The most effective board directors are committed to developing a deep and expansive understanding of their role. This commitment is supported by the Private Directors Association Certificate in Private Company Governance Course.

This course will provide a baseline education in independent director duties and an overview of different types of private company structures. Benefit from self-paced and interactive governance learning for serving and would-be private company directors.

Registration fee for the course is $299 for PDA members.

To enroll in the course or track your course progress, please follow these simple instructions:

Please note: PDA utilizes a separate website for its courses and a Single Sign-On (SSO) system.

1. Click the “enroll now” button below.

2. A second login screen will appear - click on the "PDA Members click here" button.

3. If you have already logged into your PDA account, you will be redirected to the course selection page. Otherwise, enter your PDA username and password to log in and access the courses.

4. Select the Certificate in Private Company Governance.

5. Follow the on-screen instructions to enroll and checkout.

6. If you need to return to your course progress, follow the steps 1-4.

In this Certificate Course, you will:

  • Learn how to organize your first board.

  • Learn how to organize a board agenda.

  • Learn how to build relationships and become an excellent addition to a board.

  • Be a part of a mentorship program with cohort peer support and expert guidance.

  • Earn a year-dated certificate in private company governance — the only one of its kind in the U.S., which is:


Includes Webinars and a Live, Mentor-led Case Study Session:

You must schedule and participate in one two-hour live mentor-led case study session facilitated by an experienced private company director.

  • Apply what you’ve learned to real-world case studies with guidance from an experienced mentor
  • Peer collaboration and networking with other PDA members 

There is no better time to become a PDA member and access exclusive content, excellent educational programming, and unparalleled networking opportunities. Learn more about each type of PDA membership below.