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:

  • NACD.DC post-nominal designation to signal to your colleagues, investors, and fellow board members that you are NACD Directorship Certified®*

  • 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 through the NACD Education Network™

  • Tailored recertification support through a custom curriculum and pathways

*The NACD.DC designation (the “Mark”) is a trademark of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Those who are NACD Directorship Certified® in good standing are granted a limited, revocable, non-transferable license to use the Mark in connection with their names solely to denote that they have achieved and maintained this status. To further verify Certification status, email

**Coming soon.

“The NACD Directorship Certification has helped me start to better communicate with other board members about our collective roles and responsibilities.”

Samantha Holroyd, NACD.DC; Director, Oasis Petroleum North America  

NACD Certified Directors

NACD is pleased to recognize our members who have committed to ongoing professional development by achieving NACD Directorship Certification® and completing the NACD Directorship Certified® program. To view a full list of certified directors, click here.