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Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, South Africa

Unisa Home Study payroll – Short Courses

Short Courses in Unisa Home Study payroll

Searching for a Unisa Home Study payroll short courses you can study from home? Choose from this list of Payroll and Bookkeeping courses.

  • Payroll and Regular monthly SARS Returns – ICB Short Course
  • National Certificate: Accounting (NQF Level 3).
  • FET Certificate: Bookkeeping (NQF level 4).
  • National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting (NQF level 5).
  • National Diploma: Financial Accounting (NQF level 6).


Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns – ICB Short Course.

This skills programme will modify the manual month-to-month accounting function. It will present learners to payroll and the Fundamental Conditions of Employment Function as well as basic business principles. Learners will have the ability to complete the payroll function from the bookkeeping point of view. A student will be able to finish the SARS payroll returns (EMP201, IRP 5, IT3a, IRP501). Learners will also have the ability to complete the VAT201 return.


How will this course be structured?

In order to complete the Junior Accounting Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns course, trainees will need to complete all the following topics:

  • Organise, execute, keep track of and work with in payroll.
  • Learning Module 1: Basic Bookkeeping and BARREL.
  • Learning Module 2: Strategy, Learning.
  • Learning Module 3: Record and verify input variations on employees records.
  • Learning Module 4: Basic conditions of workers.
  • Learning Module 5: Statuary registrations.
  • Learning Module 6: Complete PAYE documents.
  • Learning Module 7: Accounting for Payroll.
  • Learning Module 8: Computerised Payroll.
  • Learning Module 9: Month-to-month SARS return and e-filing.
  • Learning Module 10: Ethics and the signed up tax practitioner.


How will I be examined?

When you have actually effectively completed the required projects recommended by TWP Academy you will need to effectively pass examinations with the ICB.

In order to compose examinations with the ICB you will need to:

  • Apply to the ICB and register with them to compose their tests.
  • Submit a Portfolio of Proof to the ICB on the day of your exams.


For how long is the course?

7– 9 months.


What certificate will I get?

You will be granted with a Short Course Certificate from Skills Academy. You will also be issued by the ICB with a Statement of Proficiency revealing the particular Unit Standards that you have actually completed. FASSET will award you with a System Requirement Certificate for any Unit Standards that you have completed.

As Skills Academy worths education and cares about our trainees, your conclusion award will be sent to you via courier so that you receive it as soon as possible and without any hold-ups.


ICB Accounting Courses – Study with the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers offer a series of bookkeeping courses. You can start at a scholastic level listed below Matric, and work you way up to 2 levels higher than matric (NQF 6 level).

To understand the ICB Accounting courses, you need to think about the following:

  • Why study Accounting?
  • Can I study ICB Accounting courses if I do not have Matric?
  • The distinction between Bookkeeping and Accounting Courses.
  • The various levels of study with the ICB.
  • The different courses that makes up the ICB Financial Accounting Programme.
  • Foundation Level.
  • Intermediate Level.
  • Upper Intermediate Level.
  • Advanced Level.
  • What qualifications do you get?
  • Study additionally after finishing your program.
  • Subjects that are the same across more than one ICB course.
  • The function of your college and the function of the ICB – who does what?
  • How does Home Study or Distance Learning work for these courses?


Why Study Bookkeeping?

In South Africa accounting and accounting are scarce skills. That means that both market and federal government acknowledge that we have a scarcity of accountants and accountants. The government body for qualifications in the financial sector, FASSET, has actually done a study on scarce skills in 2015. From that study they published their Scarce Skills Guide 2015.

FASSET is the SETA for Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Providers. In their scarce skills direct they identified the following as scarce skills:

  • Student Accountant.
  • Financing Manager.
  • General Accountant.
  • Accounts Clerk.
  • Payroll Clerk.
  • Debt Collector.

These are all positions for which an ICB accounting course will prepare you appropriately. Your accounting qualification will ensure that you are constantly in demand. It is a terrific profession that can take you to the highest level in an organisation.

The shortage of accounting skills also impacts federal government departments. All government departments have accounting and accounting divisions. And they work every year to get a “clean audit”. To get a clean audit suggests that they require well-trained, certified, committed and experienced bookkeeping and accounting staff and supervisors.

As a certified accountant or accountant, you will constantly remain in demand. Either in private business, or in a government department, which can include both municipalities, as well as bigger nationwide federal government departments.


Can I study ICB Accounting courses if I don’t have Matric?

The accounting courses begin at NQF level 3. And they increase to NQF level 6. Matric is at NQF level 4. So these courses are accessible for student who do not have matric. You begin at an academic level below matric. And if you keep studying, you will wind up with a qualification two levels above matric.

