Achieving Certification

Earning the Credential

NACD Directorship Certification® introduces a more rigorous and consistent director-education standard for all board members. Candidates who become certified will establish themselves as best-in-class directors, committed to staying ahead of emerging issues with ongoing education, staying connected with a diverse network of cohorts, and demonstrating to stakeholders their continuing dedication to boardroom excellence.

Candidates who pass the exam will also receive these benefits:

  • Spotlight recognition in NACD publications and newsletters

  • Speaking opportunities at NACD programs and events

  • Featured placement in director searches through NACD Board Recruitment Services and relationships with search firms and director databases

  • Ongoing recognition at NACD events across the nation and throughout NACD membership communications

  • Exclusive online networking community for NACD Certified™ Directors*

  • Sample proxy statement language to use to communicate your commitment of good governance to investors

  • Template press release to use to announce your new credential

  • Digital NACD Directorship Certification® badge for your email signature and social media profile

  • Continuous education at leading universities counts towards recertification credits**

  • Tailored recertification support through a custom curriculum and pathways

*Coming soon.

**Non-NACD recertification credits are provided through the NACD Education Network™ including Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Columbia Business School Executive Education, and Drexel Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute.

NACD Certified Directors

NACD is pleased to recognize our members who have committed to ongoing professional development by becoming NACD Directorship Certified. To view a full list of certified directors, click here.