Summary of student rules for Certificate in Corporate Governance

Student Rules

ICSA student status

While you are registered as an ICSA student, you can use the term ‘ICSA student’ to describe your status. However, you are not a member of ICSA and you cannot describe yourself as a Chartered Secretary.

Professional ethics and conduct
As an ICSA student, however, we expect that your professional ethics and conduct will be equal to that of an ICSA member while you are studying. As such, when you agree to the ICSA student rules and regulations, you agree to abide by the:

  • ICSA Code of Professional Ethics and Conduct 
  • ICSA Instructions for Exam Candidates

Registering on the course
Although you can register at any time, you should contact ICSA to check when the next exam is scheduled and consider whether you have sufficient time to prepare. You need to complete the ICSA registration process and pay the full course fee in order to register.

Entering for exams
When you register, you need to state when you are going to attempt the exam for the first time. You need to choose one of the next two exam sessions on the registration form.

If you choose the first exam session and you subsequently change your mind, you can pay an administrative fee to defer the exam to a later date as long as you do this before 1 April for the June exam or 1 October for the November exam.

If you fail the exam at your first attempt, you have three opportunities to re-sit. You need to pay a separate re-sit fee, this is not covered in your course registration fee.

If you need to re-sit the exam, try not to delay this too long. You will need to successfully pass the exam within two years of registering for the course.

Exam attendance
If you don’t attend an exam, this counts as a ‘fail’ and is one of the four attempts at the exam which you are allowed. If there is a reason why you can’t attend, contact us as early as possible to let us know and we may change your ‘fail’ result to ‘withdrawn’. A ‘withdrawn’ exam would not count as one of your four attempts. If you cannot attend the exam due to serious illness or bereavement, please contact us.

If you do not enter for exams for two consecutive exam sessions, you should discuss your reasons for delaying with us. You can be removed if you do not sit any exams over a two-year period.

Please read the full ICSA student rules and regulations.

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