Certificate in Private Company Governance

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. We encourage all members to take advantage of this exclusive PDA benefit. The certificate program will enhance your readiness for private company board service, empower you to contribute at the highest level of an organization, and demonstrate your commitment to continued director education.

The certificate program expects candidates to dedicate 10-12 hours learning all that a private company director needs to know, be and do. Requirements include the completion of required reading and an online knowledge check. Participants will then participate in three 90-minute live group mentoring sessions led by an experienced private company director. Utilize a selection of PDA webinars to round out your learning, followed by the fulfillment of a final assessment to earn your certificate of completion and digital badge.

Successful candidates will earn:

  • 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.