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Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, South Africa

ICB accredited courses is one of the most accessible programmes that students in South Africa can study.  These are approved by our government, and you only need a Grade 10 to get started!  This is almost unheard of in post school studies.  Read more about our ICB accredited courses to see how far TWP Academy can take you in your future career.


ICB accredited courses

In a world plagued by bogus colleges, you need to be sure that you are at a reputable college, so checking their accreditation is a good starting point.

All ICB courses are fully accredited by QCTO, and are certified by FASSET.  This means that a college that is registered to offer the ICB courses had to have a site visit, and be approved that they are of the highest standard.

The study material is of the highest quality, and the qualifications recognised by any potential employer in South Africa.  The ICB accredited courses are an excellent choice for anyone wanting a professional career in bookkeeping or accounting.


What accredited ICB courses can I study at TWP Academy?

There are five streams that you can follow with the ICB accredited courses.  That is financial accounting, business management, office administration, entrepreneurship and public sector accounting.

All streams will give your career a head start! 

ICB: Financial Accounting Programme

The ICB Financial Accounting program is our most popular course.  If you want to a career as an accountant this is the right course for you.  If you complete all the exams you will have a National Diploma in Financial Accounting at NQF L6, and this can give you access to the higher studies should you wish to take your career further.

There are 12 exams to sit to complete this diploma, and this should take you 3 years to complete if you are doing one exam in every exam sitting through the year.

Here are the 4 qualifications in the Financial Accounting program:


ICB: Entrepreneurship Programme

If you want to run your own business financial skills are vital!  If you don’t understand the finances of your business not only will you make bad financial decisions that will risk your business, but you might break the law inadvertently as well.

These three qualifications will teach you the basic bookkeeping skills you need to keep your business finances safe and legal.


ICB Short courses in Entrepreneurship

A short course is a qualification or course that is one year or less to study.  This means that you can also study the first level if the ICB Entrepreneurship qualifications as a short course.  On completion you will get your certificate of completion from TWP Academy and the ICB, as well as your qualification certificate from FASSET.

You can also study each subject individually if you just want to improve your skills and knowledge in one area.  This means that you can study many ICB short courses in entrepreneurship.

You can study modules from any level, as long as you have studied the pre-requisite if there is one.  So for example you cannot start at ICB Entrepreneurship Level 3, you have successfully complete the Level 1 and Level 2 ICB Entrepreneurship modules first.


ICB: Office Administration

If you want to make yourself highly employable as an office administrator our range of ICB Office Administration courses is a great start.

Office administration jobs are highly competitive and if you have an accredited qualifications behind you this will put you at the front of the queue for the best jobs.


ICB Office Admin Short Courses

Many people want to know if you can study ICB Office Admin short courses at UNISA.   This is something that UNISA used to offer, but they no longer offer any of the ICB programmes.  However, there are many other alternatives.

You can study the ICB Office Admin short courses at TWP Academy through distance learning just as you used to be able to at UNISA.  At TWP Academy you can sign up for any of the individual modules in the ICB Office Admin qualifications and use them to brush up particular skills that you might need to improve your work performance, or to get a particular promotion.


ICB: Business Management Programme

Business management qualifications are another excellent way to improve your employment prospects.

The Business Management program has 3 qualifications that you can complete.


ICB: Public Sector Programme

Public sector accounting are qualifications to pursue if you want a career working for government.

Government employment is an excellent prospect in South Africa as they are well paid, and very stable.


ICB short courses

As you have seen in the content above any of the individual subjects or the first level of the qualification can be taken as a short course.  This gives you a very wide range of topics where you can get better skills or knowledge, or that first accredited certificate.


Is a bookkeeping certificate worth it?

In short, yes it is. 

Remember that when you are looking for work you need to have something to your name to get the potential employer to give you that first entry level job.  And if you have completed a Certificate in Bookkeeping you could find yourself with your first job as an accounting clerk.

You can then be getting direct work experience in your chosen career field.  And work experience will always be the difference between you your next job, or your next promotion!

Once you have the money and time to continue your studies you can continue onto higher levels of certification, and make your way up the ladder your bookkeeping and accounting career.


About the ICB

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (the ICB) has to be seen as one of the highly regarded professional bodies for bookkeeping, accounting, office administration, public sector accounting and business qualification in South Africa.

The ICB is a body that focuses on providing top quality, fully accredited courses and has a rich history of supplying and promoting accounting and bookkeeping qualifications.

The ICB has been operating since 1931, and is also affiliated with the Institute of Financial Accountant in UK.  The ICB are internationally recognised. Therefore if you get a ICB qualification you will have a qualification that can be recognised overseas.

These are just some of the reasons why TWP Academy has decided to offer a wide range of ICB courses. There are ICB courses for everyone ranging from short courses designed to teach you very specific skills, right through to diplomas that will help you learn a wide range of skills and make you highly employable.

This is done to ensure that whether you plan to study for 6 months or 3 years, whether you want to get a diploma or a certificate, we have right course for you.

Take the next step in securing your financial future and sign up for an ICB course with TWP Academy.


ICB entry requirements

The great news is that you only need a grade 10 to start an ICB qualification!

Many people who did not finish their Matric believe that there is no recognised qualification that they can take as they will not be able to reach the entry requirements.

With the ICB you are able to do do the qualification even if you have a grade 10.  And as long as you keep passing this can take you to a NQF L6, which gives you entry to many further studies as well.  That means our ICB accredited courses can take you from a grade 10 and put you on the path to get a university level qualification.


ICB Registration

Once you have registered with a college (which we hope you decide can be no one else other than TWP Academy) you need to also register with the ICB.  

You will be expected to register on their student portal, and pay an annual registration fee.

This student portal will be vital in your studies, as it will give you access to your marks, you can pay your annual registration fee, and book exams.

ICB exams

You will also need to book and pay for your exams directly with the ICB. As we are a distance learning college we are not allowed to book students exams for them.  We will offer you all the support you need, such as cut off dates, and help with finding venues.  However, the actual registration and payment must be done directly.  

This is also done via the student portal.

There are venues across the country, and arrangements can be made internationally as well.


ICB Qualifications

A full advanced level ICB qualification takes about 3 years if you study consistently and write one exam in each exam sitting in the year.

One little known fact is that each program actually has a number of qualifications making it up.  If you study a degree you get no qualification at all until you have completed the full 3 year program.  However, with the ICB accredited courses you can get 4 qualifications over the 3 year period.

For example with the Financial Accounting program.  The ICB 3 year national diploma in financial accounting is actually made up for 4 different qualifications.  Each level is the prerequisite for the next level.  And at each level you get a new qualification from FASSET.

  1.  After 4 exams you get a National Certificate in bookkeeping
  2.  Add two more exams and you get an FET Certificate in Bookkeeping
  3.  Add two more subjects and you get the National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting
  4.  Add 4 more subjects and you get the National Diploma in Financial Accounting

That means at each step you get a recognised qualification to show to your employer or potential future employer when you go for interviews.  This is a wonderful benefit!

ICB accredited courses
icb accredited courses

Reasons to study an ICB accredited courses

  • The entry requirement is only a Grade 10
  • You will learn the skills to succeed in the bookkeeping and accounting industry
  • The ICB courses are accredited by the QCTO
  • Your qualification is issued by FASSET
  • Courses offered are registered on the NQF (National Qualifications Framework).
  • You can become and ICBA as a student, and you can get higher levels of membership once you qualify and gain experience.


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Last updated: April 28, 2019

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