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Becoming a Chartered Secretary PDF Print E-mail

What is a Chartered Secretary?

Chartered secretaries are highly skilled and respected professionals who perform their administrative roles at an executive level. They are the primary source of advice on governance to their board.

They are senior professionals trained in law, finance, governance and strategy. They principally work as company secretaries or in other similar roles.


What does it mean to be Chartered?

A "chartered" designation is used to indicate professional competence. This status is awarded to individuals who are skilled or qualified in a particular field of work.


Where can I train?

CGISA offers an international qualification in corporate governance recognised in more than 80 countries. There are approved tuition providers offering the course should you wish to attend classes and this list is available on the CGISA website. CGISA also offers the self-study option.

The revised qualifying programme for chartered governance professionals aims to respond to the continued growth and diversification of corporate governance.

This programme addresses the needs of students and employers while expanding the scope of the chartered qualification.


How long is the programme?

The CGISA chartered secretary course consists of 17 subjects which must be completed within 6 years.


Entry requirements

Students under 23 years must have an NQF Level 4 qualification or a senior certificate with a minimum rating of 4 in English and Numeracy, in order to apply.

For students with an existing degree a minimum of six modules at board level must be completed.

Students with relevant work experience and proof of their current education level can apply.