Requirements of Observers

Q: What if I can’t make a scheduled board meeting or training session?

A: Attendance at both board meetings and training sessions is critical. The Program is unique in Australia as it offers practical board experience alongside accredited training and exposure to high level directors on issues relevant to the sector. Accreditation is dependent on full attendance. We ask those with extenuating circumstances to provide as much notice as possible if you are unable to attend either a training session or a board meeting. 

Q: What are the Roles and Responsibilities of Observers?

A: The following commitments are required of all Observers participating in the Program. Please consider these commitments carefully before deciding whether to submit an application to the Program. Observers must:

  • Attend all board meetings, training, networking and guest speaker events. Observers are ambassadors for The Observership Program and failure to demonstrate adequate commitment jeopardises opportunities for future candidates.
  • Treat all materials, discussions and activities associated with the Program and your organisation with strict confidentiality.
  • Contribute to the board meeting discussions only when invited or appropriate.
  • Engagewith a board sub committee or strategic project if requested by your board.
  • Ensure your employer is aware of your participation in the Program and understands you may need to leave the office early to attend training sessions or board meetings.

Training

Q: Where are the training sessions held?

A: All training sessions are held in either the Sydney or Melbourne CBD.

Q: What if I can’t make a training session?

A: Attendance at both board meetings and training sessions is critical.  The Program is unique in Australia as it offers practical board experience alongside accredited training and exposure to high level directors on issues relevant to the sector. Accreditation is dependent on full attendance. We ask those with extenuating circumstances to provide as much notice as possible if you are unable to attend either a training session or a board meeting. 

Q: What kind of training materials can I expect?

A: Webinars and case studies are provided by AICD in advance of training sessions. Links to access materials are sent to Observers prior to each session. Observers are expected to attend all training sessions having completed the pre-work assigned for that session.

Q: Is food provided at Training Sessions?

A: We recognise that Observers are coming straight from work and that sessions finish by 8.30pm. Catering is provided in the form of easy to eat, finger food and considers all Observers’ dietary requirements. Non-alcoholic drinks are provided at all sessions except for Networking and the Final session, where alcohol is served alongside soft drinks.

Q: Do I receive a certificate at the conclusion of the Program?

A: Participants will receive a ‘Statement of Attendance’ certificate upon completion of the course from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Certificates will not be provided to participants who do not attend all training sessions for their full duration.