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ICSI (Continuous Professional Education) Guidelines, 2019(As approved by the Council in its 263rd (Special) Meeting held on 23rd September,2019 at New Delhi and amended by the Council in its 266 th Meeting held on9th January, 2020 and 275th Meeting held on 26-27th March, 2021)In exercise of the powers conferred by Clause (1) of Part II of the SecondSchedule to the Company Secretaries Act, 1980 (56 of 1980), as amended bythe Company Secretaries (Amendment) Act, 2006, the Council of theInstitute of Company Secretaries of India hereby issues the followingguidelines:1. SHORT TITLE AND COMMENCEMENTThese Guidelines shall be called the ICSI (Continuous ProfessionalEducation) Guidelines, 2019 or ‘ICSI (CPE) Guidelines, 2019’ in short. TheseGuidelines shall come into force, w.e.f. 1st April, 2020.2. OBJECTIVE AND INTRODUCTIONThe Company Secretaries Act, 1980 was enacted to make provisions for theregulation and development of the profession of Company Secretaries. TheInstitute of Company Secretaries of India set up under the said Act has beenconducting examinations and prescribing standards for adherence by itsmembers.A profession cannot maintain its cutting edge competencies unless its membersregularly update their knowledge. Attendance and participation in ProfessionalDevelopment Programs, Certificate Programs, and other similar training andprofessional development programs organized by the ICSI and its offices andother recognized bodies enable members to–(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)Constantly upgrade professional competence and skills.Sensitize them to new and emerging opportunities for professionalservices.Assure users of professional services that they possess adequate skillscommensurate with their professional responsibilities.Improve their level of confidence to meet ever-changing demands on theprofession.The objective of these guidelines is to facilitate the members in keepingthem abreast of latest developments, widening their knowledge base andimproving their skills to maintain the cutting edge by providing training andexpertise in critical areas of professional interest and to assist membersachieve constant upgrading of competence by acquiring adequate skillscommensurate with their professional responsibilities.1

3. APPLICABILITY OF THE GUIDELINES3.1These guidelines shall be mandatory for all the members irrespective ofwhether they are in practice or otherwise, except those specified in para5.1.3.2The Member shall be required to mark his / her attendance in theattendance register or through biometric or any other electronic modeboth at the time of start of the learning event and at the end thereof.3.3For the removal of doubts, it is clarified that all issues relating to theimplementation and interpretation of terms used in these guidelines shallbe the responsibility of the Professional Development Committeeconstituted by the Council. The Committee may discharge its duties inthis regard (including issue of clarifications and advisories from time totime) for implementation within the limits of its authority as specified orprescribed by the Council.4. KEY DEFINITIONS4.1 Approved Learning Program shall mean any programme of academic nature(viz., Professional Development Program, Continuing Professional EducationProgram, Certificate Courses / Program, Refresher Course of the ICSI, CrashCourses, Self-Assessment examinations, any other program, Seminar orstudy circle meeting) organised by the HQ, RO, CCGRT, CoE or Chapter of theInstitute, and programmes organised jointly with professional bodies,partner institutions or Chambers of Commerce. [The programmes organisedby HQ deleted] 12[Providedthat in case of members residing overseas, the programmes of theprofessional interest organized by regulatory bodies/ Institutes/ Chambers/Business Associations/ recognized Universities/any other similar body in thecountry of residence, shall also be considered as approved learning program.]Provided however that the Professional Development Committee underexceptional circumstances (such as complete lockdown, social disturbance,communal riots, curfew, government order prohibiting large gatherings etc.)which render it impossible to conduct any programmes in the physical modemay on case to case basis allow the ROs, CCGRT, COEs or Chapters also toconduct any learning programme through electronic/distance mode subjectto reasonable restrictions.Provided further that the Professional Development Committee shall beempowered to add/approve any other activity as approved learningprogramme on case to case basis.1Deleted by the Council in its 275th Meeting held on 26-27th March 2021. Before deletion it read as “TheProgrammes organised by HQ through distance / electronic mode shall also be construed as approved learningprogramme under these guidelines”.2Inserted by the Council in its 275th Meeting held on 26-27th March, 2021.2

