Why study an ICB Course?

Reasons why you should study an ICB course?

The Institute for Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) is one of the leading financial and accounting training bodies in South Africa. The ICB ensures that students gain financial knowledge that is relevant and of a high quality. Students who want to study an ICB course don’t necessarily need a matric as most of the foundation level courses require entrants to have either a grade 10 or grade 11.

The benefits of studying an ICB course

Level up

The ICB courses are broken into levels. The levels are foundation, intermediate, upper-intermediate and advanced. Each level works toward your final qualification but breaks the required subjects into manageable chunks. You are also able to build your knowledge at your own pace while you work.

Accredited and registered on NQF

The ICB courses are nationally accredited and all of the levels are registered on the National Qualifications Framework. This means that their qualifications meet the requirements set by the NQF and SAQA. This offers students the opportunity to gain qualifications and skills recognised by the financial industry and employers.

Recognised by other professional bodies – CIMA; ACCA

The ICB qualifications are recognised by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Both CIMA and ACCA are international bodies. This means that should students wish to further their education they are able to do so through CIMA and ACCA and gain internationally recognised qualifications.

Opportunity for further study

The ICB offers students the opportunity to further their education by their association with other professional bodies like CIMA and ACCA. Although CMA and ACCA have their own requirements which includes work experience and completion of specific subject and exams, ICB students may apply for exemption from some of these exams.

Certification as you complete levels

As you complete each level of your ICB course, you will receive a certificate from Fasset. This is beneficial to students as you are able to present this to your current or future employer as proof of your skills. This also means that you gain some negotiating power in terms of your job description and salary.

Work and study – gain valuable experience while you study the theory

You can study ICB courses full-time or part-time. Studying part-time allows you to work while you studyand so doing gain valuable work experience. Working while you study also allows you to apply the theory you’ve learned practically while you learn.

Credits and national database

Every ICB subject and every ICB level awards students credit toward their final qualification. Unlike universities, the ICB doesn’t have a time restriction on the courses after which credits are lost. This means that even if you don’t complete your ICB certifications within the recommended time you won’t lose credits. Your credits will also be recorded on a national database which means that even if you change training providers you won’t have to restart your course.

Study at own pace

The ICB courses are structured in a way that allow you to study at your own pace. You can enrol for one subject at a time or multiple and complete them in your own time.

Professional bodies – networking further training

Once you’ve completed your ICB qualification you are allowed to join the ICB professional bodies like the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and Accountants (ICBA). This allows you to connect with other professionals and potential employers. The professional bodies also keep you up-to-date with changes in the industry, to legislation and best practices.


The role of the QCTO is to continuously check and improve the quality, credibility and reputation of all bookkeeping, accounting, office administration and financial management training and qualifications in South Africa.

Which courses do the ICB and College SA offer?

Financial Accounting

This financial accounting programme shows you how to keep track of, analyse and report on financial transactions in a business.

Public Sector Accounting

This public sector accounting programme focuses on accounting practices within government, municipalities and non-governmental organisations.


This entrepreneurship programme teaches students how to run a small enterprise as well as manage the enterprises’ finances.

Business Management

This business management programme shows students how to manage the various parts of a business to develop a cohesive and profitable business and financial strategy.

Office Administration

This office administration programme teaches students how to manage the various parts of administration in a business with a focus on the financial aspects of the business.

Why study an ICB course with College SA?

  • Dedicated and expert tutors that will help you
  • Affordable
  • We are an accredited ICB and Fasset training provider
  • Course registration is open throughout the year
  • Interest free payment options that will suit your budget