SID-SMU Directorship Programmes

Course Description The SID-SMU Directorship Programme (SDP) was launched in 2007, the first local director training programme with formal certification. The partnership brings together Singapore Management University’s academic excellence and strength in delivering executive programmes with the Singapore Institute of Directors’ strong network of business leaders in the corporate sector.

Set within an Asian context, this unique six-module programme provides a 360-degree board-level view of key strategic areas and issues faced by company directors. It aims to enhance participants’ boardroom skills and update their knowledge and ability to lead in challenging times.

The programme is organised in two tiers. Participants can obtain an Executive Diploma in Directorship by completing all six assessable modules successfully.  Alternatively, participants can obtain an Executive Certificate in Directorship by completing the first three modules successfully. The modules can be taken non-sequentially, providing scheduling flexibility. Graduates from the Programme may be admitted to SMU’s Executive Development Alumni Association.

Registration for this programme is done through SMU Website.

SDP1- The Role of Directors  will now be scheduled as a virtual session from 15 to 19 June 2020.
SDP3- Finance for Directors will now be scheduled as a virtual session from 29 June to 3 July 2020.

SMU will provide further updates with regards to the rest of the modules held in 2020.

Course Objectives
  1. Understand the role of directors and how they can serve the company more effectively.
  2. Review the decision-making mechanisms and processes of companies.
  3. Gain knowledge on corporate governance in finance, financial health of the firm and shareholder value.
  4. Acquire practical frameworks and strategies to manage risk, corporate social responsibility, succession planning and compensation.
  5. Enjoy content and schedule flexibility through the modular course design.
  6. Interact with current and new board members, faculty and leading practitioners.
Course Outline The six modules of SDP are:
SDP 1: The Role of Directors: Duties, Responsibilities and Legal Obligations.
SDP 2: Assessing Strategic Performance: The Board-Level View.
SDP 3: Finance for Directors.
SDP 4: Risk and Crisis Management.
SDP 5: Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Valuation.
SDP 6: Effective Succession Planning and Compensation Decisions.
Level Advanced.
Target Audience
Aspiring, newly-appointed and current board members, senior management of corporations, government and nonprofit organisations and senior partners of professional firms who work closely with boards.
Course Duration 6-module programme.
• Modules 1 to 3 : 3 days per module.
• Modules 4 to 6 : 2 days per module.
Delivery Interactive classroom lectures by leading faculty and senior industry practitioners, regional and global case studies discussion. The highly practical and action-based sessions thrive on relevant case studies, role-plays and simulations as adjunct to theories.
Fees (Subject to GST)
Type of Certificate
 SID Member   Non-SID Member
 1 $2,800 (excl. GST)
$2,996 (incl. GST)
per module
$3,200 (excl. GST)
$3,424 (incl. GST)
per module
Executive Certification Directorship
 1 to 3
$8,000 (excl. GST)
$8,560 (incl. GST)
$9,200 (excl. GST)
$9,844 (incl. GST)
 4 $2,000 (excl. GST)
$2,140 (incl. GST)
per module
$2,400 (excl. GST)
$2,568 (incl. GST)
per module
 4 to 6
$5,800 (excl. GST)
$6,206 (incl. GST)
$7,000 (excl. GST)
$7,490 (incl. GST)
 1 to 6
$8,000 + $5,800 = $13,800 (excl. GST)

$8,560 + $6,206 = $14,766 (incl. GST)
$9,200 + $7,000 = $16,200 (excl. GST)

$9,844 + $7,490 = $17,334 (incl. GST)
Executive Diploma in Directorship
CPD Hours 24 hours for each 3-day module.
16 hours for each 2-day module.
(120 hours total for SID-SMU Directorship Programme).


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Course Dates [2020/2021]

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