Certification Fees

Complete Certification Package

Includes prerequisite NACD Director Professionalism® course, exam study guide, and all exam application and assessment fees.

NACD Individual Member: $7,500
NACD Full-Board Member: $3,750

Certification Exam Only

This option is available only to those who are eligible to bypass the prerequisite course. Fee includes the exam study guide and all exam application and assessment fees.

NACD Individual Member: $3,000
NACD Full-Board Member and Current NACD Fellows: $1,500

Exam Retake Fees

Exam Retake

If you do not pass the exam the first time, rescheduling rules and fees will apply:

After your first failed attempt, you can retake the exam after three (3) months. A $750 retake fee will apply.

After your second failed attempt, you can retake the exam after six (6) months. A $750 re-take fee will apply.

After your third attempt without passing the exam, you are no longer eligible to take the exam.

Recertification Fees


In order to maintain your certification status, certified directors must complete 32 NACD credits every 24 months. A recertification fee will then apply.

NACD Directorship™ Certified Recertification Fee: $195

Cancellation Fees

Foundation Course Cancellation

A cancelled event registration will be assessed a $500 cancellation fee. Cancellations must be received in writing no fewer than 30 calendar days before the event start date in order to qualify for a partial refund. If written notice is given within 29 calendar days of the event start date, registrants will forfeit the entire program fee unless it is transferred to another NACD program pursuant to the following transfer policy.

Application for transfer credit must be received within 30 calendar days of the date on which NACD receives written notice of cancellation. Transferred credit (less the $500 cancellation fee) will apply only to eligible NACD programs that occur within 12 months of a cancellation. Please submit all cancellations and transfer requests via e-mail to registration@NACDonline.org or via fax to 866-536-9044.

Exam Cancellation
You may cancel a scheduled examination appointment by contacting Pearson VUE anytime up to 48 hours prior to your scheduled appointment time. Cancelled appointments may be rescheduled within your allowed testing window. If you miss your appointment, fail to cancel at least 48 hours prior to your appointment, or arrive more than 30 minutes past your scheduled exam appointment, your examination will be counted as failed and you will need to reschedule your exam appointment for a later time. You will also forfeit your examination fees and be required to pay a cancellation fee of $750.00 to reschedule your exam. You may appeal these penalties to NACD in the event of serious circumstances or causes beyond your reasonable control, including, but not limited to fire or other casualty, act of God, or a medical emergency.