ICB Courses

ICB courses are fully accredited business qualifications, including everything from financial accounting to entrepreneurship courses. These courses could give you the skills needed to become a qualified Accountant, or even start and run your own Business.

Skills Academy Offers The Following Range of Accredited ICB Courses:

 

ICB Programmes

ICB Financial Accounting Courses

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

 

 

 

ICB Entrepreneurship Courses

Entrepreneurs are pioneers, innovators, leaders and inventors. They are the leaders 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.  

 

 

ICB Business Management Courses

Business management deals with the planning and organising of all areas in the business.

 

ICB Office Administration Courses

Office administrators keep the wheels of an office turning. With these courses, you can learn about everything that leads to a smooth-running office.  

 

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ICB Courses In South-Africa

ICB Courses are well recognised and this is the exact same reason that there are so many colleges that offer icb courses. Browse our complete collection of ICB Courses below and pick the one that will help boost your career!

 

Our ICB Courses Explained:

ICB Financial Accounting Programme

The ICB Financial Accounting Programme is made up of 4 levels:

  • 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).

 

What is This Programme About?

This programme 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.

 

The Difference Between Bookkeeping Courses and Accounting Courses

Bookkeeping is an easier, basic level of accounting, while accounting can be looked at as a more in-depth form of bookkeeping.

Here’s a look at the differences between the two:

Bookkeeping

  • 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.

What you see above are the first steps in accounting.

Accounting

  • Accounting is 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 

 

Careers

Job hunting will be awesome for you. Companies are really looking for people with this skill. There are not enough qualified South Africans in this field. So you won’t have a tough time looking for work.

You can build your career from Junior Bookkeeper all the way to Management Accountant.

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Here are jobs you can apply for:

  • 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
  • Tax Practitioner
  • Management Accountant
  • Tax Consultant

 

How Much can I Earn?

According to Payscale, here’s what South Africans working in bookkeeping and accounting earn per year.

  • Senior Bookkeeper: R224,218 Per Year
  • Senior Accountant: R337,856 Per Year
  • Business Analyst: R349,014 Per Year
  • Financial Manager: R566,574 Per Year
  • Tax Consultant: R250,381 Per Year

 

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.

 

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.
  • You do not have to know anything about accounting.

 

ICB Public Sector Accounting Programme

The ICB Public Sector Accounting Programme is made up of three levels:

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

 

What is Public Sector Accounting About?

This programme teaches you the accounting skills needed to work in government groups. You start out with basic bookkeeping skills. Then move on to more difficult ways of doing accounting. And at the highest levels of the programme: you will be taught skills such as research and financial reporting.

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Public Sector Accounting – ICB Courses

Careers

The options you have:

  • Public Accounts Administrator
  • Technical Public Accountant
  • Accounting Technician (in the public sector)
  • Public Sector Financial 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.

How Much can I Earn?

According to Payscale, here’s what South Africans working in public sector accounting earn per year:

  • Public Accounts Administrator: R124,646 Per Year
  • Public Sector Senior Financial Accountant: R475,967 Per Year
  • Public Sector Senior Financial Bookkeeper: R 224,218 Per Year
  • Public Sector Accounting Officer: R182,272 Per Year

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.

What is Needed to Start This Course?

  • To start out, you will need to have finished Grade Ten (Standard Eight) or similar.
  • You need to be 16 years of age.
  • You do not have to know anything about accounting.

 

ICB Business Management Programme

The ICB Business Management Programme is made up of 3 levels:

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

 

What is This Programme About?

This programme 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.

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ICB Courses: Business Management Programme

Careers:

The wide range of career options you have in Business Management. See, we told you:

  • Business Consultant
  • Business Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Account Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Marketing Manager

How Much can I Earn?

According to Payscale, here’s what South Africans working in business management earn per year:

  • Business Consultant: R224,649 Per Year
  • Business Analyst: R394,014 Per Year
  • Management Consultant: R400,413 Per Year
  • Financial Analyst: R313,131 Per Year
  • Human Resources Manager: R324,862 Per Year
  • Marketing Manager: R340,728 Per Year

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?

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.
  • You do not have to know anything about business management.

 

ICB Entrepreneurship Programme

The ICB Entrepreneurship Programme is made up of 3 levels:

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

What is This Programme About?

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.

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Entrepreneur – ICB Courses

Careers

The career options you have in this field:

  • CEO of your own Company
  • Working in someone else’s Start-Up Company
  • Business Consultant – help other Small Businesses with their plans
  • Accounting Officer (by means of SAIBA)

 

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!”. 

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.
  • You do not have to know anything about entrepreneurship.

 

ICB Office Administration Programme

The ICB Office Administration Programme is made up of 3 levels, as follows:

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

What is This Programme About?

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.

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Office Administration – ICB Courses

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?

How Much can I Earn?

According to Payscale, here’s what South Africans working in office administration earn per year:

  • Receptionist: R71,958 Per Year
  • Marketing Administrator: R150,012 Per Year
  • Senior Office Administrator: R328,619 Per Year
  • Secretary: R117,660 Per Year

 

These Courses are the Real Thing

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 an ICB course, 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 this course. 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.

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ICB Exams

 

 

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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.

Here‘s what you need to do when sending in your Exam Entry Form:

  1. Make sure you are using the proper Exam Entry Form.
  2. Make sure you are writing your ICB Exam in a place closest to you.
  3. Include proof of payment with your 2018 Exam Entry Form. The cost is R650 per subject.
  4. When you send in this form, you MUST ALSO send a 2018 Student Details Form.

Important: It can take 3 to 4 weeks for you to get your Portfolio of Evidence (POE), which the ICB will courier to you. Your POE is basically a folder or workbook, filled with your completed practical exercises and tasks which you give in when you write your exam. The POE is equal to 30% of your final mark. The other 70% comes from your exam.

Please make sure you give ICB the right address. In most cases, a courier will phone you before dropping off your package. You need to make sure you give them the right cell number as well. And remember to answer your phone. If the courier calls and you do not answer, they will not deliver.

When is the Best Time to Register?

In 2018, the ICB has five exam sessions. Yes, that’s right, five exam sessions!

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. This will cost you R450 per subject.

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?

So glad you’re asking. You can get started right away!

  1. Simply Fill In The Form on this page. We will be in touch with you in no time to make sure that this is the right course for you.

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     2. Do things the faster way. Fill in our Online Registration Form and start building your future today.

 

 

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Written ByRobin Louw

Last Updated: August 14, 2018

 

 

 

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