THE INSTITUTE OF CERTIFIED SECRETARIES – ICS
The Institute of Certified Secretaries of Kenya (ICS) is the professional organization for Certified Secretaries. The Institute is established under the Certified Public Secretaries Act, Cap 534 of 1988 and dedicated to the promotion, growth, development and regulation of the governance and corporate secretarial profession in Kenya.
The Institute is governed by a Council comprising of eleven (11) members, out of whom ten (10) are elected by members and one (1) appointed by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance pursuant to the CPS Act. The Council is led by the Chairman who is also elected by members. The Council operates through Committees established to handle various activities touching on the CPS profession.
Globally, Certified Public Secretaries (CPS) have varying titles depending with the type of organization they are working for and the position they occupy in such organizations. Some of the titles applicable include Certified Secretary (CS), Company Secretary, Corporate Secretary, Corporation Secretary, Board Secretary and Chartered Secretary.
In Kenya, members of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) are generally referred to as Certified Secretaries and the designatory letters “CS.” are used before their names. The designation “CS” has already been protected at the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI).
Functions of the Institute
To promote good governance;
To promote standards of professional competence and practice amongst members of the Institute;
To promote research into subjects of governance, management administration , secretarial practice and related matters, publication of books, periodicals, journals and articles in connection therewith;
To promote international recognition of the Institute;
To advise the Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB) on the matters relating to examination standards and policies;
To carry out any other functions prescribed for it under any of the provisions of the Act or under any other written law;
To do anything incidental or conducive to the performance of the functions specified under this statute.
Key Stakeholders of the Institute
Members of the Institute