Certificate in Private Company Governance

Thank you for your commitment to learning what an excellent director needs to know, be and do. You can complete your certificate studies at your own pace across several weeks—or up to one year. We ask that you complete all the elements and action points in the order outlined, so that you can best contribute to the course.

You should expect to devote 10-12 hours of study to earn your certificate and digital badge.
Complete required reading * Pass online knowledge check * Watch 3 recommended PDA webinars * Take part in live group mentoring sessions to create your board-ready résumé and participate in case-study discussion and a board decision-making simulation. * Achieve 80% or above to pass a final assessment

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

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