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

The ICB bookkeeping courses start at NQF level 3. And they go up to NQF level 6. Matric is at NQF level 4. So these courses are accessible for students who do not have matric. You start at an academic level below matric. And if you keep on studying, you will end up with a qualification two levels above matric.

The ICB bookkeeping courses are developed to be accessible for students who must work and study at the same time. With distance learning, you can study an hour every evening. You now have five exam opportunities per year, so as soon as you are ready for an exam, you can go and write that exam. In this way, you can do your course step by step.

As you progress with the programme, you will get recognition at the different levels. After completing the first four subjects, you will already get your first qualification from FASSET, and your first ICB Programme Certificate.

 

What is a Bookkeeper?

In the context of business, a bookkeeper merely records the financial transactions. These transactions can happen through an individual or an organization and the transactions include:

  • Purchases
  • Sales
  • Receipts
  • Payments

 

What is the difference between Bookkeeping courses and Accounting courses?

Often there is confusion between bookkeeping courses and accounting courses. Let me explain the difference.

Bookkeeping is the process of keeping record of financial transactions. So as the bookkeeper, you make sure that all the transactions are properly recorded. Usually this means you record every transaction in a set of “books”, or in a software package like Pastel or QuickBooks.

So the bookkeeper is responsible for the accurate reporting of all the financial transactions. Bookkeeping and the accurate recording of all the financial transactions are the first steps in the accounting process.

Accounting is the interpreting, analysing and summarizing of financial data. So it is one level above bookkeeping. An accountant will be assisted by bookkeepers. The accountant makes sure that the bookkeepers accurately record all the transactions. And the the accountant prepares and summarise those transactions in the financial statements. The Accountant is also responsible for analyzing and interpreting the financial data.

 

ICB Bookkeeping Courses

Since bookkeeping is the first steps in the accounting process, you will see that the lower level courses are called “bookkeeping” courses. Then as you progress to the higher levels, the courses are now called “accounting” courses.

  • National Certificate: Bookkeeping
  • FET Certificate: Bookkeeping
  • National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting
  • National Diploma: Financial Accounting

 

ICB Accounting Courses

Accounting is the more advanced levels of bookkeeping. So once you have passed the certificate level courses, you will see that the diploma level courses has the word “accounting” in them.

At this level you are no longer busy with bookkeeping, you have now graduated to the level of accounting.

  • National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting
  • National Diploma: Financial Accounting

 

Register for an Exam

Once you are registered as a student with the ICB, you can now register for your first exam. To do this you need to download the Exam Entry Form. you must fill in this form, and send it to the ICB, together with the 2017 Student Details Form.

At this point, you will have to pay your exam fee. The exam fee is R620 per subject.

As a distance learning student, you can also register for an exam online via the student portal.

When you submit the Exam Entry Form, use this checklist first:

  1. Make sure you are using the correct version of the Exam Entry Form – at the time of writing this article, it is the 2017 Exam Entry Form
  2. Have you selected an ICB Exam Venue that is close to you?
  3. Include proof of payment with your 2017 Exam Entry Form. The fee is R620 per subject.
  4. Have you double checked the exam dates? Do you need to apply for leave from your employer for these dates?
  5. When you submit this form, you MUST ALSO submit an 2017 Student Details Form

Important: When the ICB receives your 2017 Exam Entry Form, they process of sending you your Portfolio of Evidence (POE) is started. It can take 3 to 4 weeks for you to receive your POE. The ICB will courier your PEO to you. So it is important that you give them an address where you can receive the POE from the courier. Usually, a courier will phone you before delivering, so you need to make sure you give them a cell number that the courier can use. And you must make sure to answer your phone! If the courier calls you and you do not answer the phone, they will not deliver your parcel.

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Exam Registration – When is the Best Time?

In 2017 the ICB offers five exam sessions. So if you miss an exam, if you don’t feel you are properly prepared, then there will be another and another an another chance to write that exam.

If you know you might miss an exam that you have already registered for, then you can apply for a postponement. A postponement will cost your R220 per subject.

Part of your final mark is determined by the mark you get for your Portfolio of Evidence (POE). It counts 30% of your final mark. It only gets sent to you when you register for an exam. You must do an POE for each of your subjects. So to have the most time to work on your POE, you should register early for an exam. You POE only gets sent to you after you have registered for an exam.

Pro tip: Aim for one or two subjects per exam sitting. Plan your study calendar, and then register for all the 2017 exams you plan to write. Registering for the exam shows your commitment to do the work, complete the POE and pass your exam! You have to fully commit to your studies, and registering for your exams is how you show your commitment to yourself.

