The P. Adm (Professional Administrator) designation confirms the holder owns specific knowledge and experience to fulfill important administrative roles within organizations.

A P. Adm. possess competencies in the areas of corporate operations, legal, finance, and management.

Professional Association

The Professional Administrator (P. Adm.) 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 Professional Administrator (P.Adm.) program, they offer a Chartered Secretaries Qualifying Scheme (CSQS) and a Directors’ Education & Accreditation Program (DEAP).


ICSA Canada is an organization with over 1,000 members. 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.


To qualify for the right to use the P.Adm designation, candidates must currently working as an administrative practitioner in an appropriate professional position, and have a minimum of 3 years’ experience. Once they have  successfully completed the examination, they must complete a membership application form with documentary proof of current and previous experience as an administrative practitioner. Application is evaluated by a review panel


Becoming a certified Professional Administrator can lead to improved career advancement opportunities in corporations: it enhances your value to clients and employers and increases your credibility.


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