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The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) is a leading recognized professional body in Nigeria dedicated to enhancing the status and practice of Corporate Governance and Public Administration. The International body was founded in Britain in 1891 and received Royal Charter in 1902. The Institute in Nigeria was established many years ago as an associate of the international body. It was incorporated under the Companies Act 1968. It was granted a Charter by Act No. 19 of 1991 (formerly Decree No. 19 of 1991). The ICSAN educational and professional structure is dedicated to the task of broadening the professional horizons of tomorrow’s managers by providing programmes on a wide range of subjects that lead to a qualification which is nationally and internationally recognised.

ICSAN is the only professional body authorized in Nigeria to conduct the examinations leading to the qualification of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

The Institute is a member of the Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA), a Geneva-registered global organization, dedicated to developing and growing the study and practice of Secretaryship to improve professional standards, the quality of governance practice and to improve organizational performance. The Association is the global voice of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals.

To be the foremost professional Institution in the country in the area of corporate and public governance administration.

Promotion and advancement of the efficient administration of commerce, industry, public/private and non-governmental establishments by the continued development of the study and practice of Corporate Secretaryship and Administration.

• To develop and promote the professional ideals, standards, ethics and code of conduct and the interests of the Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
• Encourage potential Chartered Secretaries and Administrators to acquire professional qualification, and organise continuing education programme and refresher courses for the profession.
• Create opportunities for social interaction, communication, and solidarity among the members.
• Maintain an appointment register and foster excellent professional practice.
• Establish a student’s section for the encouragement and development of student activities.


Chartered Secretaries and Administrators are high ranking Professionals who are trained to uphold the highest standards of corporate governance, effective operations, compliance and administration. Highly valued by employers for their ICSAN training, Chartered Secretaries are the primary source of advice on the conduct of business. This can span everything from legal advice on conflict of interest, through accounting advice on the development of strategy and corporate planning. Chartered Secretaries are employed as Chairs, Chief Executives and Non-Executives Directors, as well as Managers and Company Secretaries and Administrators.

The Institute is a leading authority on corporate governance. We represent the interests of business when legislation is reviewed and amended. Through our qualification scheme, we equip professionals with the skills to become Chartered Secretaries.

As work practices and employers’ requirements change, the Institute’s Post-Qualifying Education (PQE) helps Chartered Secretaries adapt by updating their knowledge and skills throughout their career. This is achieved through a range of programmes e.g. conferences, workshops, public lecture, and Mandatory Continuing Professional Education (MCPE).

Our Qualifying Scheme is unique. No other professional body provides a post graduate qualification that is as broad based as the ICSAN’s. Chartered Secretaries and Administrators are trained in business, company law, corporate governance, management, finance, administration and company secretaryship.

Chartered Secretaries are highly valued by employers and benefit from a career that is well remunerated and flexible. Once qualified, Chartered Secretaries can choose to work in the Public, Private or Not-for profit or set up their own business. Welcome to the profession with a world of possibilities.


3 days training on Effective Office Administration & Management

Administrative Managers and Officers, Office Managers and Officers,Personal Assistants and Others in related duties. Fee N70,000. Date Lagos(8th-10th April : 21st- 23rd October and 16th - 18th Dec); Abuja(15th - 17th July),

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