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Accounting Business Foundation (Asasi) in IPTA
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The Institute of the Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) is a UK-based qualifying body offering professional qualification in business, company law, corporate governance, management, finance/accounting, administration and company secretarial practice. The course trains one to become a Chartered Secretary (designated FCIS for fellows and ACIS for associates), a highly sought after qualification by employers worldwide.

A Chartered Secretary will hold the position of a senior board member in a private company. Responsibilities would include ensuring that the organisation is performing within legal means, maintaining contact with shareholders and trustees, as well as interpreting financial statements and records.

Upon completing six years of working experience (or three years with acceptable full-time further education), one can then become an Associate member and use the letters ACIS in their designation.


Those interested can become a company secretary without having to apply for a licence from the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) as the Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (MAICSA) is a prescribed body under the government. Also, if there has been more than five years practical tax experience in the government or private sector, there is an opportunity to become a tax agent.

To continuously improve skills and knowledge, there is the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Continuing Professional Education (CPE) training programmes available and held in many places including Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Baru, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.


Those with ICSA can find work as a consultant, administrating officer or company secretary to small/medium businesses in various spheres of commerce and industry. They will undertake functions such as planning, organising, and submitting year-end financial returns. Also, you can find employment opportunities overseas as many companies throughout the world recognise the ICSA qualification.

Entry requirements

After SPM, one should commence study at Certificate Level, gaining an introduction into business, law and accounting, before moving on to the Diploma Level. Upon completing the Diploma, after which there will be a course for the ICSA International Qualifying Scheme. It is possible to bypass the Certificate and Diploma levels if one has a university degree or other recognised qualifications.

There must be disciplined and an eye for detail on what is legally and professionally right and wrong. One needs to have communication skills as well as writing skills to be able to communicate with different levels of people and should also be able to adapt to change in the business environment.

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  • As a Company Secretary, one can earn from RM1,800 to RM5,000 per month.
  • The course can be completed within one and a half years after they may use the designatory letters Grad ICSA.

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