ICSA Courses

Governance Gurus are an ICSA Registered Tuition Provider who provide ICSA Courses covering the ICSA qualifying programme and the advanced Corporate Governance certificate. Governance Gurus and Hawkamah – Institute of Corporate Governance have also partnered and our team of lecturers now provide the ICSA Foundation Programme across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) through Hawkamah. We offer face to face ICSA courses for students and focus on providing quality corporate training to cover the ICSA’s syllabus across all subjects. Our lecturers are ICSA qualified or have an accounting, governance or law qualifications.

If you are planning to start a career as a Chartered Company Secretary or as a Chartered Governance Professional, then the ICSA: The Governance Institute offers the best international recognised qualification scheme. There are various routes to become Chartered as a Company Secretary or Governance Professional starting from the ICSA Foundation or level one and two qualification schemes. If you are a qualified lawyer or accountant there is also a fast track route to become qualified with the ICSA. If you are interested in studying any of the ICSA courses, please get in touch and we will advise on what is the best route for you based on your qualification and company secretarial experience. Click here to register your interest in one of the ICSA Courses.

ICSA Courses open-entry routes to start your journey to become a Chartered Governance Professional or Chartered Company Secretary

The ICSA Foundation Programme and Advanced Corporate Governance certificate are both open-entry qualifications which means that anyone can undertake studies in these two areas regardless of whether they have a relevant degree or five years of corporate governance or company secretarial experience. The Advanced Corporate Governance certificate is specifically designed for corporate governance and company secretarial professionals who are tasked with setting good governance practices and frameworks whilst effectively maintaining stakeholder dialogue throughout their organisation.

Hawkamah – ICSA Courses

Hawkamah and ICSA signed a Memorandum of Understanding that granted Hawkamah the exclusive rights to provide the ICSA Foundation Programme across the Middle East and North Africa. We are pleased to have entered into a partnership with Hawkamah to provide the study materials, revision packs and lecturers to cover the four modules of the Foundation Programme. The recommended study time for the Foundation is 200 hours and Hawkamah provide 50 hours of face to face tuition and revision lectures to prepare students to successful pass the 3 hour exam.

ICSA Courses and Exams

For all ICSA Courses, students must first become an ICSA member and then enrol for the relevant exam(s) they have chosen. Exams are in June and November each year and students will need to register to take the exam before the respective cut-off date 1 April for the June exams and 1 October for the November exams. Please check the ICSA website to ensure that these enrolment deadline dates have not changed.

Exemptions from some of the ICSA Courses

Exemptions can be applied for in Applied Business Law and Corporate Law if you hold a law degree and are studying the ICSA qualifying programme. For those holding a finance degree you can apply for exemption from Financial Reporting and Analysis and Applied Business Law.

Fast track ICSA Courses route to become a Chartered Company Secretary or Governance Professional

If you are a qualified law or finance practitioner with over five years of relevant experience you can become a Chartered Company Secretary or Governance Professional in just one year. The ICSA will require potential fast track professionals to complete an application and provide the necessary support documents to allow them access to the fast track option. Currently fast track students are required to complete the following modules: Corporate Secretarial Practice and the Chartered Secretaries Case Study.

Workshops and corporate training

We offer a wide range of other professional corporate training workshops and masterclasses which are accredited for continued professional development hours. Our masterclasses and training programmes are specifically designed to cater for the needs of delegates and our training sessions are highly interactive and encourage strategic thinking and collaboration. For more details click out our main workshops page