Becoming a Member
The Registration of Certified Public Secretaries Board (RCPSB) has a regulatory role over the profession. Persons who wish to register as members are required to apply for CPS(K) status through the RCPSB which deals with licensing of qualified CPS graduates. Those who desire to practice are required to obtain a special license issued by RCPSB. The RCPSB is located on Treasury Building, Nairobi on the 7th floor and the contacts contacts can be found at the end of this page.
Persons who wish to register as members are required to apply through the Registration of Certified Public Secretaries Board (RCPSB) which deals with licensing of qualified CPS graduates. Those who desire to practice are required to obtain a practising certificate issued by RCPSB, after meeting the prerequisite requirements.
Certified Secretaries are trained to offer professional services in the areas of: Governance, compliance, advisory, management, administration, consultancy, corporate recovery, insolvency, among others. Membership benefits and opportunities include:
1) Use of the internationally recognized Certified Secretary “CS” designation.
2) Company Secretaries in line with the requirements of the Companies Act No 17 of 2015
3) Secretaries to the County Public Service Board in line with the provision of the County Governments Act, 2012.
4) Secretaries to the Boards of the Cities and Urban areas in line with the provision of the County Governments Act, 2012.
5) Corporation Secretaries in line with provisions of the Code of Governance for State Corporations (Mwongozo).
6) Governance Auditors of State Corporations in line with provisions of Mwongozo.
7) Governance Auditors of issuers of Securities to the Public in line with provisions of the Code of Governance for issuers of Securities to the Public.
8) Shares Registrars.
9) Compliance Advisors.
10) Governance Advisors and Trainers.
11) Board Evaluators.
12) Access to cutting edge knowledge in their field of specialization through our Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programmes.
13) Discounts on professional trainings offered by ICPSK
14) Serving in Public and Private Institutions Boards.
15) Serving in Committees of the Council.
16) Facilitating Trainings and Consultancies on behalf of the Institute.
17) Access to ICPSK Publications such as the Governance Journal and regular electronic updates on current and conventional issues.
18) Access to the ICPSK Medical Scheme.
19) Invest and purchase office space in the CPS Governance Centre Office Complex
20) Inclusion in our databank for job opportunities.
21) Access to technical support on professional matters.
22) Opportunities for participation in international programmes organized by Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA) and interaction with the global business community.
23) Access to ICPSK library resources.
24) Membership of the ICPSK Sacco Society Limited
25) Membership of the ICPSK Benevolent Fund.
26) Opportunity for linkages with other members and professionals to enhance networking and contribute to national development.
Categories of members
Members of ICPSK are categorized into two board categories of membership. These categories are:-
- Non – practicing
A member can opt to take the status of a life member. Conditions are that he/ she should have been a member in good standing for 10 years and more. This status is open to practicing and non – practicing members.
10 years membership - Kshs. 100,000
20 years and above - Kshs. 65,000
Mainly are employed by corporate bodies and other institutions. They are not allowed to file company returns as practicing members; however, they can do so only for their employers in their capacities as Company Secretaries.
Membership fee is currently Kshs. 12,500 per annum
For one to become a practicing member, he/she must be licensed to do so. Members are authorized to practice by the RCPSB upon application and payment of appropriate fees.
Membership fees is Kshs. 15,000 per annum.
The qualifications for membership of the Institute are prescribed under section 20 of the Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya Act, Cap 534 and as amended through the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act, 2002. A person is qualified to be registered as a Certified Public Secretary if the person:-
1. Has been awarded by the Examinations Board (KASNEB) a certificate designated the final certificate of Certified Public Secretaries Examinations;
2. Holds a qualification approved by the Registration of Certified Public Secretaries Board (RCPSB);
3. Was on June 30, 2002 both a citizen of Kenya and a member of the professional body known as The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
4. Was on June 30, 2002 both ordinarily resident in Kenya and a member of the professional body known as The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
5. Was on November 1, 1989 registered as an Accountant under section 24(1) of the Accountant Act; or
6. Was on 30 June 2002 an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
RCPSB License Charges
Application fee for this is Kshs. 10,000 for Kenyans and Ksh. 18,000 for Non-Kenyans.
Practising licence is Kshs. 10,000 for Kenyans and Kshs.20,000/= for Non-Kenyans.
Chief Executive & Secretary
Registration of Certified Public Secretaries Board
P. O. Box 58218-00200
Seventh Floor, Treasury Building
Ext. 33087/33276 Nairobi. Kenya