Scope of Company Secretary Course Outside India

(CS) Company Secretary Course is one of the most reputed course. A company Secretary being an expert in legal and secretarial matters act as a compliance officer and a specialist in corporate and securities laws. The career opportunities after completing the course are endless not just in India but outside India also.

There are company secretaries that dealing with foreign clients on daily basis. Some are even operating in various companies outside India. Thousands of company secretaries after clearing the company secretary course are now working in different countries like U.K, Canada, Thailand, Malaysia, New-Zealand, etc.

Like India, there is a comparable course like ICSI in a country like australia as well. There company secretaries as referred as Chartered Secretary Australia. In Australia, the Chartered Secretaries as popularly governance professionals. An Indian company secretary can apply for the membership of Chartered Secretary Australia with Governance Institute of Australia which is a division of Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA).

Singapore is among one of those countries where it is compulsory to appoint a CS. Hence, a company secretary register as a member with ICSI can also opt to pursue a career as a CS in singapore as well.

An ICSI member who has, and those who may after pursuing ICSA Course whereunder one is required to clear the following three papers, all other papers having been exempted in terms of the MoU :

  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Secretarial Practice
  • Chartered Secretaries Case Study

may secure the membership of ICSA-UK.

Where an ICSI member, who has also secured the membership of ICSA-UK, desires to shift base to another division, say from India to Singapore, he is now eligible to have his ICSA-UK membership transferred to the Singapore division – Singapore Association of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Source: ICSI

The ICSI and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, UK (ICSA) after satisfying the high standards of examination and appreciating each other’s activities in promoting the best practices in Company Secretaries and professional education & administration signed an MOU which provides for reciprocal exemptions on the mutual basis.    

Members of ICSI are exempted from passing 14 out of 17 papers and are required to pass the following three core papers to acquire the membership of ICSA:

  • Corporate Law
  • Corporate Secretaries
  • Corporate Administration  

Members of the COMPANY SECRETARY COURSE, in good standing for a period of two years, can avail of the benefit of the MOU.

Moreover, The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) and Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, London, have also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), in terms of which ICSI inter alia will offer certain units of CISI    qualifications in capital markets, commodity markets, fund management, wealth management and investment banking as electives to both its students & members.  

Source: ICSI

Guidance note for ICSI members wishes to pursue the ICSA-UK Course under the ICSI-ICSA MoU. Know more.

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