Chartered membership

Chartered membership of The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland 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, achieved through the successful completion of the qualifying programme and evidenced by experience in the governance sector. Chartership illustrates that you are 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, and Fellow, which uses the post-nominals FCG. The post nominal letters signify active membership of The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland, represented as CG (Chartered Governance). What distinguishes the grades is experience and seniority.

To become an Associate, you must have successfully achieved the qualifying programme and be in the grade of Graduate (GradCG). You will also need six years’ relevant experience, which can be reduced to three years for any Graduate member with a degree or membership of another professional body. To become a Fellow requires eight years’ work experience, in addition to the successful achievement of the Qualifying Programme.

Chartered members can use the designations of Chartered Secretary and Chartered Governance Professional to illustrate their skills, experience and professional standing.


Chartered membership enhances your professional standing by providing global recognition of your skills and capabilities. You also benefit from:

  • Access to local and international networks of governance professionals
  • Regular news, technical guidance, research and consultations
  • An informative and engaging magazine
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Member discounts for events and training
  • A governance helpline for individual guidance and support
  • The opportunity to participate in the Institute’s mentoring programme
  • A voice for championing the profession and our members to government, regulators and employers


2024/25 membership fees
Member typeFee (UK and overseas)Reduced Rate Countries
Fellow £450 £235
Associate £410 £225
Graduate £400 £220
Affiliated - Full Year £230 £140
Affiliated - Part Qualified £45 £28
Retired Rate
Minimum Age 66 (other criteria applies)  £170 £105
Concessionary rate £170 £105
Upgrade feesFee (UK and overseas)Digital membership (Reduced rate countries)
Grad to ACG £165 £115
ACG to FCG £335 £195
Practicing certificates (+VAT)£215

View all countries that are eligible for a reduced rate. 

Transfer your membership

As a Chartered or Affiliated member, you belong to an international governance community and if you take the opportunity to live and work in another country, your membership is transferable across any of the nine divisions.

These are:
Australia, Canada, China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Southern Africa, the UK, Republic of Ireland and Associated Territories and Zimbabwe.

The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland also has an agreement with The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, under which members of The ICSI, as well as ICSAN, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, can liaise and study with any of our nine divisions, and enjoy the same transfer rights as our members.

Learn more.

Discover more about becoming a Chartered member

The Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme
Fast Track Professional
Our validated postgraduate courses


Call our membership support team on +44 (0) 20 7580 4741 or contact us.

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