KASNEB CPS Examinations

A Synopsis of the Certified Public Secretaries (CPS) Examination


The CPS examination is held twice yearly in June and December. The examination is divided into three parts of two sections each. . Each section consists of three papers.

A candidate may attempt two sections in a part together or separately in ascending order but before proceeding to the next part, a candidate must pass the lower part.

The examination is rigorous and standards are high and therefore a candidate is advised to devote approximately the equivalent of eighteen months of full time study for each part of the examination. Ideally therefore, a student should be able to complete the CPS examination in between four and a half and six years.

A student should programme the studies in such a way that makes it possible to take and pass the three parts in a duration of between four and a half and six years following the date of registration as a student of KASNEB.

In this way, a candidate will be able to set aside three years as a margin of safety in case of unforeseen circumstances in the preparation for the examination.

Holders of the final CPS certificate are eligible for admission to pursue masters and other higher degrees in reputable universities both in Kenya and foreign countries.

Students taking the CPS examination are advised to look for ways and means of acquiring practical experience so that they can match progress in the examination with competence in performance of duties in the work environment.

The practical experience may be acquired during or after the qualification process.

The following are the papers contained in each part of the CPS examination:

CPS PART I
Section 1


  • Organisational Behavior
  • Introduction to Law
  • Communication and Report Writing

    Section 2

  • Economics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Taxation Theory and Practice


    CPS PART II
    Section 3


  • Management Information Systems
  • Financial Management
  • Company Secretarial Practice

    Section 4

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Company Law
  • Meetings-Law and Procedure


    CPS PART III
    Section 5


  • Principles and Practice of Management
  • Advanced Company Secretarial Practice
  • Project Planning and Management

    Section 6

  • Strategic Management
  • Strategic Human Resources Management
  • Corporate Governance and Ethics

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