ICB Training Providers

If you are on the lookout for ICB training providers, we have got you covered. Find out about the benefits of training providers, what to look for in a college, and more.

ICB training providers are a great way to get the support you need to pass your course. The college you enrol with can set the foundation for a successful study journey. 

What Are The Benefits Of ICB Training Providers?

ICB training providers are all accredited and registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). This is already a great starting point, because you can be certain that the skills you are gaining meet national standards. Other benefits include: 

  • Get Help With Exam Preparation
  • Get Access To Up-To-Date Study Material
  • Study Groups
  • Student Support Services
  • A Graduation Ceremony 

Get Help With Exam Preparation

Pass your exams with flying colours when you get the help you need from ICB training providers. The college you join will have highly qualified tutors and lecturers to make sure that you understand the content of your coursework. 

Get Access To Up-To-Date Study Material

ICB updates their coursework every year to ensure that students are only learning the latest information in their field. Students who self-study, tend to rely on second-hand study material, which means that their information is out-of-date. When you study with a training provider, they will make sure that you are on the right track with current content. 

Study Groups

It is always helpful to build a community of your peers to help you along your study journey. But it can be difficult to meet these people on your own. At Skills Academy, an accredited ICB training provider, you will have access to a free online study group called Together We Pass. Here you will be put in touch with students who are studying the same course as you, and you will be able to help each other do assignments and study for tests and exams together. 

Student Support Services

Sometimes, the course you study comes with admin tasks you have to complete. Or sometimes you just need a break from your studies to focus on your other responsibilities. Whatever your study-related needs, student support services can help you out. Even if they cannot make decisions on your behalf, they can offer helpful advice on what your next move should be. 

A Graduation Ceremony 

Finishing your course is a big deal! And a graduation ceremony is one of the best ways to celebrate with your family and friends. Your college will make sure you have the best celebration to mark your special achievement. 

How Do I Choose An ICB Training Provider?

Before you decide on a college, there are a few very important aspects to consider that could make or break your study experience. These include:

  • Your location
  • Consider your responsibilities
  • Check their reputation

Choose Your Location

If you are planning to study as a classroom-based student, where you live is very important. If the college you are considering is far away from home, you will have to spend a lot of time and money travelling or finding student accommodation. The good news is that with distance learning, quality education comes to you. 

Consider Your Responsibilities

This will determine how much time you have to spend on your studies. If you have a full-time job and a family to take care of, you might want to consider part-time studies. Luckily, ICB training providers are diverse enough to offer you many options. So you can study with them:

  • Part-time
  • Full-time
  • Via distance learning

Check Their Reputation

Before you enrol at a college, you have to check their reputation and make sure they are legitimate. The best way to do this is to ask them for their accreditation number, and check reviews on sites such as Google and HelloPeter. Here you will be able to see if the institution can be trusted and if students are happy with their services. 


How Do I Know If A Training Provider Is Accredited In South Africa?

We know there are many scam colleges out there that pretend to have accredited qualifications. It is unfortunate, but to prevent yourself from being the victim of such a scam, there are a few things you can check. These include:  

  • Ask For Accreditation Details
  • Umalusi
  • South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)
  • Quality Council For Trades And Occupations (QCTO)

Ask For Accreditation Details

If the institution you want to study at says they are accredited, they should have an accreditation number. For example, our ICB accreditation number is 300830. So you can ask them what their number is and verify it online.  


You can search for your private school or college on Umalusi’s website to see if it is accredited. Umalusi is a quality council whose aim is to make sure that education meets the standards set by the National Qualifications Framework.  

South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

The great thing about SAQA is that you can go onto their website and check if an individual course is accredited. Each ICB course has a unique SAQA ID number you can search to verify the qualification. 

Quality Council For Trades And Occupations (QCTO)

ICB is one of the quality assurance partners for the QCTO. So you can be sure that your course meets high standards. But if you are not sure about other trade-related courses, you can verify them via QCTO. But it is important to note that this process is only for future employers who want to check that your qualifications are valid. 

Is ICB SETA Accredited?

Yes, ICB is SETA accredited. At the end of your course, you will receive a certificate from FASSET, which is the finance and accounting SETA. 

Where Can I Study ICB Courses?

