Fast track professional route through CSQS

Register for Fast Track

Please contact our Student Support team if you need any help or advice.



Qualified lawyers must be a current member of the Bar or Law Society for your jurisdiction or compliant with the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Regulations.


Qualified accountants must also be a current member of one of the following major accountancy bodies:

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
  • Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA Ireland)


Fast Track Professional route requires only two of eight CSQS modules to be completed.

  • Corporate Secretarial Practice – examines the role of the chartered secretary in promoting and reinforcing good governance across an organisation through compliance with statutory obligations.
  • Chartered Secretaries Case Study – this module draws on knowledge from all the syllabuses of the other seven modules, demonstrating mastery of the content of CSQS and application of the required knowledge and skills to a business case example.

Study Support

All ICSA registered students get free study support material including:

  • Access to past papers, suggested answers and other study materials via MyICSA
  • A comprehensive study skills book
  • Access to handy exam techniques webinars

You also have access to module-specific webinars and recordings, presented by the examiner of the module.

Additional fees will be charged for:

  • Exam re-sit
  • Case study re-sit
  • Postponement

Tuition/ Self study

Study options are available to all CSQS students, regardless of the route being taken.

  1. Purchase tuition from one of our registered tuition providers. Our registered tuition providers offer different tuition options to suit your situation and your budget, including distance learning, face-to-face classes and blended learning. You can view all of our registered tuition providers here.
  2. Self study. If you prefer to self support, simply buy the study text for each module and make your own way through the syllabus.

Please note: Choosing to use a tuition provider will incur additional tuition fees to be paid direct to the provider, on top of your ICSA student fees.


Fast Track Professional is available at a total cost of £1,800. 

This includes:

  • Initial registration fees
  • One year annual subscription
  • All exemption fees
  • One exam entry per module
  • Six months access to CSPOnline

Reduced Rate countries* are eligible to apply for the reduced rate of £1,200.


Apply Online

Complete your registration and start your CSQS Fast Track student journey today.

You must submit certified copies of your academic or professional qualifications and transcripts and/ or evidence of membership to your relevant professional bodies. 

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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 must include certified copies of academic or professional qualifications and transcripts or evidence of membership to relevant professional bodies.

Along with your completed application forms, you will also need to submit evidence of membership of your professional body. Please also submit your CV, outlining experience in the following areas

  • Company secretarial and legal work
  • Corporate governance
  • Financial management
  • Committee administration and Accounting
  • General management and administration 
  • Pensions
  • Insurance


The package price of £1,800 includes a non-refundable registration fee, the first subscription fee due, exemption fees and one exam entry for each of the applicable modules.

You can pay in one of the following ways:

*Currently, ICSA offers a reduced rate of £1,200 to CSQS students living in, registered and sitting their examinations in a number of countries. Check which countries this applies to.


Once you've completed forms, please send them, with accompanying payment details, to:

Members & Students
Saffron House
6–10 Kirby Street

N.B. Those choosing to study with a registered tuition provider should register with ICSA before doing so with a tuition provider so that the modules you are required to sit have been confirmed.

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Other routes to chartered professional qualification

  • Law degree route where your law degree allows you to apply for exemption of up to two modules.
  • Law professional route for qualified lawyers with up to five years’ appropriate post qualifying experience. You can apply for exemptions from four of the eight modules.

If you would like to speak to someone about governance support for in-house lawyers, please contact us

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