The Chartered Secretary is a governance professional, with knowledge and experience in the areas of legal, governance, finance and corporate secretarial.The designation Chartered Secretary is recognized in more than 70 countries
The Chartered Secretary designation is bestowed upon members accepted into the professional—and internationally recognized—association Chartered Secretaries Canada (ICSA Canada), who is the organization of corporate secretaries and professional administrators in Canada. Through their accreditation process, they maintain the professional standards of the discipline. On top of their Chartered Secretaries Qualifying Scheme (CSQS) they offer a Professional Administrator (P.Adm.) program and a Directors’ Education & Accreditation Program (DEAP).
ICSA Canada is an organization with over 1,000 members (45 000 worldwide). The first Canadian Branch was established in 1920, and the Canadian Institute was incorporated federally in 1957. They are internationally present with branches in every province, Bermuda and in the Caribbean.
Their members are committed to strengthening and advancing Good Governance Procedures and the efficient administration of every type of organization in business and government.
The association promotes their profession through continued education activities (Continuing Professional Development (CPD)) such as workshops, symposiums, speaker presentations or webinar. They are also offering informational resources, and courses (Vubiz Online Courses for example). Their site gives access to numerous publications, as well as a career advertisement service, for recruiters to place a job posting, and candidates to view job opportunities, or posting their resumes.
Candidates who wish to apply to the designation should hold a degree or professional qualification approved by Chartered Secretaries Canada. Then they must complete Chartered Secretaries Canada ‘s Professional Program.
The Chartered Secretary designation can lead to other internationally recognized levels: Associate (ACIS) which requires at least six years of relevant experience and Fellow (FCIS), the higher level denoting greater experience and levels of responsibility, which requires a minimum of eight (8) years, including at least three (3) years in a position of appropriate responsibility ( Chartered Secretaries Canada assessed).
The Chartered Secretary designation can lead to improved career advancement opportunities in corporations: it enables holders to work in leadership positions in the private, public or not-for-profit sectors or establish your own business offering professional services and independent advice.