|Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
||When does my CPD cycle begin?
||The CPD cycle commences on 1 January of each
year for all existing MAICSA Members.
||When is the CPD cycle for the newly elected
||The CPD cycle for a newly elected Associate
Member will start in the year following the year of election.
||Do I have to accumulate the CPD hours for the
renewal of membership fee e.g. we collect CPD hours in year for 2015 for renewal
||The accumulation of the CPD hours has no
relation to the renewal of membership.
||How many CPD hours am I required to do?
||If you are a Member in the
||corporate secretarial practice sector, you are
required to accumulate twenty (20) CPD hours per annum;
||non-corporate secretarial practice sector, you
are required to accumulate ten (10) CPD hours per annum.
||I am a MAICSA Member. Am I required to do
||If you are a current Fellow or Associate Member,
and is not a Retired or Life Member, you are required to do CPD.
||Under what circumstances can I apply for an
exemption from the CPD requirements?
||You can apply for exemptions in certain
circumstances, please refer to the section on REQUIREMENTS.
All applications for exemptions will be considered on a case to case basis.
||I am a Member and work as freelancer in the
area of accounts and company secretarial practice, what is my CPD requirement?
||You need to accumulate 20 CPD hours per annum
since your work is in the area of company secretarial practice.
||Do I need to collect CPD hours if I am a
||No. A lapsed member is not a Member of MAICSA
and is not bound by the CPD requirements. However, if you reinstate as a member,
you will need to comply with the CPD requirements in the year following the year
of your re-instatement.
||Are Retired Members required to do CPD?
||No, Retired Members are not required to do CPD.
||Can a Member who is on maternity leave in the
CPD year be exempted?
||Yes, please refer to the section on REQUIREMENTS.
||If a Member is a housewife who is working on
a part-time or freelance basis, does she need to comply with the CPD
||Yes, as long as she continues to work on a
part-time or freelance basis.
|Getting It Done
||How are the CPD hours allocated?
||Please refer to the item on Recognised CPD Activities.
||If I have obtained more than the required CPD
credit hours for a particular CPD cycle, can the excess CPD credit hours be
carried forward to the next CPD cycle?
||No. Any excess CPD hours cannot be carried
forward from one CPD cycle to the next. All Members will start from the
beginning of a new CPD cycle.
||Will CPD hours be awarded to me if I have to
leave during the CPD course to attend an important client meeting or have to
catch my flight or need to attend an exam?
||No. You will not get your CPD hours if you are
not present for the full duration of the training programme.
||Since CPD is compulsory and not voluntary,
does it mean that I can attend courses on company time?
||You will need to check that with your own
||Can I attend the same course every year and
still collect CPD hours?
||Yes, as long as it is a recognised course and
relevant to your work. However, it is in your interests to attend different
courses and programmes to improve and enhance your professional competence and
keep updated with developments.
||Will there be sufficient courses for me to
||In addition to CPD courses conducted by MAICSA,
you may also attend other relevant courses organised by regulators, other
professional bodies and recognised training providers and organisations.
||I work in a small town. It would be
inconvenient and difficult for me to keep making trips to Kuala Lumpur to attend
||You may attend relevant CPD courses organised by
regulators, other professional bodies and recognised training providers and
organisations outside of the Klang Valley.
||Can I collect CPD hours for being one of the
speakers in a panel of a CPD course which I also attended as a participant?
||You can only claim your CPD hours for being
either a speaker or a participant at the same event, but not for both.
||Will an extension period be given if I fail
to collect sufficient CPD hours within the time frame?
||No extension of time will be given to you to
meet the minimum requirements except under special circumstances. You will need
to submit an application for consideration by the Membership Committee.
||Must I attend only MAICSA CPD events to claim
the CPD credit hours?
||No, a Member may also attend relevant courses
organised by regulators, other professional bodies and recognised training
providers and organisations, as long as they are related to your profession or
are relevant to your work.
||How can I ascertain if a certain course or
seminar would be recognised by the Institute for CPD purposes?
||Please refer to the item on Recognised CPD Activities. If in doubt, please contact the Members Department for
||Is attending a cookery course considered as
part of the CPD or do we have to attend the courses that are related to our
||Cookery courses are not considered as part of
CPD for Members.
||I am a Member but my work does not relate to
company secretarial practice. If I attend conferences and seminar such as
accounting, finance, taxation, management and etc, do they meet the CPD
||Yes, such courses will meet the CPD
requirements. Please refer to the item on Recognised CPD Activities for further
|Recording and Declaring CPD
||How do I keep the records of my attendance of
||You need to maintain a record of your
participation at CPD events via online in the CPD Tracker System. It is your
responsibility to ensure that appropriate CPD hours are awarded from attending a
CPD course. You can check your accumulated CPD hours from the Tracker System.
||What kind of records should I maintain?
||Please refer to the item on Recognised CPD Activities
and Evidences. You need to keep the evidence for a period of one year
in case you are being audited and requested to provide evidence.
||How do I declare I’ve completed CPD for the
||In the CPD Tracker System, once you have
completed the required CPD hours you will automatically be taken to the
declaration page where you will need to tick the relevant box.
||How does the Institute select its Members for
||Once the CPD cycle is over on 31 December, the
Institute will check all Members’ records to make sure that Members who have
been selected for the CPD Audit have complied with the CPD requirements. Members
will be selected randomly to submit their CPD records.
||Will MAICSA take action against those who
fail to comply with the mandatory CPD requirement?
||Failure to maintain and improve professional
competence by complying with the mandatory CPD requirements is a violation of
the regulations of the Institute and may subject Members to disciplinary action
in accordance with the ICSA Charter and Bye-Laws.
||If I am unable to provide evidence of
attendance for CPD activities, will I still be granted the CPD credit hours?
||No. CPD hours will not be granted if you cannot
provide evidence of such compliance if called upon to do so.
|Further Information and Advice
||If I have any queries regarding CPD
requirements or CPD compliance, to whom should I address my queries?
||Please contact the Member Department at email@example.com for further information and clarification.