28 October 2013 by Alexandra Jones
The Government of Barbados has given the ICSA professional qualification formal recognition and has accepted it for promotion within the Barbadian public service.
The main qualification needed to achieve chartered status and become a full member of ICSA is the Chartered Secretaries Qualifying Scheme (CSQS).
People can also become chartered by completing an ICSA validated university programme that awards the GradICSA status, as well as a postgraduate qualification.
The CSQS has two levels, with modules covering financial reporting and analysis, applied business law, corporate governance, corporate law, financial decision making, strategy in practice, company secretarial practice and a final case study.
Upon completion of the CSQS examinations or a collaborative masters degree, students become graduates of ICSA. Thereafter, they can enhance their professional standing and become full Members of the Institute (ACIS), rising to the senior grade of Fellow (FCIS) provided they satisfy the Institute’s requirements.
Simon Osborne, Chief Executive of ICSA, said: ‘We are delighted that our members in Barbados will now enjoy proper recognition of their professional qualification and standing. Our members are well-qualified people, working in all sectors and at every level of seniority, who have completed a rigorous study programme in order to pass our examinations. Similarly, as Associate or Fellow members of a chartered institute, they are subject to scrupulous controls to ensure that they are fit and proper persons. We are delighted that the Government of Barbados has recognised the high professional standing that our CSQS qualification affords our graduates and members.’
Enjoying Royal Chartered status, ICSA champions high governance standards by providing qualifications, training, high-quality guidance and support.