Code of Ethics

Acceptance of the Code of Practice and Rules is Mandatory

Code of Ethics


The acceptance of the Institute’s Code of Practice and Rules is mandatory on all members of the Institute and such acceptance of both the Code of Practice and Rules is expressly warranted by the signing of the Institute’s “ Application for Membership Form”. It is the duty of all members of the Institute to assist in the implementation and the enforcement of the Code of Practice and Rules.


Although the primary objective of any Professional Organization is to further the economic interest of their members, they are basically an integral part of the Society and cannot realistically be considered outside it. They have become an important part of the economic fabric of Nigeria - recognized, respected, and consulted by the Government and Employers.

Recognizing that ethics are an important consideration in the practice of Education and that the moral principles followed by members. The Society should be formalized, the following resolution shall and hereby adopted:-

WHEREAS the members of the Nigerian Institute of Professional Secretaries represent the profession of Secretarial Practitioners

WHEREAS managements rely on the profession of NIPS to assist in the fulfillment of their management stewardship; and

WHEREAS said members must maintain high standards of conduct, honour, and character in order to carry on proper and meaningful educational training, etc;


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that a Code of Ethics be now set forth, outlining the standards of professional behavior for the guidance of each member of The Nigerian Institute of Professional Secretaries.

In accordance with this resolution, the National Executive Council further approved of the principles set forth.


The provisions of this Code of Ethics cover basic principles in the various disciplines of the Nigerian Institute of Professional Secretaries and Management practice.

Members shall realize that individual judgment is required in the application of these principles. They have a responsibility to conduct themselves so that their good faith and integrity shall not be open to question. While having due regard for the limit of their technical skills, they will promote the highest possible NIPS Practical Standards to the end of advancing the interest of their Organization.



  1. Members shall have an obligation to exercise honesty, objectivity, and diligence in the performance of their duties and responsibilities.

  2. Members, in holding the trust of the General Public shall exhibit loyalty in all matters pertaining to the affairs of the Training their students of to whoever they may be rendering a service. However, members shall not knowingly be a party to any illegal or improper activity.

  3. Members shall refrain from entering into any activity which may be in conflict with the interest of their profession or which would prejudice their ability to carry out objectively, their duties and responsibilities to the Institute, members, Nigeria and the general public at large.

  4. Members shall be prudent in the use of information acquired in the course of their duties. They shall not use confidential information for any personal gain nor in a manner which would be damaging to the welfare of their members, employers and the general public.

  5. Members, in expressing an opinion, shall use all reasonable care to obtain sufficient factual evidence to warrant such expression. In their reporting members shall reveal such material facts known to them which, if not revealed, could either distort the report of the results of operations under reviews or conceal unlawful practice.

  6. Members shall continually strive for improvement in the proficiency and effectiveness of their service.

  7. Members shall abide by the by-law and uphold the objectives of the Institute. In the practice of their profession, they shall be ever mindful of their obligation to maintain the highest standard of competence, morality, dignity, etc. which the NIPS and the Accreditation Council have established.


Sanctions for breaches of the Code shall be a fine, suspension from membership and accreditation. The amount of fine and the appropriate penalty shall be left at the discretion of the National Executive Council

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