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Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, South Africa

Technical Financial Accountant

Time to start your Accounting career with this fully accredited ICB Technical Financial Accountant qualification.  You can study from home while you work, with our affordable monthly fees.  Start your career today.

National Diploma: Technical Financial Accountant NQF5 – SAQA ID 36213 (ICB Designation – Technical Financial Accountant)ICB logo (1)


  • Technical Financial Accountant
  • Accounting Technician
  • Tax Technician

Think you can only become an accountant in this career field? Find out more about other  accounting careers here.

Registration Requirements:

  • Grade 10 (Std 8) or equivalent.
  • No prior accounting knowledge needed.
  • You must be at least 16 years of age.

Programme Duration:

  • Recommended 24 months of study

Programme Recognition:

  • This programme is accredited by FASSET SETA

Programme Content:

  • Business Literacy
  • Bookkeeping to Trail Balance
  • Payroll and Monthly SARS Return
  • Computerised Bookkeeping
  • Financial Statements
  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Income Tax Returns
  • Business Law and Accounting Control

Programme Outcomes:

  • Ability to operate with management in an accounting environment
  • Comprehensive knowledge of bookkeeping, financial accounting, management accounting, cost accounting, personal and business taxation, business law and accounting control.
  • Thorough knowledge of personal and business taxation and of the Income Tax Act, the calculation of taxable income for both individuals and businesses, the skills for the completion of Income Tax returns as well as the ability to provide advice to clients and be current on South African Income Tax calculation and collection.
  • Working knowledge of business law and accounting control (the audit function), including basic contract and insurance law, insolvency law, internal and computer auditing.
  • Certified Tax Technician (CTT) status as a member of the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners with a tax practitioner’s number allowing him/her to complete monthly and annual SARS returns on behalf of a client.

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

  • Support management in finance and accounting
  • Become a SAIT tax practitioner (once you meet their requirements); know the ins and outs of accounting, taxation (individuals and companies), auditing and business law.

Other accounting-related courses 

Skills Academy offers a range of accounting, bookkeeping and finance courses via distance learning. The following ICB courses are also on offer: 

  • Public Sector Accounting 
  • Office Administration 
  • Business Management 
  • Entrepreneurship

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: March 02, 2020

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