ICBA – Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and Accountants

History of the ICB and ICBA

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and Accountants has its origins in the ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers). The ICB, which goes back to 1931, split into two bodies in 2012. The ICB focussing on Education and Training, and the ICBA focussing on Professional Membership. Thus was born the ICBA (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and Accountants).

In a sense, the ICB is the training organisation, and the ICBA is the professional body of which you can become a member if you are successful in your studies. The ICBA represent a way to get professional recognition for your studies and your work experience.

You will be involved with the training body (the ICB) only while you are busy with your studies. You can be a member of the Professional body (the ICBA) for the rest of your life.

In South African law, professional bodies can be recognised by SAQA (the South African Qualification Authority). The ICBA is recognised by SAQA as a Professional Body for the registration of professional designations on the NQF (National Qualifications Framework).

The History of Professional Bodies in South Africa

South Africa has a long history of professional bodies. With new legislation around education and training the past 15 years, the roles of these bodies have been changing.

In the past these bodies would often be both quality assurer of training to current and prospective members, as well as a membership body aimed at professionalising their stated field of operations.

The bodies who have successfully navigated their way through all these changes, often split into two bodies: and education focussed body, and an independent membership body.

Links between the ICBA and other Professional Bodies

The ICBA has professional relationships with the following bodies:

  • 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 ICBA members.

The Aim of the ICBA

The ICBA sets itself the goal to certify qualifications and award designations. That means that the ICBA can evaluate your qualifications and work experience, and based on that they can give you a certain level of membership.

Membership means you can use the designation letters behind your name.

The ICBA works at improving the image, training and professionalism of their field. Their field being people working in Finance, Accounting, Bookkeeping and Office Administration.

 

 

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ICB Courses

To apply for membership of the ICBA, you need to start studying one of the ICB courses. Your first step is to register with an accredited course provider. Skills Academy is fully accredited by the ICB and FASSET to offer these courses.

The ICB courses are arranged into five different fields of study. These fields of study are:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Public Sector Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Office Administration

Each field of study consists of several courses, listed below. All of these courses are recognised by the ICBA towards membership of the ICBA.

 

 ICB Business Management Courses

 

 

ICB Entrepreneurship Courses

 

 

ICB Office Administration Courses

 

 

Exams and Assessments

 

ICB home study students can write their exams five times a year. In February, May, August and November.

 

You usually have to register for an exam two or three months before the exam. So, if you are aiming for the February exams, you need to be registered for them by the beginning of December.

 

The ICBA has professional relationships with the following bodies:

 

  • 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)

 

The ICBA does not offer training. However, it recognises appropriate education and training providers and contributes to the curriculums of learning programmes offered by these providers.

 

So when you study one of the ICB courses, then you know that each course is recognised by the ICBA towards membership of the ICBA.

 

How to Apply for ICBA Membership

 

Students

 

  • Apply for student membership by filling in the Student Membership Application Form.
  • Pay the yearly fee for Student Membership.
  • If you are registered as a student with the ICB, then you qualify for a discount on your student membership fees.

 

Qualified Bookkeepers, Accountants and Office Administrators

 

If you are properly qualified, and you have the required amount of work experience, then you can apply for full membership with the ICBA. Your membership level will depend on your qualifications, as well as your work experience. Submit your membership application documents, together with membership fees, as well as supporting documents if requested.

 

If you are continuing your studies as an ICB student, then you qualify for a discount on your membership fees. The

 

Written by: Clifford Ekron
Last Updated: April 18, 2019

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