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

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

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 3-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 or ACCD Directors Forum bi-annually
  • 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 or ACCD Directors Forum bi-annually
  • Complete an additional 8 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 or ACCD Directors 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)

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 or ACCD Directors 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)

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

May 5, 2022

Virtual

4

Directors Forum

June 7-8, 2022

Boston

10

Boardroom Summit & Peer Exchange

September 15-16, 2022

New York

12

Compensation Committee Summit

Nov 2022

Virtual

4

ACCD Virtual Case Studies

Quarterly

Virtual

2

CBM Network Committee Peer Exchanges

Quarterly

Virtual

1

CBM Network Ask the Expert Sessions

Quarterly

Virtual

1

ACCD Topic Webinars (selected)

Monthly

Virtual

1