Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

How much does the Chartered Director Program cost?

The in-person module registration fee is $4,970, which covers all program materials, hotel accommodation for two nights, and all meals and breaks at the hotel for the duration of the module. The virtual registration fee is $4,370. Registration fees are subject to change. Payment must be received at least 30 days prior to the start of the module.

What is the cancellation and transfer policy?

The Directors College (TDC), to maximize participant learning, 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 or transfers

Participant cancellations and transfers must be received in writing.

Cancellation and transfer penalties

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%

TDC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule programs. If TDC cancels or reschedules a program due to weather or unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of TDC, you are entitled to a full refund. TDC 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 TDC profile at all times.

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 sending us an e-mail by November 1.

The Chartered Director (C.Dir.) Program

Where are The Chartered Director Program sessions held?

In-person modules are delivered at White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. We also offer modules virtually.

What are the COVID protocols for in-person modules?

The Directors College in-person modules will follow the protocols of the host location, in accordance with provincial guidelines in Ontario.  Masks are required in public spaces and the vaccination passport with photo ID is required for Ontario residents.  Click here to view all of the current requirements for White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa.

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 guarantee any particular travel company or means of transportation as we are not affiliated with any particular travel company. Information on potential options will be provided to registrants.

When do the modules begin and end?

Virtual module sessions run from 5:00pm EST on Wednesday until 5:00pm EST on Saturday, with the exception of Module 3 and 4 which begin at 10am EST on Thursday, In-person module sessions run from 3:00pm EST on Thursday until 5:00pm EST on Saturday. Timing is subject to slight changes.

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. 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.

How long does it take to complete the C.Dir. Program?

Candidates must complete all five modules within an 18 month period to be eligible for the C.Dir. designation. After completing all five modules, you will have 14 months to write the C.Dir. exam.

Current students can complete the program as quickly as our program calendar permits (normally 3 to 8 months, depending on the selected start date). Modules 1–4 may be taken in any order; Module 5 must be taken as the fifth and final course of the program.

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.

When do participants complete their C.Dir. examination?

After completing Module 5, participants have a 14-month window to write the final exam. The exam is offered twice a year and is delivered over the course of 5 consecutive business days in both January and June. Participants may select which date they would like to write during that time. The exam is closed-book and proctored virtually.