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The Chartered Governance Institute, formerly known as ICSA: The Governance Institute (ICSA), is the qualifying and membership body for governance professionals in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Crown Dependencies and associated territories, which include the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Mauritius and Sri Lanka. A division of the global institute which operates under the same name (previously known as The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (Global)), The Chartered Governance Institute provides professional development, guidance and thought leadership, and works with regulators and policy makers to champion high standards of governance across all sectors.
The Chartered Governance Institute independently advocates for reform in governance and provides thought-leadership and guidance to the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
The Institute qualifies chartered secretaries and chartered governance professionals and also offers public and in-house training for governance professionals across different sectors, as well as bespoke training for boards. The Institute publishes Governance and Compliance magazine and also publishes resources to keep practitioners up to date with the latest in law, regulation and procedure, including industry-leading guidance, research and specialist publications. Likewise, it runs conferences for those working in corporate governance, charity governance, sports governance and academy governance.
It also offers board performance and governance reviews and holds annual awards to celebrate excellence in governance.
The Institute has 32 branches and special interest groups, including the Chartered Secretaries Professional Practice Group, and affiliations with groups like the Association of Women Chartered Secretaries and the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
The Chartered Governance Institute is a member of the CBI, ECoDA, the Professional Associations Research Network (PARN) and a founder member of The Next Generation NED Network.
The Chartered Governance Institute provides internationally recognised qualifications in governance and awards post-nominals so that its members and graduates can benefit from being recognised across the world as highly qualified governance professionals. The post-nominals awarded for chartered membership are Fellow (FCG/FCIS) and Associate (ACG/ACIS). For professional and part-qualified membership, the post-nominal is CG (Affiliated). Graduate members are able to use the post-nominal GradCG/GradICSA. See List of post-nominal letters (United Kingdom).
The Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme]is the institute's flagship qualification and the most common route to graduate status and chartered membership of the institute. It provides an in-depth understanding of company law, finance, company compliance and administration, governance, risk management, strategy and boardroom dynamics.
The Institute also offers a Foundation Programme, which provides a broad introduction to business, governance, administration, compliance and company law, and validated postgraduate courses. The Institute also offers short course qualifications in international finance and administration, corporate governance, charity governance, education governance, sports governance and health service governance. Holders of these qualifications are eligible for Affiliated membership. Memoranda of Understanding are in place with The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) and The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN).
Charities Act 2011
The Chartered Governance Institute is one of eleven professional bodies whose members are allowed by the Charities Act 2011 to conduct independent examination of charities whose gross income exceeds £250,000 but is not otherwise subject to statutory audit.
- Institute of Business Administration and Management
- Chartered Secretaries New Zealand
- Governance Institute of Australia
- "Who can act as an independent examiner?". Charity Commission for England and Wales. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
- The Chartered Governance Institute Official Site
- The Chartered Governance Institute Canada division
- The Chartered Governance Institute Hong Kong/China division
- The Chartered Governance Institute Malaysia division
- Chartered Governance Institute New Zealand division
- The Chartered Governance Institute Singapore division
- The Chartered Governance Institute Southern Africa division
- The Chartered Governance Institute Zimbabwe division