Board education

Diligent Institute offers certificate programs designed to equip board directors and executives with the skills and knowledge needed to address the most pressing modern governance challenges and opportunities.


Board e-learning certifications

We currently offer the following board education programs, designed for directors and leaders:

AI Ethics & Board Oversight Certification

Learn how to govern AI ethics responsibly in Diligent Institute’s AI Ethics & Board Oversight Certification.

Human Capital, Compensation & Culture

Gain strategic insights into HR, compensation strategies and cultural dynamics to elevate boardroom effectiveness.

Climate Leadership Certification

Elevate your impact with the Diligent Institute Climate Leadership Certification to prepare for climate risk, strategy and disclosure.

Cyber Risk & Strategy Certification

Get certified to oversee cyber risk & strategy with Diligent Institute, the leading provider of board education.

Enroll in a single certification for $3,500 or enroll in multiple to receive a 25% discount.

Why get certified with Diligent Institute?

Good governance is hard, and the challenges are growing. Board members and executive leaders must oversee a wide array of risks and opportunities. Diligent Institute is here to partner with you and provide accessible education and training materials to equip you with the knowledge, resources and insights you need to govern effectively.

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Stay ahead of regulatory action

With the regulatory landscape constantly evolving around ESG and cybersecurity, get ahead by learning how to properly address the risks and opportunities.

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Complete education at your own pace

Take advantage of a self-paced e-learning curriculum, allowing you to upskill around your day job at your own pace.

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Be proactive and responsive

Address growing stakeholder demands in sustainability and develop expertise in emerging areas like AI and cybersecurity.

Get more from your certification

We provide wrap around content to continue your learning experience and enahnced materials to make the most out of your achievement.

Virtual roundtables

Join monthly calls with expert speakers from across all of our certificate programs to discuss the latest trends and topics with other participants and leaders.


Receive a certificate of completion, personalized social graphic and verified digital credential to showcase your achievement.


All of our programs are designed according to NASBA standards, offering continued professional development credits.

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  • The Cyber Risk & Strategy Certification provided an excellent platform for me to understand the current landscape and equip me with the tools to fulfill my duties whether through the lens of a Board Member or as a member of management. Exiting this course I feel more confident in my ability to drive valuable outcomes in the event of a cyber incident.

    Jessica P. Ross

    Chief Financial Officer

    Frontdoor, inc

  • The Volkov Law Group is pleased to partner with Diligent Institute in creating a certificate program that brings the murky problem of AI and ethics into relief. This program is a must for board members interested in the overlap of ethics and compliance with concerns over the use of AI, which has the potential to transform the way organizations function.

    Michael Volkov


    The Volkov Law Group

  • Diligent Institute’s ESG Leadership Certificate program is a excellent way to acquire knowledge about this important topic. While the terminology and related requirements may evolve over time, this course provides a baseline for board directors in service of their fiduciary duties.

    Eric T. McKissack

    Board Member

    Farmer Mac

  • Diligent’s AI Ethics & Board Oversight Certification program stands out with its clear, concise content and engaging video discussions. Real-world examples bring relevance, making complex concepts easily graspable. Its timely curriculum is a practical guide through the ethical challenges in the AI landscape.

    Liat Ben-Zur

    Advisor and Non-Executive Director

    LBZ Advisory

  • Great program covering all aspects of board compliance oversight as well as a specific focus on AI related risks, frameworks, regulations, and implications for boards. Highly recommended for any board member.

    Jan-Maarten Mulder

    Board Member

    New Majority Ready

  • The AI Ethics & Board Oversight Certificate program was excellent. I found the variety of learning materials to be extremely effective. I feel that I came away with a strong understanding of AI Ethics as it relates to board oversight and governance. Really enriching program on an increasingly important topic for Board Directors.

    Jacqueline Hernandez

    CEO, Founder; Non-Executive Director

    New Majority Ready

  • Diligent Institute’s Cyber Risk & Strategy Certification should be at the top of every board’s continuing education priorities. It provides the relevant information a board member needs to participate in a company’s management of cyber security in a format that is understandable even for the non-IT types among us.

    Brian E. Anderson

    SVP – Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

    Belden Inc.

  • The Diligent Institute Cyber Risk & Strategy Certification program is brimming with excellent knowledge, tips, guides and downloadable content vital to ensuring the participant is confident and helpful in guiding the board and company through meaningful preparation, monitoring and crisis management.

    Janice L. Sears

    Non-Executive Director, Audit Chair

    Invitation Homes, Sonder, Inc., IQHQ, Inc.

  • I found a lot of value in this course, and particularly liked the tabletop exercise simulation.

    LouAnn Conner

    Founder CEO

    SagaciousThink, LLC

  • I am very pleased with the quality of the Diligent Institute ESG Leadership Certificate program. The expertise involved with the development and teaching of the materials is impressive. The hands-on training and case study reviews provides confidence in the learned material.

    Morgan Hager

    Vice President, Health and Safety, Environment, and Regulatory

    Chesapeake Energy

Group programs & bespoke packages

Contact us to discuss your requirements

Diligent Institute is delighted to offer discounted pricing for groups of five or more. In addition, we offer bespoke training for boards and management teams. Contact us to share your requirements and learn more about the discounted certification packages available.

Thank you for your interest!

Someone from our team will be in touch to provide you with more information on Diligent Institute and see how we can help you.

Frequently asked questions

We are pleased to offer discounts for group purchases. If you are registering five or more participants from your organization, please email to discuss a discount.

You can find the terms and conditions here.

If you are unable to attend the certification you registered for, you may cancel your registration by providing written notice to Diligent at If notice of cancellation in accordance with this section is received before access to the Diligent Certification is granted, program fees will be refunded to you. You can view our cancellation and refund policy here.

All certifications are open for registration. Upon registration you will be enrolled into Diligent Academy, our eLearning platform. Courses will then be available for you to take at a time convenient to you. You have access to the curriculum for 12 months.

The program is open to all corporate directors, executives and other modern leaders including governance, risk and compliance professionals. Previous registrants include Independent Directors, C-suite executives, Corporate Secretaries, General Counsels, internal audit, risk, compliance, ESG and HR professionals.