Why NACD Certification?

WHY NACD CERTIFICATION?

Becoming NACD Directorship Certified® distinguishes you as a director. The program is designed first and foremost as a framework for continuous learning. It equips certified individuals with the baseline knowledge, skills, and abilities to contribute to the boardroom dialogue on day one. For experienced directors, certification is a comprehensive way to highlight your commitment to staying current on the latest information necessary to contribute effectively in the boardroom.

WHY NOW?

In the 2018-2019 proxy season, 77 percent of all newly-elected public company directors had never before served in that capacity. That means that a staggering three out of every four new public company directors took on this leadership role for the first time. In the two previous proxy seasons, that number was 54 percent.

If directorship ever was simply an ad hoc responsibility, it no longer is. Today, directorship continues relentlessly to increase in complexity making it a true profession that demands the right knowledge and skill set.

By setting industry standards that everyone can agree on, NACD Directorship Certification® will provide a strong foundation for future directors and help today’s directors grow and elevate our profession into the future.

FOUNDATIONAL

Directorship is no longer an honorary position—it is a profession. Experienced directors must demonstrate that they are keeping on top of the emerging issues and trends impacting financial performance, disrupting business models, and changing the competitive landscape. New directors who bring relevant skills must also show that they understand the board's unique role and responsibilities. Directors at every level must demonstrate their ability to oversee corporate transformation, organizational culture, cybersecurity, long-term value creation, and other issues impacting strategy and risk. This program provides the cornerstones for this knowledge, backed by comprehensive coursework and a robust study guide and exam that tests the baseline knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to serve on a board confidently.

GROWTH

Whether you're focused on establishing your directorship skills, furthering your directorship career, or staying relevant, becoming certified is a tangible mark of your growth and advancement.

RELEVANT

Hundreds of directors from all over the United States were involved in developing the exam, tailoring the content towards skills and abilities they would want prospective colleagues to demonstrate.

DISTINGUISHED

Annual proxy statements in the United States must include a description of the qualifications of board candidates up for reelection. Being NACD Directorship Certified® is a signal to shareholders that you have committed ongoing professional development as a director, distinguishing you in a board search. 

WORLD-CLASS

Being a certified director will help you compete and engage with a global community of directors, where exam-based certification is already in practice.

RENOWNED PARTNER 

NACD is partnering with Pearson VUE, part of Pearson, the world's largest learning company, to bring you the convenience of nearly 300 testing centers worldwide.

TRUSTED

As the recognized authority leading over 21,000 board directors, NACD is the ideal organization to convene this certification program. The course content, study guide, and exam have been curated from over 40 years of best-in-class NACD education programming.

REDEFINING THE STANDARD FOR DIRECTOR EDUCATION

Excerpt from NACD Directorship Magazine


Over the last two years, NACD has worked hard to define a new standard for director education in response to the convergence of a fast-moving, dynamic business environment with changing expectations for the role of the board. This recent cover story details the advent of NACD certification, the process in which it was created, and the power behind the program.