Transfer of Membership
The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (HKICS) is the China Division of The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA).
Members of ICSA (i.e. Fellows and Associates) can apply for transferring their membership across nine divisions provided that they are ordinarily resident in that divisional territory.
The nine ICSA divisions are set out below:
- China (including Hong Kong and Macau)
- New Zealand
- Southern Africa
- United Kingdom
Only membership of ICSA (i.e. the designation of FCIS or ACIS) is transferrable across divisions. ICSA does not permit members to hold membership under the register of more than one division. Members who wish to transfer membership to other divisions must relinquish their membership from the original division.
Membership Transfer from other ICSA divisions to China Division (i.e. HKICS)
Members of other ICSA divisions who wish to transfer their membership to HKICS must be ordinarily resident in the China divisional territory, including Hong Kong and Macau. They are advised to submit application to their existing division and request the division to provide necessary information to HKICS for handling the transfer. HKICS may also request applicants to provide additional information in supporting their applications.
Once the transfer is confirmed by both divisions and completed, the transferred members will be regarded as Internationally Qualified Members of HKICS and only have the designation of FCIS or ACIS.
Membership Transfer from China Division to other ICSA divisions
If HKICS members are leaving China divisional territory and become ordinarily resident in other divisional territory, they can apply to transfer their ICSA membership to an appropriate ICSA division. Applicants are advised to submit application and must provide necessary information to HKICS for handling the transfer.
Once the transfer is confirmed by both divisions and completed, the transferred members will cease to be Ordinary Members of HKICS.
Ordinary Member and Internationally Qualified Member of HKICS
Ordinary Members: An individual shall be a Fellow or an Associate of ICSA who is ordinarily resident in the China divisional territory. He shall satisfy the Council that he is a fit and proper person to become a Fellow or an Associate. He shall have passed the Local Examinations or Additional Requirements of HKICS except in so far as he may have been exempted on educational grounds under the rules made by the Council subject to HKICS Article 9. Ordinary Members are entitled to use the ICSA’s designations of FCIS or ACIS and the HKICS’ designations of FCS or ACS.
Designation of Ordinary Member (Fellow): FCIS FCS
Designation of Ordinary Member (Associate): ACIS ACS
Internationally Qualified Members: An individual who has been elected a Fellow or Associate of the ICSA otherwise than by passing either the Local Examinations or Additional Requirements but has thereafter become ordinarily resident in the China divisional territory shall, upon application to HKICS, be admitted as an Internationally Qualified Membership and entitled to maintain that membership for such period as he remains ordinarily resident in the China divisional territory.
An Internationally Qualified Members are entitled to use the ICSA’s designations of FCIS or ACIS. He can be elected to Ordinary Member upon passing the Membership Transfer Test or meeting the Additional Requirements as set by the Membership Committee.
Cessation of Residence
Where an Ordinary Member lapses to be ordinarily resident in the China divisional territory and transferred his membership to other ICSA divisions, his name shall be removed from the register of HKICS.
If the member returns to the China divisional territory and transfers his membership back to HKICS within five years, he shall then be entitled to resume his membership as Ordinary Member without being required to undertake Local Examinations or Additional Requirements.
However, if the member returns to the China divisional territory and transfers his membership back to HKICS for a period longer than five years, he shall then only be admitted as an Internationally Qualified Member. He can apply for re-election to Ordinary Membership by satisfying Additional Requirements stated below.
Election/ Re-election to Ordinary Membership
If an Internationally Qualified Member wish to obtain/ re-instate his Ordinary Membership by satisfying Additional Requirements, he is required to submit an application and provide necessary information for the Membership Committee’s consideration.
After consideration and if appropriate, the Membership Committee shall endorse applicant to proceed with his application by satisfying Additional Requirements as set out below:
- To gain 15 Enhance CPD points within 12 months as set by the Membership Committee; or
- To fulfil other requirements as set by the Membership Committee.
For further details, please contact the Membership Section at 2881 6177 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated on June 2018