PROFESSIONAL DIRECTOR CREDENTIALING

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Since 2008, the American College of Corporate Directors credentials have represented the “gold standard” in corporate director education, and those executives who earn them are highly valued in the board community. To earn American College of Corporate Directors Professional Director status, a member must accumulate a set number of credits earned by attendance at certain ACCD and Corporate Board Member programs and events.

CREDENTIAL LEVELS AND REQUIREMENTS, EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 2021

DIRECTOR QUALIFIED

Executives not currently serving on a public company board (and without any previous public company board experience)

Requirements:

Complete Director Fundamentals Program, including 6-month, self-paced online coursework and a 3-hour virtual fundamentals workshop

Learn more about the Director Fundamentals Program >>

PROFESSIONAL DIRECTOR

Open to directors with less than 2 years public company board service

Requirements:

  • Must have public board company experience (less than 2 years)
  • Attend one of the following events: Boardroom Summit, Sept 23-24, 2021 in New York, West Coast Boardroom Summit, November 17-18, 2021 in Phoenix, or ACCD Forum, March 28-30, 2022 in Ponte Vedra
  • Complete minimum of 2 Corporate Board Member Institute Director Fundamental Online Courses
  • Complete an additional 6 credits of board education during 12-month period by participating in another approved ACCD or CBM program (see list)

ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL DIRECTOR

Must have minimum of 2 years public company board experience (can skip PROFESSIONAL DIRECTOR level)

Requirements:

  • Must have a minimum of 2 years public company board experience
  • Attend one of the following events: Boardroom Summit, Sept 23-24, 2021 in New York, West Coast Boardroom Summit, November 17-18, 2021 in Phoenix, or ACCD Forum, March 28-30, 2022 in Ponte Vedra
  • Complete an additional 6 credits of board education during 12-month period by participating in another approved ACCD or CBM program (see list)

MASTERS PROFESSIONAL DIRECTOR

Must complete ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL director requirements

Requirements:

  • Previously earned status of Advanced Professional Director
  • Attend one of the following events: Boardroom Summit, West Coast Boardroom Summit, or ACCD Forum bi-annually
  • Complete an additional 10 credits of board education during 12-month period by participating in another approved ACCD or CBM program (see list)
    • Minimum 6 credits must be through in-person event attendance

EXECUTIVE MASTERS PROFESSIONAL DIRECTOR

Minimum 5 years of public company board experience. Must complete MASTERS PROFESSIONAL director requirements

Requirements:

  • Must have a minimum of 5 years public company board experience
  • Previously earned status of Masters Professional Director
  • Attend one of the following events: Boardroom Summit, West Coast Boardroom Summit, or ACCD Forum bi-annually
  • Complete an additional 10 credits of board education during 12-month period by participating in another approved ACCD or CBM program (see list)
    • Minimum 6 credits must be through in-person event attendance

*Above requirements must be met every two years to maintain credential status.

Opportunities for Executive Masters:

  • Serve on Advisory Council (optional)
  • Serve as part of New Director Resource program for Director Fundamentals 6-month program (optional)

PROGRAMS EARNING CREDITS: JUNE 1, 2021 THROUGH MAY 31, 2022

EVENT

DATE

LOCATION

CREDITS

ESG Board Forum

June 3, 2021

Virtual

4

Compensation Committee Summit

June 15, 2021

Virtual

4

Boardroom Summit & Peer Exchange / New Director Workshop

September 23-24, 2021

New York

12

West Coast Boardroom Summit & Peer Exchange / New Director Workshop

November 17-18, 2021

Phoenix

12

Cyber Risk Forum

February 7, 2022

San Francisco

6

ACCD Forum

March 28-30, 2022

Ponte Vedra

10

Digital Transformation Summit

TBD, 2022

TBD

6

ACCD Virtual Case Studies

TBA quarterly

Virtual

2

CBM Institute Committee Peer Exchanges

TBA quarterly

Virtual

1

CBM Institute Ask the Expert Sessions

TBA quarterly

Virtual

1

ACCD Topic Webinars (selected)

TBA monthly

Virtual

1

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