Yes you are allowed to do so.
Please refer the detail guidelines issued by institute hereunder-
GUIDELINES FOR APPRENTICESHIP
BY COMPANY SECRETARIES IN PRACTICE, 1985, AMENDED UPTO 22.09.2013
3. ELIGIBILITY FOR COMPANY SECRETARIES IMPARTING APPRENTICESHIP:
A candidate registered as a student on or after 16th September, 1982 and who has
passed the Intermediate/Executive Programme examination shall be eligible to undergo
the apprenticeship training under a whole-time Company Secretary in Practice or a firm
of Company Secretaries in Practice under Regulation 48 (c) with the approval of
Secretary or Chief Executive if sufficient number of whole-time Company Secretaries in
Practice willing to accept the apprentices are available.
4. CONTRACT OF COMPANY SECRETARY APPRENTICESHIP:
4.1 The apprentice and the Company Secretary in Practice will enter into a
Contract of Apprenticeship. The contract will be executed in the specified form in
duplicate and signed by both the parties viz., the apprentice and the Company
Secretary in Practice (Annexure-I). The contract will be filed for registration with
the Institute in the specified form (Annexure-II).
4.2 The contract will be executed for a period of 15 months in case of whole-time
apprenticeship and as per the Company Secretaries Regulations, 1982, as
amended from time to time. The contract will be executed on a Non-Judicial
stamp paper or form to be affixed with specific adhesive stamps or franking or by
way of e-Stamping of the requisite value. Duplicate thereof will be given to the
apprentice. The original contract form is not required to be sent to the Institute
and only the form for registration given at Annexure-II along with a copy of
contract of training is to be filed with the Institute within 15 days of
commencement of training.
4.3 All columns of the contract form are to be filled up clearly and
unambiguously. It should be signed by the Company Secretary in Practice and
the apprentice at the places provided therein.
4.4 A true copy of examination certificate or marksheet of the student for having
passed the Final/ Professional Programme or Intermediate/Executive
Programme examination should be filed along with the application for
5. ELIGIBILITY FOR A COMPANY SECRETARY IN PRACTICE TO ENGAGE
(a) Only an ACS/FCS member, who is in whole-time practice as Company Secretary
shall be entitled to engage an apprentice for training.
(b) A Company Secretary in Practice shall be entitled to impart training to the maximum
number of trainees as may be decided by the Council from time to time. As decided by
the Council, the Company Secretary in Practice including a partner in a firm of
Company Secretaries shall entitle to impart training to number of trainees equal to the
number of years of continuous practice of the concerned member subject to a maximum
of twenty trainees. A Company Secretary in Practice with less than two years of
continuous practice shall entitle to engage only one trainee. If the Company Secretary in
Practice surrenders his certificate of practice and starts his practice after a gap, he shall
entitle to have the same number of trainees as he was entitled when he surrendered his
certificate of practice.
(c) An Associate or Fellow member of the Institute who is a whole-time employee of a
Company Secretary in Practice shall also be entitled to train one additional apprentice
on behalf of the Company Secretary in Practice or firm of Company Secretaries in
Practice, if any, of the partners of the firm is entitled to impart training to apprentice.
(d) The Company Secretary in Practice will be required to maintain an independent
office for practice.
(e) The Company Secretary in Practice will maintain an attendance register for the
trainees showing the time of their arrival and departure and a register for payment of
(f) The Council may transfer an apprentice from one Company Secretary in Practice to
another one, on receipt of request by either the Company Secretary in Practice or the
(g) After completion of the training, the Company Secretary in Practice shall issue a
certificate to that effect to the Institute in the specified form and a copy to the
(h) Any dispute between the apprentice and the Company Secretary in Practice shall be
referred to the appropriate committee of the Council for settlement. Decision of the
committee shall be final.
(i) In case a Company Secretary in Practice is engaged in some other
business/occupation in addition to the Company Secretaryship, only with the prior
permission of the Council, he may be permitted to engage an apprentice. He should
forward the following additional information to the Institute to determine his eligibility to
train the apprentices before he engages the apprentice.
(i) Period of his being engaged in that other occupation:
(ii) His working hours in that occupation;
(iii) Total number of daily and weekly working hours in that occupation; and
(iv) Working hours of his practice as Company Secretary.
(j) A member who ceases to be in practice or gives up his salaried employment under a
Company Secretary in Practice or firm of such Company Secretaries and who at the
time of discontinuance of practice or paid employment, as the case may be, has any
apprentice under him, shall not be eligible for practice or take-up salaried employment
under a Company Secretary in Practice or a firm of such Company Secretaries until
such time as the apprentice(s) serving under him previously complete the period of
training intended to be served under him, has he not given up his practice or the
(k) No Company Secretary in Practice shall engage any trainee or apprentice of any
other Institute or society simultaneously with the engaging of the apprentice for
Company Secretaryship training except with the prior permission of the Institute.
6. PREMIUM: No premium shall be charged or payable in case of apprentices entering
7. WORKING HOURS: The candidates undergoing whole-time apprenticeship shall be
required to work during normal hours for a period of fifteen months which shall not be
less than 6 hours a day for 5 days in a week for a total period of fifteen months.
8. STIPEND: Every Company Secretary in Practice engaging the apprentice shall be
required to pay monthly stipend to the apprentice at the rates determined by the Council
from time-to-time. For the time being the Council has fixed a minimum stipend of ₹ 2000
per month to a whole-time apprentice.
15. Permission for pursuing additional course of study.
15.1 The apprentice may be granted permission for pursuing the additional
course of study, considered useful for the Company Secretaryship Course during
the entire period of training whether it involves attending any classes or not.
15.2 The following courses have been identified as useful for the Company
(a) Courses conducted by the Institute of Costs Accountants of India.
(b) Courses conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
(c) Courses leading to acquisition of a degree in law, management or
(d) Any other recognized course in law, management or commerce
discipline as may be approved by the Institute from time-to-time.
15.3 The Institute may grant permission will not have any objection for
apprentices to pursue any of the courses referred to above provided the
employer Company Secretary in Practice does not have any objection has given
concurrence and forwarded the application of the apprentice to the Institute.
15.4 The course is to be pursued after normal working hours (at least for six
working hours) of the employer Company Secretary in Practice and attendance
to do the course is beyond six normal working hours with the Company Secretary