Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)

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Welcome to the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) is a Professional Body and a Quality Assurance Partner (QAP) of the Sector Education and Training Authority for Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services (FASSET).

The ICB has been around since 1931. Its role is to improve and maintain the quality, credibility and reputation of bookkeeping, accounting, office administration and financial management training and qualifications in Southern Africa.

ICB graduates are recognised worldwide by the International Association of Bookkeepers, the Southern African Institute of Business Accountants, the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

The ICB has four Certification Programmes for students to study. Each certification programme comprises a series of learning programmes made up of short courses.

ICB assessements can be written at assessments centres around South Africa. To find your closest exam centre you can click here.

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  • Accounting Certification Programme (ACP) (12 Courses)

    The ACP is perfect if you want to be able to offer indispensable bookkeeping and accounting skills, and become a Certified Junior Bookkeeper, Senior Bookkeeper, Technical Financial Accountant or Financial Accountant.

    The ACP takes you through 12 learning areas (subjects) and four successive levels of bookkeeping and accounting. You can progress from a Certified Junior Bookkeeper up to a Certified Financial Accountant.

    The ACP is divided into four designations for students to study. Each designation is a learning programme that is made up of short courses.

     

    ICB Junior Bookkeeper

    This programme is the first designation in the ICB Accounting Certification Programme. The Junior Bookkeeper can complete all the functions of the Accounts Clerk, Debtors Clerk, Creditors Clerk and Payroll Clerk and is an integral member of the accounts department in any organisation. The programme includes a study of business communication and numeracy, basic bookkeeping to trial balance, basic conditions of employment, SARS registrations and submissions, payroll bookkeeping and computerised accounting.

    The programme consists of four courses:

    1.      ICB Business Literacy

    2.      ICB Bookkeeping to Trial Balance

    3.      ICB Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns

    4.      ICB Computerised Bookkeeping

     

    ICB Senior Bookkeeper

    This programme is the second designation in the ICB Accounting Certification Programme. The Senior Bookkeeper can perform the functions of a Junior or Assistant Accountant. The programme includes a study of monthly and annual bookkeeping, asset disposal, year-end adjustments, analysis of financial statements, statements of cash flow, basic management accounts, cost accounting, financial management and business ethics.

    The programme consists of six courses being courses 1-4 listed above, plus:

    5.      ICB Financial Statements

    6.      ICB Cost and Management Accounting

     

    ICB Technical Financial Accountant

    ICB Technical Financial Accountant is the third designation in the ICB Accounting Certification Programme. The Technical Financial Accountant can perform the functions of an Accounting and Tax Technician. The programme includes a study of income tax, capital gains tax, donations tax and estate duty, liquidation and executors accounts, business and contract law, economics, personal finance and auditing.

    The programme consists of eight courses being courses 1-6 listed above, plus:

    7.      ICB Income Tax Returns

    8.      ICB Business Law and Accounting Control

     

    ICB Financial Accountant

    This programme is the fourth designation in the ICB Accounting Certification Programme. The Financial Accountant can sign off on existing CC company docs and works closely with Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors. Financial Accountants are also able to register with The South African Institute of Bookkeepers and Accountants (SAIBA) as Accounting Offers. This programme includes the study of strategic management, pricing policy, cost volume profit analysis, employee benefits, assets and more.

    The programme consists of 12 courses being courses 1-8 listed above, plus:

    9.      ICB Corporate Strategy

    10.    ICB Management Accounting Control Systems

    11.    ICB Financial Reporting and Regulatory Frameworks

    12.    ICB Accounting Theory and Practice

  • Office Management Certification Programme (OMCP) (12 Courses)

    The OMCP is ideal if you want to be super-organised and help businesses maximise efficiency and performance and become a Certified Junior Office Administrator, Senior Office Administrator and Office Manager. The OMCP is a great choice if you're someone who is very organised - and believes in the huge benefits of running any company in an equally organised way.

    The knowledge you gain in each successive qualification builds on the last, allowing you to take on key functions and increased responsibility in your workplace.