The ICB courses are established to be available for trainees who must work and study at the same time. With distance learning you can study an hour every night. You now have five exam chances annually, so as soon as you are ready for an exam, you can go and write that examination. In this way you can do your course step by step.

As you advance with the programme, you will get acknowledgment at the different levels. After completing the first 4 subjects, you will already get your very first qualification from FASSET, and your first ICB Programme Certificate.

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The different Levels of study with the ICB.

The ICB bookkeeping program is divided into different levels. Inside each level can be one or more courses. The program is divided into four levels, as follows:

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

As you complete each level, you will get acknowledgment from the ICB through an ICB Program Certificate. As you finish the various courses inside the levels, you will get acknowledgment from FASSET through your official qualification from FASSET.

I will describe the various levels, and the courses inside each level, in detail below.


The various Courses that comprises the ICB Financial Accounting Program.

The ICB Bookkeeping/ Financial Accounting Program is broken into four levels. Inside each level is one full qualification. As you progress up the ladder of qualifications, you will see the names of the qualifications change from Accounting to Accounting.

The ICB Financial Accounting Programme consist from 4 various levels, each with a FASSET qualification inside it; as follows:

  • Foundation level – National Certificate: Bookkeeping (NQF Level 3).
  • Intermediate level – FET Certificate: Bookkeeping (NQF level 4).
  • Upper Intermediate level – National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting (NQF level 5).
  • Advanced level – National Diploma: Financial Accounting (NQF level 6).


Accounting Courses.

In the ICB, we refer to the Foundation and Intermediate level courses, as Accounting courses. So that will be these 2 qualifications:

  • National Certificate: Bookkeeping (NQF Level 3).
  • FET Certificate: Bookkeeping (NQF Level 4).


Accounting Courses.

Accounting courses in the ICB are the greater level courses that we find at Upper Intermediate level and Advanced level. So that suggests these two courses:

  • National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting (NQF Level 5).
  • National Diploma: Financial Accounting (NQF Level 6).


Foundation Level.

The foundation level is the beginning point for a lot of students. If you did not do that well at school, or you stopped working matric, or you have not studied for several years, then the foundation level assists you bridge the gap and get back into studying.

Academically the level is NQF 3. That is the level listed below matric, so we understand that students with Grade 10 (Standard 8) will have the ability to deal with the scholastic level of the work.

You do not require any previous accounting or accounting understanding if you start at this level. And you need to be at least 16 years of age to be accepted onto the program.

To complete this level you must pass 4 topics. The recommended time to finish this level is 12 months. Distance learning students can take up to 18 months.


Intermediate Level.

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

To enter this level, you need to have passed the foundation level. That suggests you need to currently have your National Certificate: Bookkeeping to enter this level.

To complete this level you should pass two subjects. Lots of trainees complete this level in six months. Distance learning trainees can use up to 9 months to complete this level.


Upper Intermediate Level.

AT this level you move from Accounting to Accounting. If your dream is to become an Accountant, then this level will get you there!

To enter this level you need to have passed the Intermediate level. That means you must have your FET Certificate: Bookkeeping to get entry to the Upper Intermediate Level.

To complete this level you need to pass two topics. The suggested time of study is 6 months. Distance learning students can take up to 9 months to complete this level.


Advanced Level.

This is the top level of ICB studies. Here you will gain your National Diploma: Financial Accounting (NQF Level 6). To enter this level you must have passed all the previous levels. So that means you need to be in possession of your National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting.

To pass this level you should successfully complete 4 topics. Students usually take around 12 months to finish this level. Distance learning students can take a bit longer, of course.


What qualifications do you get?

At the different levels you get various qualifications. You get your qualifications from FASSET. And you also get certificates from the ICB for each level that you progress.

The qualifications are named as follows:

  • Foundation Level Qualification.
  • National Certificate: Bookkeeping (NQF Level 3).
  • Intermediate Level Qualification.
  • FET Certificate: Accounting (NQF level 4).
  • Upper Intermediate Level Qualification.
  • National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting (NQF level 5).
  • Advanced Level Qualification.
  • National Diploma: Financial Accounting (NQF level 6).


Study additionally after finishing the ICB Financial Accounting Programme.

The ICB offers 5 various disciplines. So far we have gone over simply one of these disciplines, being: Financial Accounting, or Bookkeeping.

The other disciplines are:

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

The various programmes have numerous topics in common. So when you have actually completed one program, you may discover that you can accomplish another qualification by just doing the subjects that does not overlap.

For example, 3 of the first four topics in each of these programmes are the same. So if you have actually passed the 4 subject for your Bookkeeping program, you have also finished 3 of the 4 topics you require for the general public Sector Accounting program. So by including that a person subject, you get approved for another complete qualification.