ICB- 10 point checklist

ICB exams are just around the corner and you want to make sure that you will be able to do your best! Read this handy guide to ensure that you are properly prepared and that you will get the marks that you want to achieve. Everything you need to know about how to prepare for your ICB exams can be found here: ICB exams – Your 10 point checklist

ICB courses at Unisa

Unisa used to offer the ICB courses. They stopped support for the ICB courses a while back. And they no longer take new students on ICB courses. However, the ICB courses are still offered by a number of accredited distance learning providers.  For students who cannot register at Unisa, the ICB courses offer an opportunity to achieve an accredited Diploma at NQF level 6. That is two levels above matric. Some of the popular ICB Diploma courses that students do as alternatives to a Unisa qualification are:

  • National Diploma: Financial Accounting (NQF 6)
  • National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting (NQF 5)
  • Diploma: Public Sector Accounting (NQF 5)
  • Diploma: Office Administration (NQF 6)

You can also study Higher Certificates with the ICB, which gives you a recognized qualification at NQF level 5. As alternatives to Unisa studies, these courses will get you qualified and employed much faster. With five exam session per year, you get many chances to finish your course with the ICB.   The ICB programmes offer a very real way to improve your qualifications with skills that are in demand in the workplace. Most of the ICB qualifications are in areas where there is a recognized shortage of skills.

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For the aspiring bookkeeper, accountant, office supervisor, public sector accounting professional and entrepreneurial company owner, these courses is a sure method to obtain a fully recognized and acknowledged certification.

The Different Ways to Study Your ICB Course

You can do your ICB courses in several methods. Here I shall talk about:

  • Full-time Classroom Study
  • Distance Learning
  • Home Study
  • Online Study
  • Part-Time Study
  • ICB Courses at Unisa

Full-time Classroom Study

Full-time classroom study implies that you go to class every day. If you have someone paying for your course, and you can manage to study full-time, then this is the option for you. You will got to a school every day, and share a class with lots of other students doing the same course as you.

Distance Learning

Distance learning implies that your course service provider sends you books and study notes. Studying ICB courses via distance learning is for individuals who can not participate in classes. So if you stay far from a campus where they provide ICB courses, then you need to think about. 

Home Study

The ICB courses are ideal for if you are already working, and you have to study while you work. These courses were developed in such a way to be available to the home study trainee. A few of the characteristics making them simple to do for a home study student, are the following:

  • Detailed develop of subjects to courses and complete qualifications
  • More than one test session per year
  • Your Portfolio of Evidence – getting a few of your final marks by doing work at home

Part Time Study

Part-time study indicates that you are going to classes on weekends or some nights in the working week. This is possible if you are near a school that offers night classes or weekend classes for part-time trainees.

Online Study

Some of the course service providers have branched out to offer online studies. Studying your ICB course online can indicate different things, depending on how the course provider is providing the course. Often online study includes the following parts:

  • Study content delivered online – so you read it on your computer or ipad
  • Videos online to help you with your studies
  • Online chat groups so you meet and talk with other trainees in your online classroom offered by some course service providers
  • Study materials developed specifically for students studying from home
  • Individually contact with a competent speaker

ICB Courses at Unisa

Unisa does not offer the ICB courses. So you can not study ICB courses at Unisa. In the past they did provide ICB courses, however they don’t anymore. There are a number of institutions through whom you can do that if you desire to do your ICB course through distance learning or home study.

ICB Course Fees

When you prepare to study an ICB course, then you have to take into consideration all the following expenses:

  • Study charges with your college or course supplier
  • If your course provider consists of all the books and notes in their course cost), expense of textbooks (you require to check.
  • Examination costs (the payments you have to make to the ICB for each test – there is a cost per subject that you write)
  • ICBA Membership costs (you can become a Student Member of the ICBA, and there are special trainee fees for this)
  • Shipment expenses for home study trainees (are your courier fees consisted of in your course fees?)

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ICB Financial Accounting Programme

The ICB Financial Accounting Programme consist out of 4 different levels, 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).

Bookkeeping and Accounting are identified as scarce skills in South Africa. And you can develop a profession from Junior Bookkeeper up to Management Accountant with your ICB qualifications.

You can begin at the least expensive level, and develop up your credentials step by step. These courses are accessible to anyone. To start you do not need matric. The entry criteria for the entry level courses is Grade 10 (Standard 8) or equivalent. You need to be 16 years of age. And you need no previous knowledge or experience of accounting.

Some of the jobs you will be able to request, depending on the level of the course you have actually completed, are the following: Junior Bookkeeper, Accounts Clerk, Payroll Clerk, Senior Bookkeeper, Junior Accountant, Assistant Accountant, Credit Controller, Business Analyst, Technical Financial Accountant, Financial Manager, Tax Technician, Financial Services Manager, Financial Accountant, Accounting Officer (through SAIBA), Tax Practitioner, Management Accountant and Assistant Manager.