    The OMCP is divided into three designations for students to study. Each designation is a learning programme that is made up of short courses.

     

    ICB Junior Office Administrator

    This programme is the first designation in the ICB Office Management Certification Programme. The Junior Office Administrator can complete all the functions of the Receptionist, Office Assistant, Public Relations Officer and Marketing Administrator. The programme includes a study of business communication, basic bookkeeping up to trial balance, cost and management accounting and computing, basic marketing and public relations, and business law and administrative practice.

    The programme consists of 6 courses:

    1.      ICB Office Communication

    2.      ICB Business and Office Administration 1

    3.      ICB Bookkeeping

    4.      ICB Marketing Management and Public Relations

    5.      ICB Business Law and Administrative Practice

    6.      ICB Cost and Management Accounting

     

    ICB Senior Office Administrator

    This programme is the second designation in the ICB Office Management Certification Programme. The Senior Office Administrator can complete all the functions of the Secretary, General Office Manager, Human Resources Administrator and Labour Relations Administrator. The programme includes a study of office management techniques, human resources management and labour relations, and economics.

    The programme consists of 9 courses being courses 1-6 listed above, plus:

    7.      ICB Human Resources Management and Labour Relations

    8.      ICB Economics

    9.      ICB Business and Office Administration 2

     

    ICB Office Manager

    This programme is the third designation in the ICB Office Management Certification Programme. The Office Manager can effectively manage any office through a thorough knowledge of business and office administration, basic bookkeeping, cost and management and financial accounting, human resource management and labour relations, economics, marketing, publics relations and management.

    The programme consists of 12 courses being courses 1-9 listed above, plus:

    10.    ICB Business and Office Administration 3

    11.    ICB Financial Accounting

    12.    ICB Management

  • Financial Management for Entrepreneurs Certification Programme (FMECP) (3 Courses)

    THE FMECP is just the ticket if you want a solid grasp on how finances contribute to the stability and success of a business and become a Certified Financial Manager for Entrepreneurs.

    The FMECP consists of one designation, which is a learning programme and is made up of short courses, for you, because when it comes down to it, your business is all about the bottom line.

     

    ICB Financial Management for Entrepreneurs

    This programme is the designation for the ICB Business Financial Management for Entrepreneurs Certification Programme. Maybe you’ve started a business already, or are planning to soon to contribute to the economy and create jobs. Or perhaps your partner runs a business and you’d like to support him or her in it. If you have entrepreneurial plans but need financial knowledge, the ICB’s Financial Management for Entrepreneurs programme is perfect for you. Because when it comes down to it, your business is all about the bottom line.

    The programme consists of 3 courses:

    1.      ICB Business Literacy

    2.      ICB Computerised Bookkeeping

    3.      ICB Essential Business Finance

  • Public Sector Accounting Certification Programme (PSACP) (8 Courses)

    This is the course you would want to study if you want to work in finance and administration in government or municipalities.

    The PSACP consists of two designations in one programme, made up of 8 learning areas (subjects).

     

    ICB Public Accounts Administrator

    This programme is the first designation in the ICB Public Sector Accounting Certification Programme. The Public Accounts Administrator can help improve public sector financial management by adding value, efficiency and productivity to government departments.

    The programme consists of 4 courses:

    1.      ICB Bookkeeping to Trial Balance

    2.      ICB Public Accounting Administration

    3.      ICB Computerised Bookkeeping

    4.      ICB Business Literacy

     

    ICB Technical Public Accountant

    This programme is the Second designation in the ICB Public Sector Accounting Certification Programme. The Technical Public Accountant can perform as a qualified accounting technician in the public sector. Make a positive contribution to the country by improving public finance management, adding value, efficiency and productivity to government departments.

    The programme consists of 8 courses 1-4 listed above, plus:

    5.      ICB Financial Statements

    6.      ICB Cost and Management Accounting

    7.      ICB Technical Public Accounting

    8.      ICB Business Law and Accounting Control





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