The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators is an independent, self-regulating professional body, founded in 1891 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1902.
It is the leading professional body for company secretaries and corporate administrators in the public, private and voluntary sectors and acts as the professional forum for 46,000 Members and 27,500 students worldwide.
Members possess a broad knowledge base and the flexibility to operate effectively as professional administrators and managers in positions which cut across traditional specialist boundaries. This excellence is reflected in the recognition of the qualification for membership to all divisions across the globe.
The Mission of the Institute
The Mission of the Institute is The Promotion of Professional Administration.
Members are required to observe the highest standards of professional conduct and ethical behaviour in all their activities, including directorytaining knowledge currency through the Institute’s continuing professional development programme (CPD).
The Institute is the professional home of members who occupy senior positions in the private and public business sectors or act as professional consultants.
They are valued for their practical competence in accounting, company secretaryship, taxation and corporate governance, general management and business administration. Associate and Fellow membership grant eligibility to act as Accounting Officer under (in terms of) The close Corporations Act No. 69 of 1984 and for such members to claim the honorific “Chartered Secretary”.
History and Pedigree
The Southern African Division comprises Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. Southern Africa was the first branch of the Institute to be established outside the UK only 18 years after the Institute’s foundation. Today there are Divisions in Southern Africa, Australia, Canada and New Zealand and Associations in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Zimbabwe.