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Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, South Africa

This page will give you a list of bookkeeping courses correspondence learning so that you can see what we have available.  Study bookkeeping while you work, earning money to pay for your studies and work experience which allows you to advance your bookkeeping career that much fast.


List of bookkeeping courses correspondence learning


TWP Academy offers the following ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) bookkeeping courses that you can study via correspondence learning in our Financial Accounting program:



With the ICB you can study without matric, and one of our courses has an entry requirement of only Grade 10.  These qualifications are diploma level, which means that they are two levels higher than a matric.


How ICB bookkeeping courses are structured


There are four different levels that make up the ICB bookkeeping programme.  Inside each level there are a number of subjects that need to be completed:


  • Foundation Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Upper Intermediate Level
  • Advanced Level


The ICB will rate you as competent as you pass the assessments and exams for each level.  The ICB will inform FASSET that you have passed, and you will then be sent your formal qualification certificates directly from FASSET.  Remember that you will also get a completion certificate from ICB and TWP Academy.

Please note that it does take a long time for FASSET to print these certificates, and the lead time is approximately six months to one year. You can however use your TWP Academy and ICB certificates in your CV until such time as your formal certificate from FASSET arrives.


Foundation Level


National Certificate: Bookkeeping (NQF Level 3) – Foundation Level


The foundation level is the starting point for many students. If you did not do well at school, stopped matric or have not studied for many years, the foundation level helps you to bridge the gap and return to studying.

Academically the level is rated as NQF 3. That is a level below matric. Students with Grade 10 (Standard 8) will be able to manage the level of academic work.

You do not need any previous knowledge of accounting if you start at this level. You only need to be a minimum of 16 years of age to be accepted into the program.

To finish this level you must pass four courses. The recommended time to complete it is 12 months. However it is common for students to take up to 18 months.


Intermediate Level


FET Certificate: Bookkeeping (NQF level 4) – Intermediate Level


The intermediate level are for students who have successfully completed the foundation level. It is your 2nd step on the ladder towards becoming a Financial Accountant.

To progress to this level, you should have passed the foundation level. That implies you must already have your National Certificate: Bookkeeping to enter this level.

To complete this level you have to pass two subjects. Many students complete this level in 6 months. Correspondence learning students are able to complete this level in 9 months if they so wish.


Upper Intermediate Level


National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting (NQF level 5) – Upper Intermediate Level


At this level you move from Bookkeeper to Accountant. If your dream is to be an accountant, then this level can get you there!

To enter this level you are required to have passed the Intermediate level. That implies you need to have your FET Certificate: Bookkeeping to gain entry to the Upper Intermediate Level.

To finish this level you have to pass 2 subjects. The recommended time of study is 6 months. Home Study students can take up to 9 months to complete this level.


Advanced Level


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


This is the highest level in ICB studies. Here you will get your National Diploma: Financial Accounting (NQF Level 6). To enter this level you need to have passed all the other previous levels. That implies that you need to be in possession of a National Diploma in Technical Financial Accounting.

To pass this level you need to successfully complete 4 subjects. Students typically take around 12 months to finish this level. Distance learning students can take a bit longer.


Together We Pass


Remember that TWP Academy and Together We Pass are very closely linked, and you will always get free study groups Together We Pass.  Your lecturer from TWP Academy will run your study group, and will post updates and motivational messages to keep you going in your qualification.

You can also ask questions, and interact with other students studying the same course as you.

Together We Pass makes sure that you are no longer alone in your studies, which can be a real drawback and de-motivator when you choose to study via distance learning.


ICB Learner Portal


The ICB Learner Portal is the website that all registered ICB students use for a number of different self-service functions.  It is very useful to be able to manage your own learning, so it is worth taking the time to understand what you can do on the ICB Learner Portal.

A few of the things you can do by means of the learner portal are:

  • View and edit your individual and contact information
  • Order a reprint of a certificate you achieved
  • Pay your ICB charges (Credit Card)
  • Register for Exams
  • See your Exam Results

If you want to read more about the ICB learner portal here is a full article.


ICB Bookkeeping Courses Fees


You need to understand all the costs that are involved when you are studying an ICB bookkeeping course.  If you understand the costs you can budget for them, and be sure that you are not caught unprepared and unable to pay for part of your course.  Here is a list of things you need to take note and plan for:


  • Study fees with your distance learning college
  • Book charges: some colleges will include this in your course charges (this is included at TWP Academy)
  • Carrier costs: TWP Academy includes this in your course charges
  • Student Registration costs: this is a yearly fee that you need to pay directly to ICB so  this is not included in your course charges
  • Exam fees: you need to pay this straight to the ICB, so it is not considered part of your course fees
  • ICBA Student Membership charges: these fees are normally not included in your course costs


ICB Registration


When you choose to study for an ICB certification, you must take note of a number of things that are all part of your ICB Registration, of which include:

  • Annual ICB Student Registration
  • Registration with a home study college
  • ICB Exam Registration
  • ICB Exams


ICB Exams


The ICB has 5 exam sessions in 2017. Remember that you need to register for your exam at least 3 months in advance.  This is because you need time to prepare, and to complete your Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) which you take along to your exam and hand in.

If you will need to be registered with ICB before you can register for your exam, and you will need to fill in these ICB exam registration forms.

Please read all the links I have inserted here very carefully before you want to register for your first exam so that it all goes smoothly.


List of bookkeeping courses correspondence learning

Here is your quick list of bookkeeping courses correspondence learning that you can sign up to with TWP Academy today:

Go back to About ICB courses.


Last Updated : September 24, 2018

List of bookkeeping courses correspondence learning
List of bookkeeping courses correspondence learning
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