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NED Diploma

Enhance your NED effectiveness, get ahead of the game with the Institute of Board Members NED Diploma
At NEDonBoard we believe deep expertise, positive contribution and fresh thinking make the most effective board members. Ongoing professional development is one of the most important practical steps you can take in your duty as an effective non-executive director. Develop your career as a future-fit non-executive director with the Institute of Board Members NED Diploma and you’ll gain the skills required to navigate the complex challenges facing company boards today.
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Evidence your professionalism, gain a competitive edge and acquire skills to succeed in your portfolio career
Future-fit & strategically skilled

Be equipped with the skills and contemporary knowledge NEDs need to positively contribute to the success of the organisations on which board you serve.

Increased NED value sought by boards

Create a competitive advantage, foster innovation and embrace diversity to drive constructive challenges and effective decision-making in the boardroom.

Industry-recognised professional qualification

Designed with the input of best-in class non-executive directors and subject matter experts, accredited by the Institute of Board Members, recognised by the award of post-nominal letters and verified digital certificate.

The role of the non-executive director and board member in today’s ever-changing world.

Non-executive directors are in a unique position to steer the strategic direction of the organisations and businesses they serve creating positive and lasting impact for all stakeholders.

Professional non-executive directors bring vital skills, experience and knowledge of modern and contemporary business governance practices to a board. They continuously develop and refresh their expertise to make a positive contribution to a company’s future success.

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Course objectives

The Institute of Board Members NED Diploma aims to refresh and improve your knowledge and skills as a professional non-executive director and board member.

Improve your knowledge on a range of crucial boardroom topics, from climate change, diversity and inclusion, stakeholder engagement, succession planning, digital transformation, innovation and strategy.

Enable you to build behavioural skills and find your voice in the boardroom.

Equip you to hit the ground running and make a positive contribution to board discussions and decisions.

Protect your reputation as a highly-effective professional NED and board member.

Verify and certify your achievements for you to gain an industry-recognised professional qualification.

What’s included?
Extensive and modern curriculum

Covering a wide range of boardroom responsibilities such as strategy, finance, risk management, succession planning, climate change, digital themes, stakeholder engagement and more.

Self-paced and interactive modules

Self-paced modules of insightful content, complemented by interactive live sessions, in-depth publications and white papers from the Institute of Board Members and its partners.

Made by board members for board members

Modules led by from highly experienced and diverse non-executive directors, board members and subject matter experts on leading governance and boardroom thinking.

Professional qualification

Awarded by the Institute of Board Members and designed to position board members at the forefront of future NED requirements. Also accredited by the CPD Standards Office.

Post-nominal letters

Showcase your professional achievements with post-nominal letters, verified with digital credentials to set you apart and have recognition in the industry and amongst peers.

6-month Premium Membership

Connect with your NED peers, access opportunities for board positions and deepen your knowledge and expertise with a complimentary membership.

Why choose the Institute of Board Members NED Diploma

Commitment to ongoing professional development is one of the most important practical steps you can take to help discharge your duty under Section 172 of the Companies Act 2006.


The Institute of Board Members NED Diploma has been designed with the input of the NEDonBoard community of non-executive directors, trustees, board advisors and board members and delivered by leading subject matter experts, NEDs and chairs.


It is the only professional qualification that focuses on modern and contemporary business governance topics and allows its graduates to gain peer and industry recognition through post nominal letters.

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Included in 100 most influential membership bodies 2019: a prestigious recognition of the organization's impact and influence.
Awarded best non-executive membership organization in the UK for 2020.
Recognized as the top board member in the UK for 2021.
Recognized as the best board leadership development organization in the UK for 2022.
Voted most influential UK NED organization 2023.
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Answers to your Frequently Asked Questions.

