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Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, South Africa

The ICB junior bookkeeper certificate not only equips you with great skills for a career on bookkeeping, but it also gives you access to higher programs which allow you to be a fully qualified accountant.  You don’t need a Matric to join the ICB junior bookkeeping program, as the entry requirements are that you are 16 years old, and have a grade 10.


The reasons you should study our ICB Junior Bookkeeper Certificate


Once you have graduated from our ICB junior bookkeeper certificate you will find that there are many different positions you can apply for.  These positions can be in most industries, as every company needs a bookkeeper.

The great thing about being a junior bookkeeper is that you can expect to work regular hours, and you will be able to keep a great work/ life balance. 

As a junior bookkeeper you will usually help the office manager in your daily duties, and these will cover a wide range of functions:

  • The completion of the monthly bookkeeping function to trial
  • Supplier statement reconciliation
  • Inventory systems and bank statement reconciliation,
  • Calculation of PAYE / SDL / UIF remuneration and the monthly EMP deductions and completion of the monthly EMP201 returns,
  • Completion of annual IRP 5, IRP 6 and IT 3a documents, EMP501 and VAT201 return using both manual the manual submission system and E-filing.

ICB Financial Accounting


The ICB Junior Bookkeeper qualification is part of the Financial Accounting stream.  It is the first level of four, the final leg being a National Diploma.

The ICB Junior Bookkeeper is on NQF level 3, and the final level is on NQF level 6.  That means you start at two levels lower than matric, and you end two levels higher.

The Junior Bookkeeper program only needs you to have a Grade 10 to get started, and once you have passed this level you can then carry on to the next level, and then the next, until you have the full diploma!  So this qualification really is a gateway into a serious career in accounting.


What subjects are in this junior bookkeeping course?


In order to complete the ICB junior bookkeeper program students will have to complete all the following subjects:


  • Business Literacy
  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  • Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns
  • Computerised Bookkeeping


Assessment in the ICB junior bookkeeper program


In the ICB junior bookkeeper program you are assessed with a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE).  This is sent to you two to three weeks after you register your exam.  You will receive a unique PoE for every subject you write.

There are many documents in the PoE, and make sure you read them all.  They will include your personal details that you need to check are correct, and the latest policies around exams.  You will also find 3 activities, 2 evaluations and 1 assignment in the PoE, which you have to do at home.  All of these are then taken along on the day of your exam, and handed in when you have completed writing the exam.


ICB Exams


ICB exams happen 4 times per year, and you book your exam directly with the ICB.  You can see the ICB exam dates here.

You are writing your exam with the ICB, so you will have booked your exam directly with ICB via the ICB Learner Portal.  Remember you will not be able to book your exam until you have paid your annual subscription fee to the ICB.  You choose the ICB exam venue closest to you, and there are exam venues across the country.

The final exam counts for 70% of the mark, and the evaluations you did at home in the PoE count for 30% of your mark.

If you could not write the exam and have a valid reason, you can apply to the ICB for a re-assessment.  Remember this is at their discretion, and you will need to give proof of your reason.  For example a doctors note if you were sick.


ICB Exam Results


About 6 weeks after you write your exams the results will be released.  You can read this article if you want to know exactly when the ICB exam results are to be released.

You will find the results in your ICB Learner Portal.  Once you log in you will be able to see all your results in one place, and the new results will appear here.

Once you have the results you can celebrate when you pass!  And if you did not you can apply for a re-write.  This is called a re-assessment and it must be taken within one year of the first attempt.


How long will you have to complete the course?


It will take you 12 to 18 months to complete this program depending on how dedicated you are to your studies.  We recommend that you write at least one exam in every exam sitting, in which case you will be finished in 12 months.


What certificate will you be awarded?


Once you have successfully completed all 4 subjects you will be awarded a Programme Completion Certificate from the ICB.  The ICB will also alert FASSET that you have completed, and FASSET will issue you your  National Certificate in Bookkeeping (Junior Bookkeeping). You will need to be patient in waiting for this certificate as it takes from 6 months to 1 year to receive this final certificate from FASSET.

You will also receive a certificate of completion from TWP Academy. As TWP Academy values education and cares about our students, your completion award will be sent to you via courier so that you receive it as soon as possible and without any delays.

ICB junior bookkeeper certificate
Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

Want to get started with TWP Academy?


You can start right now! Call us on 0800 39 00 27 or fill in the form on this page and we will contact you to get you started.  If you want more details on the junior bookkeeping program you can follow the link.

If you want to browse our other courses you can follow this link to see what we offer:  ICB Courses.

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Last Updated:  September 24, 2018

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