The course has a number of benefits for those who want:

♦          A Qualification in its own right awarded by a professional body (ICSA)

Successful completion of the course results in the award of a Certificate by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) and the right to use the designatory letters ‘Cert. ICSA [Secretarial Practice]’ after your name. ICSA is the international qualifying and membership body for the Chartered Secretary profession and the world’s leading authority on governance and compliance. One of the first Professional Institutes to be awarded the Royal Charter (Government Recognition) in 1902, ICSA provides a range of broad-based business qualifications in the UK and internationally.

♦           A Qualification approved by the Financial Services Authority (FSA)

Students with CCSP are approved to work in occupations involving specific activities regulated by the FSA. Jobs in the Financial Services Industry are highly sought after and among the most highly paid in the UK. With an FSA approved qualification, jobs in the Financial Services Industry may be easier to obtain and develop.

♦          Career Advancement as a Company Secretary or Share Registrar

The CCSP qualification was established in 1986 in response to demand in the Industry. After 30 years it is an established qualification that many employers build into their scales of job responsibility and pay.

Many successful KCB students have been promoted and/or received an increase in pay after completion of CCSP while others have been able to start their careers in the industry.

♦           Practical Knowledge of Corporate Secretaryship with Share Registration Practice for:

  • Those who want to embark on or take their career to the next step in this rewarding career as a Company Secretary or a Share Registrar.
  • Those who want to act as Company Secretaries without formal training.
  • Those who are in Business and need to understand the fundamentals of corporate law / secretaryship.
  • Solicitors, accountants and bankers who need to keep up-to-date in this field.
Course Content

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.

 Course Assessment

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:

Overall Mark Result
75-100% Distinction
65-74% Merit
50-64% Pass

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.

Course Fees

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. 


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.


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.