Key dates

  • 4 February - 31 August 2019 Exemptions
  • 20 May - 31 May 2019 Illness and Bereavement Postponements
  • 20 May - 24 May 2019 May Exams
  • 5 July 2019 - May Exam Release
  • 5 July - 19 July 2019 Script Review
  • 5 July - 19 July 2019 Individual Feedback Report
  • 5 July - 31 August 2019 Student Registrations and Exam Enrolment
  • 4 February - 31 August 2019 Exemptions
  • 16 September 2019 - Graduation ceremony
  • 2 September - 20 September 2019 Postponements
  • 21 October - 25 October 2019 October Exams
  • 21 October - 1 November Illness and Bereavement Postponements
  • 6 December 2019 - October Exam Release
  • 6 December - 20 December 2019 Script Review and Individual Feedback Report

CSSA Exemptions and RPL PDF Print E-mail

Exemption is at the sole discretion of the board of directors of the Institute. Where successful application is made, the exemption granted remains valid for one year from notification by the Institute, after which the exemption will expire. Put simply, students must enrol for the relevant examination/s within one year of the exemption having been granted. Failure to do so will require a second application and exemption fee.

National Qualifications from NQF level 5 upwards could qualify students for exemption from certain subjects. Foreign qualifications may also qualify students for exemption - SAQA certificates of evaluation may be required to establish equivalent NQF levels in this instance. Only in very limited cases where extensive relevant work experience is evident will short courses qualify students for exemption.

No exemption will be granted for the four modules comprising the CSSA International Qualifying Board Examination.


Separation of the exemption form from the proof of payment will result in a failure to be exempted. The onus remains on students to provide clear, irrefutable proof of payment. In this regard students are advised to keep all deposit slips for the entire duration of study.

No credit facilities will be extended by the Institute. The Institute does not process cash or other payments at its premises under any circumstances.

The following must be posted, faxed or emailed:

1. CSSA Exemption Form
2. Proof of payment




The Exemptions Officer:

Postal: Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa, P O Box 3146, Houghton, 2041
Fax: (011) 551 4028
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


  • Internet transfer/ direct deposit/ into the Institute bank account or credit card authorisation OR
  • Cheque deposits into the Institute bank account. Please bear in mind the 10-day clearance period for cheques - enrolment will not proceed until such cheques have been cleared. If any cheques are dishonoured by a bank, students will be liable for both the outstanding fees and a 10% levy (based on the value of the dishonoured cheque) to cover bank charges.
Bank account details for Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa
Account holder: CSSA
Bank details: Nedbank
Branch name: Melrose Arch
Branch code: 19 87 65
Account number: 1968 298 991

Full names (in capital letters) and/or student registration numbers
(if existing) must be used as reference.









The Institute will inform students in writing of the outcome of the exemption application, which if successful will necessitate payment of the balance of the Exemption fee.

Please be advised that Exemptions and RPL are two different procedures.

Recognition of Prior Learning

RPL will entitle students to exemption. Candidates with relevant work experience may be eligible to apply for RPL. RPL queries in this regard should be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Note: no information in respect of RPL which is communicated telephonically will be binding on the Institute.

Candidates with relevant work experience may be eligible to apply for exemption on the basis of RPL.