial Academy examination centres.


Schedule of workshops 

Module

Title

Date

Delivery/Venue

Module 1

Board Leadership

8-9 November 2020

Online

Module 2

The Dynamic Board

8-9 February 2021

Financial Academy Riyadh

Elective 1

The Tone at the Top - Corporate Culture and Business Ethics

29-30 March 2021

Financial Academy Riyadh

Elective 2

Risk Oversight - The Role of the Board

6-7 April 2021

Financial Academy Riyadh

Elective 3

Strategic Thinking

21-22 June 2021

Financial Academy Riyadh


You can take the modules in any order and if you miss a module, you can wait for it to come round again in the cycle. You can start the cycle at any time. The cycle will begin again in September 2021.

All our workshops are run using our online learning platform LEARN GCC BDI and the virtual live online workshops are run using Zoom. Our face-to-face traditional classroom workshops are run in Riyadh at the Financial Academy.



Assessment date

The assessments are set annually and are available on the GCC BDI website under our Events Calendar.

Please note: all the participants who are attending the programme and wish to be certified will need to sit the exam on the date and time specified either at the Financial Academy Examination Centre or online.

Only participants who have attended all four modules can sit the exam.

Eligibility & course pre-requisites

Prior to joining the Diploma programme, participants are required to have:
  • attended all the modules on The World of Directorship – Certificate in Board Directorship programme
  • successfully completed the Certificate in Board Directorship examination
  • currently hold or recently (within the preceding 3 years) have held either a director seat or a senior management position within an organisation
  • have basic English literacy as the programme is delivered in English
Participants with MBAs and or other professional qualifications will be required to attend all modules.

No exemptions will be awarded.

Who can apply?

The Diploma in Board Directorship is a programme designed for GCC BDI Certified Directors to meet their continuing development needs. Only these who have completed the GCC BDI Director Certification programme and who have been awarded the Certificate in Board Directorship may apply.

 

Workshop Fees

Traditional Workshop Fees

Online Workshop Fees

Non-Member: USD 4200 per person
Associate: USD 3990 per person
Member: USD 3690 per person
Fellow: USD 3190 per person

 

Non-Member: USD 3780 per person
Associate: USD 3591 per person
Member: USD 3321 per person
Fellow: USD 2871 per person

 

All prices exclude VAT or any other applicable taxes. Pre-payment is required for all participants.

Participants wishing to pre-purchase all four workshops are entitled to a 25% discount.

The assessment fee is an additional USD 300 for those who wish to take the optional assessment. 

 

What are the benefits of achieving a Diploma Award?

A director that has attained the award of Mastering the Boardroom - Diploma in Board Directorship,  is equipped to make a valuable contribution to any board based upon increased knowledge and confidence.

Professionalism 
It offers a clear course structure and development path, leading ultimately to Chartered Directorship.

Validation 
It validates that an individual has the core knowledge and awareness that is necessary to function effectively as a director. The regulators are increasingly requiring board directors to demonstrate they have undertaken professional development.

Competence
Through attaining the designation, you signal to the market place that you are ready to serve as a director. Companies appointing directors on to subsidiary or joint venture boards are increasingly recognising the value that board directors can provide to their organisations and want to ensure their appointees have the right knowledge and skills.

Commitment
Certification enables directors to demonstrate their commitment to professional development and to benchmark their own knowledge and skills against clearly established standards of good governance practice.

Assurance 
Being a Certified Director provides you with the confidence as an aspirant or a less experienced director, as well as providing the market place with assurance of your ability and competence.

Recognition 
The professional designation raises your profile as an aspirant or less experienced director and sets you apart amongst your peers. We will publish the list of Certified Directors on our website. You are entitled to use the designation Dip.Dir. (GCCBDI) after your name. 

Relevance
Provides GCC-relevant content and details of local regulations and incorporates regional aspects in course content as well as using global case studies.

GCC BDI Membership

All participants in GCC BDI workshops are eligible for free membership as an Associate member of GCC BDI. Membership benefits include: entitlement to the designation as a member of a professional institute of board directors, copies of our publications, continuing professional development (CPD) points for attending presentations and workshops, and invitations to certain of our GCC BDI events. For more information on GCC BDI membership, please see our website. 

Why GCC BDI?

  • GCC BDI is a not for profit company whose mission is to make a positive impact on the economies and societies of the region by promoting professional directorship and raising the level of board effectiveness.
  • We have a long and successful and proven track record of delivering top quality programmes and working with the top companies in the GCC over the last 12 years.
  • We work with a large talented pool of top international, regional and local experts in their field, mainly practioners. Our expertise extends well beyond pure academic references and is based on tried and tested methodologies and programmes.
  • GCC BDI now has the largest and most influential network of directors in the region. Our members are our greatest ambassadors.
  • We believe that director development is critical to board effectiveness. GCC BDI’s unique combination of skills and experience, local knowledge and understanding, and strong corporate governance and regulatory knowledge, combined with practical director expertise is what enables us to deliver exceptionally high quality programmes.

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