Governance NZ


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).

There is one level of non-chartered membership: Affiliated membership is denoted by the post-nominals CG (Affiliated).

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.

Affiliated membership

Affiliated membership is a new class of 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.

Subscriber membership

Subscriber membership is ideal for professionals involved in company secretarial work or other governance, risk management and compliance roles who want access to industry-related information, education and networking opportunities without undertaking any study. Subscriber members are members of Governance New Zealand but do not qualify for membership of the Chartered Governance Institute.