ICB Courses from Skills Academy

Looking for a comprehensive list of ICB courses? Then you have come to the right place! Here you will find a complete list of ICB Courses and detailed information about each one.

 

Skills Academy Offers The Following Range of Accredited ICB Courses:

ICB Financial Accounting Courses

If you want to offer indispensable bookkeeping and accounting skills, or become an accountant someday, this is the course for you! 

ICB Business Management Courses

Business management in all business areas and organisational activities are the acts of getting people together to accomplish desired goals.

ICB Office Administration Courses

Office administrators keep the wheels of an office turning. By learning about all the elements that contribute to a smooth-running office.  

ICB Entrepreneurship Courses

Entrepreneurs are pioneers, innovators, leaders and inventors. They are at the forefront of technological and social movements.

ICB Public Sector Accounting Courses

Public sector accounting is an accounting method used in central and local governments and other non-profit public sector entities.  

 

Choose your programme

Choose the ICB Courses that suits you and start your journey to success.

 

ICB Financial Accounting Programme

The entrance criteria for this course is Grade 10.

If you want to offer indispensable bookkeeping and accounting skills, or become an accountant someday, this is the course for you! It will equip you with knowledge and practical skills in bookkeeping, financial accounting, income tax, financial management, reporting standards, corporate strategy, management accounting and research. Click here for the details: ICB Financial Accounting Programme

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ICB Public Sector Accounting Programme

The entrance criteria for this course is Grade 11.
 
If you don’t have Grade 11, then you can start by studying the following programme:
Upon completion of this ICB Courses, the ICB will accept you onto the Public Sector Accounting Programme course.

If you want to work in finance in government or municipalities, this is the programme to study. It’s been designed to address the lack of skills in the public sector and give students knowledge that will help government run more productively. You’ll learn how to produce high quality financial statements, implement basic internal controls, conduct effective internal auditing, and apply sound accounting and financial principles. Click here for the details: ICB Public Sector Accounting Programme

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ICB Business Management Programme

The entrance criteria for this course is Grade 11.
 
If you don’t have Grade 11, then you can start by studying the following programme:
Upon completion of this ICB Courses, the ICB will accept you onto the Business Management Programme course.

This ICB Courses is just the ticket if you have ambitions of managing a business and its finances. Good business management is vitally important for a company’s commercial success. In this programme, you’ll learn about business and financial management best practices, office and legal practice, human resource management, computer literacy, global business strategy and research methods in commerce. Click here for the details: ICB Business Management Programme

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ICB Entrepreneurship Programme

The entrance criteria for this course is Grade 11.

If you don’t have Grade 11, then you can start by studying the following programme:

Upon completion of this ICB Courses, the ICB will accept you onto the Entrepreneurship Programme course.

If you are financially-minded and have dreams to start, manage or develop a small/medium sized business – or want to help grow an established local company to a global enterprise, this is the ICB Courses for you. Click here for the details: ICB Entrepreneurship Programme

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ICB Office Administration Programme

The entrance criteria for this course is Grade 12.

 If you don’t have Grade 12, then you can start by studying the following programme:

Upon completion of one of these ICB Courses, the ICB will accept you onto the Office Administration Programme course.

This ICB Courses is perfect for those of you who want to learn a little bookkeeping and a lot of all-round office knowledge. By learning about all the elements that contribute to a smooth-running office, you’ll be able to help out in just about any department. Click here for the details: ICB Office Administration Programme

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Who is the ICB?

The ICB is the most highly regarded professional body for bookkeeping, accounting, office administration, public sector accounting and business qualification in South Africa. The ICB is a body that focuses on providing top quality, fully accredited courses in accounting, bookkeeping and office management. The ICB has a rich history of supplying and promoting accounting and bookkeeping qualifications. They have been doing so since 1931 and continue to do so even today. ICB is also affiliated with the Institute of Financial Accountant in UK, and they are internationally recognised. Therefore if you get a ICB qualification you have the potential to work overseas.

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The ICB

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The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

These are just some of the reasons why Skills Academy has decided to offer a wide range of ICB courses. There are ICB courses for everyone ranging from diplomas that will help you learn a wide range of skills, to short courses designed to teach you very specific skills you feel need improving. This is done to ensure that whether you plan to study for three years or six months, whether you want to get a diploma or a certificate, we have courses for you.

Everything you need to know about the ICB

 

Accreditation and Recognition

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers is recognised by FASSET

The ICB is a Quality Assurance Partner of FASSET. With FASSET now forming part of the QCTO, it can be expected that there might be some changes in the roles of the various bodies regulating education and training for these accredited programmes.

