ICB Courses

ICB courses are 100% accredited Business qualifications. Everything that has to do with Business from Accounting right through to Office Administration. Learn Accounting Skills. How to Manage and Run your own Business. And keep Offices running smoothly.

Skills Academy Offers The Following Range of Accredited ICB Courses:


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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 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.  

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.  

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We Present To You, The ICB Courses:

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 level, with the level that costs the least, and allows you to better your qualifications 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.

The Difference Between Bookkeeping Courses And Accounting Courses

Bookkeeping is easier, basic level Accounting. While Accounting can be looked at as just fancier Bookkeeping.

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


  • 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 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 


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?

Here’s what South Africans working in Bookkeeping and Accounting earn per year. As stated by Payscale.com:

  • 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. Be someone others can trust. As you work with a Companies money after all.

What Is Needed To Start This Course?

  • To start out, you will need a Grade 10 (Standard 8) 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


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?

Here’s what South Africans working in Public Sector Accounting earn per year. As shown by payscale.com:

  • 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. Have a real talent for this field and know how to manage time. What’s different here? 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 10 (Standard 8) 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 Human Resources, Computer Literacy, Business Strategy, and ways to do research in Business.

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ICB Courses: Business Management Programme


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?

Here’s what South Africans Business Management earn per year, as stated by payscale.com:

  • 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? If you said yes to the above, big thumbs up to you. Business Management is all yours.  

What Is Needed To Start This Course?

  • To start out, you will need a Grade 10 (Standard 8) 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 techniques, technical skills, and personal skills you need to start your own business. And run it well. What you learn here can also be used to help grow another local, start-up business.

The ICB knows that being skilled in working with money is very important. This is why this programme includes a lot on Finance and Accounting. 

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Entrepreneur – ICB Courses


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 10 (Standard 8) 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?

You will get the skills you need to be a great all rounder in the office. In this programme, you will be taught so 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.  You will be able to make any Office run smoothly, and aid all who needs help.

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Office Administration – ICB Courses


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 Is The Right Field For Me?

Some questions you should answer:

  • Are you an organised person?
  • 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?

 Here’s what South Africans working in Office Administration earn per year. As stated by payscale.com:

  • 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

NQF Levels

This is just the system used to show the level of your National Qualification.

Another way to name the Matric level is “NQF4 Qualification”.

Most ICB courses start at NQF level 3. Meaning you do not need Matric to get into these programs. You will also see the courses go up to NQF level 6.  That is TWO levels above Matric level.

Meaning it is at Diploma level, 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.

SAQA – South African Certifications Authority

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

All accredited programs are registered on the NQF, with SAQA.

That is why all accredited qualifications have SAQA ID Numbers.

You can look up that ID number on the SAQA website, to make sure that everything is correct.

All the ICB Courses and qualifications have proper SAQA ID Numbers. If a course does not have a SAQA ID Number, then it is not legit

Accreditation is not done by SAQA; it is done by a

  • SETA (Sector Education And Training Authority)
  • Umalusi
  • Or the CHE (Council of Higher Education).

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

Course Fees

If you are to study an ICB course, please take note of the fees below:

  • Study Charges with your College or Course Supplier. Find out if your Course Provider includes all the books and notes in their cost.
  • Cost of Textbooks
  • 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 student fees for this)
  • Shipping costs for Home Study students (are your courier fees included in your course fees?)

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, 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 already get your first qualification from FASSET (Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority), 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 finally 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: R620 per subject.

As a Distance Learning Student, you can register for an Exam Online through the student portal.

When sending in the Exam Entry Form, use this checklist first:

  1. Make sure you are using the proper Exam Entry Form. At the time of writing this article, it is the 2018 Exam Entry Form.
  2. Are you writing your ICB Exam in a place closest to you?
  3. Include Proof Of Payment with your 2018 Exam Entry Form. Cost: R620 per subject.
  4. Have you double checked the Exam Dates? Do you need to apply for leave from work for these dates?
  5. 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 this POE, which the ICB will courier to you. Please make sure you give ICB the right address. In most cases, a courier will phone you before dropping off your package. So you need to make sure you give them the right cell number as well. And please make sure 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.

You Miss an Exam? Don’t feel ready to write? No Worries. There will be plenty of chances for you to write. You miss an Exam you have already registered for? then you can just apply to write on another day. As simple as that. This will cost you R220 per subject.

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! 

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.


     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: June 18, 2018


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