Membership ensures remaining at the forefront of global developments and best practice in governance. Membership, and therefore possessing the qualification as a Chartered Secretary and or a Chartered Governance Professional, involves a career-long relationship with the ICSA – from professional qualification and beyond via CPD and ongoing technical support packages and tools.
The ICSA has three levels of membership – Affiliated Member, Associate and Fellow.
For those individuals studying to become an Associate or Fellow, on the successful completion of the required examinations, graduates immediately become GradICSA. Upon gaining the necessary practical experience and deemed to be of appropriate upstanding character, graduates are admitted as members at Associate level, become a Chartered Secretary and or a Chartered Governance Professional and are entitled to use the post-nominal ACIS. Upon admission as a Fellow, the most senior grade of membership granted on more extensive experience, a Chartered Secretary or Chartered Governance Professional may include the prestigious ‘FCIS’ designation after his/her title.
For those individuals studying to become an Affiliated Member they can either study a reduced number of subjects in the ICSA’s formal qualifying programmes or study a number of self-standing courses/awards and may use the post-nominals of CIS(Affiliated).