Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

What payment methods are available?

What is the cancellation and transfer policy?

What are the answers to frequently asked questions about exams?

Is tuition for The Directors College tax deductible?

The Chartered Director (C.Dir.) Program

Who should register for The Chartered Director Program?

Are there any prerequisites for registration in the program?

What is the cost of registration and what is included in the fee?

Where are The Chartered Director Program sessions held?

How do I get from the airport to the session?

When do the modules begin and end?

Is attendance mandatory at all sessions?

How long does it take to complete The Chartered Director Program?

When do delegates complete their Chartered Director (C.Dir.) examination?

Specialized Programs

Audit Committee Certified (A.C.C.) Program

Who should register for the Audit Committee Program?

What is the cost of registration and what is included in the fee?

Where are the Audit Committee Program sessions held?

How do I get from the airport to the board simulation?

When do the sessions begin and end?

Is attendance mandatory at all sessions?

Is there an exam? Upcoming dates.

Human Resources and Compensation Committee Certified (H.R.C.C.C.) Program

Who should register for the Human Resources and Compensation Committee Program?

What is the cost of registration and what is included in the fee?

Where are the Human Resources and Compensation Committee Program  sessions held?

When do the modules begin and end?

Is attendance mandatory at all sessions?

Is there an exam? Upcoming dates.

General Information

What payment methods are available?

All fees must be paid three weeks in advance of the module start date. Invoices are processed and sent to you electronically approximately eight weeks prior to each module start date. Registration fees can be paid by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) via our online registration system; a secure link will be included with your invoice. If paying by cheque, payment should be made payable to The Directors College and mailed to The Directors College c/o The Conference Board of Canada, 255 Smyth Road, Ottawa ON K1H 8M7.

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What is the cancellation and transfer policy?

The Directors College (DC) is committed to fully meeting the needs of all participants and the delivery of the highest quality programs. To maximize participant learning, DC strictly controls class size and invests significant resources in pre-program preparation. For these reasons, the college has implemented a cancellation and transfer policy of its programs.

Cancellation of registration

Participant cancellations must be received in writing. Participant cancellations received more than 31 days prior to a program’s start date will incur an administration charge of $300. For cancellations received between 30 and 14 days prior to a program’s start date, 50% of the program fee will apply.  Requests received less than 14 days prior to start date or failure to attend without notice will result in a charge of 100% of the program fee.

Transfer of registration

Participant transfers must be received in writing. Participant transfers can be completed without penalty more than 31 days prior to a program’s start date. Transfer requests received 30 to 14 days prior to the start date will incur an administration charge of $300. Requests received less than14 days prior to start date or failure to attend without notice will result in a charge of 100% of the program fee.

Time Cancellation penalty Transfer penalty
More than 31 days notice $300 N/A
30 to 14 days notice 50% $300
Less than 14 days notice 100% 100%
No notice 100% 100%

DC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule programs at any time. If DC cancels or reschedules a program due to weather or unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of DC, you are entitled to a full refund. DC is not responsible for travel arrangements, travel fees, or any expenses incurred by you as a result of such cancellation. If a program in which you are enrolled is cancelled, you will be contacted at the email address you provided when registering. Please ensure a valid and up-to-date email address is available in your DC profile at all times.

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Is tuition for The Directors College tax deductible?

Registration fees paid by individuals, not companies, for The Directors College designation programs are eligible for tuition tax receipts. Receipts are available upon request by emailing info@thedirectorscollege.com by November 1.

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The Chartered Director (C.Dir.) Program

Who should register for The Chartered Director Program?

Applications are welcome from directors serving on a corporate board – and candidates who intend to serve on corporate boards – who are interested in, and committed to, mastering the structure and dynamics of corporate governance.

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Are there any prerequisites for registration in the program?

It is strongly recommended that participants have board experience. For participants who do not have board experience, business experience at a senior level is essential. Participants who do not have board experience or experiences at senior levels of business are examined on a case-by-case basis to ensure they are suitable candidates for the C.Dir. designation.

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What is the cost of registration and what is included in the fee?

