What Is An ICB Qualification?

The ICB has partners in over 100 countries worldwide. This means that more than 100 countries recognise ICB qualifications as being accredited and trustworthy.

An ICB qualification is a business qualification that is accredited by the ICB. ICB stands for Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, and it is an independent external exam body that has been in existence since 1931.

ICB Courses To Study

ICB courses are specifically designed to prepare students for a dynamic business environment. 

Where Can I Study ICB courses?

You can study ICB courses at any one of the following institutions:

What ICB Courses Can I Study?

At Bellview Institute of Distance Learning, the following ICB courses are available for students to study:

ICB Course Requirements?

Each ICB course has its own entry requirements depending on the NQF level of the course. Courses in Bookkeeping and Accounting only require a grade 10 pass or an equivalent (NQF level 2) pass. 

Whereas courses in industries such as Business Management or Entrepreneurship require a grade 11 pass or an equivalent (NQF level 3) pass. The only ICB courses that require a matric certificate or a matric equivalent (NQF level 4) pass are courses in Office Administration

Why Should I Study Towards An ICB Qualification?

An ICB qualification can open up a lot more opportunities for you than you think. There is a lot of knowledge and transferable skills that you can learn through an ICB course. 

7 Reasons To Study Towards An ICB Qualification 

  1. ICB qualified students are highly favoured by potential employers
  2. ICB course syllabus is continuously being reviewed and updated to ensure students are taught the latest trends and patterns in their respective fields
  3. ICB courses can be completed relatively quickly
  4. Your course subjects are flexible
  5. ICB courses are locally and internationally recognised
  6. ICB courses offer students both theoretical and practical experience
  7. Most people are able to meet the minimum requirements for an ICB course

Advantages Of An ICB Qualification

The international recognition of an ICB qualification means that your career options and path are not only limited to South Africa. You have the opportunity to work around the world, meeting people from different cultures and walks of life.

Having an ICB Qualification makes you a rare and wanted person among employers. Holders of an ICB Qualification have specific practical knowledge that gives them an upper hand in real world problems. Having this knowledge is an extremely scarce skill that employers will pay good money to have in their businesses.

Lastly, unlike a degree, when you study towards an ICB Qualification you have to complete a practical component. This practical component is done with a business or company and is aimed to give you real-life experience. This way you will not only get your diploma but have some job experience that you can add to your CV when you apply to your next job.   

Career growth

Scarce skills are a big thing in South Africa, and there is a need to teach people these scarce skills. The qualifications you can achieve when doing an ICB course can lead to a limitless amount of career opportunities for you. You can work locally, abroad, or both. Career growth in the world of business can take you places you never thought you would reach. 

What Will I Learn While Studying An ICB Course?

There is a lot to learn when studying an ICB course. Whether you want to pursue:

All ICB courses have their own syllabus that is specific to the real world applications of that qualification. However, in addition to all the course specific knowledge, you will also learn other soft skills like:

  • Critical thinking
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Flexibility
  • Strategic planning
  • Leadership and management skills

These are just a few of the important skills you will need to master if you want to thrive in your career.

Why Should I Choose To Study At Bellview Institute of Distance Learning?

Bellview Institute of Distance Learning is dedicated to providing its students with all the tools they need to be successful. This includes:

  • 24-hours or less query response time
  • Quick delivery of course material
  • Interactive study groups with your peers
  • Dedicated course specialists to help you through your journey
  • Do not compromise between your education and your work

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. ICB qualifications are recognised locally and internationally with partners in more than 100 countries worldwide. The ICB has opened up offices in South East Asia, parts of Europe as well as in Australia.

No, it is not a degree qualification. ICB qualifications go up to an NQF level 6, which is a diploma, not a degree.

Jobs in the finance sector are among the most in demand in South Africa. Finance managers, tax and treasury accountants are among the most in demand jobs on the scarce skills list.

Author: Ofentse Malele
Editor: Connor Bergsma
Date Published: March 23, 2022