Acevo and the Institute of Directors have teamed up to launch a joint diploma programme for charity bosses in an effort to get more charity chief executives onto company boards.
The move follows criticism from Acevo that the business sector has failed to act on the finding of the Tyson Report that too few companies are willing to have charity executives on their boards as non-executive directors (Third Sector, 23 June).
The £3,500 diploma is tailored for the not-for-profit sector.
Students who pass the exam can pursue the institute's flagship chartered director qualification.
Tony Hawkhead, chief executive of regeneration charity Groundwork, intends to take the diploma. He said there was a tendency to see executives from the voluntary sector as less professional than their private-sector peers.