Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators

The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) is a British professional organization.

History

The organization was founded in 1891 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1902. The initial object of the Institute of Secretaries was the development of the profession of company secretary and the creation of high standards in the Profession. Membership was limited to those successful in the examinations and those who demonstrated the standard of experience set by the Institute.

In 1902, the Institute changed its name to the Chartered Institute of Secretaries of Joint Stock Companies and Other Public Bodies. In practice, as ICSA grew, its membership has reflected the administrative function in many types of corporate body such as educational institutions, charities and hospitals. In 1971 this wider role was recognised formally by an amendment to the Institute's Charter which gave it the name of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Profile

There are two classes of membership of the Institute, ie Fellows and Associates. All qualified members of the Institute are entitled to describe themselves as Chartered Secretaries and use the designatory letters, FCIS or ACIS as appropriate. Fellowship is the senior grade of membership. Another grade, Grad ICSA comprises those who have successfully completed the examinations but have not yet gained sufficient qualifying service for Associateship.

With over 100 years experience, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA International) is the recognised global voice on governance and regulatory issues in private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Working with government and other statutory bodies, ICSA promotes and supports best practice and good governance across the board. ICSA is committed to ensuring the high standards of integrity that are central to the profession.

Divisions

Headquartered in London, with divisions in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and Zimbabwe, ICSA International has 44,000 members and 27,000 students in over 70 countries.

See also

* Institute of Business Administration and Management
* Chartered Secretaries New Zealand

External links

* [http://www.icsa.org.uk/ Official Site]
* [http://csnz.org/ New Zealand division]
* [http://www.icsa.co.za/ South African division]


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