The program consists of seven modules - four at the Level 1 and three at the Level 2. You may be exempt from certain modules through our alternative routes of entry.
The Level 1 modules are set at a final year undergraduate degree program. Each module requires approximately 200 hours of study, and is assessed by a three-hour exam. The modules are:
Corporate Governance *The aim of this module is to provide advanced knowledge and key skills necessary for the company secretary or governance professional to act as chief adviser to the board and other stakeholders on best practice in corporate governance, and as the facilitator for systematic application across a wide range of organisations.Full syllabus
Company Compliance and Administration *The aim of this module is for students to develop their knowledge and skills to prepare for practice as a company secretary, ensuring that the company operates in accordance with good governance principles and the regulations of the jurisdiction in which it operates.Full syllabus
Company Law *The aim of this module is to provide a thorough grounding in, and knowledge and understanding of, the legal framework governing certain business organisations, with particular focus on the registered company. Where appropriate, the module will also cover relevant corporate governance topics, and the relationship between company law and corporate governance.Full syllabus
Interpreting Financial and Accounting InformationThe aim of this module is to develop your knowledge of finance and accounting and the ability to use that knowledge to interpret financial and accounting information when providing advice to the board, or a similar decision-making body, in strategy development and/or decision-making.Full syllabus
* These modules will be localized for the Canadian marketplace. The remaining four modules, due to the nature of the topic and its content, will not be localized.
The Level 2 modules are set at a postgraduate degree level. Each module requires approximately 200 hours of study, and is assessed by a three-hour exam. The modules are:
Development of StrategyAs the pace and volume of change in the environment affecting organisations in all sectors increases, company secretaries/governance professionals must seek to understand what is happening and play their part in determining the organisation’s response. All organisations are faced with the challenge of strategic direction either to grasp new opportunities or to overcome significant problems. The aim of this module is to provide the elements, processes and techniques involved in thedevelopment and implementation of organisational strategy.Full syllabus
Risk ManagementThe aim of this module is for students to develop and extend their understanding of the discipline of risk management, including how risk management links to compliance management and complements effective corporate governance in organisations.Full syllabus
Boardroom DynamicsThe aim of this module is to provide the advanced knowledge, understanding and skills needed for the company secretary/governance professional to support boardroom performance by enabling both effective individual behaviours and group processes.Full syllabus
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