NACD - National Association of Corporate Directors

Course Detail

NACD's renowned Director Professionalism® foundation course in boardroom fundamentals, now with the flexibility to participate at any time, from anywhere in the world.

Directors and governance professionals looking to position themselves for future board seats will gain knowledge on the leading practices for boardroom effectiveness in today's dynamic corporate governance environment.

All virtual course participants benefit from the ability to learn at their own pace with:

  • Real-world insights from NACD's faculty of seasoned directors and governance experts
  • Leading and next-level boardroom practices developed by 40 years of NACD experience

Participating in NACD Director Professionalism makes a strong statement to stakeholders about your dedication to the highest standards of director professionalism and begins your path toward NACD Governance FellowshipThe Gold Standard Director Credential®.


Exclusive to NACD members.

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*Price is inclusive of program registration and your first year of NACD Individual Director Membership


The virtual curriculum consists of 13 topic-based modules—each with 35 minutes of prerecorded presentation, additional readings and slides, and 15-minutes of interactive review questions, including final module exams.

In-depth topics will provide practical awareness of the core responsibilities of the board and critical areas of director competency established in the NACD Director Education Framework.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Board Member 


The Board’s Operating Model


Fiduciary Duties of Corporate Boards


Introductory Finance for Directors


The Nominating and Governance Committee: New Challenges and Opportunities in Board Composition


Adding Value Through the Compensation Committee


Audit Committee: Effectiveness in the New Environment


Strategy From a Board Perspective


Risk Oversight


Corporate Financial Restructuring


Oversight of Talent Development


Board-Shareholder Engagement


Tying it All Together: 8 Habits of Highly Effective Boards


NACD Virtual Director Professionalism® is powered by SmartPros®—a fully online platform, compatible with most web browsers, smartphones, and tablets.

Registrants will receive access to the course content for 12 months through their NACD member account. During these 12 months, all modules and final exams must be successfully completed to earn all CPE credits and accomplish the NACD Governance Fellowship Foundation Course.


NACD Governance Fellowship®: Foundation Course upon successful completion of all modules and assessments.

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CPE credits: up to 13 upon successful completion of all modules and assessments.

CPE Credits

SmartPros Ltd. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Concerns regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

NACD Governance Fellowship®: Foundation Course upon successful completion of all modules and assessments.

Program Level: Intermediate
Delivery Method: QAS Self Study
Attendee Profile: Experienced C-suite officers beginning first seat on a board or seeking additional board seats.
Prerequisites: Attendees must have an NACD membership and a basic understanding of corporate governance.
Advanced Preparation: None.


Contact by phone: 571-367-3700

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Payment and Refund Policy

NACD accepts Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Checks, payable to NACD, must be received before the User can begin the course. NACD will refund the fee paid by User for the Course(s) only if there is a material defect or technical problem causing a prolonged delay in completion of the course(s). A refund will be paid only if NACD has been promptly notified of the material defect or technical problem and it has not been rectified within 48 hours of such notification. A written refund request should be submitted by electronic mail addressed to