Study further after completing your program – Other Courses.

The ICB has acknowledgment contracts in place with a variety of other professional bodies. So, depending on exactly what qualification you have actually completed with the ICB, you can get credits towards qualifications with these bodies.

Here are a list of a few of the bodies that will acknowledge your ICB qualifications as counting to some of their programs, in addition to membership of these professional bodies:

  • Institute of Accounting and Commerce (IAC).
  • South African Business Accountants (SAIBA).
  • South African Institute for Tax Professionals (SAIT).
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Note: You will have to apply to these professional bodies. And they each have their own set of entryway criteria and guidelines.


The role of your college and the function of the ICB – who does exactly what?

Your college or academy provides you with the study products, marking, tutoring and all the help you have to prepare you for the examination. Your college helps you complete your Portfolio of Proof. And will continue pushing you, so that you finish the course successfully and in a reasonable amount of time. We keep you working, studying and motivated!

Then you compose the exam (and hand in your Portfolio of Proof) with the ICB. The ICB oversees the quality of the program. They recognize the course suppliers, to ensure that trainees get good training and has a real chance of passing the exams.


How does Home Study or Distance Learning work for these courses?

Depending on your college, you might do your course by means of distance learning, home study, part-time study, or online study. These are all various variations of studying in the house, with the help of a college and a tutor that guides you through your program.

The best colleges will guarantee you get the right study product, bit by bit, and sent with a courier. So that your study material gets to you rapidly.


Distance Learning.

Studying ICB courses through distance learning is for individuals who can not participate in classes. So if you remain far away from a campus where they provide ICB courses, then you must consider distance learning.

Distance learning ways that your course service provider sends you books and study notes. And then helps you study over the phone, or email or some online system.


Home Study.

Home study is for students who can not go to classes. A lot of our students need to work to make a salary in the daytime, so they just get to study after hours and on weekends.

The ICB courses were developed so that you can study them from home. The study material is friendly and will guide you through the work step by step. When you use the study products, you will “hear the voice of the lecturer”. The lecturer has been composed into the course products.

When you require a friendly voice to discuss your studies, you can call the college. Or you can engage with fellow trainees and your speakers in our online study hall. This is where you can find out the most … seeing the questions of other students, and how the tutors answer those concerns.

If you have to talk with your tutor one-on-one, you can also do that. The online study hall also permit you to have private conversations.

Another way that these courses take into account the requirements of a home study trainees, is that there are five test sessions in 2017. So if you can not make a test session, you understand that another chance to write that exam will come around in 3 months or less. You can also use the several exam sessions every year, to advance through your course faster than the other students. As soon as you are ready to compose an exam, you will be close to the next test session.


Part Time Study.

Part time study is for trainees who can go to some classes, however not many. So you might go to a class in the evening or on a Saturday. And after that study from home the rest of the time.


Online Study.

Online study suggests that a great deal of your interactions happen on the internet. With our online study hall, we have actually created a chat-group environment where you can learn from your tutors and from other trainees.


ICB Courses at Unisa.

Students often ask if they can study ICB Accounting at Unisa. This is particularly students who wish to go on and study a degree later on.

Regrettably Unisa does not use any of the ICB courses. If you plan to study a degree at Unisa, ensure you talk to them if they will accept any of your ICB studies for scholastic credits or for entry onto their degree programmes.

Each university has its own guidelines. So if you plan to study additionally at a university, make absolutely sure you comprehend how they will acknowledge your previous studies. A lot of universities will not give you academic credits for other research studies. They generally just wish to see your matric certificate. Yes, I know this does not make sense!


ICB Course Charges.

Your ICB Accounting course will entail a variety of costs. So make certain you understand all the various things you will need to pay; prior to you register for the course. Some of these things are:

  • College charges with your accredited training service provider. Likewise referred to as course fees.
  • Book costs. Keep in mind to inspect what books you will need to purchase for your course; and if your college consist of these books with your study fees.
  • Examination costs. Likewise, when you sign up for the examination you will have to pay your trainee registration charge to the ICB.
  • ICBA Student Subscription costs, if decide to join the ICBA. We recommend that you join them as quickly as you can.


The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and Accountants (ICBA).

The ICBA is a professional body that provides subscription to trainees studying ICB courses. At first you can only become a Trainee Member. But as soon as you have actually finished your very first qualification, you will be eligible for Professional Membership.

This indicates you get to use a professional classification behind your name on your business card. In this way you reveal your colleagues and your customers that you are serious about your profession, and that you are acknowledged as a professional by the ICBA.

The various qualifications result in different designations. So make certain to learn more about the ICBA early on in your research studies. This is a terrific way to boost your CV and your professional status.

Last Updated: September 24, 2018

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