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Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, South Africa

ICB bookkeeping courses are fully accredited courses that can you get you qualified quickly.  You don’t need a matric to get started, and you get your first qualification within the first year.


ICB Bookkeeping Courses with TWP Academy


Searching for ICB Bookkeeping courses? Here is your list of ICB Bookkeeping courses:


Foundation Level

National Certificate: Bookkeeping

NQF Level 3


Intermediate Level

Further Education and Training Certificate: Bookkeeping

NQF Level 4


Upper Intermediate Level

National Diploma:  Technical Financial Accounting

NQF Level 5


Advanced Level

National Diploma: Financial Accounting

NQF Level 6


Why Study ICB Bookkeeping Courses?


In South Africa the government has very carefully compiled a list of industries and job titles where we do not have enough qualified staff to fill the jobs that are being offered.  In South Africa bookkeeping and accounting are on the scarce skills list.  This means that if you study bookkeeping and accounting you will find it much easier to find a job than in industries where there is no scarce skills.

The following professions all have severe shortages:

ICB bookkeeping courses
  • Payroll clerk
  • Debt collectors
  • Accounts clerks
  • Trainee Accounting professional
  • Financing Manager
  • General Accounting professional


The great news is that the ICB bookkeeping courses that TWP Academy offers prepares you for any of these positions.  If you qualify you will be highly employable in any industry, meaning that you will have a fulfilling career and financial stability for you and your family.

There are also big gaps of skills in accounting and bookkeeping in government.  So if you specifically want a career in public service you take our public sector stream and become and indispensable member of government helping to get clean audits for our government institutions.

A qualified and licenses bookkeeper or accountant will always be in demand.  Whether you want to start your own business, working in the private business or even in government – an ICB bookkeeping and accounting qualification will make sure you have the skills you need to succeed.


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The ICB bookkeeping courses have 4 different levels, each made up of several subjects.  These levels are Foundation Level, Intermediate Level, Upper Intermediate Level and Advanced Level.

Once you write and pass the exam for each of the subjects in a level you will receive the qualification for that level, with the certificate issued by FASSET.


Foundation Level


National Certificate: Bookkeeping (NQF Level 3)

The foundation level is your entry level for your bookkeeping courses.  They are at NQF level 3, which means that you do not need to be scared if you never completed high school, or have not studied for some time.  This level will give you confidence, and get you ready for your home study experience.

You wont need to have studied bookkeeping or accounting previously to be able to do this level.  You do need to be 16 years old though, and have at least a grade 10 or equivalent.

There are 4 subjects at this level, and we expect you to take a year to complete.


Intermediate Level


FET Certificate: Accounting (NQF level 4)

To enter this level you need to have passed the foundation level.  At this stage you are studying at NQF level 4, so you can expect the work to get a little more complicated as it is building on what you learnt at the foundation level.  Once you complete this level you are well on your way to becoming an accountant.

To finish this level you need to take another two subjects, which we expect to take you around 6 months.  Home study students do sometimes take a little longer.


Upper Intermediate Level


National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting (NQF level 5)

At this level you finally moved from the realm of being a bookkeeper, to being an accountant!  So congratulations!

You need to have completed the intermediate level successfully in order to qualify to sign up for the upper intermediate level.  You are now studying at NQF level 5, which is one grade higher than matric level.

You will have a further 2 subjects to study, so another 6 months of study time.


Advanced Level


National Diploma: Financial Accounting (NQF level 6) – Advanced Level

This as high as you can go with the ICB Bookkeeping courses.  However, having completed this NQF level 6 course you will now qualify to study higher education courses that can take you to the same level as a university degree.  You can apply to study with either ACCA or CIMA to go further with your studies.

This level has 4 subjects, and should take you around one year to complete if you are working steadily.  Once you pass all four subjects successfully you will now be the proud owner of a National Diploma in Financial Accounting!  This is two qualifications higher than a matric certificate, which is a long way to come if you started this qualification with only a grade 10.


TWP Academy Accreditation to offer ICB Bookkeeping Courses


TWP Academy has been accredited by the ICB as a Quality Assurance Partner of the QCTO to offer the full range of ICB courses.  This means that we applied to the ICB, and had show evidence that we offer a high standard of education.  After all our paperwork was approved, we got a site visit where the ICB accreditation officer visited our college to check that we do meet the required standards.

We had to provide proof to the ICB that we are a properly registered company, that our finances are in order, that we have quality study materials, and that we have the appropriate policies and procedures and staff to properly service any ICB student.  We also had to show our tax clearance certificate, and our Occupational Health and Safety Certificate.  The standards required are high, and the site visit very detailed.  You are only given your accreditation once the ICB are completely satisfied that you are a reputable, solid institution who will never let their students down.

We now have a set of 16 certificates from the ICB which show that we are allowed to offer every qualification that is available.  That includes all levels in Financial Accounting, Office Administration, Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Public Sector Accounting.


Can I study ICB bookkeeping without matric?


Yes, you can study ICB Bookkeeping without Matric.

