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Director Development Programme






Certified Director Programme


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

The programme has 3 levels of qualification:

1. The World of Directorship - Certificate in Board Directorship

2. Mastering the Boardroom - Diploma in Board Directorship

3. Chartered Director



What is a Certified Director (Cert.Dir)

The Certified Director (Cert.Dir.) is a professional designation conferred by the GCC Board Directors Institute (GCC BDI)

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.


The World of Directorship – Certificate in Board Directorship is being launched in April 2019.

The other qualification levels will follow in 2020.

The World of Directorship – Certificate in Board Directorship provides participants with the knowledge and understanding to fulfil their role as board directors. It consists of 4 modules:

     Module 1: Corporate Governance Essentials

     Module 2: The Effective Director

     Module 3: The Effective Board

     Module 4: Board Finance, Accounting, and Corporate Reporting

And an optional assessment for those participants pursuing a Certificate Award that contains a multiple-choice examination. Participants can attend 1, 2, 3 or all 4 modules, but to be certified, they must attend all 4 modules and pass the final test.


Module 1: Corporate Governance Essentials

  • 29-30 April 2019, Riyadh, KSA  (REGISTER)

This module of “The World of Directorship – Certificate in Board Directorship” explores the roles played by the shareowners, boards, directors, executive managers and other stakeholders.

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Module 2: The Effective Director

  • 24-25 September 2019, Riyadh, KSA  (REGISTER)

This module of “The World of Directorship – Certificate in Board Directorship” examines the role, authority and legal responsibilities of an effective director.

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Module 3: The Effective Board                                             

  • 5-6 November 2019, Riyadh, KSA  (REGISTER)

This module of “The World of Directorship – Certificate in Board Directorship” explores the role of the board in formulating and implementing strategy and managing enterprise risk. The course includes the evaluation of the executive directors’ performance as well as business ethics.

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Module 4: Board Finance, Accounting, and Corporate Reporting

  • 2020, Riyadh, KSA    

This module of “The World of Directorship – Certificate in Board Directorship” explores the financial stewardship and accountability obligations of the board to shareholders and other key stakeholders.

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Who can apply

The World of Directorship - Certificate in Board Directorship is a programme designed to meet the development needs of existing, new and aspiring members of boards of directors and board committees.

The programme is also designed to meet the development needs of advisors and senior managers who report to the board or board committees who are interested in expanding their knowledge of corporate governance. In addition, professional executives with an interest in corporate governance may find the course to be relevant and useful e.g. media, judiciary, legal, accounting, finance and banking.

The programme is relevant for:
• Chairmen
• Executive directors
• Non-executive directors
• Independent directors
• Board secretaries
• Board committee members
And participants from:
• Private sector organisations
• Public sector organisations
• Multinational companies (MNCs)
• Listed companies
• State owned enterprises
• Unlisted and family companies


Overview of the process

The award of a Certificate in Board Directorship is dependent upon:
• The attendance of all 4 modules (each module is a 2 day workshop)
• The successful completion of a Multiple Choice Question assessment that evaluates the participant’s learning of all topics included in the four modules

Dates for the workshops and the assessment are set annually and are available on the GCC BDI website ( under our Events Calendar. (click here)

Participants should book their seats online via the website or email Participants with MBAs and or other professional qualifications will be required to attend all modules. No exemptions will be awarded.



Per 2 day workshop
Member: USD 3780
Non-Members: USD 4200
Participants wishing to pre-purchase all 4 workshops: 25% discount
Assessment Fee: USD 300
All prices exclude VAT or any other applicable taxes. Pre-payment is required for all participants.


Company Certification

Companies wishing to run a tailored in-house certification programme for their directors should contact us for more information – Tel +971 4554 7967 or email 


What are the benefits of being a certified director

Achieving the award of a Certificate in Board Directorship means that a director has demonstrated an internationally accepted level of understanding of corporate governance, the role of the board and the director, strategy, risk, ethics, accounting, finance, control and corporate reporting.
A director that has attained the award of a Certificate in Board Directorship is equipped to make a valuable contribution to any board based upon increased knowledge and confidence.

It offers a clear course structure and development path leading ultimately to Chartered Director.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Cert.Dir. (GCCBDI) after your name. 
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 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



  • 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 11 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 works with over 1200 GCC alumni members, 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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