Course Summary

Course Name:
ICB National Certificate: Public Sector Accounting
Certification Type:
Course Level:

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) has made certain academic changes in 2021 regarding their Study Programmes. 

The Public Sector Accounting programme will be phased out as the ICB has made the decision to combine the Public Sector Accounting and Financial Accounting programmes.

Students will have until 30 July 2021 to register for the ICB Public Sector Accounting, and will need to complete their qualification before 30 July 2025

For Bellview Institute students, the final day for enrolments is 31 March 2021.


The N4 – N6 Financial Management programme is a great alternative for the ICB Public Sector Accounting.

In this 36 month accredited course you will receive:

  • Job specific knowledge 
  • 18 months Practical training 
  • Skills required for your chosen career

ICB National Certificate: Public Sector Accounting (Foundation Level)

If you enjoy working with numbers and dream of working in finance then this course is for you! The Public Sector Accounting National Certificate will equip you with the fundamentals of accounting to help you enter the finance world.

Throughout the levels you will gain even more valuable knowledge and skills that will allow you to land a finance job in government, helping it run more effectively.

Course Information

Certificate Type 

Certificate: Public Sector Accounting

Accredited by 

The Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO)

Awarded by

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)

NQF Level 

Level 4






19 months

Entry Requirement

Grade 11, NQF3 or Equivalent


  1. Introduction to Business English
  2. Bookkeeping to Trial Balance (BKTB)
  3. Public Accounting Administration (PAAD)
  4. Computerised Bookkeeping (CPBK)
  5. Business Literacy (BUSL)

What Will You Learn?

By the end of your course, you would have gained knowledge and skills in your above mentioned subjects. You will have the ability to:

  • Administer public accounts
  • Help improve public sector financial management by adding value, efficiency, and productivity to government departments

What Can You Become?

Once you have completed your Public Sector Accounting National Certificate course you can apply for entry-level jobs, such as:

  • Public Accounts Administrator

Study Materials

You will have the option to choose between the two packages listed below:

Standard Material:

This package has been created by Bellview Institute around the Textbook from the official ICB publishers. 

The Standard material package includes:

  • ICB Textbooks
  • Bellview Study and Workbook guide
  • Bellview Solution Guide
  • Assessment Guide
  • Exam Trial Paper


PRO Material:

The PRO material package is for those students who need extra help, as it includes a few extras to assist. All the study material and videos come directly from the official ICB publishers. 

The PRO material package includes:

  • ICB Textbooks
  • ICB Study Guide
  • Bellview Assessment Guide
  • USB with videos to boost studying
  • Two Trial Exam Papers on the USB

(The USB is an extra to help with your studies. The videos test your knowledge, it does not replace your study material.)

Assignments and Examinations

Portfolio of Evidence

Once you have paid your registration and exam payments you will receive 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 3 assignments to complete and two tests. The tests will take place at the ICB approved assessment centres in South Africa.

Your complete PoE will be handed in the day of your final exam and will contribute 30% towards your final mark.


You will also be required to write a final exam for each subject, which can take place in either:

  • February 
  • May 
  • July
  • September
  • November

Results are released 7 weeks after the exam. It will be found on the Trainee Website as well as emailed to students.

Your exam will contribute 70% towards your final mark.

Advance Your Career With Bellview!

Are you ready to start your journey to earning your diploma?
Register today with Bellview!

If you have any further questions regarding our Public Sector Accounting or any of our other courses, do not hesitate to get in touch.

  • Give us a call on our toll-free number 0800 39 00 27
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Last Updated: 22 January 2021