A Detailed Guide to Company Secretary Programme

Bygone are the days when teaching, engineering, banking, and medicine were the only career choices for students. To help you achieve your dream career, there are many certifications available now to pursue. However, choosing the right one according to your aptitude and ability is always tricky.

Company Secretary(CS) career is one such demanding profession that the world is seeking to pursue. Company secretaries are responsible to ensure that the company policies and practices are financially and legally acceptable and the organization complies with all the legal codes. As a CS, one must be efficient to coordinate flawlessly between different departments of the business corporate.

So if the CS career is tempting you to pursue the course, please take a look at the programme to get a clear idea about the course and its details.

A “Company Secretary” as defined as per the Company Secretaries Act, is a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). Obviously, to gain the membership in ICSI, you should complete the 3-level CS course provided by the institute. A certified Company Secretary is an expert in corporate governance and plays an important role in the legal management and performs secretarial audits for the company. Usually, a certified member can perform various roles such as compliance officer, executive secretary, chief Advisor, Board Advisor and many others in an organization.

CS Exam

The three levels of CS exam include 8 months Foundation, Executive and Professional Programme. Though candidates with 10+2 should start with the Foundation Programme, graduates can directly opt for the Executive Programme; however, to pursue Professional Programme it is mandatory to complete Executive Programme successfully. The exams of each level will be conducted twice a year, mostly in the month of June and December. The minimum duration for the course is 8 months; however, it is required to complete the programme within the 3 years of registration.

CS Course in Detail

In the Fundamental level, the students are expected to familiarize with the 4 papers of fundamentals of business and accounting practices. While the Executive programme includes 7 papers in two modules that are focused on company auditing and accounting practices, company laws, and tax laws, the Professional Programme has 4 modules with nine papers. In this level, the focus is mainly on corporate governance, strategic management, and other advanced topics. The exams conducted at each level will be of 4-hour duration.   

The candidate pursuing CS course should undergo different training programmes that are focused on developing the students’ skills, personality, and professionalism, by acquainting them with the corporate environment. The students will also master the role they need to perform in a dynamic business environment and to withstand in the corporate culture. The training is provided by industry experts and experienced faculty to help the students gain practical knowledge in company secretary roles.

The three training programmes of the CS Course are detailed below:

Student Induction Programme (SIP) – The duration of the course is 7 days and students are expected to complete this programme within six months of the registration.

Executive Development Programme: The students have to undergo this 8-days programme following the successful completion of the Executive Programme.

Professional Development Programme (PDP): The students have to undergo the 25 hours PDP course following the successful completion of the Executive Programme.

15 Months Management Training: During this 15 Months Management Training, the students have to undergo the training under a certified CS in practice or with a company registered for providing training.  

Besides, the student has to undertake a 15-days training in a specialized agency such as stock exchange, management consultancy or banking institution after passing the professional programme.

Management Skills Orientation Programme (MSOP): This 15-days programme is to be completed after passing the Professional Programme and 15 months of management training.

So you want to become a company secretary? Well, if you are very much passionate about pursuing a Company Secretary Course in India, find the best CS training centre to follow your dream career. If you are looking for an institute to get the best CS coaching classes in Kerala, Logic School of Management will be the ideal choice.