Chartered membership

Chartered membership of ICSA demonstrates a capability in governance and compliance that draws together many disciplines, such as strategy, finance, law, regulation and risk, and a practical understanding of the dynamics of board and organisation. It shows that you have qualified to work in governance and that you have the relevant work experience to put your understanding into practice.

There are two levels of Chartered membership: Associate, denoted by the post-nominals ACIS and Fellow, which uses the post-nominals FCIS. The post nominal letters signify active membership of ICSA, represented as CIS (Chartered Institute of Secretaries). What distinguishes them is experience and seniority.

To become an Associate requires six years relevant experience, which can be reduced to three years for acceptable further education. To become a Fellow requires ten year’s work experience, three of which must be spent in a senior role.

Chartered members can use the designations of Chartered Secretary and Chartered Governance Professional in order to present their skills and experience according to their professional context.

Fellows are eligible to use the designation Chartered Governance Professional from August 2018 onwards. From January 2021, all those who become an Associate are given both Chartered Secretary and Chartered Governance Professional status. Before then, existing Associate members are Chartered Secretaries who are grandfathered into the new designation on achieving five years as an Associate member.


Chartered membership enhances your professional standing by providing global recognition of your skills and capabilities. You also benefit from:

  • Access to local and international networks of governance professionals
  • Regular news, technical guidance, research and consultations
  • An informative and engaging magazine
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Member prices for quality events, training and publications
  • A governance helpline for individual guidance and support
  • The opportunity to participate in ICSA’s mentoring programme
  • A voice for championing the profession and our members to government, regulators and employers


2018/19 membership fees
Member typeFee (UK and overseas)Digital membership (Reduced rate countries)
Associate £325 £175
Fellow £355 £185

View all countries that are eligible for a reduced rate. 

Discover more about becoming a Chartered member

ICSA qualifying programme
Fast Track Professional
ICSA validated postgraduate courses


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