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The designations ACIS and FCIS are recognized in more than 70 countries, bestowed only on members of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), an international professional association with more than 45,000 members and 28,000 students. Passing the rigorous examinations of the International Qualifying Scheme (IQS), and satisfying work experience and membership requirements, will enable you to become a Chartered Secretary, a member of ICSA and to use the post-nominal ACIS (Associate) and ultimately FCIS (Fellow).
Chartered Secretaries Canada is the Canadian Division of ICSA. By obtaining the ACIS or FICS designation through Chartered Secretaries Canada, you are automatically applying for membership in ICSA on its Canadian register. You must maintain your ICSA membership to continue the use of the ACIS or FCIS post-nominal.
The designation Acc.Dir (Accredited Director) is achieved through completing the sharply focused Directors' Education and Accreditation Program (DEAP), which delivers critical content in a condensed period of time. It is designed for busy Directors of a public, private, not-for-profit or governmental organizations who want to get what they need in a timely fashion (Three full days with four manuals of pre-reading and exercises to be completed prior to attending).
Upon completion, you will be awarded the Accredited Director designation (Acc.Dir.) and receive membership in our Affiliate Group, if you are not already an ICSA Professional member.  As an Affiliate Group member, you will have a subscription to Corporate Governance Quarterly, our premier publication on good governance practice; access to special rates for seminars, workshops and other continuing professional development opportunities; and the same benefits package extended to our professional (ACIS and FCIS) members. You must maintain your membership in the Canadian Division to continue the use of the Acc.Dir post-nominal.
The P.ADM. designation confirms experience, certifies competence and recognizes your qualifications to be a corporate, public sector, or not-for-profit administrator. Chartered Secretaries Canada has the exclusive right to designate properly qualified persons as Professional Administrators. Such persons may use the post nominal “P.ADM.” You must maintain your membership in the Canadian Division to continue the use of the P.ADM post-nominal.

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