NACD Directorship Certification™

Redefining the Standard for Director Education

Important note regarding COVID-19

Our testing partner, Pearson VUE, has temporarily closed their company-owned U.S. and Canada-based Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) starting March 16, 2020 for at least 30 days until April 16, or whenever conditions are deemed safe to re-open.

If you are looking to schedule an exam, the registration windows for new exam appointments will not be available until April 16. You are still able to apply for NACD Directorship Certification at this time and schedule your exam appointment for a later date.

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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