Registration fee: $4,370 per module (total of $21,850[HST exempt]). The fee includes all sessions over the 2¼-day period (a total of 125 hours for all five modules), all program materials, all meals and accommodation during the session, and the proctored exam.

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Where are The Chartered Director Program sessions held?

The Directors College sessions are held in the following locations across Canada:

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How do I get from the airport to the session?

Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from the session. The Directors College does not endorse or recommend any particular travel company or means of transportation. However, here are some options listed by location:

White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON.
Map and Directions

For travel to Niagara-on-the-Lake:

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, BC.
Maps and Directions

Transportation to the hotel:

  • Driving Directions
    Please note that if you are using a Satellite Navigation device to direct your vehicle to our hotel, please input street address as 777 Hornby St for convenient access to hotel driveway.
  • Canada Line Skytrain
    The Canada Line Skytrain (light rapid transit system) departs every 12 minutes and every 6 minutes during peak periods to downtown Vancouver.  The current fare is $8.75 per person and will take you to Vancouver City Centre Station which is 2 blocks away from the hotel.  The trip will take 30 minutes and is recommended for guests with little luggage.
  • Taxi
    Taxis are readily available at the Arrivals Level.  The trip will take 30 minutes and the cost is a metered rate of approximately $30.00 – $35.00.  There is also an “Aerocar” limousine stand in the same area which offers sedan cars to our hotel for approximately $45.00 – $50.00 but they do not take advance reservations.
  • Private Car
    The concierge desk at the hotel can arrange a private car and driver for a cost of approximately $145.00.  For the private transfer, the driver will be inside the airport with a sign and will assist with luggage.  The concierge would simply require the flight information and a credit card to confirm the car.  There would be a 24 hour cancellation for this service.

Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre in Halifax, NS.
Maps and Directions

Please note: The Directors College cannot guarantee the quality of any of the services listed as we are not affiliated with any of these companies.

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When do the modules begin and end?

All sessions run from Thursday at 4:30pm and officially end at 5:00pm on Saturday. Accommodations are provided on Thursday and Friday evenings. Meals include Thursday dinner, all day Friday (breakfast, lunch, dinner and all day snacks) and all day Saturday (except dinner). Saturday night accommodations can be arranged for those individuals travelling from outside the province and who make a request in advance of the session. Participants wishing to arrive in advance of Thursday and beyond Saturday will have to make their own arrangements for accommodation.

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Is attendance mandatory at all sessions?

For those participants who intend to pursue the C.Dir. designation, attendance at all sessions of all modules is mandatory. Participants who will not be in attendance for portions of the module, will be required to redo in person the missed sessions at the next available module. If you have a special situation that you feel may warrant an exception to this policy, please advise The Directors College that you would like to make an official request for an exemption to this policy. All such requests will be examined on a case-by-case basis and you will receive notification of the outcome of your request. In most cases, exemptions to this policy will not be granted, as attendance at all portions of the program is essential.

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How long does it take to complete The Chartered Director Program?

Current students can complete the program as quickly as our program calendar permits (normally 3 to 8 months, depending on the selected start date). Module 1 is strongly recommended as the first course of the program and Module 5 must be taken as the fifth and final course of the program; Modules 2, 3, and 4 may be taken in any order. Candidates must complete all five modules within an 18 month period to be eligible for the C.Dir. designation.

If you have a special situation that you feel may warrant an exception to this policy, please email The Directors College to make an official request for an exemption to this policy. All such requests will be examined on a case-by-case basis and you will receive notification of the outcome of your request. In most cases, exemptions to this policy will not be granted, as timely completion of the program is essential to the learning process.

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When do delegates complete their Chartered Director (C.Dir.) examination?

After Module 5, delegates are provided with a list of ten consecutive business days available for the exam and they must provide two date selections within the pre-selected two-week window. Although every effort is made to accommodate the first choice of each delegate, room and proctor availability may require scheduling the exam on their second choice of dates. Exams can be scheduled in major cities across Canada including Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, St. John’s or Halifax.

For further information on exams, please click here.

