Board secretaries have an important role to play as governance professionals in all types of organisations in the private, public, and not-for- profit sectors. Governance is more than just complying with laws, regulations, standards, and codes; it is also about creating cultures of good practice. This means that board secretaries need more than the technical skills and experience to know what corporate governance practices are needed in an organisation and why.

They also need the emotional intelligence, skills, and experience to ensure that they know how the practices typically would be implemented to work effectively. The modern board secretary provides professional guidance to shareholders, boards, individual directors, management, and other stakeholders on the governance aspects of strategic decisions.

GCC BDI Board Secretary Certification Programme is recognised by the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF)

GCC BDI is pleased to announce the Board Secretary Certification Programme is now recognised by the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Nationals who complete the full certification programme and become Certified Board Secretaries can apply for a partial refund from HRDF up to a value of SAR 5,400. Terms and Conditions apply. Click here for more information.

The Human Resources Development Fund is a Saudi governmental authority that was established by a royal decree in July 2000. It falls under the Saudi Ministry of Labour and Social Development. HRDF is mainly concerned with providing financial support to organizations that train and qualify Saudis in the private sector.


This programme will help the board secretary to act as a bridge for information, communication, advice, and arbitration between the board and management and between the organisation and its shareholders and stakeholders. The programme will support the board secretary to fully understand their roles and responsibilities in relation to all stakeholders in the corporate governance system.

This programme is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and practical tips for carrying out their duties as board secretary. It will be interactive and skills-based providing participants with practical examples.

The Programme

The programme will consist of four workshops:

  • The Board Secretary Role - Governance and Decision-Making (4 days)
  • The Board Secretary Role - Board Members (4 days)
  • The Board Secretary Role - Shareholders and Other Stakeholders (4 days)
  • The Board Secretary Role - Strategy & Risk (5 days)

Participants can attend one, two or three workshops or all four, but if they wish to be certified they must attend all four workshops and pass the exams.

Course Delivery

You can choose from two course delivery options:

  1. Virtual: Join our live online interactive programme
  2. In-Person: Traditional classroom workshops

And you can mix and match between the virtual online delivery and the classroom delivery

Our new Online Certified Board Secretary Programme starts as from September 2020. Each of the 4 modules is split into 2 parts. You need to complete both parts in the same month to complete the module. The 4 modules will be run on a cyclical basis with one module every 2 to 3 months. In this way, you would be able to complete the full programme within 12 months. If you miss a module, you can wait for it to come round again in the cycle. You can start the cycle at any time but there will be an additional 2-hour orientation session if you don't start with Module 1.

All our online workshops are run using the Zoom video conferencing platform, as well as our online learning platform LEARN GCC BDI.

Our normal classroom workshops will start in 2021 and will be run in Riyadh at the Financial Academy.

The schedule of online and classroom workshops below is designed to dovetail so that you can mix and match online and classroom training. You could do all the modules online, or in the classroom if you prefer, but you could also do one or two modules online and the remainder in the classroom for example. It is your choice.

Course Delivery

Course delivery will be a mix of:

  1. Virtual live online workshops; and
  2. Face-to-face traditional in-person workshops

Workshop Fees

In-Person workshops (Fee per module & per person) - MODULES 1-3

  • Non-Member: USD 4400 per person
  • Associate: USD 4180 per person
  • Member: USD 3870 per person
  • Fellow: USD 3340 per person

In-Person workshops (Fee per module & per person) - MODULE 4

  • Non-Member: USD 5400 per person
  • Associate: USD 5130 per person
  • Member: USD 4750 per person
  • Fellow: USD 4100 per person

Online Workshop Fees (Fee per module & per person) - MODULES 1-3

  • Non-Member: USD 3960 per person
  • Associate: USD 3762 per person
  • Member: USD 3483 per person
  • Fellow: USD 3006 per person

Online Workshop Fees (Fee per module & per person) - MODULE 4

  • Non-Member: USD 4860 per person
  • Associate: USD 4617 per person
  • Member: USD 4275 per person
  • Fellow: USD 3690 per person

Pre-payment Discount

For pre-purchase of all four workshops: 25% discount on the total price of four workshops.

Further discounts may be available for booking of multiple participants. Please get in touch if you are interested in learning more.

Please note:

All our fees are in USD and exclude VAT or any other applicable taxes. Pre-payment is required for all workshops.

Our standard cancellation and payment terms apply, please see our website for further details.

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