Study Guide

The NACD Directorship Certification Study Guide will be available to you when you register for the program.

It is a comprehensive resource on leading practices in corporate governance for both new and experienced directors. It is not solely intended to prepare the candidate for the certification exam. Instead, it aims to expose directors to the growing scope of board responsibilities and help them identify which critical governance moments or dilemmas to expect throughout their board service.

All guidance included in the publication is adapted from NACD's robust thought-leadership library, continually updated and refined since the association's inception in 1977. We've separated the information into 19 distinct topics on the critical aspects of corporate governance that all directors should know. Each topic presents readers with the following information to enhance their know-how and skills in the boardroom:

  • Why the issue is important and the current environment

  • Key components of the issue, including the role of the board and management

  • Common challenges the board is likely to face

  • A summary of guidance for directors to follow when providing oversight

  • Definitions for governance terms

  • A case study showing how boards might experience the issue in practice (select topics only)

  • Questions for directors to ask

  • Recommended NACD materials

  • Sample exam questions

The study guide is primarily geared toward directors of U.S. corporations—both public and private—although global directors and directors of nonprofits will also benefit from applying these leading governance standards to their boardroom practices.

Sample Questions

Test Your Knowledge

See a few sample questions from the exam, as they appear in the NACD Directorship Certification Study Guide.