My expectations is that the ICB will become a QAP of the QCTO, and retain its role, under a slightly different setup with the two different regulatory bodies.

 

Professional Bodies

Historically South Africa has a number of old and well-established professional bodies. With the big changes in the laws and regulations that determines educational rules in South Africa, these bodies had to adjust to the new world. Some did this more successfully than others.

The ICB and the ICB Courses as processional body has set an example of how professional bodies can stay relevant in this new world. They have built relationships with government bodies like SAQA, the SETAs (FASSET) and other Professional Bodies. All of this to the benefit of education and of their students and professional members. The ICB has professional relationships with the following bodies:

  • Institute of Accounting and Commerce (IAC)
  • South African Business Accountants (SAIBA)
  • South African Institute for Tax Professionals (SAIT)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority (FASSET)

Through the close link between the ICB (Educational Body) and the ICBA (Professional Membership Body), there are a number of advantages linking to these other professional bodies – for students on ICB courses, as well as IBA members.

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OCB Professional Relationships

 

SETAs

In South Africa the SETAs (Sector Education and Training Authorities) plays an important role in collecting and distributing taxes meant for education. They also accredit and quality assure ICB courses and other education and training insitutions in their various sectors.

Here is a complete list of all the SETAs:

  • AGRISETA (Agricultural Sector SETA)
  • BANKSETA (Banking Sector SETA)
  • CETA (Construction SETA)
  • CHIETA (Chemical Industries SETA)
  • CATHSETA (Culture Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports SETA)
  • ESETA (Energy and Water SETA)
  • ETDPSETA (Education Training and Development Practices SETA)
  • FPMSETA (Fibre, Processing & Manufacturing SETA)
  • FOODBEV (Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industry SETA)
  • FASSET SETA (Financial and Accounting Services SETA)
  • HWSETA (Health and Welfare SETA)
  • INSETA (Insurance SETA)
  • LGSETA (Local Government SETA)
  • MERSETA (Media, Advertising, Information and Communication Technologies SETA)
  • MICTSETA (Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA)
  • MQSETA (Mining Qualifications Authority SETA)
  • PSETA (Public Service SETA)
  • SASSETA (Safety and Security SETA)
  • SERVICES SETA
  • TETA (Transport SETA)
  • W&RSETA (Wholesale and Retail SETA)

The SETAs are in a time of transition. They are moving to fall under the authority of the QCTO. The role of the QCTO I shall discuss below.

 

QCTO

The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) is responsible for qualifications listed on the OQSF (the Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework). They are one of the three top level Quality Councils. These three are the Council on Higher Education (CHE), Umalusi and the QCTO. Together they are responsible for the National Qualification Framework.

The QCTO is responsible for the accreditation of providers / colleges / academies who offer occupational qualifications like ICB courses.

 

How do I know if my ICB courses are accredited?

To find out if a college is accredited to offer ICB courses; and accredited for a specific course; the easiest way is to ask to see the accreditation certificate from the ICB.

The ICB provides each accredited provider with a certificate for that specific provider, and for that specific ICB Courses. See here for an example: Skills Academy Accreditation Certificate ICB National Certificate Bookkeeping.

Look at the dates on the accreditation certificate. There you can see if the accreditation is still valid. And check the name of the ICB Courses provider on the accreditation certificate.

In addition to the accreditation certificate, course providers also get an accreditation letter from FASSET.  Here is an example of a valid accreditation letter from FASSET. Skills Academy FASSET Accreditation letter.

 

ICB Exams and Assessments

Before we go into the details of the ICB exams, you first need to understand what the difference is between an Exam, an Assessment and a Portfolio of Evidence.  You will need this information when doing one of the ICB courses. You need to understand the “language” of your ICB exams.

 

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Exams

An exam means that you sit down, at a time specifically arranged, with someone invigilating (supervising and checking that nobody can cheat), and you have a set amount of time to finish an exam paper.

Each ICB subject in the ICB Courses has a formal exam that you write when you have completed your studies for that subject. You get up to five opportunities in a year to write your exam, if you are a distance learning or home study student.

The formal exam is also called a “summative assessment”.

 

Assessments

An assessment is anything for which you get a mark. So an assignment that you do at home, but which gets marked at your college, can be an assessment. A formal exam can also be an assessment.

We get two different kinds of Assessments: Formative Assessments, and Summative Assessments.

 

Summative Assessment

A summative assessment is a formal exam.

 

Formative Assessment

Exercises, assignments and practicals can all be formative assessments. You do these over the period of your studies, and some of them can count towards your final mark for each subject. When you get your Portfolio of Evidence (POE) workbook, it will direct you to include all these things in your POE. In this way all the work you do in your course count towards your final marks.

 

Portfolio of Evidence (POE)

A Portfolio of Evidence (POE) is a workbook or collection of documents which act as proof that you have mastered a specific piece of work. With all your ICB subjects you gets sent a POE workbook before the exam. You must then complete this Portfolio of Evidence before the exam, and then take it with your to the exam. At the exam you hand in your POE, and it gets marked with your exam. In this way it counts towards your final mark for your subject.

Since you get to do the Portfolio of Evidence before the exam, it is a good way to get some points before you even get to the exam!

You want to make sure you get your POE as soon as possible, so that you have the maximum amount of time available to work on it, before the date on which you must hand it in at the exam.

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ICB Portfolio of Evidence

How do I make sure I have the maximum time to work on my POE?

When you Register for your exam, the ICB sends you the POE for the subject/s you have registered for. You then get to work on your POE from the date you receive the POE from the ICB, till your exam date. And then you hand in your POE at the exam.

So, if you want the maximum amount of time to work on your POE, you need to register for your exam as soon as you can. If you want to register for the February 2017 exams; then note that Exam Registrations for the February 2017 Exam open on 26 October 2016. And Registrations close for these exams on 23 December for distance learning students registering via the ICB student portal.

Once you have registered for your exam, the ICB will courier your POE to you. The ICB usually couriers your POE three to four weeks after receiving your exam registration application.Note that you must get a POE for every subject you do. So if you register for three subject exams, then the ICB will send your three Portfolios of Evidence.If your POE is incomplete, that can mean that you fail that subject. So make it as complete as possible. Also make sure that you make a copy of your POE before you hand it in. Put it in a safe place, so that you know if something happens to your POE, you have a back-up plan.

What exactly goes into my Portfolio of Evidence?

As you study a subject (or learning area) all your assessments are kept in a folder. So all these assessments, plus your final exam paper makes up your complete Portfolio of Evidence. When you get your POE from the ICB, it will contain the Administration Book , which tells you exactly how to complete your POE.

You hand all of it in at your final exam, and the assessors (examiners) marks all of it to determine if you pass or if you have to redo the work.

Note that you must get a POE for every subject you do. So if you register for three subject exams, then the ICB will send your three Portfolios of Evidence.

If your POE is incomplete, that can mean that you fail that subject. So make it as complete as possible. Also make sure that you make a copy of your POE before you hand it in. Put it in a safe place, so that you know if something happens to your POE, you have a back-up plan.

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How your ICB Final Marks are Calculated

The ICB uses two different marks to determine your final mark, and to determine if you pass or fail your course. These two marks are marks for; 1. Your formal exam, and 2. Your Portfolio of Evidence.

Your formal exam counts 70% of your final mark. You must get at least 50% for your formal exam, to pass your course.

Your Portfolio of Evidence counts 30% or your final mark. This consist out of work done while you were studying your subject. Things like assignments, evaluations and other work.

You need to get a final total mark of 60% to pass your course.

 

Exam Registration and Application

If you want to write an exam, you must do the following:

  1. Ensure you are registred with the ICB as an ICB learner.
  2. Apply for Exam Entry before the Exam Entry Closing Date – this is usually two to three months before the exam date.
  3. Ensure your yearly ICB Student Registration fee is paid to the ICB.
  4. Ensure your ICB Exam / Assessment fees are paid to the ICB.

This means you need to:

  1. Submit the Learner Details Form
  2. Complete the Assessment Entry Form, and submit it
  3. Pay the correct Assessment Fee to the ICB

About ten days after the ICB has received your application documents and payment, they will send you a confirmation letter, and later on your POE.

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ICB Learner Portal

What if there is no assessment centre close to me?

If you live and work more than 200 km from one of these assessment centres, then you can apply to the ICB for Private Invigilation. This means an additional fee. And the ICB consider these requests on an individual basis. The ICB would always encourage you to rather make use of a recognised assessment centre.

 

Exam Dates and Assessment Timetable

Exam dates for distance learning students are now five times a year. Note that the details of these dates can change, so make sure you get the very latest details when you register for an ICB exam.

