Course Summary

Course Name:

Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate

Certification Type:

Course Level:

NQF3

Duration:

The Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate is the first course of the ICB Bookkeeping and Accounting courses. In this course, you will be taught the basics of financial accounting.


Course Information:

Course NameBookkeeping: ICB National Certificate
AccreditationThe Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)
Examinations

Students to complete two tests and three assignments. All tests and assignments need to be submitted before registering for final exams.

All final exams will be conducted during the academic year. Fixed exam dates are available on the ICB Student Portal and the ICB website.

Award Type National Certificate: ICB Bookkeeping
Award Issued ByFASSET and The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)
SAQA ID58375
NQF Level03
Course Duration16 months
Credits120
Entry RequirementGrade 10 Certificate or an Equivalent

Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate Subjects

The Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate course covers the following subjects:

  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance (BKTB)
  • Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns (PMSR)
  • Computerised Bookkeeping (CPBK)
  • Business Literacy (BUSL)


What Will I Learn?

In the Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate course, you will learn about the foundational skills needed in financial accounting. You will learn how to:

  • Manage credit purchases and sales transactions
  • Manage VAT transactions
  • Compile and manage financial books
  • Manage petty cash
  • Record the financial transactions of a business


Benefits Of Having A Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate Qualification?

A Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate will help you improve your career opportunities. After completing your Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate, you can further your studies by enrolling in the Bookkeeping: ICB FET Certificate.  


Career Opportunities

People who have a Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate have many career opportunities to explore. These are some of the careers that you can enter into:

  • Accounts Clerk
  • Junior Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Clerk


Salary Expectations

Salaries depend on the career path that you will be going into. You can expect the following average salary:


Role And Responsibilities

The duties of people in the bookkeeping and financial sector include:

  • Calculate and manage employee payments
  • Prepare financial reports
  • Manage business financial records
  • Record payments and receipts on spreadsheets

Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate Curriculum

The Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate gives students the background knowledge needed for a career in the financial accounting world. Throughout the course, you will study four subjects. You will have to complete and submit a total of three assignments, two tests, and a final exam for each subject. 


Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate Assessments To Be Completed

The completion of the Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate will need you to complete a total of five assessments and assignments. These assessments and assignments make up your Portfolio of Evidence (PoE). 


Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate Assignments To Be Completed 

To qualify for the Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate exams, you will need to complete the following tests and assignments:

  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Assignment 3
  • ICB Test 1
  • ICB Test 2


All tests and assignments will contribute 30% toward your final mark. Make sure that you have completed all tests and assignments before registering for final exams.


Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate Exams

Your Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) has to be submitted before you can write your exams. The Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate exams will take place at the end of the academic year. All final exams will contribute 70% toward the final mark

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Bellview registered students can join the Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate Facebook Group to learn more about this course. 

Once you have joined our Bookkeeping and Accounting Facebook Group, you can interact with other students and tutors to make the best out of your journey with Bellview. You can also find updated news and relevant course information.

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How Do I Study For Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate?

If you want to study for the Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate, register with Bellview Institute of Distance Learning. When you have registered, you will have to: 

  • Join study groups
  • Complete all tests
  • Complete and submit all assignments
  • Write all your exams


When Can I Start Studying Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate?

If you wish to study for the Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate, you can apply now. You can start studying at any time, as long as you have registered.

Frequently Asked Questions

To start your career in bookkeeping, you will need to at least have completed some Bookkeeping courses. You can complete these two Bookkeeping courses: Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate and the Bookkeeping: ICB FET Certificate.

You will receive an ICB qualification after you complete your ICB course. Available ICB qualifications include the ICB National Certificate and the ICB FET Certificate.

No, a bookkeeper is not an accountant. Bookkeepers and accountants are similar professions, but a bookkeeper focuses on the recording of financial transactions. An accountant focuses on reporting and presenting financial records.

ICB qualifications are internationally recognised. You can complete an ICB qualification if you are interested in working or studying abroad.

Yes, becoming a certified bookkeeper is worth it. Most businesses need bookkeepers to manage their financial books. Being a certified bookkeeper will make sure that you are always employable. 

Yes, ICB courses and qualifications are accredited. All ICB course training providers must be accredited by the DHET. This means that all of the ICB qualifications are fully accredited.

Once you have obtained your Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate, you can become a:

  • Junior Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Accounts Clerk

The four basic steps of Bookkeeping include:

  1. Analysing financial transactions in order to assign them to specific accountants
  2. Creating journal entries with debits and credits
  3. Posting these entries to ledger accounts
  4. Adjusting entries once each accounting period ends

Bookkeepers (who are not registered agents) can process accounting systems but they cannot design, approve, or review systems in the way that clients would rely upon.

A good Bookkeeping salary for South Africans could reach up to R22 400 per month.

The end product of bookkeeping comes down to a finalised financial statement.

The Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate is on an NQF level 03.

The Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate course takes 16 months to complete.

The Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate has a total of 120 course credits.

The Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) accredits ICB Bookkeeping.

All ICB Certificates are awarded by FASSET. You will also receive a programme completion certificate from the ICB.

Yes, the Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate has the following SAQA ID number: 58375.

You need to have a Grade 10 or a Grade 10 equivalent certificate and to be at least 16 years of age to apply for the Bookkeeping ICB National Certificate Course.

No they do not. Bookkeepers only need to have a firm understanding of accounting and financial topics. However, knowing how to do accounting would work in your favour.

No, you do not need Matric to study bookkeeping. The ICB offers accredited courses you can study without a Matric certificate.

For more information on the current course fees for the Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate course, contact one of our course specialists.

Yes, the Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate has the following SAQA ID number: 58375.

To pursue a professional career in bookkeeping, you will need:

  • Good Communication skills
  • Knowledge in mathematics
  • Good customer and administration skills
  • Ability to work in a team and with others
  • Good attention to detail

The different career avenues you can pursue in bookkeeping include:

  • Management
  • Accounting
  • Auditing

Yes, you can do Bookkeeping with maths literacy. Bookkeeping involves basic mathematics, so it is not necessary to have pure maths to study bookkeeping. However, you should be good at key maths principles, as bookkeepers work with numbers.

The Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate course has a total of four subjects.

A Bookkeeper earns about R14 600 per month, in South Africa.

In bookkeeping, ICB is an abbreviation for Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.

Author: Wanele Sibiya
Editor: Connor Bergsma
Date Published: June 6, 2022