AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CORPORATE DIRECTORS
PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORS CERTIFICATION Program™
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CORPORATE DIRECTORS, the education and credentialing subsidiary of the Corporate Directors Group, offers the PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORS CERTIFICATION program, a premier and exceptional professional certification program for public company directors, and current or retired C-Suite level executives.
In an age where public companies are under the spotlight because of the egregious offenses of a few, "over the top" compensation and severance packages and executive "perks", corporate directors are increasingly responsible for providing an ethical, skilled, knowledgeable "compass." Boards must not only provide good "optics", but effective leadership on behalf of the shareholder.
The American College of Corporate Directors offers a credentialing program whereby CDG members, in a collaborative education venue, can earn Credit Hours towards the completion of one of the four tiered, increasingly rigorous, certification levels: Professional Director, Advanced Professional Director, Master Professional Director and Executive Masters Professional Director.
CDG and The American College of Corporate Directors stand alone in offering this well respected, important and valuable Professional Director credential.
CDG members who hold one of the four American College of Corporate Directors credentials have had the opportunity to learn the intricacies of board governance, audit practices and executive compensation issues, as well as to be versed in the skills required to manage today's complex legal and ethical environment. Further, they have positioned themselves well for obtaining additional board seats by demonstrating a commitment to their responsibility as shareholder representatives.
Public company CEO's may be asked, "Is your board CDG certified?" Those companies that encourage their board members to pursue an American College of Corporate Directors Professional Director Certification demonstrate that they take seriously their obligation to provide accountable and effective governance.
CDG members must meet the following criteria to earn an American College of Corporate Director Professional Director Certificate. All Certifications expire in 2 years but are automatically renewed for 2 additional years after attendance at a Director Forum.
Hours may be earned by attendance or participation in CDG Webinars (1 Credit Hour each), CDG Seminars (6 Credit Hours each), CDG Round Tables (3 Credit Hours each) and the day and a half, Director Education Forums (15 Credit Hours each, either in-person or via the Telecast Option).
Level one : Professional Director Certification
40 Credit hours to include at least two, day and a half American College of Corporate Directors Education Forums.
Level two : Advanced Professional Director Certification
75 Credit hours to include at least four, day and a half American College of Corporate Directors Education Forums.
Level three : Master Professional Director Certification
100 Credit hours to include six, day and a half American College of Corporate Directors Education Forums.
Level four : Executive Masters Professional Director Certification
150 Credit hours to include ten, day and a half American College of Corporate Directors Education Forums.