Credentials

Credentials

Reflect Your Stature As a Professional Director

Investors, regulators, and other stakeholders want to be assured that directors are fully prepared to meet unprecedented disruptions, a proliferation of information, and escalating expectations.

NACD enables directors to earn distinguished credentials that demonstrate they are prepared to understand complex issues, ask the right questions, apply leading practices, exert thorough oversight, and protect stakeholders' long-term value.

NACD credentials demonstrate commitment to continuous learning, director professionalism, and strategic board leadership. NACD helps directors stay ahead of emerging issues and leading boardroom practices, connect with the distinguished network of NACD-credentialed directors, and qualify for special privileges.

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NACD Directorship Certification™

NACD's voluntary directorship certification is the first US-based certification program designed to qualify corporate directors for effective performance in the boardroom. Based on a professional examination and continuing education, this certification verifies that directors possess the specialized knowledge, expertise, and skills needed to discharge their fiduciary responsibilities as board members.

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NACD Fellowship®

NACD Fellowship® provides a director-education road map for continuous learning and translates that knowledge into a distinguished credential--recognized by investors, regulators, and the director community. The Fellowship credential helps directors navigate today's rapidly changing business environment with a continuous-improvement plan, so that today's directors are always ready for tomorrow's boardroom.

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Cyber Risk Oversight Certificate

NACD has partnered with the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and Ridge Global to develop the Cyber-Risk Oversight Program. This program is designed for directors who wish to enhance their understanding of enterprise cyber-risk issues. The course confers the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight, a tangible credential that demonstrates a firm commitment to cybersecurity literacy