The course is divided into four parts or modules comprising:
- Company Secretarial Practice (CSP)
Aims: To provide an understanding of the application of the work of a company secretary, including the administrative procedures involved. This module covers: The Company Secretary, Directors, Company formation, Memorandum and Articles, Loan Capital Statutory Registers and Statutory returns and Stock Exchange requirements.
- Share Registration Practice (SRP)
Aims: To provide an understanding of the application of statutory provisions and Stock Exchange regulations and practice to the work of the company’s registrar, including the administrative procedures involved based upon established and best practice. Topics covered include: The Company Registrar, Register of Members and Register of Debenture Stockholders, Share Transfer Procedure and Registration, Legal Documentation, Dividends, New Issues and Takeovers and Approved Employee Share Schemes.
- Law & Practice of Meetings (LPM)
Aims: To provide an understanding and ability to apply law and practice of meetings to enable students to fulfil duties including advising the chairman on matters of procedures. Syllabus covers definition of a meeting, general principles of law and practice of meetings, types of meetings, conduct and management of meetings: requisites of valid meetings, powers and duties of the Chairman and Secretary, Law of defamation relating to meetings, Company meeting types and conduct.
- Financial Services Regulatory Knowledge (FSRK)
Aims: to develop an understanding of the work and practice of the Financial Services Industry and the regulatory controls as they apply to organisations and investors. Topics covered include regulatory structure of the Financial Services Industry, regulatory controls over how the financial markets operate, regulatory controls over financial businesses, regulatory relationships between client and customer, investor rights, control over key staff and product development.
Students are assessed by means of four one-hour closed book examinations (with ten minutes reading time for each).
Students will take two examinations in February and two examinations in June.
The examinations are set by the College with moderation by the ICSA.
The results given to students correspond with the percentage ranges shown below:
Upon successful completion of all four module students will be awarded a certificate from ICSA.
Students who just want the practical knowledge do not need to pass the exams but will be given a KCB certificate of attendance.
The cost of the CCSP course is £1200. This includes tuition of all four modules, revision before the examinations, a study book for each of the four modules and the first attempt of each examination.
Fees should be paid in full before the course begins.
Payment can be made by bank transfer, cheque or by debit/credit card in person. Please note that card payment cannot be made over the telephone.
Students can apply to start the course in either October completing in June (9 months)
or, February completing the following February (12 months with a summer break)
Students can choose to attend either:
- The evening course held on one evening per week (Wednesday 18:00 – 21:00) with weekend revision courses held in January and May prior to the exams, or
- The online course held on one afternoon per week (Tuesday 15:00 – 17:00) with online revision courses held in January and May prior to the exams.
Students must complete all four modules within 9 months/1 year unless they have valid mitigating circumstances preventing this. The maximum permitted course duration for completion with approved mitigating circumstances is 3 years.
CCSP evening timetable for February 2017
CCSP online timetable for February 2017
There are no formal academic entry requirements for admission to the course as the emphasis of the course is practical, though it is recommended that the student has previous work experience preferably in a related occupation.
If you do not have any suitable professional experience then you should carefully consider the level and breadth of the qualification and the amount of study required before registering.
All ICSA material is produced in English. All examinations are conducted in English.
If English is not your first language, we recommend a score of six or above on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent. It will help if you have previously studied other subjects or have done an essay-style assessment in English before.
HOW TO APPLY
If you would like to apply for this course please complete the below application form and return it to the college together with your payment.
GO TO APPLICATION FORM
Sponsored students should provide a letter from their sponsor. This letter should state that you are being sponsored for the duration of this course and to whom/where they would like the invoice sent to.
This course is not appropriate for international students who require sponsorship for immigration purposes.
Students who want to join the course do not need to apply to become a student member of the ICSA but should apply directly to KCB.