There are over 500 accredited training providers in South Africa. So you are really spoilt for choice when it comes to these courses. See a list of colleges below: 

  • Skills Academy
  • Bellview Insitute of Distance Learning
  • Matric College
  • Academic Institute of Excellence
  • A5 Competence Evolution
  • Academy of York
  • Academy Training Group
  • Account N Tax Business Academy
  • Acorser Academy
  • Advidata Trading
  • Africa Skills Village – Johannesburg
  • Aldes Training Academy Pty Ltd
  • Alphabiz Solutions and Training Centre
  • Amandlolwazi Training Centre
  • Amilak Training Centre
  • ATTI – Bloemfontein
  • ATTI – Nelspruit
  • ATTI – Polokwane
  • Aum IT Solutions
  • Award Training
  • Awesome Institute of Business
  • BDCE
  • Believers Care Society
  • Brilliant Accounting and Training
  • BSI College
  • Business Skills Institute
  • Camblish Training Institute
  • Careers IT – Umhlanga
  • Careers IT – Chatsworth
  • Central Technical College – Braamfontein
  • Central Technical College – Cape Town
  • Central Technical College – Durban
  • Central Technical College – Pretoria
  • Centurion Academy – Centurion
  • Centurion Academy – Tygervalley
  • Centurion Academy – Witbank
  • Centurion Academy – Irene
  • CharterQuest Financial Training Institute
  • City College
  • Compass Academy of Learning
  • Computer and Careers – Rustenburg
  • Computer and Careers – Zeerust
  • Concord College Mulbarton
  • Credit Blende Training
  • CSL Learning Institution
  • Cyber.com Career Academy
  • Damelin – Bloemfontein
  • Damelin – Boksburg
  • Damelin – Braamfontein
  • Damelin – Cape Town City
  • Damelin – Cape Town Correspondence
  • Damelin – Centurion
  • Damelin – Durban
  • Damelin – East London
  • Damelin – Menlyn
  • Damelin – Mowbray
  • Damelin – Nelspruit
  • Damelin – Pitermaritzburg
  • Damelin – Port Elizabeth
  • Damelin – Pretoria
  • Damelin – Randburg
  • Dean Insitute of Learning
  • Dee’s Training
  • Edu Smart Training Academy
  • ELB Management Consultants
  • Ember Academy
  • Excellent Minds Institute (Pty) Ltd
  • Fachs College
  • Falcon Business Institute
  • False Bay College – Fish Hoek
  • False Bay TVET College – Khayelitsha
  • False Bay TVET College – Mitchell’s Plain
  • Farrel Academy
  • Felix Risk Training Consultants – Correspondence 
  • Genius Business College
  • Global Prospectus Development Institute
  • Graduate School of Accounting
  • Green Park Education Group
  • Green Park Education Group – Correspondence 
  • Guvon Academy (Pty) Ltd
  • Higher Ground Training College – HGTC
  • Hillcross College of Higher Education
  • i-Fundi
  • i3A – International Agricultural Academy for Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • IABC Consultants
  • IABC Consultants – Midrand
  • IBTC – Cape Town Correspondence 
  • IBTC Sandton
  • ICALC Training Academy
  • IMAS: Institute of Management Accounting and Strategy (Pty) Ltd
  • Immaculate Training and Consulting
  • Incredible Skills
  • Institute of Business Management of SA
  • Intec College
  • Intellectus Campus
  • Intraccounts 
  • Jaylee Financial and Advisory Services
  • JFA Square Technical Training Institution NPC
  • Kesho Inc
  • KIB Accounting & Computer Training Centre 
  • Kingsway College – Bellville
  • Kishugu Business School
  • Kulungwana Accountants
  • LearnEx – Learn Ex-Gratia (Pty) Ltd
  • Learn Ex-Gratia – Midrand Correspondence 
  • Life Skills Facilitators
  • Little Steps College
  • LTT Murunwa School of Excellence
  • Management and Leadership Academy – Durban
  • Management and Leadership Academy – Pietermaritzburg
  • Mananga Centre – Swaziland
  • MDCS – Skills Academy
  • Melwood Institute of Technology
  • Milimo Training
  • Milpark Education – Claremont
  • Mmaseala Business Academy
  • Moetapele Academy – Correspondence
  • Mpondo Zengwenya Trading
  • MSC Corporate Academy – Glenvista Correspondence
  • National Skills and Technical College
  • NCM Computer and Business Academy
  • Novel Academy
  • Ondangwa Commercial College
  • Optimi College
  • Overcomers Training College
  • Pan African Training
  • PC Educational Holdings
  • PC Educational Holdings Braamfontein – Corresspondence
  • PC Educational Holdings – Escombe Street
  • PC Educational Holdings – Jacob Maree Street
  • PC Educational Holdings – Ladros Mare Street 
  • Pinetown Institute of Technology
  • Prospen Africa
  • Pulakgadi Training Consulting
  • Qualitas Career Academy – Bloemfontein
  • Qualitas Career Academy – Newcastle
  • SA Accounting Academy
  • SA Campus
  • SA College of Technology
  • SA – German Training Services
  • SAAAC – Queenstown
  • Saber Solutions
  • SACOB – South African College of Business
  • Shree Institute for Professional Studies
  • Shree Institute for Professional Studies – Correspondence
  • Signa Institute for Higher Education
  • Silver Solutions
  • Skills Development Professionals
  • South African Law School
  • Spectrum Graduate School of Business
  • Successors Training Institute 
  • Summat Training Institute
  • Swift Skills Academy
  • Synergy Transformation Solutions
  • Tamar Academy
  • TAP College
  • Techtisa
  • The Academy of Commerce and Accounting
  • The Institute of Hospitality and Commercial Studies
  • The Legacy Academy
  • The Skills Development Corporation
  • Thinkestry
  • Transcollege
  • Trimond Academy
  • Tshwane College of Commerce
  • TVBK Financial Services
  • Umgalelo Academy
  • Umgalelo Academy – Correspondence
  • UniCollege
  • Unigrad College
  • Victorious Training Institute
  • VPBA
  • Walvis Bay Learning Hub CC
  • West Coast FET College 
  • Workplace Integrated Training Solutions
  • Y2K College
  • Zizi Institute

Can I Study Directly Through ICB?

You cannot study directly through ICB. This is because they are not a training provider, they are an external exam body. But you are in luck because there are over 500 accredited ICB training providers to choose from, and we are one of them. We will provide you with constant support throughout your course, and help you pass with flying colours. 

Can I Self-Study ICB Courses?

Yes you can self-study ICB courses, but this is not recommended. When you study by yourself, you will not have the exclusive benefits that come with studying at a college. This includes access to world-class lecturers and tutors as well as up-to-date content and communication from ICB. 

Which Colleges Offer ICB Courses?

If you want to study via distance learning you can do so with:

  • Skills Academy
  • Bellview Institute of Distance Learning
  • Matric College

Can I Switch ICB Training Providers?

If you are not enjoying your studies at your current college, you can switch to one that is more suited to your needs. All you have to do is:

  1. Choose a different training provider.
  2. Ask your current college to write a letter stating that you will be moving on to a different study method (like a “clearance letter”). 
  3. Fill out the online form found on ICB’s website. 
  4. Your profile will then change to show your new college. 

Is ICB A Recognised Qualification?

Yes, ICB is a qualification that is recognised worldwide. They have been offering accredited business, admin, accounting, and bookkeeping courses since 1931. Their courses are very prestigious, many employers prefer to hire students with ICB qualifications. A few of the bodies that will recognise your qualification include:

  • IAB – International Association of Bookkeepers
  • IAAP – International Association of Accounting Professionals
  • ACCA – Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • SAIT – South African Institute of Tax Professionals
  • SAIBA – Southern African Institute for Business Accountants 

Is ICB Recognised In South Africa?

Yes, ICB is recognised in South Africa. These courses are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and accredited by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).   

Does Unisa Recognise ICB Qualifications?

It is possible for Unisa to recognise your ICB qualifications through their recognition of prior learning (RPL) process. This is not an automatic process, you have to apply and then wait to see if you were accepted. If you are successful, you will receive exemptions. The best way to receive a positive outcome is to be sure that the course you want to study is similar to the ICB qualification you already have. 

Are There ICB Courses At Unisa?

Unisa no longer offers ICB Courses. But if you are looking to study with ICB via distance learning, you can enrol with us right here at Skills Academy.

What Can I Do With An ICB Qualification?

There is no need to worry about what you will do after your studies, there are many opportunities available with an ICB qualification. You will have all the skills you need to start a career in a wide variety of industries. Some of the jobs you can pursue include:

  • Taxation Clerk
  • Accounts Clerk
  • Receptionist
  • Personal Assistant
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Bookkeeper
  • Financial Accountant
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Accounting Technician
  • Cost Clerk
  • Business Manager
  • Office Administrator

What Should I Study After ICB?

It is possible for you to further your studies with ICB through various professional bodies such as ACCA . You can also study another ICB course and earn a second (and even third) qualification. These programmes are designed so that some courses have overlapping subjects. This makes it easier and faster to earn your next qualification.


What NQF Level Is ICB?

ICB qualifications range from NQF Levels 3 – 6. It all depends on which course you study and how far you decide to study.

NQF Level 3NQF Level 4NQF Level 5NQF Level 6
Junior Bookkeeping CourseSenior Bookkeeping CourseTechnical Financial AccountingCertified Financial Accounting
 Small Business Financial Management CertificateHigher Certificate in Business ManagementNational Diploma in Business Management
  National Certificate in Office AdministrationNational Diploma in Office Administration
  Higher Certificate in Office Administration 

Which ICB Courses Can I Study?

