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ICB

ICB is an Independent External Examination Body for Accredited Business Qualifications in Southern Africa since 1931. Their role is to create pathways for students to obtain valuable business studies skills for employment that are endorsed by credible Business Qualifications. As an appointed Quality Assurance Partner for QCTO, they are authorized to conduct examinations on a number of Registered Qualifications that are on the NQF.

WHY STUDY ICB?

Internationally recognised. Locally essential.

QUALITY EDUCATION

ICB’s unique study methodology has been designed to give you the best chance of succeeding.

YOUR OWN PACE

You have the flexibility to choose how many subjects you want to do and when you want to write exams.

QUALIFY FASTER

You’ll get your first qualification after completing just a few subjects.

NQF REGISTERED

All qualifications are registered on the National Qualification Framework.

ICB has five programmes:

  • Financial Accounting
  • ffice Administration
  • Public Sector Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Management

The ICB’s five programmes are designed to give you the most relevant, practical and useful knowledge and skills to make you valuable to any employer.

When you look at the courses in detail, you’ll see that certain subjects are common in all of them. These are the subjects that give you the most essential skills, no matter which programme you choose.

ICB qualifications are modular, which means you can build on them as your studies or career progresses. You can also qualify in another programme just by completing a few more subjects.

No, certain ICB qualifications do not require matric.

Your ICB JOURNEY WITH IBTC

Navigating your ICB journey with IBTC is easy as one, two, three.

1. REGISTER

2. STUDY

3. PASS

Yes! To be considered for exemptions and credit toward ICB qualifications (note this is not guaranteed) , your previous qualifications (or part qualifications) must have been registered on the NQF within the last five years. If these are more than five years old you will need to provide proof of more recent, relevant work experience.

Once you’ve completed your studies through the ICB, depending on which programme you choose, there are several local and international professional bodies that you can apply to for professional membership:

ICBA – Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and Accountants (ICBA); SAIT – South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT); SAIBA – The South African Institute of Business Accountants (SAIBA); IAB – International Association of Bookkeepers (IAB); IAAP – International Association of Accounting Professionals (IAAP)

Once you’ve completed your studies through the ICB, depending on which programme you choose, there are several local and international professional bodies that you can apply to for professional membership:

ICBA - Institute of Certified Bookkeepers
SAIT - South African Institute of Tax Professionals
SAIBA - The South African Institute of Business Accountants
IAB - International Association of Bookkeepers
IAAP - International Association of Accounting Professionals

Yes! Registration means that they will add you to the ICB student database and issue you with a student number. You only need to register once, and your student number stays the same throughout your studies. ICB registration fees are paid every year that you are studying an ICB course. Distance learning students can register online for their exams on the ICB’s Student Portal and Classroom students will be registered by their colleges.

ICB exams are held every month for classroom based students at the college where they are registered. ICB exams are held 4 times a year for distance learners (February, May, August, November) at exam venues.

Your Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) is an amazing tool to help you study. One PoE per subject per exam will arrive 3-4 weeks after the ICB receives your exam entry for a specific subject. As soon as you get your PoE check that all your personal details on the cover are correct. Read through the entire PoE and fill in information where you are asked to. Let your college / the ICB know ASAP if anything is wrong.

Your ICB Portfolio Administration Guide

This is your indispensable guide to studying your ICB subject! Your Portfolio Administration Guide tells you exactly what you need to do throughout your studies. It explains how to fill in your PoE and contains important forms you need to complete. Work through it step by step and follow all the instructions in it, and you’ll be on track for success!

For every subject, the ICB sets 3 Assignments and 2 Tests that help you to test your knowledge during your studies. Distance learning students will find the Tests and Assignments in their PoE when it arrives. Classroom based students will get their Assignments in their Portfolios, and their Tests will be given by their lecturers during their studies.

WHY STUDY THROUGH IBTC?

We offer two study options catering to the needs of our ICB students.

HOME STUDY

The ICB Home Study option has been designed for students who wish to study from home at their own pace.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Textbook
  • Study and solutions guide
  • Workbook (select subjects only)
  • A coupon code which gives you online access to an electronic version of the study and solutions guide
  • Unlimited tutor support

HOME STUDY PLUS

The Home Study Plus option is ideal for students who prefer the flexibility of home study, but who require additional assistance in the form of video learning. With our Home Study Plus option you get all the study material you need to prepare for your final assessment, as well as a USB with video learning. The videos can be watched online or offline.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Textbook
  • Study and solutions guide (which includes solutions to activities in the textbook, as well as mock assessment questions and solutions)
  • Workbook (select subjects only)
  • A USB with concept videos (which explain certain concepts in each chapter), mock assessment videos (which work through mock assessment questions in a step-by-step way), and an additional trial exam paper
  • A coupon code which gives you online access to the content included on the USB
  • Unlimited tutor support

IBTC offers the following ICB programmes:

  • ICB Financial Accounting
  • ICB Business Management
  • ICB Entrepreneurship
  • ICB Office Administration

IBTC students have an unfair advantage. It’s a combination of factors that enable you to study less, score higher and qualify faster. We start with a detailed study plan that tells you the order in which you must study and when to attempt your progress tests and mock exams. If you have purchased Home Study Plus, you will also have access to online resources. But the silver bullet is definitely our dedicated tutors with fast query turn-around times and programme monitors who hold your hand throughout the whole journey. We regularly check in with you to see how you are doing and to keep you on track.

To top it all off, you get the added safety net of our Pass Assured Promise.

At IBTC, we sell passes, not promises. We know we can do this by guaranteeing you a pass. We have put various steps in place, which if followed, will ensure a first time pass. In fact we are so confident that you will pass that you can come back for free if you don’t.

Our fees include all your material so there are no hidden costs. We also offer an interest free payment plan allowing students to pay off their studies over four months without incurring any extra costs.

PAYMENT BREAKDOWN:

First Month: 40% deposit after which you will receive all study material
Second Month: 20% instalment
Third Month: 20% instalment
Fourth Month: 20% instalment

IBTC is private skills development provider that has lodged an application to be registered as a private college with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), as per the Skills Development Act (SDA) of 1998.

IBTC is an accredited tuition provider with FASSET, the SETA for Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services, according to the Further Education and Training Colleges Act 16 of 2006.

IBTC is an accredited CIMA Learning Premium Partner and offers the following CIMA courses:

  • Certificate in Business Accounting (Certificate level) (SAQA ID 24418 / NQF 5)
  • Professional Qualification: Management Accounting (SAQA ID 35957 / NQF 6)
  • Professional Qualification: Chartered Management Accountant (SAQA ID 20400 / NQF 7)

Our campuses are located in Cape Town, Sandton and Pretoria. We also offer a variety of distance learning solutions.

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