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Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, South Africa

Office admin courses via distance learning is the best way to earn money as well as experience while you study.  Experience is one of the key things you will need to gain a good position in a company – even if you have a masters degree it will not guarantee you a job unless you have found a way to also get experience while you studied.


Office Admin courses via Distance Learning

Looking for a list of Colleges where you can study Office Admin Courses? You can study office admin courses from home, with any one of these five recognized distance learning colleges:

Skills Academy – Accredited by FASSET, QCTO, ICB

Learning Group – Accredited by FASSET, QCTO, ICB

Home Study College – Accredited by FASSET, QCTO, ICB

TWP Academy – Accredited by FASSET, QCTO, ICB

Home Study Group – Accredited by FASSET, QCTO, ICB

All of these colleges are accredited to offer the ICB Office Administration program which is an excellent entry level qualification that can start you on your career.


ICB Office Administration Programme

Here is how the full qualification is constructed.  Remember that this qualification has 3 levels.  At the end of each level you get a qualification, which is certified and printed by FASSET.  This means you can start to look for work and get your first office placement long before you have received your full diploma.

And I cannot stress enough how important relevant work experience is as you work your way towards your ultimate office career.


Foundation Level in Office Administration

Certificate: Office Administration

In order to do this level you do need to have your matric.  If you do not then don’t worry. There are many other ICB programs that do not require a matric.  If you pass the first level of Business Management, or Financial Accounting you can transfer to this qualification with no difficulty!

office admin courses via distance learning

This qualification has an NQF level of 5, which is one level higher than matric.  The SAQA ID is 23618, and it gives you a total credits of 120.

This course has 6 subjects, which makes it much longer than many of the other first level ICB qualifications.  Because it has so many subjects we recommend that it will take 18 to 24 months to complete if you are working and studying at the same time.

If you are studying full time you should be able to complete this inside of a year.

Subjects you will study

  1. Business and Office Administration 1 (BOA1).
  2. Bookkeeping to Trial Balance (BKTB).
  3. Business Literacy (BUSL).
  4. Marketing Management and Public Relations (MMPR).
  5. Business Law and Administrative Practice (BLAP).
  6. Cost and Management Accounting (CMGT.


What my title can be after I have completed this level:

  • Junior Office Administrator
  • Junior personal assistant
  • Receptionist
  • Office Assistant
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Marketing Administrator


Intermediate Level in Office Administration

Higher Certificate: Office Administration.

The entry requirement for this level is very easy.  You need to have completed or be exempted for the Foundation level!  This course is also NQF level 5, with SAQA ID 23619, and total cumulative credits of 240.

As there are only 3 subjects on this level we recommend that this will take you around one year to complete, or 6 months if you are studying full time.

Subjects you will study

  1. Business and Office Administration 2 (BOA2).
  2. Human Resources Management and Labour Relations (HRLR).
  3. Economics (ECON).


What my title can be if you pass this level

  • Senior Office Administrator
  • Secretary
  • General Office Manager
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Labour Relations Administrator.

Remember that in order to be awarded any of these positions listed you will need to have relevant experience as well as this higher qualification.  It is very important that you find an office job as quickly as possible so you can start to get experience to match your new qualification.


Advanced Level in Office Administration

Diploma: Office Administration

You need to have passed or been exempted from both Foundation and intermediate level in order to start this qualification.  This qualification is NQF level 6 (SAQA ID 35958, total cumulative credits: 360).

There are only a further 3 subjects you need to pass in order to get your full diploma!  We recommend 6 months for students studying full

Subjects you will study

  1. Business and Office Administration 3 (BOA3).
  2. Financial Statements (FNST).
  3. Management (MGMT).


What my title can be if you pass this level

  • Office Manager
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Administrative Manager.

Once again I have to stress that you will not land roles like this on your qualification alone!  You must get relevant work experience to match your qualification or you will not be considered.


ICB Office Admin Courses Distance Learning

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers offer a variety of courses. Although you do need a matric to start Office Admin, you can start on one of the other qualifications and then transfer to Office Admin once you have completed.  This means you can get into this program this way even if you only have a grade 10!

Distance learning is cost effective, and costs so much less than if you go to a campus to study.  This is because the college is not having to maintain a huge campus, with big overheads and a teacher for every class.  With distance learning the cost reduction in a small office space is passed on to the student in the form of very low course fees.

It is also more cost effective as you can study and work at the same time! In this way you can help to pay for your studies from your own wages!

When you study via distance the college will courier you the books you need, and you scan and email the assignments back to the college for marking.  The college will support you on the phone, on WhatsApp, email and in your online study group on Together We Pass.


Level up with further qualifications

Many of the qualifications with the ICB have overlapping subjects!  This means that if you complete the Office Admin qualification you will be able to then get your Business Management qualifications by only doing a few further subjects.

This is a very easy way to ensure you get many qualifications on your CV without spending a further 3 years studying a new diploma!


You can start today!


Last Updated: September 24, 2018

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