Governance NZ


Membership of Governance New Zealand is open to people from all backgrounds and experiences because governance itself is wide in scope.

Which membership category is right for you?

Become a GNZ Member

Participants on the Professional Education Programme studying towards gaining the Chartered Secretary, Chartered Governance Professional or Affiliated member qualifications, are members of Governance New Zealand.

Become an Affiliate Member

Affiliated membership is a non-chartered membership which provides professional recognition of the achievement, value and capability of those who have qualified via our non-chartered route. 

It is open to those who hold a recognised professional or pre-professional qualification and have at least 2-years of relevant work experience requiring minimal or no further study. 

Affiliated members can opt to pursue full chartered membership at any stage by enrolling on the Professional Education Programme.

Discover the benefits of becoming an Affiliate member

Become a Women on Boards Member

Female professionals who are seeking access to tools and empowerment through education, mentoring and networking opportunities in order to assist them in their directorship and governance careers. 

Women on Boards members automatically become members of Governance New Zealand.  

Why join Women on Boards?

Chartered Membership

Unique international qualifications recognised in over 70 countries

Chartered membership demonstrates a capability in governance and compliance that draws together  many disciplines, such as strategy, finance, law, regulation and risk, and a practical understanding of the dynamics of board and organisation. 

It shows that you have qualified to work in governance and that you have the relevant work experience to put your understanding into practice.

There are two levels of chartered membership: Associate, denoted by the post-nominals ACG (formerly ACIS) and Fellow, which uses the post-nominals FCG (formerly FCIS).

Become an Associate member

Graduates of the Professional Education Programme who have gained the Chartered Secretary or Chartered Governance Professional qualifications are called Associate members. 

Associate members are members of both Governance New Zealand and the Chartered Governance Institute (formerly ICSA Global).

As an Associate member, you have an opportunity to be a GNZ board member. Discover more benefits of an associate membership. 

Become a Fellow

Senior chartered members who have acquired a greater level of experience and responsibility within the profession. Fellows are members of both Governance New Zealand and the Chartered Governance Institute.

Find out how you can advance to become a Fellow.

In applying for membership of Governance New Zealand Inc. you are automatically applying for membership of the global body The Chartered Governance Institute (formerly ICSA Global) on its New Zealand register.

Governance New Zealand Inc. Associate and Fellow members are entitled to use the designations of Chartered Secretary and/or Chartered Governance Professional.

Membership fees

Types of membership


GNZ member$250
WOB member$250
Affiliate member$385
Associate member (Chartered membership)$480
Fellow (Chartered membership)$590