Chartered membership

Chartered membership of The Chartered Governance Institute 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 ACG, and Fellow, which uses the post-nominals FCG. The post nominal letters signify active membership of The Chartered Governance Institute, represented as CG (Chartered Governance). What distinguishes them is experience and seniority.

To become an Associate requires six years relevant experience, which can be reduced to three years for any Graduate member with a degree or membership of another professional body. To become a Fellow requires eight 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. Until January 2021, existing members who achieve five years as an Associate will also be allowed to use the new designation. 


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 The Institute’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 £335 £180
Fellow £365 £190

View all countries that are eligible for a reduced rate. 

Transfer your membership

As a Chartered or Affiliated member, you belong to an international governance community and if you take the opportunity to live and work in another country, your membership is transferable across any of the nine divisions.

These are:
Australia, Canada, China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Southern Africa, the UK, Republic of Ireland and Associated Territories and Zimbabwe.

The Chartered Governance Institute also has an agreement with The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, under which members of The ICSI can liaise and study with any of our nine divisions, and enjoy the same transfer rights as our members.

Learn more.

Discover more about becoming a Chartered member

The Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme
Fast Track Professional
Our validated postgraduate courses


Call our membership support team on +44 (0) 20 7580 4741 or contact us.

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