A company secretary must be the member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). This is the basic essential qualification required to be a company secretary. In addition, he may have membership of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of India (ICAI) or Membership of the Institute of Cost and Works Accounts of India (ICWA).
Other Educational Qualification
Along with basic educational qualifications a secretary should also possess other educational qualification to discharge his/her function and duties efficiently. Other educational qualifications are as follows:
1. General Education
Secretary should have Masters’ Degree in Economics, Commerce or Law.
2. Legal Knowledge
A secretary should be well versed with provisions of various acts such as Income Tax, Sales Tax, Stamp Duty, Minimum Wages Act, Contract Act, Sale of Goods Act, Negotiable Instruments Act etc.
3. Command over Language
The secretary has to communicate with members, government officers, visitors, press reporters etc. So he/she should have command over English and other regional language both in oral and written form.
4. Knowledge of Accounting and Finance
The secretary should have knowledge of Balance sheet and Profit and Loss account. He/she should also have knowledge of financial planning and financial management of his/her company.
5. Knowledge of Office Management
Secretary should have complete knowledge about office management which is useful for planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, staffing, controlling etc. He/she should also know drafting, filing, record keeping, assigning work and so on.
6. Knowledge of Human Relations
Secretary has to deal with the directors, shareholders and the outsiders. He/she must know how to deal with them. In short, he/she need to have knowledge of human psychology.
7. Knowledge of Technology Application
These days IT is used extensively for varied purpose in an organization. The company secretary should have knowledge of technology to brings accuracy, speed and decency in the office work.