The Institute of Board Members NED Diploma is designed for executive and non-executive board members who are committed to their professional development, specifically:


  • Newly appointed non-executive directors and executive directors, to complement the induction training organised by the board they have joined.
  • More experienced board members looking to refresh their knowledge and skills, notably with regards to modern governance issues such as climate change, digital transformation, remuneration, stakeholder engagement, succession planning, diversity & inclusion.
  • Full time professionals, business leaders, consultants, founders and entrepreneurs on a career pathway to their first NED role and looking to build a portfolio of roles.
  • Corporate leaders and consultants operating at board level and looking to develop their understanding of modern governance topics and board effectiveness to increase their performance.

If you are unsure about your eligibility, you may contact us at [email protected] or book a call.

For training decision-makers, such as company secretaries and C-Suite executives, chairs and board members looking to address findings of your board effectiveness review, organise appropriate training for directors – including of subsidiaries, management, your talent pipeline or partner offboarding – and comply with modern governance practices, we encourage you to contact us at [email protected] or book a call to discuss your needs.

It is the only professional qualification that focuses on modern and contemporary business governance topics and allows its graduates to gain peer and industry recognition through post nominal letters.

  1. Institute status.  

  2. Professional body status. NEDonBoard is an approved professional body representing non-executive directors and board members in the UK. As such, it is a not-for-profit organisation.

  3. Accreditation from the CPD Standards Office. The NEDonBoard board director training courses are approved by the CPD Standards Office.

  4. Independent membership body. We have worked in collaboration with experienced, knowledgeable and independent NEDs, chairs, SIDs, board members and boardroom experts to develop the Institute of Board Members NED Diploma

Your duty as a director under section 172 is to act, in good faith, in a way that would be most likely to promote the success of the company for the benefit of its members as a whole. There are practical steps that you can take to help you discharge your section 172 duty and training is one of them.

The GC100 Guidance on Directors’ Duties outline 3 points:

  1. Provide suitable induction training to all new directors and provide refresher courses from time to time.


  2. Consider what other training or career development is appropriate to extend the skills of the company’s managers and others generally.


  3. Provide guidance for directors including explanations of directors’ roles, duties, and responsibilities.

The Diploma is an appropriate (and fulfilling) component of a new director onboarding programme. Given the focus of the training course on contemporary boardroom topics, it is also ideally suited as a refresher course for more established non-executive directors and board members.

You should allow for approximately 50 hours to complete the Diploma, paced over a 6-month period.

The Institute of Board Members NED Diploma combines online, self-paced modules with interactive live sessions.

  • Self paced modules. Over 20 hours of high-quality, relevant, and actionable content arranged into bite sized chunks of videos varying between 5 to 30 minutes in length
  • Interactive live session. Peer group, instructor led. Over 20 hours of direct peer to peer learning, led by qualified and professional experts split into manageable sessions to work around your busy schedules.

To complement and embed your learning, you will also receive soft copies of insightful publications, and be expected to complete various elements of homework outside the sessions.

All progress will be validated through assessments and testing along the journey.

Here are the guarantees NEDonBoard offers you when you sign up to one of our training courses. 

  1. Best in-class instruction: we guarantee that the thought leaders delivering the course are experts in their field and have the necessary qualifications and experience to teach the course material effectively.

  2. Relevant curriculum: we guarantee that the curriculum is relevant, and aligned with industry standards and current trends.

  3. Flexibility: we guarantee that the course is flexible and can be tailored to meet your needs and schedules.

  4. Support: we guarantee that you will have access to support throughout the course through the training platform.

  5. Credibility: we guarantee that the course is recognised and respected in the industry and will be viewed positively by potential employers.

  6. Satisfaction guarantee: we guarantee that you will be satisfied with the course or you will receive a refund in line with our T&Cs.

  7. Guarantee of track record: we guarantee that the course is well-established.

  8. Results: we guarantee that the course will have a positive impact on your non-executive director career, and you will see an improvement in your skills and knowledge as a result of completing the course.
Gain professional NED status and acquire skills to succeed in your portfolio career

Self-paced and interactive online learning programme.

Professionally qualified by the Institute of Board Members.

Awarded recognised post-nominal letters to demonstrate your achievements.

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