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. There are numerous benefits that accrue to persons who become members of ICPSK which include but are not limited to:-
- Eligibility to become a Company Secretary in line with the requirements of Section 178 1A of the Companies Act which reads as follows, “Every Company shall have a Secretary qualified as per section 20 of the CPS Act.”
- Eligibility to become the Secretary to the County Public Service Board in line with the provision of the County Governments Act, 2012.
- Eligibility to become the Secretary to the Boards of the Cities and Urban areas in line with the provision of the County Governments Act, 2012.
- Membership offers an opportunity for linkages with other professionals in Kenya.
- Free copies of the Institute’s journal, The Professional Management, published and circulated 4 times a year and regular electronic updates on current and conventional issues.
- Access to the Institute electronic Newsletter published monthly.
- Access to the ICPSK Medical Scheme.
- Opportunity to invest in the CPS Governance Centre.
- Inclusion in our databank for job opportunities in both public and private sectors.
- Access to technical support on professional matters from the Institute.
- Access to cutting edge knowledge in their field of specialization through our Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programmes.
- Opportunities for linkages with members of professional bodies worldwide affiliated to the Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA) for networking, benchmarking and business purposes.
- Access to the ICPSK library resources in both electronic and conventional form.
- Members become eligible to join the profession’s savings and investment arm, the ICPSK Saving & Credit Society Limited and ICPSK Benevolent Fund.
- Access to forums for interaction with the other members to enhance networking.
- Access to platforms to contribute to national development programmes including Vision 2030.
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