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ICB QUALIFICATIONS

Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, South Africa

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For the aspiring bookkeeper, accountant, office manager, public sector accountant and entrepreneurial business owner, to study ICB courses is a sure way to get a fully accredited and recognised qualification.  Most students wanting to study an accredited course after leaving school are worried that their marks are not high enough, they have not studied the right subjects, or that they did not get a Matric, so they do not qualify.

The great thing if you study ICB courses is that you don’t have to have a Matric to qualify.  When you study with ICB you only nee a grade 10 or equivalent, and you need to be 16 years or older.  You don’t need any experience or knowledge for example in bookkeeping or accounting, which means there are no particular subjects you had to take at school to be able to study our courses.

If you study ICB courses these are just some of the jobs you will be able to apply for once you have completed all your studies in bookkeeping and accounting: Junior Bookkeeper, Accounts Clerk, Payroll Clerk, Senior Bookkeeper, Junior Accountant, Assistant Accountant, Credit Controller, Business Analyst, Technical Financial Accountant, Financial Manager, Tax Technician, Financial Services Manager, Financial Accountant, Accounting Officer (via SAIBA), Tax Practitioner, Management Accountant and Assistant Manager.

Read further to understand more about the different fully accredited courses you can study with TWP Academy and the ICB.

 

Institute Certified Bookkeepers Courses – The different Fields of Study

 

The Institute Certified Bookkeepers supports five areas of study, which can take you into many different careers.  Here are the five streams which you can follow to get your qualification:

  1. ICB Financial Accounting Courses
  2. ICB Public Sector Accounting Courses
  3. ICB Business Management Courses
  4. ICB Entrepreneurship Courses
  5. ICB Office Administration Courses

I will be explaining in depth each of these different fields of study.  Remember that these are all fully accredited, and so recognised by future employers as valuable and teaching real skills.  In other words these qualifications make you highly employable. Study ICB courses to boost your career.

Also note that each qualification is made up of different levels.  For example after 4 subjects you can get a certificate qualification, after two more subjects a FET certificate.  Add another two subjects and you get a national diploma.  This is one of the key ways in which the ICB qualifications are so exceptional – you get recognised every step of the way, meaning you are more employable more quickly.

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Study ICB courses in Financial Accounting

 

The ICB Financial Accounting Programme consist out of four different levels, as follows:

 

Bookkeeping and Accounting are recognised as scarce skills in South Africa. See this article about Scarce Skills Leading to Jobs. With these qualifications you will never struggle to get a job! Study ICB courses so that you can build a career from Junior Bookkeeper up to Management Accountant with your ICB qualifications.

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Study ICB courses in Public Sector Accounting

 

There are three levels, or qualifications, that make up the ICB public sector accounting programme.  T

 

 

We have a big skills shortage for skilled and qualified staff to work for Government departments and municipalities in the accounting departments.  In this program you will learn how to correct financial statements, implement internal controls, conduct internal audits and apply good accounting and financial principles.

In order to start the first level you do not need any experience in accounting or bookkeeping.  However, you do need a grade 11, and you need to be at least 16 years or older.

You will be able to apply for the following jobs – remembering that you will only be able to apply for the higher level jobs as you finish higher levels of the qualification, and get some work experience behind you.  Jobs include: Public Accounts Administrator, Technical Public Accountant, Accounting Technician (in the public sector), Public Sector Financial Accountant, Financial Accountant an Accounting Officer. Of course, the level of job you can apply for will depend on the level of the qualification you have completed, as well as your work experience.

Study ICB courses in Business Management

 

The ICB business management courses have three levels, just like the public sector accounting program, and all the entry level requirements are the same.

 

 

This programme prepares you to manage a business and its finances. It is a broad programme that teaches you a wide range of business and accounting skills. You will learn good accounting practices, and also office and legal best practice. You will get to know Human Resources, Computer Literacy, Business Strategy and Research Methods in commerce.

To start this programme you need Grade 11 (Standard 9), or an equivalent qualification on NQF level 3.

Study ICB courses in Entrepreneurship

 

The ICB Entrepreneurship Programme consist out of three different levels, as follows:

 

 

If you are interested in numbers,  but you also dream about starting, managing or developing a small or medium sized business, then this is the right programme for you.

The subjects in this programme are selected to give you the financial, accounting and commercial skills you will need to make a success of your business. The course also covers strategy, technical skills and personal skills.

At the lower levels of this programme you will probably be looking at starting your own business, or getting involved in a start-up business. At the higher levels you will be qualified to be a Chief Financial Officer in an entrepreneurial environment. You could also be a Business Consultant or even an Accounting Officer (via SAIBA).

