Company Secretary


What does a person in this occupation do?

Company Secretaries plan, administer and review corporate compliance activities and effective practice concerning company board meetings and shareholdings, ensuring all business matters and transactions are managed and implemented as directed by the board. They may report to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO).


Study path:

The CIS professional qualification is a course in a chosen specialised field, whether it be a Company Secretary, Accountant, Accounting Officer, Administrator or Manager. Chartered Secretaries embark on a life-long career relationship with CSSA. The career path includes the option of becoming a Member of the Chartered Institute of Business Management (CIBM). The final course of study is the CIS International Qualifying Board Examination leading to Grad CSSA status (Graduates of the Institute).

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Professional bodies:

Professional body registration or membership is not a prerequisite to practice as a company secretary.

Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa is the formal professional Institute for the enabling of corporate governance and company secretaryship as well as the expert commentator and thought leader in Southern Africa on governance matters. It is a recognised qualification for the accounting officer post required in terms of Close Corporation legislation. CSSA is the professional qualifying body for Chartered Secretaries offering an international qualification recognised in more than 70 countries. The career-long programme of study comprises attainment of professional qualifications and requires continuing professional development (CPD), which ensures that members remain on the cutting edge of developments. CSSA represents Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland.

Institute for Chartered Secretaries of Southern Africa (CSSA).