The Boarding School for Leaders


Learn the proven and effective steps for not only modern-day Board operations, but also successfully plan and implement your personal Board Director Candidate strategy. Experience how these achievable & focused efforts help you convey the experience and confidence needed for serious Board Director and Board Advisor consideration. Education & Certification Course is designed for any stage of your career and any level of Board experience (aspiring to experienced). We strive to make an impact so you can make an impact.

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Who benefits from this Education & Certification Course?

  • Aspiring Directors looking to gain a comprehensive understanding of Board operations, decisioning processes, and structures. 

  • Experienced Directors with the desire to increase their own knowledge above what they have experienced as well as elevate and apply modern concepts to the Boards they serve.

  • Any level of Director (aspiring to experienced) looking to fully understand modern Board Director Candidate ‘packaging’ and marketing to land additional or their first Board seat(s).

As is the case in any industry, the Board Director vertical has specific requirements that are a must to land coveted Board seats. Most aspiring as well as experienced Directors approach Board Directorship opportunities in much the same way they would apply for a job - this is a big mistake. Even when working with an executive / Board search or placement agency, packaging yourself properly first is a must! The fact is that both aspiring and experienced Board Directors of all ages are still in high demand, however, if you are not viewed as having 'next-gen Director' qualities and haven’t properly packaged yourself for serious consideration, your chances of appointment are greatly minimized. Remember, the key to landing additional or your first Board seat is in your packaging... Make the effort to do it right.

Course designed for both aspiring and experienced Board Directors


The Differentiator: Get both the modern Board Director Candidate packaging AND modern Board operations knowledge all in one shot while ALSO earning your globally recognized International Board Director Competency Designation (IBDC.D) certification.


For Aspiring & Experienced Directors

Program Brochure

& Curriculum

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Program graduates receive their IBDC.D certification, valid for a period of 3 years following their successful course completion. Within each 3-year recertification period, 15 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits are required for demonstrated ongoing professional development and to keep the designation active.

(See the Program Brochure & Curriculum for more details on earning CPEs)

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For organization inquiries to verify Board Member / Board Advisor / Board Candidate IBDC.D

certification status (completed / active / inactive), please email here.

Is your organization looking for a bolt-on Board education & certification offering? See our Distributed Certification Model (DCM)


Course Testimonials

See what program graduates are saying...

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