The Course Director designation is a formal NAUI leadership designation, not a certification. The NAUI Course Director designation (CD) provides recognition to NAUI Instructors who have completed a combination of training and evaluated experience specific to the preparing, training, evaluating and counseling of NAUI Instructor Trainers as well as Instructor candidates.
Minimum age is 21 years by the water phase of the course. Any NAUI Instructor Trainer who has 200 contact hours training and evaluating NAUI Instructor candidates at instructor level courses, conducted and evaluated candidate performance for at least three Instructor Trainer Programs (ITP), and conducted and evaluated candidate performance for at least three Instructor Qualification Programs (IQP), one of which may be an Instructor Crossover Course (ICC), may attend a Course Director Workshop (CDW).
Active-status NAUI Instructors designated as Course Directors may direct the Instructor Qualification Program (IQP), Instructor Training Course (ITC), Staff Training Workshop (STW) or Instructor Trainer Workshop (ITW).