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Specialized Programs

Audit Committee Certified (A.C.C.) Program

Who should register for the Audit Committee Program?

Audit Committee members from publicly listed companies, private corporations, government and not-for-profit organizations interested in an interactive learning opportunity and tools to assess their practices and fine-tune to their own particular circumstances.

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What is the cost of registration and what is included in the fee?

Registration fee: $6,250 for the program (HST exempt). The fee includes 8 hours of e-learning, the two-day residential learning, the Principle-Based Governance webinar, two nights’ accommodation, meals, all program materials, and the proctored exam. It does not include travel to and from the board simulation.

Chartered Directors receive a 10 per cent discount on the registration fee (which cannot be combined with any other offers).

Please note that participants need to complete the e-learning sessions prior to attending the board simulation.

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Where are the Audit Committee Program sessions held?

The e-learning curriculum can be completed from a remote location with a wireless connection. The board simulation is residential and is held at White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (unless otherwise stated).

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How do I get from the airport to the board simulation?

Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from the session. The Directors College does not endorse or recommend any particular travel company or means of transportation. However, we get a number of requests from participants looking to book taxis, so some options are listed below.

Directions to White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa

For travel to Niagara-on-the-Lake:

Falls Livery & Taxi : 905-321-9515

Niagara Airbus: 1-800-268-8111

5-0 Taxi : 905-685-5464

The Directors College cannot guarantee the quality of any of the services listed as we are not affiliated with any of these companies.

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When do the sessions begin and end?

The e-learning curriculum can be taken at the participant’s convenience, but must be completed prior to attending the board simulation. The board simulation runs from Friday at 8:00am and officially ends at 5:00pm on Saturday. Accommodations are provided on Thursday and Friday nights. All meals are included all day Friday (breakfast, lunch, dinner and all day snacks) and all day Saturday (except dinner). Saturday night accommodation can be arranged for those individuals travelling from outside the province and who request it in advance of the session. Participants wishing to arrive in advance of Thursday and beyond Saturday will have to make their own arrangements for accommodation.

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Is attendance mandatory at all sessions?

For those participants who intend to pursue the A.C.C. designation, completion of all sessions of the e-learning and the board simulation is mandatory. Participants who will not be in attendance for sessions of the board simulation will be required to redo in person the missed sessions at the next available offering. If you have a special situation that you feel may warrant an exception to this policy, please advise The Directors College that you would like to make an official request for an exemption to this policy. All such requests will be examined on a case-by-case basis and you will receive notification of the outcome of your request. In most cases, exemptions to this policy will not be granted, as attendance at all portions of the program is essential.

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Is there an exam? Upcoming dates.

Successful completion of a comprehensive exam is required for all Directors College certification programs.

For further information on exams, please click here.

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Human Resources and Compensation Committee Certified (H.R.C.C.C.) Program

Who should register for the Human Resources and Compensation Committee Program?

This program is designed for new or more experienced members of the Human Resource and Compensation Committee who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge, as well as behaviour and group dynamics, specific to the challenging responsibilities of this committee. The program goes beyond fundamental skills to equip you with best practice and leading edge tools.

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What is the cost of registration and what is included in the fee?

Registration fee: $2,350 per module (HST exempt). The fee includes the Principle-Based Governance webinar, meals, all program materials, and the proctored exam.

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Where are the Human Resources and Compensation Committee Program sessions held?

See schedule for available dates and locations.

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When do the modules begin and end?

The program consists of two two-day modules (Monday and Tuesday). Both days sessions begin at 8:00am and end at 4:30pm.

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Is attendance mandatory at all sessions?

For those participants who intend to pursue the H.R.C.C.C. designation, attendance at all sessions of both modules is mandatory. Participants who will not be in attendance for portions of the module will be required to redo in person the missed sessions at the next available module. If you have a special situation that you feel may warrant an exception to this policy, please advise The Directors College that you would like to make an official request for an exemption to this policy. All such requests will be examined on a case-by-case basis and you will receive notification of the outcome of your request. In most cases, exemptions to this policy will not be granted, as attendance at all portions of the program is essential.

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Is there an exam? Upcoming dates.

