The Institute of Bookkeepers (ICB) is an independent external examination body that has created pathways for students to achieve credible business qualifications. Obtain valuable business skills and achieve your dreams fast!

How do ICB qualifications work

The ICB is not a college or training provider, which means they do not offer tuition or study material. To begin, students will have to register with a college or training provider and then register with the ICB in order to receive their Portfolio of Evidence.

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Assignments and Examinations

Portfolio of Evidence

Assessments are based on the submission of your Portfolio Of Evidence (PoE). You will receive a PoE per subject, and each one will include:

  • ICB Administration Guide
  • ICB Tests and Projects
  • Answer Books

For each subject you will have three assignments and two tests that are handled by your chosen training provider. The tests will be written at ICB approved assessment centres in South Africa. Your PoE will be handed in along  with your final exam and will contribute 30% towards your final mark.


You will also be required to write a final exam for each subject. Results can be found on the Trainee Website as well as emailed to students, 7 weeks after the exam is written. Once a student has passed all subjects in a qualification, the qualification is awarded by the ICB and FASSET.


ICB Courses 

Each ICB programme consists of three to five level qualifications. Each course usually begins with a NQF Level 4 qualification which is equivalent to a Matric certificate. It is then followed by a NQF5 and NQF6 which once completed, you will have obtained your National Diploma. There are however programmes that begin with a NQF Level 3 or 5.

Below is a list of all the ICB programmes available: 


Benefits of ICB

Studying an ICB course has multiple benefits! Here are a few things you can do once you have achieved your ICB qualification: 

Take your qualification overseas –  ICB qualifications are internationally recognised and this means you can work abroad!

Get qualified fast – You can receive your first qualification within four months!

Competitive Edge – Get one up on your competitors! Employees usually give preference to candidates with ICB qualifications. 


Begin with Bellview

Bellview is a Distance Learning Institute that offers all five ICB courses. With Bellview, you can achieve your fully accredited and recognised qualification from wherever you are in South Africa. We are dedicated to giving ambitious professionals the best distance learning experience!

More benefits of studying with us: 

  • Study where and when it suits you
  • We offer the best service 
  • Receive engaging support 

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Author: Layla Theunissen