4.2 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) – The process of members’continuous learning.4.3 Structured CPE Credits – The CPE Credits awarded to the members forattendance at approved learning programmes.4.4 Unstructured CPE Credits – The CPE Credits awarded to the members forundertaking any of the learning activities stated in para 7 of these guidelines.4.5 Year for the purposes of these guidelines shall mean the period of 12months commencing from 1 st day of April and ending on 31 st day of Marchfollowing. Further, the Council or President if authorised by the Council mayincrease the year upto 15 months for the purpose of relaxation of requirementof CPE Credits in any such year.5.1 EXEMPTIONSThe requirements of CPE Credit shall not apply to:(a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)(h)(i)(j)[A member who attains the age of 60 years during a particular year andwho is neither in employment relating to CS profession nor holdingCertificate of practice.]3A member, for the year during which he attains membership of theInstitute.Member of Parliament;Member of legislative assembly or legislative council;Member of Judiciary;Members of any of the Central Civil Services;Members of any of the State Civil Services;Employees of regulatory bodies, government organizations (not beingcorporate entities), and statutory bodies;Members of Armed Forces and Paramilitary forces;A member or class of members to whom the Professional DevelopmentCommittee of the Council grant full/partial exemption, on case to casebasis, either by granting specific /general exemption, on account offacts and circumstances in the following situations:(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)Maternity/Paternity Leave;Accident/Medical Emergencies;Partial/Total Disablement;[deleted]4;Such other case(s), as may be deemed appropriateProfessional Development Committee of the Council.byAmended by the Council in its 275th Meeting held on 26-27th March, 2021. Before amendment it read as “A memberwho attains the age of 60 years during a particular calendar year and who is neither in any gainful employment nor inpractice”.4 Deleted by the Council in its 275th Meeting held on 26-27th March, 2021. Before deletion it read as “Absence fromthe country”.33

Provided that the member falling in any of the above exempted categoriesshall submit a declaration along with documentary evidence at the time ofrenewal of membership on annual basis or anytime at the time of claimingexemptions.5.2.1 Multiple Qualifications 5 -A member holding membership of morethan one sister professional institution, wherein he / she is also required tomeet CPE Credit requirements in order to continue the membership, suchmember shall be granted corresponding number of CPE Credits according toICSI (CPE) Guidelines, 2019 against the learning activities undertaken underthe banner of the other professional body(ies).Explanation: An undertaking to be given by the respective members at thetime of renewal of membership stating that they have complied therequirements of the other professional body.6[5.2.1aMEMBERS RESIDING OVERSEASa) the members residing overseas can avail 100% CPE Creditsthrough e-Mode and;b) double CPE Credits be granted to the members residing overseasfor attending approved learning programmes.Explanation: An undertaking to be given by the respective membersstating that they have attended the approved learning Programme.]5.2.2 It is mandatory for all members of the Institute, except those specifiedin para 5.1 to secure 20 CPE Credits in a year through structured andunstructured learning program. However, no carry forward for excessCPE Credits from one year to another year will be allowed.5.2.3 No CPE credit will be given to a participant who attends theprogramme partially.5.2.4 Members whose reply to prize queries is published in the CharteredSecretary will be entitled to FOUR CPE Credits.5.2.5 [Members o f the age of 60 years or above will be required to obtain 50%of the CPE Credits required to be obtained by the members, if he is inemployment relating to CS profession or holding the certificate ofpractice. This shall be applicable from the year succeeding the FinancialYear in which the member attains the age of 60 years.]75.2.6 [deleted]8Amended by the Council in its 275th Meeting held on 26-27th March, 2021. Before amendment it read as “Amember holding membership of more than one sister professional institution, wherein he / she is also required tomeet CPE Credit requirements in order to continue the membership, such member shall be granted equal number ofCPE Credits as are applicable to such learning activities undertaken under the banner of the other professionalbody(ies)”.6 Inserted by the Council in its 275th Meeting held on 26-27th March, 2021.7 Amended by the Council in its 275th Meeting held on 26-27th March, 2021. Before the amendment it read as“Members above the age of 60 years shall be required to obtain 50% of the PCH required to be obtained by themembers, if he is in the gainful employment or holding the certificate of practice. This shall be applicable from theyear succeeding the Financial Year in which the member attains the age of 60 years”.8 Deleted by the Council in its 275th Meeting held on 26-27th March, 2021. Before deletion it read as “In case of54

6.CPE CREDIT FOR STRUCTURED LEARNING ACTIVITIES6.1No CPE Credits will be awarded for any learning program whoseduration is less than 1 hour.6.2The basis of calculation of CPE Credits will be as under:No. of hours of Learning Program attended byThe memberBeyond 1 hour and upto 2 hoursBeyond 2 hours and upto 4 hours in a single dayBeyond 4 hours in a single dayProgram spanning 1½daysProgram spanning 2 daysProgram spanning 2½ days and above/ NationalConventionCPE Credit12468106.3A member whose article is published in the “Chartered Secretary” will beentitled to 4 CPE Credits.6.4In respect of joint authorship of the article, the two CPE Credits beAwarded to each member who has authored the article. However, thejoint authorship should be limited to two authors only.6.5The article published in the Souvenir of National Convention/Souvenirof National Conference of Practicing Company Secretaries /Souvenirof Regional Conferences shall be treated at par with the articlepublished in the Chartered Secretary for the purposes of grant of CPECredits.6.6If the Programme Director / Programme Co-ordinator / ProgrammeFacilitator / Course Coordinator attends the full program, full credit ofthe CPE Credits allotted for the program will be given.9[6.6AWhere the Chief Guest/ Guest of Honour is a member of the Institute inany programme organized by the Institute/RCs/ Chapters, full credit ofthe CPE Credits allotted for the program will be granted.]6.7Members acting as Faculties in any of the program organised by theInstitute, shall be entitled to minimum 2 and maximum 4 CPE Creditsfor any session of not less than 30 minutes on such sessions, whereCPE credit is being granted to the members. Further, no CPE Creditshall be given to a member for acting as a faculty in Oral TuitionClasses or any other student training programs.members who are registered as Insolvency Professionals or Registered Valuers with the ICSI-InsolvencyProfessionals Agency and the ICSI-Registered Valuers Organisation as the case may be, the respective bodies mayconsider granting CPE Credits to the members for attendance at learning programmes on the topics prescribed bythe Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI). And the same may be in part fulfillment of the requirement ofobtaining CPE requirements prescribed by the IBBI.”9 Inserted by the Council in its 275th Meeting held on 26-27th March, 2021.5

