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British qualification for corporate secretaries (ICSA)

Ukrainian Institute of Corporate Secretaries is the official Exam centre of ICSA: The Governance Institute (UK).  


Achieving chartered status

Exam information

How do I study?

Apply Online

Paper Application


The Chartered Secretaries Qualifying Scheme (CSQS) is the benchmark qualification for governance professionals. It builds a unique breadth of technical skills that equip you for a varied career at board level and validates your knowledge with an internationally respected accreditation.

Chartered Secretaries hold a range of jobs such as Corporate Counsel, Company Secretary, and Head of Governance, Risk and Compliance. What unites them is knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements, understanding of corporate strategy and structures, and the skills to support and advise, enabling directors and the board to make the right decisions.

Qualifying with ICSA gives you technical know-how, critical skills and validation of your professional knowledge. There are many routes through CSQS according to your needs and background. Discover which is for you.


There are eight CSQS modules, divided into Stage 1 and Stage 2. These are set at Level 6 and 7 respectively (see what these levels mean compared to other UK qualifications). Detailed information about each module syllabus, sample exam papers, suggested answers and study texts are available here.

STAGE ONE (Level 6)

  • Financial Reporting and Analysis 
  • Applied Business Law 
  • Corporate Governance OR Health Service Governance
  • Corporate Law 

STAGE TWO (Level 7)

  • Financial Decision Making
  • Strategy in Practice
  • Corporate Secretarial Practice
  • Chartered Secretaries Case Study 

Achieving chartered status

Successful completion of all CSQS Stage One modules allows you to apply for the Professional Diploma in Governance (or Health Service Governance if that module was selected). Find out more here.

Once you have passed all the CSQS modules required, you will become a Graduate member of ICSA and will be able to use the post-nominal GradICSA, signifying your technical and analytical knowledge. This post nominal is internationally recognised.

You can apply for chartered status once you have completed six years of appropriate professional experience or three years if you also have a degree. This experience can be gained while you are studying CSQS. When you become an Associate of ICSA you are then a Chartered Secretary and can use the post-nominal ACIS.

Find out more about chartered membership.

Exam information

Each module consists of a final three hour written exam, plus 15 minutes reading time. The pass mark for each exam is 50%. 

Exam sessions

You must register for the sessions by the deadlines below. 

Exam Sessions



1 October


1 April

See the exam timetable and dates for the next exam sessions.

We have exam centres all over the world as well as in the UK and you choose which exam centre to sit at when you enter for the exam. If there isn’t a centre in your country or area, it may be possible to arrange a special centre.

Exam entries can be changed on payment of an administration fee up to the exam closing date for each session. After this date it is not possible to change your entry.

Please check your exam entries carefully to confirm you are entered for the correct session, module and exam centre.

How do I study?

CSQS is highly technical and set at a high level, so students are advised to commit approximately 150 hours study for each module. Consistent learning practices are strongly recommended and incorporating a study plan allows for comfortable student progression.

Tuition or self-study options are available to all CSQS students.

Registration fees: If you are starting CSQS there is a one-off fee to register as an ICSA student.

Subscription fees: Paid annually by all students. The first payment is due upon registration and is calculated according to the ICSA membership calendar.


Reduced rate countries

One-off registration


Annual subscription (1 Aug – 31 July)


Half year subscription (1 Feb – 31 July)


Exemption fees: Applicable once your route has been confirmed and payable within six weeks of the date of registration


Reduced rate countries

Exemption fee (per module)


Exam fees: Payable when you want to sit an exam (by 1 April for the June exams and 1 October for November exams).


Reduced rate countries

Exam fee (per module)


Resit fee (per module)


Postponement fee (per module)


Chartered Secretaries case study fee


Apply Online

Complete your registration and start your CSQS student journey today. By completeing a few simple questions, we can look at your skills and experience to find the right route for you.  

If you wish to apply for exemptions, you must submit certified copies of your academic or professional qualifications and transcripts and/ or evidence of membership of relevant professional bodies. 


Students are required to abide by the Student rules and regulations and follow the Code of professional ethics and conduct.

Paper Application

If you would prefer to send your application by post, please download, print and complete the following application forms. Submissions for exemption routes must include certified copies of your academic or professional qualifications and transcripts and/ or evidence of membership of relevant professional bodies. 


You can pay your registration and subscription fees in one of the following ways:

ICSA Exam Centre Presiding Officer in Kyiv, Ukraine – Natalia Kozoriz

e-mail: nk@ucgi.com.ua

tel: +38 067 799 46 67