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Applying for your Associate or Fellow Designation (ACIS, FCIS - post GradICSA)

You have completed the Qualifying Scheme leading to the Chartered Secretary Designation. Armed with your GradICSA or your ACIS and the appropriate years and levels of experience (as listed below), you are now ready to apply for your next internationally recognized level. The process for applying for the Chartered Secretary designations Associate (ACIS) and Fellow (FCIS) is as follows:
  1. Complete the application form (ACIS Application or FCIS Application)
  2. Prepare supporting documentation:
    • Cover letter
    • Detailed resume
    • Organizational Chart (identifying your current position within the company structure)
    • Detailed company profile (including number of employees and annual earnings)
    • Payment of the application fee (CAD$113.00)
  3. Submit your application package and application fee to ICSA Canada
  4. Await the response of the Committee
The Committee meets 4 times per year, all members of the association at a GRAD or ACIS level will be notified prior to pending meetings.

Criteria:
To be elected an Associate (ACIS):
  • You must have passed the Institute’s examinations from which you are not exempt.
  • You must satisfy the Committee that, considering your own character and your position, you are fit and proper to be elected.
  • Your main occupation for at least 6 years, or for periods totaling at least 6 years, must have been in one or more positions that are relevant to the profession of being a Chartered Secretary, or alternatively you must have completed any other professional development that the Committee decides on.
  • You must give the Committee any information it requires about your duties and any organization you have served.
The Committee for Canada can reduce the 6 year qualifying period by up to 3 years where a person has:
  • a degree from a university which the Committee for Canada considers of suitable academic standing
  • a diploma or other certificate which is nationally recognized as being equivalent to a degree from such a university
  • a professional qualification which the Committee for Canada recognizes as justifying the reduction
  • completed any other professional development that the Committee for Canada decides justifies a reduction.

To be elected a Fellow (FCIS):

  • You must have passed the Institute’s examinations from which you are not exempt and been elected as an Associate of the Institute.
  • You must satisfy the Committee that, considering your own character and your position, you are fit and proper to be elected.
  • Your main occupation for at least 8 years in total, and for 3 years in the last 10 years, must have been as:
    • a Secretary, or Assistant Secretary;
    • a senior executive or in an administrative position that, in the Committee’s opinion, has at least the same status as a secretary or assistant;
    • a senior academic in a university, or other higher or further education body;
    • a member in public practice; or alternatively,
    • you must have completed any other professional development that the Committee decides on.
  • Any experience must have been with one or more organizations that, in the Committee’s opinion, justifies electing the person as a Fellow
  • You must give the Committee any information it requires about your duties and any organization you have served.

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