Certificate in Employee Share Plans

Certificate in Employee Share Plans

A unique qualification for UK share scheme professionals.

  • No formal qualifications required
  • Distance Learning
  • Online group teaching with smaller breakout sessions. Exams will be held virtually for the 2024 course
  • Part 1 dates:
    13-17 May 2024, exam 2 Jul 2024
    Part 2 dates:
    16-20 Sep 2024, exam 5 Nov 2024
  • £4,500+VAT (early bird rate of £4,250+VAT available if booking completed before 31 Dec 2023)
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Who is the course aimed at?

The Certificate in Employee Share Plans course has been designed especially for:

  • Company secretaries, assistant company secretaries and those supporting the company secretarial function;
  • Administrators, both those within companies and those providing services externally;
  • Human resource professionals, those working within companies in designing and communicating employee share plans;
  • Benefit consultants who advise on employee and executive share plans.

The qualification

This is the only professional employee share plan qualification available in the UK. The course offers a broad perspective on share plans within the UK and internationally. Participants will learn practical tips as well as achieving a good understanding of the legal, regulatory and tax environment in which share plans operate.

After successfully completing the assessments you will be awarded the Certificate in Employee Share Plans and will be entitled to upgrade your membership to CG (Affiliated).


This qualification is for share plan practitioners on the issuer side: those working in company secretarial or administration roles, human resources professionals and consultants, as well as other third party (non-legal) providers such as administrators. It is not suitable for those offering private legal services or advice.

You do not need any formal qualifications to enter the course however, participants should have at least GCSEs.


The virtual course is is delivered in two block sessions, each of which are run over five short days and can be completed within nine months, supported by self-study. Topics covered by the course include:

• Share plan design
• Law and regulation, including market abuse and governance
• Executive and all-employee share plans
• Tax and National Insurance
• Accounting for share plans
• Reporting and disclosure
• Administration, including administration agreements and data privacy
• The global operation of share plans

Assessment of this qualification is by examination.


The course fee is £4,500+VAT (early bird rate of £4,250+VAT available if booking completed before 31 Dec 2023).

This fee covers:

  • The course, including training sessions, course materials, pastoral support, access to dedicated website
  • Examination fees
  • Certification

How to apply

To find out more about the benefits of studying this course and to apply, visit the Tapestry website.

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