 

Study ICB courses in Office Administration

 

The ICB Office Administration Programme consist out of three different levels, as follows:

 

 

In this programme we teach you the basics of bookkeeping, and then we go on to teach you all the office management skills you will need – up to the highest level. At the end of this programme you will be able to make any office run smoothly, and help out in any department that needs urgent help. You will be the go-to person that can make any department work smoothly.  Read this article if you want to know what subjects are included in the ICB Office Administration courses.

This is a great starting point for first-time job seekers. The skills you learn will make you employable in any business. It will put you first in line for promotions. At the end of this programme you will have the skills and confidence to set up and run any office environment. Amongst other things you will learn the basics of marketing, bookkeeping, human resources and economics.

Some of the jobs you will apply for are: junior office administrator, receptionist, office assistant, marketing administrator, senior office administrator, secretary, general office manager or administrative manager… all depending on the level of the qualification you end up with, as well as your work experience.

 

NQF levels, SAQA ID Numbers and Accreditation – What does it all mean?

NQF Levels

 

The NQF is the National Qualifications Framework. This is a system that shows the academic level of a course. Matric is at level 4. So we refer to a matric qualification as an NQF4 qualification.

If you do a qualification that is not a school qualification, you can still see the academic level of that qualification.

In the ICB courses you will see that most of them start at NQF level 3. That means you do not need a matric certificate to gain entry to these programmes. You will also see the courses go up to NQF level 6. So that is two levels above Matric level. Meaning it is at Diploma level, or one year short of a Degree level course.

 

SAQA – South African Qualifications Authority

 

SAQA is the South African Qualifications Authority. SAQA is the boy the regulates education and training in South Africa.

When you see a qualification, like the ICB courses, showing an NQF level it means that the qualification has been registered with SAQA.  At SAQA the qualification is registered on the NQF.  The course is then given a SAQA ID number which you can you verify with SAQA to see if the course you want to study really exists.

The ICB courses and qualifications all have SAQA ID numbers, which means you can look them up and see that they are properly accredited.  If a course does not have a SAQA ID number then it cannot be accredited.

SAQA accredits different SETAs and gives the SETA the authority to accredit different colleges to offer the qualifications. So although the qualification nis registered with SAQA, it not SAQA which accredits colleges to be allowed to offer a certain qualification. This is done by the SETA.

SAQA is the body that accredits the different SETAs. So it accredits the bodies that accredit your course or your college.

Accreditation

 

The ICB is a Quality Assurance Partner, or QAP of one of the SETAs.  That means that the ICB has been given the authority by the SETA to actually accredit the different colleges to offer the accredited ICB programmes.  It is a recognised Quality Assurance Partner of FASSET and the QCTO. FASSET is the Sector Education and Training Authority for Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services).

This means that the ICB is approved by FASSET to accredit courses and course providers for the ICB programmes and courses. The ICG is also the exams body for the ICB courses, offered by training providers accredited by them.

So, although the ICB does not offer training on these courses, they do set and run the exam. And they ensure the quality of the qualification, by ensuring the quality of the exams.

 

Different ways to Study ICB courses

 

You can study ICB courses in many different ways. Here I shall discuss:

  1. Full-time Classroom Study
  2. Distance Learning
  3. Home Study
  4. Online Study
  5. Part-Time Study

Full-time Classroom Study

 

Full-time classroom study means that you go to class every day. If you have someone paying for your studies, and you can afford to study full-time, then this is the option for you. You will got to a campus every day, and share a class with many other students doing the same course as you.

 

Distance Learning

 

Studying ICB courses via distance learning is for people who cannot attend classes. So if you stay far away from a campus where they offer ICB courses, then you should consider distance learning.

Distance learning means that your course provider sends you books and study notes. And then helps you study over the phone, or email or some online system.

 

Home Study

 

The ICB courses are ideal for if you are already working, and you need to study while you work. These courses were created in such a way to be accessible to the home study student. Some of the characteristics making them easy to do for a home study student, are the following:

 

  1. Step-by-step build up of subjects to courses and full qualifications
  2. More than one exam session per year
  3. Your Portfolio of Evidence – getting some of your final marks by doing work at home
  4. Online study groups offered by some course providers
  5. Study materials created especially for students studying at home
  6. One-on-one contact with a qualified lecturer

Part Time Study

 

Part time study means that you are going to classes on weekends or some evenings in the working week. This is possible if you are near a campus that offers evening classes or weekend classes for part time students.

Online Study

 

Some of the course providers have branched out to offer online studies. Studying your ICB course online can mean different things, depending on how the course provider is offering the course. Often online study includes the following components:

  • Study material delivered online – so you read it on your computer or ipad
  • Videos online to help you with your studies
  • Online chat groups so you meet and chat with other students in your online classroom

ICB Courses at Unisa

 

Unisa does not offer the ICB courses. So you cannot study ICB courses at Unisa. In the past they did offer ICB courses, but they no longer do.