Successful completion of a comprehensive exam is required for all Directors College certification programs.

For further information on exams, please click here.

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What our graduates say?

“The Directors College experience has been nothing short of exceptional, with immediate benefit within the boards on which I serve. Undoubtedly, this program supports its brand of being the gold standard in board governance effectiveness. Of particular benefit was the opportunity to share the learning experience with colleagues within their various roles at the boardroom table. I have developed an enriched knowledge base from which to draw, as well as an enhanced quality network. Without hesitation, I recommend this program, and congratulate its faculty and staff for its commitment to excellence within its mandate.”

Silvia Martini, Vice-President, Interlink Research Inc.

“I performed a significant amount of research when selecting an option for advanced governance education. All of my research pointed to The Directors College. Being the only university accredited program was important, but more important, was that the faculty has an amazing balance of academic and professional background. No other program offers such a unique and high learning environment – the perfect balance of academia and real examples. The experience is demanding and allows you to generate a vast networks of peers who are dedicated to raising the bar on governance – truly the gold standard.”

Daniel Johnson, B.Comm, C.Dir., Chief Executive Officer, Innovation Credit Union

“The Chartered Director program provided me with a solid foundation in governance which built my confidence to comprehensively serve as a director. The exceptional content and educational process enhanced my curiosity, courage and ability to ask the right questions on crown, non-profit and corporate boards.”

Victor T. Thomas, C.Dir., H.R.C.C.C., Vice Chair, SaskEnergy

“I thought the entire program was very well developed and comprehensive. You never know what to expect when you sign-up for these programs and this exceeded my expectations and was a great learning opportunity.”

James Scongack, C.Dir., Vice-President of Corporate Affairs, Bruce Power LP

“I found the Chartered Director Program to be an excellent forum to understand how strong governance complements effective management. The ability to create and execute an effective strategy is significantly enhanced by a robust process inclusive of board engagement where the right questions are asked and expected outcomes are identified. I truly enjoyed the setting which fostered a strong level of interaction that was supported by quality presentations and material. As CEO of a Shared Service Organization set to deliver benefits to its members, I see the advantage of having a number of our board members participating in this program.”

Tony Di Emanuele, MBA, C.Dir., President and CEO, Mohawk Shared Services

“A strong board needs a combination of industry knowledge and sound judgement. You need people able to challenge one another, but in a productive environment. The Directors College provides skills, perspectives and tactics to drive value as an effective and successful board member. As a graduate of the Chartered Director Program, I found The Directors College an excellent survey of the critical issues and developing trends of today’s corporate environment. I highly recommend The Directors College.”

The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C., C.Dir., President & Chief Executive, Canadian Council of Chief Executives and former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada

“The changes that impact corporate governance are establishing a pattern of increased accountability for the delivery of long-term value to customers, shareholders, employees and society. Proper corporate governance is now being defined to include knowledge of critical elements such as risk management and the measurement of strategic performance. At the end of the day, each board will be judged on its ability to effectively deliver value, rather than on its structure. The Directors College innovative program fills a unique and important gap in providing knowledge and insight as to how this expectation can be met. CMA Canada is pleased to be a sponsor of this timely initiative.”

Steve Vieweg, C.Dir., CPFA (Hon), FCPA FCMA, CEO, CPA Western School of Business

“As an organization focused on educating corporate secretaries, the CSCS believes in furthering the potential of board members to better contribute to building effective governance structures. Given the key role of directors and corporate secretaries in applying proper boardroom practices, corporations need to ensure that these individuals meet a professional standard. The Directors College curriculum covers all the formal regulatory issues for directors and also addresses the informal skills of building effective and appropriate relationships with senior management. We see significant benefits to this program and CSCS is pleased to endorse it.”

Lynn Beauregard, President, Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries

The Directors College has developed a director education program which goes well beyond the fundamentals to address the structures and the behavioural components of principle-based governance. I am proud to be associated with the Directors College and I am honoured to lend my name to the College’s graduate award.

Gilbert Bennett, Director and Former Chairman of the Board, Canadian Tire Corporation Limited