ICB Courses

These courses will give you all the skills that you need to become a qualified accountant, or even start and run your own business. Read further to find out more!

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ICB Courses are fully accredited business qualifications, with everything from Financial Accounting to Entrepreneurship courses. These courses will give you the skills needed to become a qualified accountant, or even start and run your own business.

ICB Financial Accounting Course 

This program starts you off slow, with the easiest and most affordable level, and lets you gain more knowledge step by step.

Financial Accounting Courses start with Bookkeeping Certificates and goes all the way up to Accounting Diplomas. Now you might be asking yourself: “How are they different?” We have the answers right here.

Entry requirements

In order to join the course at the 1st level, National Certificate: Bookkeeping (Junior Bookkeeper), you only need your grade 10 report,be able to read and write in English.

Levels

  1. National Certificate: Bookkeeping (Junior Bookkeeper)
  2. ICB FET Certificate: Bookkeeping (Certified Senior Bookkeeper)
  3. National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting
  4. ICB National Diploma: Certified Financial Accounting

Career opportunities 

Doing this course will give you the necessary skills to do any of the following jobs:

  • Bookkeeper
  • Accountant
  • Debtor’s Clerk
  • Financial Manager

Bookkeeper

Records everything a company does with its money, whether buying or selling (transactions). These records are written down in a set of books or typed into computer programs like Pastel or QuickBooks. To find out more, click here.

 Accounting

Understanding and studying of data in finance.The Accountant makes sure that the Bookkeepers are properly recording all transactions.Accountants will take the records, make sense of and ready themselves to explain the Bookkeepers’ records. Here is more information about an accounting career

Debtor’s Clerk

A debtors clerk works within the accounting department of any business. Their main purpose is to collect money owed to the business. Would you like to find out more about this career? Click here and read about the wonderful perks and opportunities you could have.

Financial Manager

Financial Managers take care of the financial health of a business. Their role involves running a financial department within a business. With this role there are great responsibilities and great rewards. Click here to learn more about this career.

Is This the Right Field for you?

To succeed in this field, you really have to enjoy numbers. You should enjoy problem-solving, and be someone others can trust, as you work with the money of a company, after all. This article outlines all there is to know about careers in this field.

What is Needed to Start This Course?

  • To start out, you will need a grade ten (standard eight) certificate or similar.
  • You need to be 16 years of age.
  • Previous experience in accounting is not necessary.

Study Financial Accounting at Skills Academy

We understand that accounting is not the easiest subject in the world. This is why there’s a shortage in South Africa’s job market today. There are not that many people who want to do it!

This is why we have dedicated lecturers who are ready to lend a helping hand whenever you need it. 8 am to 5 am Monday to Friday.

Kick-start your financial and business career with our ICB Courses.

ICB Public Sector Accounting Programme

This program teaches you the accounting skills needed to work in government groups. You start out with basic bookkeeping skills. At the highest levels of the program, you will be taught skills such as research and financial reporting.

Levels

  1. ICB National Certificate: Public Sector Accounting
  2. Diploma: Public Sector Accounting.
  3. National Diploma: Financial Accounting.

Entry requirements 

Career opportunities

Here is a brief list of your options:

  • Public Sector Financial Accountant
  • Technical Public Accountant
  • Public Sector Accounting Officer

The level of job you can apply for will depend on the level of qualification you have, as well as your work experience.

Is This the Right Field for you?

As the same in any other Accounting career, you should enjoy working with numbers. You also need to have a real talent for this field and know how to manage time. What’s makes this accounting career different to the others? There is a lot more pressure, as you work with finances of government groups.

ICB Business Management Programme

This program gets you ready to manage all a company does in business. It’s a broad programme, teaching you a wide range of business and accounting skills. Other people working in business might only have certain skills such as accounting and marketing, but with business management, you learn about everything.

You will get to know about subjects such as human resources, computer literacy, business strategy, and ways to do research in business.

Levels

The ICB Business Management Programme has three levels to it.

  1. ICB National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management
  2. ICB Higher Certificate: Office Administration
  3. ICB National Diploma: Financial Accounting

Entry requirements

Career opportunities

  • Business Consultant
  • Account Manager
  • Marketing Manager

Is This the Right Field for me?

A couple of questions you should ask yourself:

  • Will you be able to make sure that your team’s work (as well as yours) is done on time and done well?
  • Can you listen to, direct, and work with others in a team? Does this sound good to you?
  • Are you good with people?
  • Do you want to work in all types of business fields?
  • Do you want to step into any career in business?
  • Can you deal with many tasks at the same time?

Learn how to manage a business and its finances successfully with our accredited ICB Courses.

ICB Entrepreneurship Programme

This course will cover all of the technical skills and personal skills you need to start and run your own business. What you learn here can also be used to help grow other start-up businesses.

Knowing how to work effectively with money is important, so the Entrepreneurship Programme includes a lot of knowledge on finance and accounting.

Levels 

  1. ICB National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management
  2. ICB Higher Certificate: Office Administration
  3. ICB National Diploma: Financial Accounting

Entry requirements

Career opportunities

  • Business Consultant
  • CEO of your own Company
  • Working in someone else’s Start-Up Company

Is This the Right Field for me?

Some questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you willing to take risks?
  • Are you ready to work hard for your dreams?
  • And do what it takes to take your Business from just a bright idea to a success story?
  • Are you tough?
  • Willing to go through the hard times, learn from them and keep going?
  • Do you believe in yourself and in your ideas?

We hope you’ve said yes to most of those questions. If you did, then we say “go for it!”.

