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Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, South Africa

Senior Bookkeeper

Become Senior Bookkeeper with this qualification, and open a wide range of job options.  Our ICB courses give you excellent skills so that you can approach job interviews with confidence, and do well in any position you are appointed in.


FET Certificate: Bookkeeping NQF L4 – SAQA ID 58376 (ICB Designation – Senior Bookkeeper)


  • Senior Bookkeeper
  • Junior Accountant
  • Assistant Accountant


Registration Requirements:



Senior Bookkeeper Programme Duration:


  • Recommended further 6 to 9 months of study


Senior Bookkeeper Programme Recognition:


  • This programme is accredited by QCTO SETA
  • Your certificate will be issued by FASSET SETA


Senior Bookkeeper Programme Content:


  • Financial Statements
  • Cost and Management Accounting


Program Outcomes:


  • Completion of the monthly and annual bookkeeping function.
  • Skills for depreciable asset disposal, year-end adjustments, preparation and analysis of  financial statements for sole proprietorships, partnerships, close corporations, companies and a thorough understanding of cash flow statements.
  • Completion of basic management accounts and a working knowledge of cost accounting; including knowledge of breakeven analysis, cost-volume-profi t analysis, advanced costing, budgeting and standard costing, financial management and business ethics.
  • Assistant Tax Technician (ATT) status as a member of the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners being permitted to complete SARS returns other than Income Tax assessment returns.


What you will be able to do once you complete this level?


You will be able to competently complete the following tasks once you are a Senior Bookkeeper:


  • Monthly bookkeeping
  • Asset disposal
  • Year-end adjustments
  • Analysis of financial statements
  • Understand cash flow
  • Basic cost and management accounts


Important Exam Information:


Assessment is based on the submission of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) which will comprise formative activities and evaluations, as well as one summative assessment (final exam). PoE assessment comprises formative/interim assessment of activities (assignments) and evaluations (test) that count 30% towards the total mark. A Summative Assessment (final exam) contributes to the remaining 70% of your marks. The PoE is basically a file containing all the evidence necessary for a learner to be declared competent against the relevant outcomes.


  • You will be awarded with the National Certificate: Bookkeeping by FASSET upon successful completion of your PoE and your exams.
  • You will also receive a Programme Completion Certificate from the ICB
  • Assessment takes place in February, May, August and November.
  • Please note that the ICB exam fees and annual memberships are not included in your programme fees.  Please visit the ICB website at www.icb.org.za to familiarise yourself with the exam registration dates, the actual exam dates and the fees.



Last updated: November 03, 2018

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