Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme
With effect from 1 January 2020, HKICS will launch a new qualifying programme, Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme (CGQP), which replaces the current International Qualifying Scheme (IQS). The first examination diet under CGQP will be the June 2020 examination.
CGQP is an internationally recognised programme with the curriculum developed by The Chartered Governance Institute (formerly known as The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA)) and adapted by the Institute to meet local needs and applications.
CGQP is designed to meet the governance needs of today’s organisations. It equips company secretaries and governance professionals with the knowledge and skill set to support the board and senior management in corporate governance and regulatory compliance.
Students who have successfully completed the CGQP will be admitted as a graduate of The Chartered Governance Institute and HKICS. Our graduates who have gained the required work experience may apply to be elected as an Associate or Fellow. They may then be awarded the dual designation of Chartered Secretary (CS) and Chartered Governance Professional (CGP). Both the CS and CGP qualifications are internationally recognised and transportable.
CGQP Programme Structure
CGQP consists of two parts covering seven modules, of which six are compulsory and the seventh is chosen from two electives. The structure allows students to learn and undertake the examinations in a progressive manner.
Part One of the CGQP comprises four modules which aim at building students’ technical knowledge in governance, law, finance and compliance. Part Two covers four modules, of which two are electives, and it seeks to enhance students’ comprehensive understanding of risk, strategy, and boardroom dynamics or taxation.
Corporate Secretaryship and Compliance
Hong Kong Company Law
Interpreting Financial and Accounting Information
Boardroom Dynamics or Hong Kong Taxation (electives)
You can download the full syllabus HERE.
IQS to CGQP Transition arrangements
Students who have not completed their IQS examinations by 31 December 2019 (including those taking the December 2019 examination diet) will be transited to the CGQP in January 2020.
The Institute will update all students taking the IQS examinations route on the relevant modules which they are required to complete under the CGQP starting from late December 2019.
The transition arrangements from the IQS to the CGQP are set out below:
Admission and Exemption
Recognised degree and/or professional qualification holders are eligible to apply for registration as students. Exemption for relevant qualifications may be granted according to the new exemption policies.
The Guide to studentship admission and the CGQP exemption policies can be downloaded HERE.
The CGQP examinations will be held in the first week of June and the last week of November each year (unless otherwise advised). The first examination diet will be held in June 2020.
Online study materials under the CGQP will be available to students free of charge by the end of 2019 or early 2020.
To help students better understand the new examination format, pilot examination papers under the CGQP (except for the Hong Kong Taxation module) will be published on the Institute’s website. For Hong Kong Taxation, the current examination format under the IQS will be maintained. Students may refer to the past examination papers of this module on the Institute’s website.
The Institute will update students when the study materials and pilot examination papers for the CGQP are available.
To find out more about the CGQP and IQS transition arrangements, please refer to the FAQs. For queries, please contact the Education and Examinations Section at 2881 6177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.