The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (HKICS or the Institute) is a professional body which qualifies people who fulfil the requirements of election to membership and have roles as company secretaries, governance advisers, non-executive directors, risk managers, compliance managers and more. Its membership ensures individual remains at the forefront of global developments and best practice in governance.
The Institute is the China Division of The Chartered Governance Institute (formerly The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators or ICSA) which is the premier global qualifying organisation for professionals aspiring to become a Chartered Secretary and/or Chartered Governance Professional.
The dual qualifications, Chartered Secretary (CS) and Chartered Governance Professional (CGP), are internationally recognised and highly portable. They represent members’ highest standards of governance practice and ethical behaviour, as well as strengthening professional standing of members into the 21st century. Both qualifications also serve as better representation for members who have already been involved in diverse governance roles.
Route to Membership: Student > Graduate > Associate > Fellow
Upon successful election, an Associate or a Fellow become a member of both The Chartered Governance Institute and the Institute and can call themselves as a Chartered Secretary and a Chartered Governance Professional. All members are obliged to uphold the highest standards of governance practice and ethical behaviour.
Students and Graduates are not members of either The Chartered Governance Institute or the Institute pursuant to The Chartered Governance Institute's Charter and Byelaws and the Institute’s Articles of Association.
When apply for election to membership, the following requirements must be fulfilled:
- Register as a Student of the Institute (please refer to Studentship Section for details); and
- Complete the Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme (CGQP) and become a Graduate; and
- Have sufficient relevant working experience upon completion of full-time study; and
- Be a fit and proper person in respect of both character and standing.
An Associate and a Fellow, with dual memberships of The Chartered Governance Institute and the Institute, is allowed to use the designatory letters set out below: