Accredited Bookkeeping Courses South Africa

With accredited bookkeeping courses South Africa, you can learn quality finance skills in our country. This is the best way to become certified and get a job.

Start your journey towards a certified accounting career by studying ICB accredited bookkeeping courses in South Africa. The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) is an independent exam body that provides recognised qualifications. This gives you the opportunity to gain finance skills from anywhere in the country. Once completed, you will achieve a recognised qualification.

Bookkeeping Courses Online South Africa

You can study ICB bookkeeping courses online in South Africa via distance learning. Whether you live in Northern Cape or Gauteng, you will be able to study with us. This gives everyone an equal opportunity to learn quality skills and knowledge. The benefits of studying ICB bookkeeping courses in South Africa via distance learning are listed below: 

  • Study from anywhere in South Africa.
  • There are no classes.
  • Create your own study schedule.
  • Save on travel and student accommodation costs.
  • You will get all your learning material delivered to you. 
  • Get support from our student support team.
  • Study with your fellow students digitally in online study groups.
  • Enjoy academic help from our skilled tutors. 

Colleges That Offer ICB Courses

There a three top distance learning colleges that offer ICB courses:

  1. Skills Academy
  2. Matric College
  3. Bellview Institute of Distance Learning

You will be able to enjoy all the benefits of studying ICB bookkeeping courses while you study from the comfort of your home. 

How To Study Bookkeeping Courses?

There are three ways by which you can study ICB accredited bookkeeping courses in South Africa: 

  1. Full-time 
  2. Part-time 
  3. Distance learning

Full-time Bookkeeping Courses

You can study ICB bookkeeping courses face-to-face at an accredited college in South Africa. You need to attend class each day on campus and follow a timetable. The college will take care of all administrative activities, such as entering an ICB exam

Part-time Bookkeeping Courses

When you study part-time, you can work and study at the same time. This is an excellent choice for students that has full-time jobs but want to enhance their financial skills. You will have enough time to focus on your responsibilities and your coursework. 

Distance Learning Bookkeeping Courses

Learn from anywhere at any time when you study ICB bookkeeping courses via distance learning. This includes students from small towns to large cities. There are no classes, so you can study right at home. You control your studies and future. 

Free Bookkeeping Courses in South Africa

There are free bookkeeping courses in South Africa. But quite often, they do not award students with recognised certificates. Some bookkeeping courses also claim to be free but have hidden costs you need to cover.

Choose Our Bookkeeping Courses 

When you study our ICB Bookkeeping Courses, we will provide flexible payment plans that will help you achieve your recognised qualification. We are also registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)


How Do I Become A Certified Bookkeeper In South Africa?

From work experience to becoming a member of an esteemed organisation, take a look at how to become a certified bookkeeper in South Africa:

  • Study a bookkeeping course
  • Gain work experience
  • Join a professional organisation

Study A Bookkeeping Course

The number one way to get certified as a bookkeeper in South Africa is by studying our Bookkeeping Courses. You will achieve a recognised certificate that will help you get employed and start your accounting career

Gain Work Experience

After getting your certificate; you need to gain work experience to put your skills into practice. This will help you develop your knowledge and learn practical workplace skills too. You also stand a better chance of getting promoted to higher positions with more work experience. 

Join A Professional Organisation

ICB graduates can join professional organisations that will help them get a designation. You can add this title to your CV to prove that you have formal training in your field. A professional body also trains and provides networking opportunities to its members. 

ICB Bookkeeping Courses

There are two accredited bookkeeping courses you can study from anywhere in South Africa with us:

  1. Junior Bookkeeper Course
  2. Senior Bookkeeping Course

Junior Bookkeeper Course

Take the first step with our Junior Bookkeeper Course. This first level will give you an introduction to bookkeeping. It is a great way to learn practical skills that you will use daily, such as:

  • Business English Skills
  • Bookkeeping To Trial Balance
  • Calculating Tax
  • Computerised Bookkeeping
  • Microsoft Word
  • Business literacy and numeracy

Senior Bookkeeping Course

Our Senior Bookkeeping Course follows the Junior Bookkeeper Course. It builds on the skills you have learnt in the first course while teaching you new knowledge, such as the following:

  • Managing financial statements
  • Accounting concepts
  • Cost and management accounting

ICB Bookkeeping Entry Requirements

You need to be able to read, write and understand English to enrol in our Bookkeeping Courses. You should also meet the following entry requirements:

Course Entry Requirements
Junior Bookkeeper Course Grade 10 certificate
Senior Bookkeeping Course Successful completion of the Junior Bookkeeper Course

How Much Does It Cost To Study Bookkeeping In South Africa?

