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Session Overview

Experience the Professional Director Certification Program® with no strings attached, and start earning your Professional Designation today – for free! There’s no obligation or credit card required.

This free introductory session brings you one step closer to internationally-recognized certification!

This self-paced format lets you work towards certification at your own speed. For the full program, you also have the option of guided cohorts and private bookings for your organization.

In this free session, “Conceptual Model: Why Do Boards Exist”, you’ll learn the underpinnings of corporate governance, including:

  • The definition of governance
  • Why boards exist
  • The role of principal-agent theory in governance


This free session includes a collection of instructional videos, reading material, and a quiz to show you’ve mastered the content. You’ll be given full access to this session's materials from day one, with total freedom to review the content and complete the quiz at your own pace. After successfully completing this session, you’ll be one step closer to certification as a Professional Director®.

M1 | Governance & Strategy

M2 | Governance & Risk

M3 | Governance & People

M4 | Governance & Board Effectiveness

M5 | Governance & Resources

M6 | Governance Culture & Behaviour

Final Examination