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  Malaysian Institute of
Chartered Secretaries and Administrations

what is ICSA?  |  What is MAICSA? 
What Qualifications does MAICSA Offer?  |
Admission Criteria?  |  MAICSA Professional Diploma  |
|   ICSA International Qualifying Scheme  |  Eligible Exemptions  |
Government Recognition  |  What are the Career Options?  |
Add Value to Qualification with ICSA 
How to Become a Chartered Secretary  |
When is the Best Time to Sign Up?  |  Where are the Examination Centres?  |

What is ICSA?  

The institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) is the leading recognised professional body for Chartered Secretaries and Administrators throughtout the world. Charteres Secretaries are qualified in company law, accounting, corporate governance, administration, company secretarial practice and management and are trained to chart a course through regulation, legislation and best practice in order to deliver effective
operations. The Institute has 44,000 members and 28,000 students in over 70 countries.
What is MAICSA?

The Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (MAICSA) was founded in 1959 as an affiliated body to ICSA. Membership of MAICSA is limited only to members and students of the institute residing in Malaysia. At present, MAICSA has around 4,700 members and 3,000 students. MAICSA is the premier professional body for corporate secretaryship and administrations in Malaysia.
What qualifications does MAICSA offer ?

MAICSA offers the ICSA International Qualifying Scheme (ICSA IQS) as well as the MAICSA Professional Diploma in Corporate Administration (PDCA), which serves as a feeder route to the ICSA IQS.
What do the qualifications consist of & what are the
  admission criteria for the programme?

MAICSA Professional Diploma in Corporate Administration
  • Business Communication
  • Business Economics
  • Managing Information Systems
  • Business Organisation and Management
  • Business Law
  • Business Accounting
  • Corporate Compliance and Practice
  • Law and Practice of Meetings


a)   Candidates with minimum 
       entry requirements :-

  • 3 SPM Credits (including a credit in English) and 2 STPM or "A" level passes
  • Holders of matriculation / Pre-University certificates
  • Holders of recognised diplomas

b)    Mature entry candidates

  • Minimum 21 years of age
  • Presently employed

ICSA international qualifying scheme

Professional Part 1

  • Strategic and Operations Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Corporate Law
  • Taxation

Candidates who have completed the MAICSA Professional Diploma in Corporate Administration

Non-related degree holders

Advance Diploma holders (recognised equivalent to degrees)

Professional Part 2

  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Administration
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Corporate Secretaryship

Candidates who have completed the Professional Part 1 Programme

Related degrees holders

Holders of chartered accountancy professional qualifications

What are the eligible exemptions for these programme?
Eligible Exemptions
MAICSA Professional Diploma in Corporate Administration ICSA international Qualifying Scheme
Professional Part 1 Professional Part 2
Chartered Accountancy holders All subjects All subjects No exemptions
Related Deegree holders: law, accounting / finance and business studies from recognised universities All subjects *CPE seminar attendance and assigments for maximum of 2 subjects
Non-related Degree holders: All other discipline from recognised univeresities All subjects *CPE seminar attendance and assigments for 4 subjects
Diploma holders Depends on subject covered in the diplomas No exemptions
*Degree holders may complete the subjects in the ICSA IQS Professional Part 1 Programme by way of attendance of 30 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) seminars and assignment. The CPE seminars are conducted by selected colleges and institutions of higer learning accredited by MAICSA.
What is the recognition granted to the ICSA qualification?

Government Recognition
  • The Institute is a prescribe body under Section 139 (A) (a) of the Companies (Amendment) (No.2) Act 1992, which means that Fellow and Associate members automatically qualify to act as Company Secretaries without having to apply for a license from the Companies Commission of Malaysia.
  • The FCIS and ACIS qualifications are recognised as equivalent to Honours Degree from local universities.

Tax Agents

Members of the Institute with more than five (5) years practical experience are eligible to apply to become tax agents under Section 153 (3) of the Income Tax Act 1967.

Compliance Officers

Holders of the ICSA quaification with three (3) years experience in the Securities industry are accorded recognition as Compliance Officers under BR 508(2)(c) of the Malaysian Exchange of Securities Dealing and Automated Quotation Bhd (MESDAQ) Business Rules.

What are the career options?

Chartered Secretaries are qualified to work as Company Secretaries, chief corporate advisers, chief corporate officers, chief governance officers, tax agent, compliance officers, managemnet consultants, corporate managers, corporate administrators and human resoursce managers.

These roles are all concerned with ensuring that an organisation complies with laws and regulations, managing organisational operations and administration. it is important to note that all position held by Chartered Secretaries are at a senior level, on a par with accounts and lawyers, and not private or confidential secretaries.

How can I add value to my qualification with ICSA?

Your Degree is an evidence of our education, but are you professionally qualified? Realising the competitive job markets nowadays, having a degree alone is not sufficient. To succeed in today's fast moving business climate, it is essential to have people who will keep an organisation on track and help it to prosper and develop.

ICSA is a professional qualification with a broad ranging appeal which equips graduates well for business issues and provides an appreciation of some of the legal, financial and regulatory requirements. Therefore, it will enhance your competencies, increase your employability in the job market and support you in moving up the corporate ladder.

How do I become a Chartered Secretary?

You study for the ICSA IQS and pass the professional examinations. Once you have accumulated 6 years relevant work experience - this can include relevant work experience gained while you are student - and achieved recognition as a "fit and proper person", you can proceed to membership of MAICSA.

There are 2 grades of membership of the institute, i.e Fellows (FCIS) and Associates (ACIS). Another grade, Graduate (Grad ICSA), comprises those who have succesfully completed the examinations but have yet to gain sufficient qualifying service for Associateship

When is the best time to sign up?

You can begin studying for the ICSA examinations at any point in the year. Examinations are held in June and December of each year and you must sign up by certain deadlines to enter for these examinations.
Where are the examination centres?

In Malaysia, the examinations are held at centres in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Penang, Ipoh, Shah Alam, Klan
g, Seremban, Melaka, Johor Bahru, Kuching, Sibu and Kota Kinabalu.

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