If you want to do your ICB course via distance learning or home study, then there are a number of institutions through whom you can do that.

ICB Course Fees

 

When you plan to study an ICB course, then you need to take into account all the following costs:

 

  • Study fees with your college or course provider
  • Cost of textbooks (you need to check if your course provider includes all the books and notes in their course fee)
  • Exam costs (the payments you need to make to the ICB for each exam – there is a fee per subject that you write)
  • ICBA Membership fees (you can become a Student Member of the ICBA, and there are special student fees for this)
  • Delivery costs for home study students (are your courier fees included in your course fees?)

What Can I Study After I Have Completed My ICB Course?

 

The ICB is linked to a number of professional bodies. So, depending on what ICB courses you have completed, you could go on to study further at these professional bodies.

Institute of Accounting and Commerce (IAC)

South African Business Accountants (SAIBA)

South African Institute for Tax Professionals (SAIT)

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Keep in mind that no educational institution will accept you without an application process. And every educational institutions has its own rules and regulations. So if you plan to study towards a qualification with one of these bodies after completing your studies with the ICB, then make sure that you understand their entrance requirements and to what extent they will give you credit for your ICB studies, BEFORE you start.

 

The Role of the ICBA

 

The ICB is closely linked to a Professional Body called the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and Accountants (ICBA). The ICBA is recognised by SAQA as a Professional Body and for the registration of seven professional designations on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

These professional designations are linked to the different ICB courses. Meaning that if you study a specific ICB course, then that course, together with a certain amount of relevant experience, can get you your professional designation from the ICBA.

There are different designations for the different study streams in the ICB. Below are the designation for some of the most popular courses.

 

  • Certified Junior Bookkeeper
  • Certified Senior Bookkeeper
  • Certified Technical Financial Accountant
  • Certified Financial Accountant
  • Certified Public Accounts Administrator
  • Certified Public Accountant

ICB Registration – How does it Work?

 

Once you have enrolled with a training provider (which should be accredited by the ICB), then you need to register with the ICB.

Registration with the ICB is the first step towards being able to gain entry to the ICB exams. You can register online on their Student Portal. Or you can ask your training provider to help you register.

You will need to pay an ICB Registration fee, as well as your ICB Exam Fees.

is the Sector Education and Training Authority for Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services).

This means that the ICB is approved by FASSET to accredit courses and course providers for the ICB programmes and courses. The ICG is also the exams body for the ICB courses, offered by training providers accredited by them.

So, although the ICB does not offer training on these courses, they do set and run the exam. And they ensure the quality of the qualification, by ensuring the quality of the exams.

 

Different ways of Study

 

You can do your ICB courses in many different ways. Here I shall discuss:

  1. Full-time Classroom Study
  2. Distance Learning
  3. Home Study
  4. Online Study
  5. Part-Time Study

Full-time Classroom Study

 

Full-time classroom study means that you go to class every day. If you have someone paying for your studies, and you can afford to study full-time, then this is the option for you. You will got to a campus every day, and share a class with many other students doing the same course as you.

 

Distance Learning

 

Studying ICB courses via distance learning is for people who cannot attend classes. So if you stay far away from a campus where they offer ICB courses, then you should consider distance learning.

Distance learning means that your course provider sends you books and study notes. And then helps you study over the phone, or email or some online system.

 

Home Study

 

The ICB courses are ideal for if you are already working, and you need to study while you work. These courses were created in such a way to be accessible to the home study student. Some of the characteristics making them easy to do for a home study student, are the following:

 

  1. Step-by-step build up of subjects to courses and full qualifications
  2. More than one exam session per year
  3. Your Portfolio of Evidence – getting some of your final marks by doing work at home
  4. Online study groups offered by some course providers
  5. Study materials created especially for students studying at home
  6. One-on-one contact with a qualified lecturer

Part Time Study

 

Part time study means that you are going to classes on weekends or some evenings in the working week. This is possible if you are near a campus that offers evening classes or weekend classes for part time students.

Online Study

 

Some of the course providers have branched out to offer online studies. Studying your ICB course online can mean different things, depending on how the course provider is offering the course. Often online study includes the following components:

  • Study material delivered online – so you read it on your computer or ipad
  • Videos online to help you with your studies
  • Online chat groups so you meet and chat with other students in your online classroom

ICB Courses at Unisa

 

Unisa does not offer the ICB courses. So you cannot study ICB courses at Unisa. In the past they did offer ICB courses, but they no longer do.

If you want to do your ICB course via distance learning or home study, then there are a number of institutions through whom you can do that.

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Last Updated : June 1 2017