ICB Office Administration Programme

The ICB Office Administration Programme will teach you the skills you need to be a great all-rounder in the office. In this programme, you will be taught many skills in a wide range of business fields. You will learn the basics of Bookkeeping, Management Skills, Basic Marketing, Public Relations and even Business Law. At the end of your training, you’ll be able to make an office run smoothly.

Levels 

  1. ICB National Certificate: Office Administration
  2. ICB Higher Certificate: Office Administration
  3. ICB Diploma: Office Administration Course

Entry requirements 

  • Grade 12 or equivalent
  • You must be 16 years or older

Careers

Here are your options in Office Administration:

  • Junior Workplace Administrator
  • Receptionist
  • Workplace Assistant
  • Marketing Administrator
  • Senior Office Administrator
  • Secretary
  • General Workplace Manager
  • Administrative Manager

ICB Office Administration Programme

The ICB Office Administration Programme will teach you the skills you need to be a great all-rounder in the office. In this programme, you will be taught many skills in a wide range of business fields. You will learn the basics of Bookkeeping, Management Skills, Basic Marketing, Public Relations and even Business Law. At the end of your training, you’ll be able to make an office run smoothly.

Levels 

  1. ICB National Certificate: Office Administration
  2. ICB Higher Certificate: Office Administration
  3. ICB Diploma: Office Administration Course

Entry requirements 

  • Grade 12 or equivalent
  • You must be 16 years or older

Careers

Here are your options in Office Administration:

  • Junior Workplace Administrator
  • Receptionist
  • Workplace Assistant
  • Marketing Administrator
  • Senior Office Administrator
  • Secretary
  • General Workplace Manager
  • Administrative Manager

Is This the Right Field for me?

Some questions you should answer:

  • Are you an organised person?
  • Are you a fast learner?
  • Can you work with a team of people, as well as on your own?
  • Can you manage time well?

We cannot guarantee getting a job after you study our ICB Courses. We do however know that getting an accredited qualification from the ICB greatly increases your chances of finding work. As many employers in the business world need you to have some form of qualification (usually a diploma or degree) just for you to get your foot in the door for an internship or junior role.

Become skilled in financial and business practices with our ICB Courses.

What are NQF Levels?

NQF Levels are the different levels of your National Qualification.

A Matric Certificate is the same as an NQF Level 4 Qualification. Most ICB Courses start at NQF Level 3. This means that you do not need Matric to get into these programs. You will also see that the courses go up to NQF Level 6. That is TWO levels above Matric level, which puts it at the level of diploma, or one year short of a degree level course.

If you would like to see what these courses look like in more detail, please click on this link.

What is the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)?

SAQA is a body of 12 members who were chosen by the Minister of Higher Education and Training. They are the creators of the NQF and provide registration for all qualifications on the NQF system.

This is why it is important to check that all qualifications have a valid SAQA ID number. You can look up that ID number on the SAQA website.

Course Fees

If you are planning on studying one of our ICB Courses, please take note of the fees below.

  • Study charges. You should find out if your course provider includes all the books and notes in their cost. Here at Skills Academy, our cost includes all books and notes. You have the option of paying for a courier or waiting for your study material to reach you through the mail.
  • Cost of textbooks. The cost of your textbooks will depend on your course provider.
  • Examination costs. You will need to make a payment to the ICB per subject for every exam that you write.
  • ICBA Membership Costs. There are special student fees involved with becoming a student member of the ICBA. This can be paid to the ICBA.
  • Shipping costs for home study students. You have to make sure if your courier fees are included in your course fees or not.

Can I Study These Courses if I Don’t Have Matric?

Yes, of course!

The ICB Courses start at NQF Level 3 and go up to NQF Level 6.

Matric is at NQF Level 4.

So those of you who do not have Matric CAN indeed study our ICB Courses. These courses start at a level below matric. And if you keep on studying, guess what? You end up with a qualification TWO levels ABOVE Matric.

The ICB Courses were made for you hard-working people who must both work and study at the same time.  And it’s not as hard as you might think either, as you can make things easy for yourself by studying an hour every evening.

You get five chances to write an exam in a year (awesome right?), so as soon as you are ready for an exam, you can go ahead and do it whenever you feel prepared.

After completing the first four subjects, you will get your first qualification from Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority (FASSET), and your first ICB Programme Certificate.

How to Register for an Exam

Once you are registered as a student with the ICB, you can then register for your first exam. You have to download the Exam Entry Form. Fill it in and send it to the ICB, together with the 2018 Student Details Form. Then pay your exam fee, which is R650 per subject.

As a distance learning student, you can register for an Exam Online through the student portal.

 

When is the Best Time to Register?

You get multiple chance a year to register to write the exams for our ICB Courses. You can register whenever you’re ready.

Part of your final mark depends on the mark you get for your Portfolio of Evidence (POE). This counts as 30% of your final mark. It gets sent to you after you register for an exam. You must do a POE for each of your subjects. So to have the most time to work on your POE, register early!

Did you miss an exam? Don’t feel ready to write? No worries. There will be plenty of chances for you to write. Did you miss an exam you have already registered for? You can simply apply to write on another day. As simple as that.

Pro tip: aim for one or two subjects per exam sitting. So plan your study calendar. And then register for all the Exam Dates.

When can I get Started?

You can get started right away!

  1. Fill in our Online Registration Form
  2. Call us on our toll-free number at 0800 39 0027
  3. Message us on Whatsapp at 082 318 8892

Last Updated: May 5, 2020

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