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 five study programmes for students to study. Each programme comprises a series of levels or learning programmes which is then 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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  • Financial Accounting Programme (12 Courses)

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

    This programme takes you through 12 learning areas (subjects) and four successive levels of bookkeeping and accounting. You can progress from a the foundation level through to the advanced level and gaining your National Diploma in Financial Accounting

    Each level is a learning programme and is broken down into short courses. You can choose to study course by course or enrol for a learning programme or level.

     

    ICB Foundation Level

    This programme is the first level in the ICB Financial Accounting 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 Intermediate Level

    This programme is the second level in the ICB Financial Accounting 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 Upper Intermediate Level

    ICB Upper Intermediate Level is the third level in the ICB Financial Accounting 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 Advanced Level

    This programme is the fourth level in the ICB Financial Accounting 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 Research Theory and Practice

  • Public Sector Accounting Programme (12 Courses)

    The Public Sector Accounting Programme is the stream for you if you want to work in finance in government or municipalities. This programme was designed to take a look at the lack of skills in the public seceter and the equip students with the knowledge that will help government run more productively. You will alsol learn how to produce high quality financial statements, implement basic internal controls, conduct effective internal auditing, and apply sound accounting and financial principles.

    This programme is divided into three levels for students to study. Each level is a learning programme that is made up of short courses. 

     

    ICB Foundation Level

    This programme is the first level in the ICB Public Sector Accounting 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 Intermediate Level

    This programme is the Second level in the ICB Public Sector Accounting 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; contribute to the optimal use of state resources; demonstrate a shift from cash to accrual accounting.

    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

     

    ICB Advanced Level

    This programme is the third level in the ICB Public Sector Accounting Programme. The Public Sector Financial Accountant can complule annual financial statements; register with SAIBA as an Accounting Officer (once you meet their requirements); work with Chartered Accountants and Auditors; have a thorough knowledge of accounting theory and practice, strategy, management accounting and regulatory frameworks.

    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 Research Theory and Practice

  • Business Management Programme (12 Courses)

    The Business Management Programme is just the ticket for you if you have ambitions of managing a business and its finances. For commercial succes a company's management is extremly important. This programme will take you through business and financial management practices, office and legal practice, human resource management, computer literacy, global business strategy and research methods in commerce.

    Each level is a learning programme and is broken down into short courses. You can choose to study course by course or enrol for a learning programme or level.

     

    ICB Foundation Level

    This programme is the first level in the ICB Busienss Management Programme. Once you have completed this level you will have an understanding of the documentation, processing and recording of a business's financial transaxtions. Communicate effectively with the business stakeholders. Show you know what it means to be a general manager. Cost and price products, and manage working capital and finally operate a personal computer.

    The programme consists of 3 courses:

    1.      ICB Business Mangement 1

    2.      ICB Bookkeeping to Trial Balance

    3.      ICB Business Literacy

     

    ICB Intermediate Level

    This programme is the Second level in the ICB Business Management Programme. On completion of this level you will be able to manage your diary and work schedule as a manager. Operate efficiently as a general office manager of a business. Apply marketing, law, PR and economics principlws in business. draw up and interpret financial statements and reports. Work efficiently with the HR and labour relations departments and finally apply business growth principles for local and global expansion.

    The programme consists of 8 courses 1-3 listed above, plus:

    4.      ICB Office and Legal Practice

    5.      ICB Business Management 2

    6.      ICB Marketing Management and Public Relations

    7.      ICB Financial Statements

    8.      ICB Human Resources Management and Labour Relations

     

    ICB Advanced Level

    This programme is the third level in the ICB Business Management Programme. Students completing this level will be able to work with a management informations system at a corporate level. Prepare a business for internal/external audit. Apply principles of stateguc intent and strategic thinking in a global business evironment. Apply managerial finance and control principles in a commercial environment and finally draw up and interpret financial statements and reports in accordance with IFRS.

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

    9.      ICB Business Management 3

    10.    ICB Financial Management and Control

    11.    ICB Financial Reporting and Regulatory Frameworks

    12.    ICB Research Theory and Practice

  • Entrepreneurship Programme (12 Courses)

    The Entrepreneurship Programme is perfect for you if you dream of starting, managing or developing a small to medium sized business. Maybe you want to grow and expand your local company to a global enterprise. If you do then the entrepreneurship stream is for you.

    This programme consists of three levels, in which every level 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 Foundation Level

    This programme is the first level in the ICB Entrepreneurship Programme. Once you have completed this level you will have an understanding of what it means to be an entrepreneur in South Africa. Identify business opportunities, set up a new business. Understand the documents, processes and recording of financial transactions in the business. Communicate effectively with all stakeholders. Cost and price products and manage working capital. Manage business logistics. Work with SARS and other statutory bodies and finally operate a personal computer.

    The programme consists of 3 courses:

    1.      ICB Entrepreneurship 1

    2.      ICB Bookkeeping to Trial Balance

    3.      ICB Business Literacy

     

    ICB Intermediate Level

    This programme is the Second level in the ICB Entrepreneurship Programme. On completions of this level you will be albe to lead a small/medium sized business. Manage your work schedule as an entrepreneur. Operate efficiently in an office environment. Apply law, marketing, PR and economic principles in business. draw up and interpret financial statements and reports. work efficiently with HR and labour relations and finally apply local and global growth principles.

    The programme consists of 8 courses 1-3 listed above, plus:

    4.      ICB Office and Legal Practice

    5.      ICB Entrepreneurship 2

    6.      ICB Marketing Management and Public Relations

    7.      ICB Financial Statements

    8.      ICB Human Resources Management and Labour Relations

     

    ICB Advanced Level

    This programme is the third level in the ICB Enrepreneurship Programme. Sudents completing this level will be able to work with a management information system at a corporate level. Prepare a business for internal/external audit. Apply principles of strategic intent and strategic thinking in a global entrepreneurial evironment. Apply managerial finance and control principles in a commercial environment. Understand and stick to enrepreneurial ethics. Manage and lead change in your business and finally draw up and interpret financial statements and reports in accordance with IFRS.

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

    9.      ICB Entepreneurship 3

    10.    ICB Financial Management and Control

    11.    ICB Financial Reporting and Regulatory Frameworks

    12.    ICB Research Theory and Practice

  • Office Administration Programme (12 Courses)

    The Office Administration Programme is ideal if you want to be super-organised and help businesses maximise efficiency and performance and become a Junior Office Administrator, Senior Office Administrator and Office Manager. This programme 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 level builds on the last, allowing you to take on key functions and increased responsibility in your workplace.

    This programme is divided into three levels for students to study. Each level is a learning programme that is made up of short courses.

     

    ICB Foundation Level

    This programme is the first level in the ICB Office Administration 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 Business and Office Administration 1

    2.      ICB Bookkeeping to Trial Balance

    3.      ICB Business Literacy

    4.      ICB Marketing Management and Public Relations

    5.      ICB Business Law and Administrative Practice

    6.      ICB Cost and Management Accounting

     

    ICB Intermediate Level

    This programme is the second level in the ICB Office Administration 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 Advanced Level

    This programme is the third level in the ICB Office Administration 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 Statements

    12.    ICB Management





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