Course Policies

DEP Admission Appeal Process

Appeals must be made in writing and addressed to the Institute of Corporate Director's Vice President, Education no later than 7 days after an applicant is notified that their application has been denied. Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to carefully review the admissions criteria against their experience and qualifications before submitting an appeal. Appeals will be reviewed solely for new information that was not previously provided that highlights additional experience or qualifications of the applicant in relation to the admissions criteria. In most cases, appeal decisions will be communicated to the applicant within 21 days of receipt of the appeal. Appeal decisions are final.

DEP Application Fee and Tuition Fee Policy

Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the admissions criteria against their experience and qualifications before submitting an application for admissions. Application fees are non-refundable and payment of the application fee must be received by the ICD before an application will be considered for admission. For applicants who are non-members of the ICD, a $500 non-refundable application fee (plus applicable taxes) is required at the time of application. For individual category members of the ICD, a $250 non-refundable application fee (plus applicable taxes) is required at the time of application. For board category members of the ICD, there is no application fee.

Applicants are liable for the full course fee once they are notified that the admissions committee has accepted their application for admission. Occasionally, the admissions committee may pre-approve applicants for a future DEP course offering when the number of qualified applicants exceeds the space available in the offering applied for. In these cases, the applicant will be notified and given the option to accept admission into a future course. Once the applicant accepts admission into the new course offering he/she is liable for the full course fee.

DEP Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be given for cancellations received in writing to one of the ICD’s Program Officers no later than 28 days before the start date of Module I subject to an administration fee of $500 (plus applicable taxes) and forfeiture of the application fee (plus applicable taxes). Cancellations received in writing less than 28 days and no later than 14 days before the start date of Module I will be issued a full credit on account to be applied to another offering within one academic year, subject to an administrative fee of $500 (plus applicable taxes). No refunds will be provided for cancellations received less than 14 days before the start date of Module I. Non-attendance will incur the full course fee. Should the ICD need to cancel or postpone a course offering, applicants will be issued a full refund and be provided with a credit on account equal to the application fee to be applied to another offering within one academic year. Should there be any difference in program pricing, the pricing of the new program being entered into will apply.

DEP Deferment Policy

Under exceptional circumstances only, under 14 days out from the start date of Module I of the original course into which the applicant was admitted, applicants may request a one-time deferment into a future DEP offering, to be applied to another offering within one academic year. A request for deferment will be considered only if the applicant has paid all outstanding fees. The request must be made in writing to one of the ICD’s Program Officers. A deferment is possible only if space is available and is at the discretion of the ICD. A $500 administration fee (plus applicable taxes) will be charged for deferment. Should there be any difference in program pricing, the pricing of the new program being entered into will apply.

DEP Participant Substitution Policy

DEP applicants are admitted into the program on an individual basis based on the specific qualifications and experience of the candidate. Participant substitutions are not permitted after the course has begun. Where an organization is paying the course fees for an employee admitted into the course a substitution is possible prior to the start of Module I. However, the substitute participant must meet the same criteria for admissions and be reviewed by the admissions committee. A request for substitution must be made in writing to one of the ICD’s Program Officers no later than 14 days before the start date of Module I. Substitutions are at the discretion of the admissions committee. A $250 administration fee (plus applicable taxes) must accompany the written request. If the substitute applicant is declined admission, the full course fees are still payable for the original participant whether or not that individual attends.

DEP Module Location Transfer Policy

Participants may request a transfer to participate in a module taking place in another city or on another date in their original city subject to the DEP Module Order Policy. There is no fee for the first module transfer.

Subsequent module transfers will be charged a $250 administration fee (plus applicable taxes) for each individual module transfer. A request for transfer must be made in writing to one of the ICD’s Program Officers no later than 28 days before the start of the original module the applicant was admitted into. A module transfer is possible only if space is available and is at the discretion of the ICD.

Please note, when moving modules, the curriculum may vary slightly from one location to another to reflect regional influences and faculty.  

DEP Compassionate Module Transfer Policy

In cases where participants have an illness or other unforeseen, last-minute emergency that prevents their participation in an entire module, the ICD will make every effort to accommodate the participant’s transfer into a future module. Participants, or their representatives, should contact one of the ICD’s Program Officers as soon as possible in these situations to request a transfer. There is no fee for the first such request.

Subsequent requests will be charged a $250 administration fee (plus applicable taxes). Where only one day will be missed, participants are expected to attend the other days in the module. The ICD is not able to make arrangements for participants to make-up only a single day.

Please note, when moving modules, the curriculum may vary slightly from one location to another to reflect regional influences and faculty.  

DEP Module Order Policy

Participants must complete Module I as the first module in the sequence and Module IV as the last module in the sequence. In special situations, participants may be allowed to complete modules out of order.

DEP and ICD.D Attendance and Completion Policy

Participants who complete each of the four (4) modules of the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program (DEP) and the academic requirements of the DEP will receive a certificate of completion. Full participation in the 12-day program is strongly encouraged. However, participants are required to attend at least eleven (11) of the twelve (12) days. Participants who fail to attend one (1) full day will have no opportunity to make up that day. Participants who fail to attend the required minimum eleven (11) days will need to make up the subsequent days beyond the first full day missed. A completion certificate will not be issued until such time as the participant fulfills all academic requirements. Unless otherwise approved by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), participants must fulfill all academic requirements of the DEP along with all ICD.D examination requirements within 36 months of the month in which the participant took module 1. Participants who fail to meet academic and examination requirements within this time will forfeit the course and/or designation and all fees paid. Participants will not be eligible for placement in DEP completion advertisements until such time that they complete all academic requirements. In special situations, participants may be allowed to appear in a cohort completion advertisement prior to the completion of their fourth and final module. It shall be the sole discretion of ICD into which cohort completion advertisement they will be placed. Participants will not be eligible to take the ICD.D examinations until they have completed the academic requirements of the DEP. Participants who wish to reschedule missed DEP days or examinations should contact the ICD.