Each of the 5 streams of ICB courses (Financial Accounting, Office Administration, Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Public Sector Accounting) allow you to start without Matric, as long as you are 16 years of age.  In the Financial Accounting stream you can qualify to study if you only have a grade 10.  The courses start at NQF Level 3, and you can study right through to NQF Level 6 which is a national diploma.  This is two levels higher than matric.

This means that all those students who are unable to study further because they never matriculated now have the option for further education!  And with TWP Academy you can work while you study so that you can afford the fees.

You will get recognised at every level completed in the qualification.  So after the first year you will be able to get a national certificate in bookkeeping, which will allow you to start applying for jobs in the bookkeeping and accounting industry.

About the TWP Academy ICB bookkeeping courses


There are many things to take into account when you want to know how you can study ICB bookkeeping courses from home.  You need to have a good understanding of the following if you are going to choose the correct college to study with.


How does studying from home work?ICB bookkeeping courses


There are many words that are used when we talk about studying from home, including correspondence courses, part time studies and distance learning.  In all these cases students do not have to attend classes at their college, and they can work while they study so they can afford their course.

Home study means you can start your career and get experience, while at the same time earning an income.  One of the most difficult things for a new graduate trying to get their first placement is that employers are wary to take on an employee who has never had a job before.  So working while you study gives you a really big advantage over students that are studying full time.

However, it is pretty scary to think about studying from home.  You worry that you won’t get the help that you need if you get stuck.  And how do you stay motivated when you have to tackle everything alone?  The answer is that you need to find a college that is going to work with you every day to keep you studying, and make sure you pass.


Textbooks and Study Guides


There are two elements you need to know when about textbooks and study guides:  are they developed for home study, and are the included in the costs of my course.

You need to be sure that the books are written in such a way that they are suitable for studying from home where there is no lecturer to give you extra information on the subject.  If this is not done properly you will struggle through the course material and get very frustrated.

The second issue is that some unscrupulous colleges do not include the costs of the textbooks in their quotes to potential students.  This makes them look much cheaper so students sign up.  But once they are signed up they realise that the very expensive books are not included in the price.

At TWP Academy all the books are included in the price you are quoted.  You will have to buy your own stationary though, such as pens and notepads.


How do I get my books?


Many home study colleges use the past office to send your books, which can take a long time.  There are often problems with the post office such as lost books, or strikes which delay packages for months.  If you want the college to send your books via courier which is fast and safe, the college will charge you a huge fee to do so.

At TWP Academy all books are sent via courier, and there is no additional charge for this service.  You will be able to track the parcel, and the average delivery time for the parcels is two and a half days.  Remember that if you live far from a city centre this will take longer; up to 10 working days.

We will need your home address and a working phone number to be able to safely deliver your books, so make sure you always keep us updated with changes of address or phone number.


Study at your own pace


When you study from home you need to carefully plan your studies, and the times in the day you will put aside so that you can get through all the coursework in time for your exams.

When you study you will receive one set of books from us as a time.  Once you complete that subject you request your next book, and we send you the following subject.

We suggest that you sit one exam every sitting in the year, as they are very frequent.  There are 5 exam sessions per year with ICB.


Who is going to be my tutors and lecturers?


Many colleges use lectures that are on contract.  That means they are not full time at the college, and do not work on the campus.  If you have a query it is sent to the lecturer, and they will respond.  This takes time, and can be frustrating for the student.

At TWP Academy your lecturer is a full time employee at the college.  They are in our offices from 8am to 5pm every weekday.  You can call the college and speak to your lecturer any time.  You will never need to wait for help.


Online Study Groups


We are very proud to offer our students online study groups on the Together We Pass website.  Our lectures are in the study groups every day to help students.

You will also be able to speak with other students who are studying the same subject as you, which improves your understanding and also helps keep you motivated.


The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and Accountants (ICBA).


The ICBA used to be part of ICB, but they split out to be their own organisation in 2015.

The ICAB is a professional body where you can apply to be a member.  This membership can be achieved as soon as you are a student, and you apply for higher and higher levels as you get qualified, and then get work experience in the industry.

This is a great way to get further recognition for your hard work.  You are allowed to put your designation (letters) after your name once you have achieved a certain level.  This makes you even more professional and employable for potential employers.

The ICBA is an expert body that provides subscription to trainees studying ICB courses. Initially you can simply end up being a Student Member. However as quickly as you have really finished your initial certification, you will be gotten approved for Professional Membership.


Further studies you can apply for when you complete your ICB Bookkeeping courses


The ICB has formal arrangements with a variety of professional bodies that allows you take your credits to further studies.  In other words they give you access to higher studies, which can take you to the same level as a university degree.

Here are three of the bodies with whom the ICB have such an arrangement:


  • South African Business Accountants (SAIBA).
  • South African Institute for Tax Professionals (SAIT).
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).


Keep in mind: You will need to apply to these expert bodies. And they each have their own set of entryway criteria and guidelines.


Last Updated: September 24, 2018

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