Company Secretary (CS)

Company Secretary (CS)
Company Secretary (CS)

Becoming a Company Secretary (CS) involves several stages of education, training, and examination. The path to becoming a CS typically includes the following stages:

Foundation Program:

The first step is to enroll in the CS Foundation Program, which is the entry-level course.

Eligibility: 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized board.

Executive Program:

After passing the Foundation Program, you can enroll in the CS Executive Program.

Eligibility: Graduates of any discipline (except fine arts) or those who have passed the Foundation Program.

Practical Training:

After passing the Executive Program, you need to undergo a practical training program.

The practical training is for 15 months and can be done in a company or under the guidance of a practicing company secretary.

Professional Program:

After completing the practical training, you can enroll in the CS Professional Program.

The Professional Program consists of three modules: Advanced Company Law and Practice, Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management and Due Diligence, and Corporate Restructuring, Valuation, and Insolvency.

Final Examination Company Secretary (CS) :

You must pass the final examination after completing the Professional Program.

The final exam consists of various subjects related to company law, corporate governance, and more.

Certificate of Practice:

After passing the final exam and completing the program, you can apply for a Certificate of Practice (CoP) if you wish to practice as a company secretary.

Membership of the Institute:

Upon successful completion of all the required examinations and training, you can become a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).

Continuous Professional Development:

As a practicing company secretary, you will need to engage in continuous professional development to stay updated with changes in laws and regulations.

Compliance and Ethics:

It’s essential to uphold high standards of ethics and compliance as a company secretary. This includes ensuring that companies you work with adhere to legal and regulatory requirements.

The entire process of becoming a Company Secretary is regulated by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) and can take time to complete, depending on your progress and the program you choose. It’s important to consult the ICSI’s official website and guidelines for the most up-to-date information and requirements.

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