Certificate in Private Company Governance

The most effective board directors are committed to developing a deep and expansive understanding of their role. This commitment is supported by the Private Directors Association® Certificate in Private Company Governance.

Your certificate studies will provide a baseline education in independent director duties and an overview of different types of private company structures. Benefit from self-paced and interactive governance learning for serving and would-be private company directors.

The course includes: 

Required reading | An online knowledge check | webinars on building a board bio and resume | A LIVE two-hour group case study session facilitated by an experienced private company director | A LIVE group mentoring session to help you polish your board bio and resume | A final online assessment –earn at least 80% to pass | A course evaluation allowing you to help PDA improve its educational resources.

You can complete your certificate studies at your own pace across several weeks—or up to one year. There is considerable demand for this course and a limit on the number of participants who can take part in any live session. We therefore ask that you sign up for this course only when you truly have the12+  hours of study time necessary to complete all the course components. You can read and watch materials in small increments, but it is important you take part in any live session you schedule.   Please complete all the elements and action points in the order outlined, using our online check list to chart your progress.

Successful candidates will gain:
• Insights on challenges and opportunities unique to private companies
• Awareness of common models of private company governance and the commitment required of directors
• Knowledge of fiduciary and advisory board structures, roles and impact
• Confidence in navigating independent director responsibilities and liabilities
• Appreciation of the behaviors and skills ALWAYS sought by board recruiters—and those increasingly in demand
• Ability to create a board-ready résumé
• A valuable network of director peers and recruiter contacts
• Clues to common executive/board disconnects and strategies for gaining trust and adding lasting value
• Templates and tools to increase board cohesion, functionality and impact
• A year-dated certificate of private company governance— the only one of its kind in the U.S.
• A year-dated and easily renewable electronic badge to add to your email signature and LinkedIn or other professional profiles

Your electronic certificate and badge will be issued after completing the course.

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