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. Our Private Company Governance course 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. 


There is no better time to become a PDA member and access exclusive content, excellent educational programming, and unparalleled networking opportunities. Learn more about each type of PDA membership below. 



In this Certificate Course, you will:

  • Learn how to organize your first board.

  • Learn how to organize a board agenda.

  • Learn how to build relationships and become an excellent addition to a board.

  • Be a part of a mentorship program with cohort peer support and expert guidance.

  • Earn a year-dated certificate in private company governance — the only one of its kind in the U.S., which is:

Includes Webinars and a Live, Mentor-led Case Study Session:

You must schedule and take part in one two-hour live mentor-led case study session facilitated by an experienced private company director

  • Benefits:
      • Apply what you’ve learned to real-world case studies with guidance from an experienced mentor

      • Peer collaboration and networking with other PDA members