6.8For Members [whose]10 professional address is beyond 100 km fromthe nearest Regional Council/ Chapter(s)/ Study Circle(s) and attend aprogram at any Program Learning Centre, they shall be awardeddouble the CPE Credits for which the concerned Program is entitled.However, this will not apply to attendance at the NationalConvention/National Conclave/ National Conference of PractisingCompany Secretaries/Regional Conferences organised by the RegionalCouncils.6.9Where the members in practice who has practice set up beyond100km from the nearest Regional Council/Chapter are not able toattend the professional development programmes, they may write totheI nstitute for approving a topic on which they can prepare researchpaper to get the exemption from securing CPE Credits or may resort tounstructured learning activities as per para 7 of these Guidelines.6.10 The Research paper include:A concept paper on emerging areas of practice for Company SecretariesA Referencer/ backgrounder on contemporary topics relevant toCompany SecretariesA booklet on any topic relating to the areas of practice for CompanySecretariesA monograph on any contemporary topic relevant to the CompanySecretariesAn empirical study of practical relevance to the Company Secretaries(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)6.11 Members whose research paper is approved by the ProfessionalDevelopment Committee of the Council, will be exempted from therequirement of securing CPE Credits for the year during which theresearch paper is approved.7.CPE CREDIT FOR UNSTRUCTURED LEARNING ACTIVITIESThe members shall be granted CPE Credit under these Guidelines forundertaking any of the following unstructured learning activities subject to amaximum of Twelve CPE Credits in each year:Learning ActivityS. No.110Web based learning including elearning,webinar,subjecttoDeclaration of CPE Hours by the ICSICPEMaximumCredits per CPE in aactivityyear28Word “who’s” replaced by the word “whose” by the Council in its 275th Meeting held on 26-27th March, 2021.6

222484Viewing video recording of the learningprogrammes organized by the Institutesubject to submission of self declarationby the memberPublication of article in a UGCapproved journal other than theChartered Secretary Journal.Publication of book(s).885Revision of Published Book666Acting as Guide/Supervisor for aM.Phil./LL.M./Ph.D.studentregistered with a UGC aires/Consultative Papers/Exposure Draft, etc. sought by theInstitute.Reviewing of Articles / GuidelineAnswers/Study Material and otherPublications of the InstitutePublicationofResearchfindings/Studies on the areas relevantto Corporate Sector, Capital Marketsand Professional interest in a UGC –Consortium for Academic ResearchAnd Ethics (CARE) approved journal.Publication of articles of professionalinterest in national dailies registeredwith the Registrar of Newspapers forIndiaActing as visiting faculty or titutions/ Institutions of Nationalimportance /ICAI/ICAI (CWA).Reading articles published in theChartered Secretary Journal or anyother UGC approved journal (subjectto submission of self declaration by themember)Acting as a panelist at a programmeorganized by the press and mediaParticipation at meetings of theresearch groups / task forces / coregroups/Board(s), as may beConstituted by the Council.442424442424122426378910111213147

8. CONSEQUENCE OF NON-COMPLIANCEA member who fails to obtain the mandatory CPE Credits during thestipulated period may be liable to disciplinary action for non-complianceunder the provisions of the Company Secretaries Act, 1980, CompanySecretaries Regulations, 1982 and the Code of Conduct, as amended from timeto time.9. REMOVAL OF DIFFICULTIESIf any difficulty arises with respect to the observance / interpretation ofthese Guidelines, or some unforeseeable circumstances occur which have notexpressly been provided for in these Guidelines, then the Secretary, ICSI shalldecide the matter in consultation with President, ICSI and pass such orders asmay appear necessary or expedient for carrying out the objectives of theseGuidelines.8

3 4.2 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) - The process of members ï continuous learning. 4.3 Structured CPE Credits - The CPE Credits awarded to the members for attendance at approved learning programmes. 4.4 Unstructured CPE Credits - The CPE Credits awarded to the members for undertaking any of the learning activities stated in para 7 of these guidelines.

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