ICSA: The Governance Institute

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Introduction to ICSA: The Governance Institute

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"The UK’s leading qualifications and training for people working in governance."


The ICSA has been supporting governance professionals for over 125 years. Our globally respected programme delivers the authoritative training and qualifications that build careers.

Whatever your experience, we can help you develop your understanding of the law, compliance, governance and administration.

In addition to the courses and qualifications offered here, ICSA is a community of 15,000 professionals and over 100 local branches around the world.

ICSA Qualifications 

Our core qualification is the internationally recognised ICSA Qualifying Programme which leads to chartered status and full membership of ICSA. It can be studied through classroom-based tuition, online learning or independently with the use of study texts. 

Shorter qualifications include International Finance Administration (IFA) and webinar-based Certificates in Corporate GovernanceNHS GovernanceCharity Law and Governance, Academy Governance and Sports Governance

See all qualifications available at ICSA.

One Day Training (Includes 6 months Affiliateship)

Our one-day courses are taught by experts in central London. They are in-depth, interactive, and tailored to a wide-range range of issues, sectors and experience levels. Delegates gain vital skills, understanding, and 6 months Affiliateship of the ICSA.


Online Training

We offer short online courses (4-6 hours) across a range of challenges faced by company secretaries and governance professionals. These are flexible, convenient and cost-effective. Start today.

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Subject strengths

We offer training and qualifications in each of the following areas.

  • Board Effectiveness 
  • Company Law
  • Company Secretarial Practice 
  • Directors’ Duties 
  • Governance
  • Leadership and Personal Impact
  • Charity Governance
  • NHS Trusts

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Our one-day training courses take place in Central London at ICSA, Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby Street, EC1N 8TS. Online training courses can be pursued at your convenience.

Our short qualifications are delivered online, through a webinar-based programme of study.

Longer qualifications – including the ICSA Qualifying Programme and IFA – are offered through a variety of providers. See a full list of ICSA partners and tuition options.

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How to enrol

Visit our dedicated training and qualification pages for details, or call our training team on +44 (0) 20 7612 7034. (9:00am - 5:30pm, Monday to Friday). 

Open days

Student Open Evenings 

Join us to explore the career in governance and company secretarial can offer and the importance of governance within an organisation. Bringing the role of the company secretary to life, we look to explore what a career in governance looks like and how we can help get you there.

Company secretaries from a range of industries join us to shed some light on what drew them into the profession and their particular qualification route. Find out about the breadth of the role, what a day in the life looks like and why company secretaries love what they do.

A specialist recruitment company also presents the potential career paths of qualifying as a company secretary, exciting changes in the industry and the earning potential of the role.

Book now for the next Student Open Evening, taking place on 24 January 2018
Please book early as it is a free event with limited places available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Student story

Video Caption: Hear from one of our CSQS students about her experience of learning with ICSA.


‘CSQS is a must for anyone who aspires to have a successful career in the corporate world.’
Vanessen Palanee - ACIS, Minerva Fiduciary Services (Mauritius) Limited

‘A Company Secretary is at the top of the organisation, there is only one and it's one of a kind in an organisation.’
Charlotte Maybury, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd 

‘MSc Corporate Governance sets the foundation for becoming a company secretary.’
Craig Willox - ACIS, Direct Line Group

‘ICSA is so widely known it will enable me to further my career in the finance industry.’
Sally Baudains - CertICSA, Capita Asset Services

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Contact details

Where to find us: 

ICSA: The Governance Institute
Saffron House
6–10 Kirby Street
United Kingdom

Nearest stations:  Farringdon Station or Chancery Lane Station

Phone: +44 (0)20 7580 4741

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