The cost of bookkeeping courses differs between colleges. You can find the course fees 2024 for our ICB Bookkeeping Courses below:

Registration Fee

Annual student registration fee R470

Exam Fees

Assessment fees for PoE R850
Assessment postponement fee per subject R350
Assessment late entry fee per subject R560
Assessment re-mark and examiners report fee R1200
Private invigilator admin fee R2100
ICB programme certificate reprint R400
FASSET certificate reprint R400
Workplace PoE assessment (Learnerships) R1500

Recognition Of Prior Learning (RPL) Fees

RPL/Exemption application fee R550
RPL/Exemption fee per subject (no PoE required) R450
RPL/Exemption PoE fee per subject (with PoE) R995

Which Bookkeeping Certification Is Best?

Our ICB Bookkeeping Courses are the best study programmes. It will help you learn a wide range of skills that will help you enter the job market with confidence. You can also progress to our national diploma accounting courses after completing both bookkeeping courses:

After completing all four accounting courses, you will achieve your Financial Accounting NQF Level 6 qualification.

Are ICB Qualifications Recognised?

Yes, all ICB qualifications are recognised. Each ICB course is locally and internationally recognised by employers and various organisations. This gives you the opportunity to enter local and global job markets.

What NQF Level Is ICB?

Our ICB Courses range from National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level three to six. The higher the level of your course, the higher the level on the NQF rating will be:

Accounting Courses

CourseNQF Level
Junior Bookkeeper CourseNQF L3
Senior Bookkeeping CourseNQF L4
Technical Financial Accounting CourseNQF L5
Certified Financial Accounting CourseNQF L6

Business Management Courses

CourseNQF Level
Small Business Financial Management CourseNQF L4
Office Admin Business Management CourseNQF L5
Business Management Financial Accounting CourseNQF L6

Office Administration Courses

CourseNQF Level
Junior Office Administration CourseNQF L5
Higher Certificate Office Administration CourseNQF L5
Office Administration Diploma CourseNQF L6

Is ICB Accredited By SAQA?

Yes, ICB is accredited by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The SAQA sets the NQF standards which our ICB Courses meet. This ensures that the course you study is accredited and the qualification is recognised. 

Does Unisa Recognise ICB Qualifications?

Not quite, Unisa allows ICB graduates to study with them through recognition of prior learning (RPL). This means that if you completed a relevant qualification or work experience, you could use it as credits to further your studies at Unisa. 

Please note: Studying further at Unisa with your ICB qualification is not guaranteed. But you always have the opportunity to complete your ICB stream or study further with:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, bookkeepers are in-demand in South Africa. There are a number of career opportunities available for certified bookkeepers in the country. With a recognised bookkeeping qualification, you can learn the scarce skills that will help you start your financial career. 

The best way to become an accredited bookkeeper is to study our accredited bookkeeping courses. This will help you become qualified in your field. 

No, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) does not fund ICB courses. NSFAS only provides financial assistance to students studying at public colleges and universities. To fund your ICB course, you can: 

  • Apply for a student loan at the bank.
  • Get a side job to pay for your course. 
  • Work part-time and pay for your own studies.
  • Get private funding.

No, you cannot study directly through ICB, since it is not a college but an assessment provider. When you want to study ICB courses, you must study with an ICB training provider.

An ICB training provider is an accredited college that offers ICB courses. There are over 500 institutions to choose from in South Africa. With them, you can choose to study through:

  • Classroom-based learning
  • Distance learning

Benefits Of Studying With An ICB Training Provider

There a plenty of benefits of studying with an ICB training provider, such as Skills Academy:

  • Get all your learning material delivered by reliable courier services throughout South Africa.
  • Excellent academic help from our tutors, lecturers and student support team. 
  • A graduation ceremony to celebrate the successful completion of your studies.

Yes, you can get a job with an ICB certificate. Recruiters want to hire employees with a recognised certificate, such as an ICB qualification. Add it to your CV and cover letter, and you will soon land a job that can lead to the start of your career. Jobs you can get include: 

  • Bookkeepers
  • Accountants
  • Small Business Managers
  • Office Administrators
  • Personal Assistants
Last Updated: 4 June 2024



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