NACD Directorship Certification™

Redefining the Standard for Director Education

UPDATE: Online Certification Exam Now Live!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the online version of the NACD Directorship Certification™ examination! Candidates are now able to become NACD Directorship Certified™ completely online by selecting Virtual Director Professionalism® as the pre-requisite course and taking the online exam on the OnVUE platform. For additional information about OnVUE, visit the Certification FAQs and download the most recent version of the Candidate Handbook.

For candidates who still wish to take the exam at a testing center, Pearson VUE will open test centers in areas where there are no restrictions prohibiting operation and will make adjustments as necessary. Where restrictions remain, Pearson has extended the temporary suspension of exam deliveries in the U.S. and Canada through June 30, 2020. New candidate appointment availability begins on July 1, 2020, and beyond. Please visit the Pearson VUE website and FAQs for more information.

Why NACD Certification?

Becoming NACD Directorship Certified distinguishes you as a director.

This program is designed first and foremost as a framework for continuous learning. It equips new directors with the baseline knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to contribute to boardroom dialogue on day one.


What are they saying about the nation's first-ever certification for board directors?

Raising the Bar for Board Service

Certification will test and validate basic knowledge for directorship.


Now accepting all NACD members.

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Ensure you are ready, view test questions, and more.

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All you need to know from our frequently asked questions.

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Helpful Resources


Qualifications, prerequisite course work, and exceptions.

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How to get started, application information, and next steps.

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What you’ll receive once you earn the credential.

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What’s on the exam, test experience, and scheduling.

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Renewing your certification, requirements, and process.

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