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Membership ensures remaining at the forefront of global developments and best practice in governance. Membership, and therefore qualification as a Chartered Secretary or Governance Professional, involves a career-long relationship with the Institute - from professional qualification through to board certification and beyond via CPD and ongoing technical support packages and tools.

There are four levels of membership – Affiliates, Graduates, Associates and Fellows. Importantly, Membership of the Institute evidences not merely academic qualifications but character, integrity and the personal good standing required in the field of governance. Membership therefore offers employers 'watchdog' accountability with recourse to the Institute's disciplinary and disbarment proceedings in the case of misconduct and/or breach by a Member of the Institute Code of Professional Ethics & Conduct.


"For me, being a member of an internationally recognised Institute adds so much more value than merely having a qualification. The initials FCG after my name indicate that not only have I passed the appropriate examinations but have also the requisite work experience to be a top-class Chartered Secretary. The continuing professional development offered by the Institute ensures that I stay relevant and continue to grow in my profession."
- Jill Parratt - President Chartered Governance Institute of Southern Africa 2009


"I am particularly grateful to the Institute for the opportunities the CGISA qualification has afforded me, and is a body to which I remain very dedicated and deeply indebted."
- Philip Armstrong - Head: Global Corporate Governance Forum, International Finance Corporation