ICB Public Sector Accounting Programme

The ICB Public Sector Accounting Programme consist out of three various levels, as follows:

  • Foundation level – National Certificate: Public Sector Accounting.
  • Intermediate level – Diploma: Public Sector Accounting.
  • Advanced level – National Diploma: Financial Accounting.

Government departments and towns have a shortage of individuals proficient in Public Sector Accounting. You will discover the best ways to do the appropriate monetary statements, execute internal controls, conduct internal audits and use good accounting and monetary principles.

To begin at the Foundation Level you need no previous accounting or bookkeeping knowledge. You should be at least 16 years old. And you have to have actually passed your Grade 11 (Standard 9) at school; or a comparable.

You will be able to obtain tasks like: Public Accounts Administrator, Technical Public Accountant, Accounting Technician (in the public sector), Public Sector Financial Accountant, Financial Accountant an Accounting Officer. Naturally, the level of job you can apply for will depend upon the level of the certification you have actually completed, as well as your work experience.

ICB Business Management Programme

The ICB Business Management Programme consist out of 3 various levels, as follows:

  • Foundation level – National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management.
  • Intermediate level – Higher Certificate: Office Administration.
  • Advanced level – National Diploma: Financial Accounting.

This program prepares you to manage a company and its financial resources. It is a broad programme that teaches you a broad range of business and accounting abilities. You will find out excellent accounting practices, as well as workplace and legal finest practice. You will get to know Human Resources, Computer Literacy, Business Strategy and Research Methods in commerce.

To begin this program you require Grade 11 (Standard 9), or an equivalent credentials on NQF level 3.

ICB Entrepreneurship Programme

The ICB Entrepreneurship Programme consist out of 3 various levels, as follows:

  • Foundation level – National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management.
  • Intermediate level – Higher Certificate: Office Administration.
  • Advanced level – National Diploma: Financial Accounting.

If you are interested in numbers, but you likewise dream about starting, handling or establishing a little or medium sized service, then this is the best programme for you.

The topics in this program are chosen to offer you the monetary, accounting and business abilities you will require to make a success of your organisation. The course also covers technique, technical abilities and personal abilities.

At the lower levels of this program you will probably be looking at beginning your own service, or getting included in a start-up organisation. At the higher levels you will be qualified to be a Chief Financial Officer in an entrepreneurial environment. You could likewise be a Business Consultant or even an Accounting Officer (by means of SAIBA).

ICB Office Administration Programme

The ICB Office Administration Programme consist from 3 various levels, as follows:

  • Foundation level – Certificate: Office Administration.
  • Intermediate level – Higher Certificate: Office Administration.
  • Advanced level – Diploma: Office Administration.

In this program we teach you the essentials of bookkeeping, and then we go on to teach you all the workplace management abilities you will require – as much as the highest level. At the end of this programme you will have the ability to make any workplace run efficiently, and assist out in any department that needs immediate help. You will be the go-to individual that can make any department work efficiently.

The abilities you learn will make you employable in any organisation. At the end of this programme you will have the skills and self-confidence to set up and run any office environment.

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A few of the jobs you will make an application for are: junior workplace administrator, receptionist, workplace assistant, marketing administrator, senior office administrator, secretary, general workplace manager or administrative manager … all depending upon the level of the certification you wind up with, along with your work experience.

Keep in mind how the various courses and subjects construct up to greater levels, and even more credentials. To begin at the Foundation Level you need no previous accounting or accounting understanding. At the lower levels of this program you will most likely be looking at starting your own organisation, or getting included in a start-up company. At the higher levels you will be qualified to be a Chief Financial Officer in an entrepreneurial environment. In this program we teach you the basics of bookkeeping, and then we go on to teach you all the workplace management abilities you will need – up to the greatest level.

NQF Levels

This is a system that shows the academic level of a course. We refer to a matric qualification as an NQF4 qualification.

You can still see the academic level of that qualification if you do a certification that is not a school certification.

In the ICB courses you will see that most of them start at NQF level 3. That means you do not require a matric certificate to acquire entry to these programs. You will also see the courses go up to NQF level 6. So that is two levels above Matric level. Meaning it is at Diploma level, or one year short of a Degree level course.

SAQA – South African Certifications Authority

SAQA is the South African Qualifications Authority. A course or a college can not be “accredited” or “registered” with SAQA.

All accredited programs are registred on the NQF, with SAQA. That is why all accredited certifications have SAQA ID Numbers. It likewise indicates you can look up that ID number on the SAQA website, to validate that the certification in fact exists.

All the ICB courses and qualifications have correct SAQA ID Numbers. And that assists you confirm that you can trust that they are correctly recognized. If a course does not have an SAQA ID Number, then it can not be recognized.

Accreditation, nevertheless, is not done by SAQA. It is done by a SETA, or by Umalusi, or by the CHE (Council of Higher Education).

SAQA is the body that certifies the various SETAs. It recognizes the bodies that accredit your course or your college.

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