The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) is an external examination board that has been in existence since 1931. They are a Quality Assurance Partner of the QCTO and offer accredited business courses that are available nationwide and is perfect if you want a qualification to be more employable.
How are the Courses Presented?
The ICB does not present the courses themselves. They have 200 ICB accredited training providers from where you can study their courses. All training providers are registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). You have the option of joining a training a provider that presents the courses in a classroom or via distance learning because the ICB courses are setup in a way that makes both possible.
The courses are broken up into different qualifications and subjects. You also have a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) to complete and hand in when writing exam. This consist of three assignments and two tests. It is a way of proving you know the work and counts for 30% of your final mark.
How do the Exams Work?
The exams are external from your training provider and is done through the ICB alone. You sign up for your exam yourself via the ICB Learner Portal on their site. Here you can choose from a long list of venues where you want to write, as well as a date that suits you. The way you receive your results will depend on if you’re studying in class or via distance learning. In class students will receive their results through their training provider where distance learning can go look on the Learner Portal for their results or get it through email.
Why Should I Study an ICB Course?
Studying an ICB course has many advantages. One of the advantages are that the courses are accredited and that you get your first qualification after only six months. Another advantage is the fact they are internationally recognised. This means that you are employable across the globe with an ICB qualification. You also have the opportunity of applying for professional membership that you can add to your CV. You can register with the ICBA, South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT), The South African Institute of Business Accountants (SAIBA), International Association of Bookkeepers (IAB), and International Association of Accounting Professionals (IAAP).
Where do I Sign up?
The first order of business is that you have to sign up and register with your chosen training provider first. They will help you with the necessary steps there. After that they’re going to send you to the ICB site where you have to register on the Learner Portal and sign up for all your subjects. When this is done your PoE is sent to you. You can then start studying and better your future. What are you waiting for? Go sign up!