Grant of Certificate of Practice

A member of the Institute shall be deemed "to be in practice' when, individually or in partnership with one or more of members of the Institute in practice or in partnership with members of such other recognised professions as may be prescribed, he, in, consideration of remuneration received or to be received: -
1. Engages himself in the practice of the profession of Company Secretaries to , or in relation to, any company; or
2. Offers to perform or performs services in relation to the promotion, forming, incorporation, amalgamation, reconstruction, reorganization or winding up of companies ; or
3. Offers to perform or performs such services as may be performed by -
(a) An authorised representative of a company with respect to filing, registering, presenting, attesting or verifying any documents (including forms, applications and returns) by or on behalf of the company.
(b) A share transfer Agent
(c) An issue house,
(d) A share and stock broker,
(e) A secretarial auditor or consultant,
(f) An adviser to a company on management, including any legal or procedural matter falling under the Capital Issues (Control) Act, 1947, (29 of 1947), the Industries (Development and Regulation) Act, 1951( 65 of 1951), the Companies Act, the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956 ( 42 of 1956) any of th rules or bye-laws made by a recognised stock exchange ,the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act, 1969 (54 of 1969) , the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act, 1973 (46 of 1973) , or under any other law for the time being in force.
(g) Issuing certificates on behalf of, or for the purposes of, a company; or
4. Holds himself out to the public as a Company Secretary in practice; or
5. Renders professional services or assistance with respect to matters of principle or detail relating to the practice of the profession of Company Secretaries; or
6. Renders such other services as, in the opinion of the Council, are or may be rendered by a Company Secretary in practice;
  and the words " to be in practice" with their grammatical variations and cognate expressions, shall be construed accordingly.
  (Ref: Sub. Section 2 of Section 2 of The Company Secretaries Act, 1980).
  No member of the Institute shall be entitled to practice, whether in India or elsewhere unless he has obtained from the Council a Certificate of Practice. (Ref: Section 6(1) of the Company Secretaries Act, 1980)
  A member of the Institute may apply to the Council in the appropriate form online for issue of a Certificate of Practice entitling him to practice as a Company Secretary anywhere in India.
  In the case of renewal of the Certificate of Practice the Secretary shall issue a letter extending the validity period of the Certificate of practice for that year in the appropriate form.
  A member who ceases to be in practice shall not later than thirty days from the date he ceases to be in practice intimate the fact to the Council in writing.
  A member who ceases to be in practice or whose certificate of practice has been cancelled under Regulation 11 (1) (c) or (d) shall surrender forthwith the certificate of practice held by him to the Secretary. (Ref: Regulation 11 of the Company Secretaries Regulations, 1982 ) (as amended upto 3rd February, 2020)
  (Ref: Regulation 10 of The Company Secretaries Regulations, 1982.)
  A practicing member of the Institute is not allowed to engage in any business or occupation other than the profession of company secretary, without obtaining the prior permission of the Council.