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Why take this course?

Janet Cooper OBE, founder of ICSA Cert. ESP qualification

There are many benefits to you and your company of you studying the ICSA’s Certificate in Employee Share Plans:


  1. Be up-to-date - at a time of significant changes - in plan designs, governance and regulatory requirements, we provide up-to-date practical guidance to help you work through the issues.
  2. Be cost effective - we know that many of our course graduates are able to deal with more of the issues in-house than send them to outside advisers, saving time and company money.
  3. Reduce risk - internal controls are only as good as the people overseeing them. Course graduates know the rules and the importance of compliance, reducing risk to the company and its executives and even the risks of criminal penalties.
  4. See the whole picture - some people working in share plans only see and know about their aspect of the plans they work on. This course covers all key components of designing and operating executive and employee share plans. It enables our course graduates to understand and work with internal stakeholders such as legal, tax, accounting, HR and finance groups as well as external advisers like lawyers, consultants and administrators.
  5. Stay connected - we invite people to our alumni events so that you can stay connected to others in our industry and keep up-to-date.

The course is provided by some of the leading experts in this area, mostly from Tapestry Compliance, and we invite other experts to present on topics like design and accounting for share plans to make sure you have the opportunity to learn from the best. We are delighted to welcome a number of course alumni to the sessions to present case studies on specific areas.

Delighted participants of our latest ICSA course say:

“Thanks for your support and hospitality throughout the ICSA Certificate programme in 2017. This time last year I was fumbling my way through a fog of share plan jargon and now I feel that I actually know what I’m talking about!”

Lisa Oldfield, ConvaTec



“Fantastic course with fantastic tutors!”

Rebecca Waite, D S Smith



“Whole Tapestry Team are so helpful, knowledgeable and professional!”

Fiona Hopkins, Howdens



“The Course was very educational, interesting and enjoyable. Highly recommend! Tapestry – what a great team!”

Darren Smith, Yorkshire Building Society



“Fantastic opportunity to get access to the knowledge of some very experienced practitioners in this area. A great way to learn the basics of employee share plans and some of the pragmatic applications of it.”

Sarah Giffen, Associated British Foods plc




“Prestigious qualification that really helps the practical application in the workplace. Tapestry have a wonderful team who are highly skilled and knowledgeable – thank you so much for all your time and for a wonderful course.”

Natasha Lofty, SABMiller




“The Course explained in two short sentences what our accounts team could not in relation to accounting treatment of colleagues who cancel their SAYE options and remain in employment – thanks!”

James Riley, Lloyds




“Fantastic course delivered by engaging speakers. The experience of the presenters and their knowledge of the industry makes the content very real and interesting as it’s easy to relate theory to practice. Great course!”

Niall Garland, Computershare




“Very engaging and well structured.”

Andrew Hall, Computershare



“I would highly recommend anyone in the industry to attend this course. Tapestry’s knowledge is second to none, the presenters style is engaging, informative and expertly presented. I have learnt a great deal and thank the team for such a great experience.”

Ruth Hardcastle, Tesco Stores




“Speakers are informative and engaging making some challenging topics become easier to understand.”

Luke Johnson, Computershare



“I really appreciated the opportunity to attend the ICSA Course with Tapestry. It was very informative, useful and fun! A “golden source” of most up-to-date knowledge – invaluable!”

Beata Kubala, Barclays




“A fantastic and well run course. Tapestry hit the mark every time!”

Jon Hudson, Computershare



“This course is absolutely fantastic for all share-planners, no matter which direction you are looking at it from. The course content is well designed and extremely well presented, and really helps you understand share plans from all angles. You also get the opportunity to hear and understand the views and issues of colleagues from all areas of share plans, and of course is great for networking.

I thoroughly recommend this course as it makes you a more rounded share plan professional and after having completed the course I have also encouraged my team to do it. Well done Janet and team, keep up the fabulous work.”

Elena Petrou, Aviva plc


“Love the ICSA course – really helped progress my career in the industry and I’m always recommending it!”

Zoe Denny-Thomas, ifsProShare




“I would like to highly praise the Tapestry ICSA Certificate in Employee Share Plans as well as Janet and her team who run the course. The content and training materials were very concise and the presenters were clear throughout. I benefited from gaining my qualification in 2013 which has enabled me to change career to one focused more directly on share plans. The Alumni events including the Summer school, and Tapestry updates are invaluable too.”

Katie Payne, Smith & Williamson


“I thoroughly enjoyed the course. It’s very well presented ensuring that everyone is engaged and completely understands the topics being discussed – share plans can certainly be a myth to many individuals. It was great to get an understanding of the different aspects that everyone deals with in their respective roles as well as networking in general. Janet and the team did a great job – thank you.”

Anna Watch, BT, Head of Executive Share Plans, BT Governance and Compliance


“The course was highly informative, interactive and fun and left me with a much greater understanding of the bigger picture from why plans are established through implementation, administration and the effect on a company’s accounts. Participating in this course also gave me the opportunity to interact with others who perform different roles within the world of share plans which proved to be illuminating on all sides.

Since completing the course I have shared this knowledge with my team which has allowed us to provide an even greater level of service excellence to our clients. A must have course and qualification for those looking to progress their career within the share plans and reward environments”

Carolyn Screech, Capita Asset Services, Head of Discretionary Share plans


“I found the course to be engaging, thought provoking, well-structured and expertly presented. Successfully completing it has added real value to my work with our many and various share arrangements benefitting both Ladbrokes and my own personal development.”

Phil Rixon, Senior Reward Manager, Ladbrokes plc


“The course has been excellent and really useful for my everyday job. It has made a difference to my confidence and to my knowledge both from an administrator and a clients’ perspective.”

Frances Mancktelow, Computershare, Client Relationship Director, Share Plans



“The world of employee share plans is vast and extremely complex. This course is structured in such a way that it makes a daunting and overwhelming subject a logical journey covering each and every aspect you may deal with. Janet and her team should be congratulated for putting together such an interesting and valuable qualification and even more so for the friendly and engaging manner in which it was delivered. I learnt a terrific amount and it's great to be able to bring this knowledge back to my team at Equiniti. I highly recommend this to all.”

Graham Bull, Senior Manager, Client Services at Equiniti


“The course has been great and I have learnt so much from it. Slots everything in to place as the majority of our roles don’t involve all areas of share plans but the course gives a broad view and understanding on each area. It also makes you think in more depth about different areas that need to be considered in our day to day roles.”

Elizabeth Crutchley - Chartered MCIPD, Arm Holdings PLC,
Senior Corporate Reward Advisor