STEP Advanced Certificate in Company Law and Practice

One of four Advanced Certificates that can be used to gain a STEP Diploma in International Trust Management, this course is useful for professionals that work with company service providers, from senior client advisors to administrators, marketing and sales staff that need to understand the law and procedures applying to companies. 

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What does this qualification cover and how is it delivered?

What does this qualification cover?

  • An Introduction to Company Law and Practice
  • Characteristics of a Company
  • Company Formation and Related Issues
  • The Company's Constitution
  • Capital
  • Directors Part 1 - Role, Appointment and Removal of Directors
  • Directors Part 2 - Directors' Powers and Duties (double module)
  • Other Officers of a Company: Secretary and Registered Agent
  • Company Decision-Marking Procedures
  • Taxation of Companies: Tax Planning
  • The Provision of Company Management Services in Offshore Centres
  • Regulation of Company Management Business
  • Termination of Companies

You can see a more detailed syllabus here in the combined STEP Diploma in International Trust Management syllabus.

How is it delivered?

The Advanced Certificate is delivered through a blend of distance-learning, with online support resources. Final assessment is via a 3-hour exam. In some jurisdictions a 4-day revision workshop is available immediately before the exam date. 

What are the benefits to me and my employer?

How will this course benefit me?

Successful completion of this course will enhance your ability to:

  • explain why companies operate as they do
  • identify the features of different types of company
  • understand the potential uses of companies
  • interpret memorandums and articles of association

How will this benefit my employer?

The Advanced Certificate is designed to support employers by training practitioners to:

  • understand the reasoning behind, and importance of, corporate services procedures
  • explain the roles, fiduciary duties and rights of promoters, directors and officers involved in a company

Entry advice and requirements

Who would find this qualification useful?

This Advanced Certificate and the Diploma that it is included in, is suitable for a wide range of practitioners. Past graduates have included members of the accountancy, banking, legal and trust professions (at all levels), company administrators, tax advisors and independent financial advisors. 

What are the entry requirements?

Admission depends on meeting the Entry Level requirements, outlined in the Qualifications and Membership Framework.

Further course details

How long will it take to complete

This Advanced Certificate takes six months to complete, from enrolling to sitting the examination.

How much will it cost?

The course fees for Advanced Certificates can be found on the CLTI website.

Where is it available?

This course is available worldwide, either online or face-to-face in some jurisdictions. For full details visit the CLTI website

What are the course dates?

For a full list of face-to-face courses, or the option to study online, please see the CLTI website

How do I apply?

Help and advice

If you have any queries and would like to speak to someone you can either call CLTI on +44 (0)121 362 7733 or email