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NED Training & Certification (In person)
– September 2024

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Tuesday 24 September 2024


09.30 - 17.30


In person at ICAEW, Chartered Accountants Hall, London, EC2R 6EA


ICAEW in partnership with NEDA


ICAEW and NEDA Members: £850 + VAT and Non-Members: £965 + VAT
(To obtain the NEDA member discount please contact and you will be provided with a voucher code to use)

The role of the Non-Executive Director (‘NED’) has come under the spotlight and the expectations of key stakeholders of companies, both internal and external, has increased significantly. NEDs are considered to be the “guardians of corporate governance”, but are also required to bring a broad range of experience and insight, as well as providing a positive and supporting challenge to the boardroom.

Aspiring NEDs need basic knowledge and understanding; new NEDs need to have the essential tools and techniques to add value from day one; experienced NEDs need to keep up-to-date, both technically and with further development of some of the softer personal skills.

This NED Training & Certification session, run in partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (‘ICAEW’), covers a breadth of essential topics including: the role of NEDs; NEDs and the board; director duties and responsibilities; the role of the Chair and Board Committees (especially the Audit Committee); updates on corporate governance; business strategy and risk management; evolving good practice in board performance as well as exploring aspects of corporate culture and director attributes.

The cost of the course includes:

  • All course materials and supporting documents.
  • Six months’ complimentary membership of NEDA providing access to the course text - the Non-Executive Directors’ Handbook (through the members’ portal) – plus all of the other NEDA member benefits (note: access to the Handbook is subject to ongoing NEDA membership). Anyone who already has NEDA Premium Membership gets an additional six months added at their expiry date (note: there is no notification email sent - the system will automatically update the member records)
  • The Non-Executive Directors’ Handbook not only supports the overall course learning outcomes, especially taking the NED Certificate Test (see below), but also serves as the essential reference guide during your career as a NED, leader and board committee member.
  • A link to the NED Certificate Test will be provided after attending the course allowing up to two attempts to pass the Test.
  • The Test comprises 30 multiple choice questions to be answered in one hour. Questions are drawn from an extensive question bank based on the NED Handbook which should therefore be read in advance of taking the Test. The Test is online, 'open book' and can be taken at any time.
  • The 'ICAEW NED Certificate' is awarded upon successful completion of the online Test.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understanding what it means to be a professional non-executive director.
  • Seeing the role in the context of the demands of a range of industry sectors.
  • Being up-to-date with the leading governance, strategy and risk practices aligned with stakeholder interests.
  • Appreciating why an “effective board” is needed and what it should look like.
  • Familiarity with the roles and responsibilities of Board Committees.
  • Understanding how you can and should be adding tangible value to an organisation.
  • Knowing the best way to go to market as a new NED, with some tips and hints on presenting yourself as an independent NED.
  • Benefiting from the knowledge and experience of NEDA, the leading NED training, advisory and support organisation.

Feedback from previous NED Training Courses:

I feel much more confident as an aspirant NED than I did before the course.

The pace of the course keeps you on your toes and there are lots of opportunities to discuss with others and learn others’ views.

The whole session was excellent and the introductions at the start were great for a really interactive day's training.

The trainer’s knowledge and support brought the course to life, I also really enjoyed the guest NED speaker – great war stories and insight.

Attending this course could contribute up to six hours of verifiable Continuing Professional Development (‘CPD’), providing you can demonstrate that the content is relevant to your role.

Please note: when you register for this programme any personal data provided, principally name and e-mail address, will be shared with NEDA and ICAEW. 



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