 

Exam Dates for Distance Learning

You can find the exam dates for home study students here: Distance Learning Students Exam Timetable 2017

 

Exam Dates for Classroom Students

You can find the exam dates for classroom students here: Classroom Students Exam Timetable 2017

 

Preparing for your Exam

 

Old ICB Exam Papers

The ICB does not make old exam papers available to students. When the syllabus changes, it means that old exam papers will not help you.

 

How do I get extra exam preparation help?

If you choose the PRO option when you register for your course, then you will get mock exams or trial exam papers included in your study materials.

 

Your Portfolio of Evidence – a critical part of your Exam

 

Does every subject have a portfolio of evidence (POE)?

Yes, every single subject has a POE; except for the following subject:

  1. Accounting Theory and Practice (FATP) – this is the old name for (RTAP)
  2. Research Theory and Practice (RTAP) – this is the new name for (FATP)

 

How do I get my POE?

When you register for an exam, at that point your POE is ordered, printed and sent to you for the subjects in your exam. Your Portfolio of Evidence is sent to you by the ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers). It is NOT sent to you by your course provider or college.

As we get close to an exam registration deadline, the ICB gets huge amounts of applications. And for each application they must prepare the Portfolios of Evidence. So it can take up to 8 weeks to get your Portfolio of Evidence.

If you apply early, then the ICB usually sends your PEO to you in three to four weeks after your exam entry application.

Therefore you must register for your exam (and thus order your POE) as early as possible.

 

What is the earliest date on which I can get my POE?

The ICB process your exam application and then couriers your POE to you. So the sooner you register for an exam, the sooner you get your POE.

Exam registrations for the February 2017 exams open on 26 October 2016. Exam registration closes for distance learners on 23 December, if you register via the ICB student portal.

So if you want to be the first to get your POE, then you need to register for your February 2017 exam on 26 or 27 October. Then you will have the maximum amount of time to work on your PEO before your exam date. The ICB will take three to four weeks from receiving your exam registration application to sending your POE.

Note that you must get a POE for every subject you do. So if you register for exams for four subjects, then you must get four Portfolios of Evidence from the ICB before your exam.

 

Exam Results

Your exam results will be available on the exam results release date. The 2017 exams results release dates are as follows:

 

If you write an exam between 13 August 2016 and 18 August 2016 then your results will be released on 7 October 2016.

If you write an exam between 10 September 2016 and 12 September 2016 then your results will be released on 4 November 2016.

If you write an exam between 15 October 2016 and 12 17 October 2016 then your results will be released on 9 December 2016.

If you write an exam between 12 November 2016 and 17 November 2016 then your results will be released on 13 January 2017.

If you write an exam between 3 December 2016 and 5 December 2016 then your results will be released on 27 January 2017.

If you write an exam between 3 December 2016 and 5 December 2016 then your results will be released on 27 January 2017.

 

Exam Re-write and Re-assessment

You have up to one month after getting your results to apply for a re-mark. You need to compete and submit the Application Form for Re-Mark, and pay the relevant fee. An assessor and moderator will review your entire Portfolio of Evidence and compile a detailed Re-Mark Report for you.

 

Receiving your Qualification Certificate and Results Report

Since 2015 the ICB no longer issues Certificates to students. FASSET as the government body overseeing the ICB qualifications has determined that no professional body is allowed to issue qualification certificates to students. So now only FASSET is allowed to issue these certificates to students.

 

What do I get from FASSET?

You will get a qualification certificate from FASSET.

It can take FASSET up to three months to issue your certificate. Note that in September 2016 FASSET had delays in printing their certificates. So it might take longer than three months.

 

What do I get from the ICB?

You will get a detailed results report from the ICB. This report is accepted by employers as proof of your qualification, so you can go ahead and apply for that job, or the promotion you want!

When you have completed your Programme, the ICB will also issue you with a Programme Certificate. The ICB usually issue these within a few weeks after you have completed your programme.

 

How do I know a course or college is accredited?

To find out if a college is accredited to offer ICB courses; and accredited for a specific course; the easiest way is to ask to see their accreditation certificate from the ICB.

The ICB provides each accredited provider with a certificate for each accredited course. Check the provider name, as well as the expiry date on the accreditation certificate.

Accredited course providers also have accreditation letters from FASSET. So also look for that.

 

Learner Portal

The ICB has a Learner Portal that is especially useful for home study students. This is a “self-service” option for student who wants to:

  • See and update their contact details with the ICB
  • Pay ICB fees online
  • Enter for assessments (register for exams) and see their results (this option only available for home study students)

 

Last Updated: December 5, 2017

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