There are three main ICB courses you can study. These include: 

Bookkeeping And Accounting Courses

Become the finance master you were meant to be with ICB’s Bookkeeping and Accounting Courses. This programme lasts 36 months and is perfect for those who want to get their foot in the door but have no previous accounting experience. You can start with the Bookkeeping Courses and work your way up to a Financial Accounting NQF Level 6 qualification. 

Business Management Courses

Take a business straight to the top with Business Management Courses. Here you will learn the ultimate strategies to make either your own or another company successful. The skills you gain will be so versatile that you will be an asset to any industry. 

Office Administration Courses

Admin is one of the most in-demand skills in the country. So do not miss out on the opportunity to gain skills that meet the needs of the South African job market. When you study ICB Office Admin Courses you will have an NQF Level 6 qualification, which is a National Diploma. 

How Much Are ICB Course Fees?

There is no standard ICB course fee. Each ICB training provider sets their own prices according to the type of services they are able to offer you. So for an exact quote, it is best to contact the college you want to study with. 

To find out more about our ICB courses, or if you are ready to enrol, please give our friendly course experts a call. If you would like to read more about ICB, feel free to browse through a few of our related articles below:

How Do I Register As A New ICB Student?

Registering as a new ICB student is quite simple. There is no need to stand in long lines on campus, you can do it all online. This is true even if you are registered to study through a college. You can follow the steps below to get started:

  • Log in to the ICB student portal.
  • Click ‘register for a course’.
  • Choose the programme you want to study.
  • Select the college you will be studying with.
  • Confirm your registration.
  • Pay your registration fee.
  • You can now book your first exam.

When Do ICB Registrations Close?

There are no closing dates to register with ICB. You can start studying these courses at any time. But you must keep in mind when you want to start writing exams, as each exam season has its own closing dates. You can browse through them in the table below:

Exam MonthExam TypeClosing Date
April 2023Online24 February 2023
May 2023Paper31 March 2023
June 2023Online28 April 2023
July 2023Online26 May 2023
August 2023Paper7 July 2023
September 2023Online28 July 2023
October 2023Online25 August 2023
November 2023Paper29 September 2023
December 2023Online27 October 2023

What Are The Entry Requirements For ICB Programmes?

Each programme has its own entry requirements. Check them out below:

  • Bookkeeping Courses – You must have completed grade 10 and be at least 16 years old.
  • Accounting Courses – Successful completion of the ICB Bookkeeping course
  • Business Management Courses – Grade 11
  • Office Administration Courses – Grade 12

How Much Are The ICB Exam Fees 2023?

It is important to note that ICB exam fees change every year. There are also different costs associated with different situations. For example, if you forget to book your exam, you have to pay a late entry fee. We have put all the fees in one table so you know what to expect.

Exam FeesR 785
Exam Postponement Fee (per subject)R 330
Exam Late Entry FeeR 560
Remark Fee (per subject)R 1200
Private Invigilator FeeR 2100
ICB Programme Certificate (including postage)R 400
FASSET Certificate Reprint (including postage)R 400
Workplace PoE Assessment (Learnerships)R 1450
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Frequently Asked Questions

No, NSFAS does not fund ICB Courses. Their financial support is only available to students studying toward undergraduate degrees at public universities. But if you are worried about the costs involved with studying further, we understand. Here at Skills Academy, we have flexible payment options to suit your financial situation. 

If you fail an ICB exam, you will have to re-book and re-write the exam at the full exam fee. If the rewrite is in the same year, you will not have to redo your Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) unless you want to. If you believe that you failed because errors were made while marking your paper, you can apply to have your PoE and exams re-marked.

ICB has an impressive pass rate. Over the last five years, more than 25 000 students have successfully passed and graduated from ICB programmes. 

You can study ICB courses via distance learning at:

  • Skills Academy
  • Bellview Institute of Distance Learning
  • Matric College

The ICB Bookkeeping programme, which includes both the junior and senior bookkeeping courses, lasts a total of 18 months. 

You can look forward to learning many new and exciting skills in the following ICB financial accounting modules:

  • Bookkeeping To Trial Balance
  • Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns
  • Computerised Bookkeeping
  • Business Literacy
  • Financial Statements
  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Income Tax Returns
  • Business Law and Accounting
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Management Accounting and Control Systems
  • Financial Reporting and Regulatory Frameworks
  • Research Theory and Practice

The ICB student portal is the best way to keep track of your studies with ICB. You can use this online platform to:

  • Register for ICB courses
  • Exam bookings
  • View your exam results
  • Update your personal details
  • Payments to the ICB
  • Track your academic progress
Last Updated: 20 April 2023



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