Congratulations to the top students listed below for achieving 90% and higher in your March ICB exams! In order of highest result achieved are the following ICB Top Achievers:

Birgit Holt
Cost and Management Accounting

Gertruida Nassif
TFA: Income Tax Returns

Heila Deminey
TFA: Income Tax Returns

Jonathan Antonie
Business Literacy 3

Jonathan Antonie
Business Literacy 1

Jonathan Antonie
Business Literacy 2

Paulien Steyn
Cost and Management Accounting

Riette Le Roux
TFA: Business Law & Accounting Control

RuanVan Der Voort
Bookkeeping to Trial Balance

Vanessa Marais
Financial Statements

The internet is wonderful thing, isn’t it? Once upon a time, university students had no choice but to sit in a library to research or speak to actual human beings for help with their work. However, they now have a wealth of resources on the internet to assist in everything from improving time management to producing revision material.

Here are some of the best online study tools available for students right now…


GoConqr is a fantastic online tool that allows students to create a variety of different study aids, including mind maps, flashcards, quizzes, study planners, slides, and more to help with assignments and exams. You can also access over 3 million crowd sourced resources so you can take advantage of what other students are making too.

Check them out here.


Another tool for creating quizzes, flashcards and the like, but another great resource nonetheless. Quixlet is used for learning of all ages, not just university, but it’s suitable for just about anyone. It could also be a really useful tool for trainee teachers to use with their classes.

Visit their website.


Writing doesn’t come naturally to all of us, but it’s a necessary part of studying at uni. Grammarly can give you a little helping hand and will check your punctuation and grammar to ensure it reads well. This could be useful if English is not your first language.

Visit their website.


If keeping track of your work isn’t your strong point, then Schooltraq might be worth a look. It allows you to clearly track all of your work and when it needs to be done by and also to sync everything to your phone so you can update it wherever you are.

Read more here.


Evernote has been around a while now and isn’t specifically for students but it’s still a useful study tool. It allows you to make notes and access them on various devices wherever you are, but also allows other people to edit and add their own notes, which is great for group study sessions.

See more about Evernote.


Many people learn more effectively with visual stimuli, and this is where HippoCampus can help. It’s a free website that has around 6,000 pieces of multimedia content across various subjects, including maths, sciences and humanities.

Find out more about HippoCampus.


StudyBlue is another tool for creating study aids, such as flashcards, review sheets and quizzes, but it’s a really quite good one. It has an attractive, simple-to-use interface across various devices with over a massive 350 million user-generated digital study aids to use.

Visit the StudyBlue website.


Udemy isn’t a study tool as such – it’s a resource where you can find courses on various topics to increase your learning. These are proper, paid-for courses, so you might have to try and squeeze them around your studies or you could try and find courses during your holidays. A great way of furthering your knowledge or trying something new.

Visit their website.

Marinara Timer

This one’s a bit different in that it doesn’t offer any study aids or anything like that but rather helps your productivity and effectiveness whilst working. It works using the Pomodoro method, whereby you work for 25 minutes and then having a 5 minute break, with a 15 minute break after an hour. It does, however, allow you to make a custom timer to fit how you want to work.

See more about the Marinara Timer.


This website gives you information on the best ways to study for a particular subject, whether that’s mind mapping, lists, visual learning, etc. It also has a number of study guides and advice across various learning topics.

Learn more on their website.


Not the most aesthetically pleasing of websites, but an incredibly useful one, especially for literature students. Gutenberg offers over 50,000 ebooks free to download. This includes some all-time classics, including works by famous authors such as Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde.

See more about Gutenberg.


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The average salary for a Bookkeeper is R154,266 per year.

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Job Description


As a bookkeeper one can expect to work in close proximity with a business or company in order to ensure that the most economically viable and safe decisions are made in order to keep finances tight and under control. A bookkeeper should have vast knowledge of QuickBooks, or a similar a computer accounting program, in order to track and record the financial transactions and records of a company. Strong MS-Excel skills are also a must in most companies. Part of the bookkeeping process also includes calculating, recording, and balancing financial reports, including payroll. Therefore, a bookkeeper will need to maintain a healthy relationship with employees in order to communicate and work out changes in salaries, changes to benefits, and other changes to an employee’s pay. A bookkeeper will also work closely with managers or business owners to help ensure that smart decisions are made when selling company assets or evaluating said company’s total revenue, profits, losses, and financial position. In order to communicate the aforementioned information fully and thoroughly bookkeepers will also be responsible for creating many reports, usually these reports will be generated once a month, semiannually, or annually. Other responsibilities that a bookkeeper may have include creating reports for information pertaining to retirement and payroll, entering changes to employee payroll records (often through Quickbooks), and handling voluntary and involuntary deductions. Usually, a bookkeeper will also be in charge of paying the many expenses a business incurs. These expenses usually include things like electricity, internet, office supplies, credit card bills, phone bills, and whatever other expenses a business may incur through its operations. (Copyright 2018

Visit our Financial Accounting Programme page to get more information on what you would need to get started in this career path.


Bookkeeper Tasks

  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Create reports for information pertaining to retirement and payroll.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.


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Hi Larry,

Why do the exam results take so long to be released ?

– Jessica


Hi Jessica,

Thank you for your enquiry, which relates to the release dates for exam results.  The ICB result release dates are 7-8 weeks after the final exam date and are listed on the exam timetable in the prospectus.  The marking process comprises of a number of steps:

  • After your exam, your exam center waits until all the exams in that cycle are complete and then packages all the papers together and couriers these to Cape Town.
  • Upon receipt, the ICB logs each PoE in batches onto our systems. Each PoE is opened and checked for content.
  • Papers are then prepared and separated into batches for the Examiners to review.
  • Each PoE needs to have the ICB tests and assignments as well as the final exam reviewed and marked. Papers are then sent to a Moderator to do a sample selection and moderate.
  • During this time, there are numerous checks to ensure that any problems that are picked up are addressed and that there is consistency with the marking across all the exam papers.
  • Marks are then collated and inputted into the marking systems.
  • Marks are then reviewed again by Senior Assessors to ensure that there are no irregularities.
  • Marks are then released on the due date.

As you can see from the above, there is a very intensive process and we have very strict quality assurance measures in place.  In addition, in some exam cycles we may have more than 10 000 PoE’s which we need to get through.

The ICB is however constantly reviewing our systems, procedures and controls and as we develop smarter and better ways of doing things, we will endeavor to shorten the time we take to release results.

Hope that this answers your query. You are welcome to contact us for any further information at any time. 021 – 6591300 and




Don’t forget that I’m here to answer your questions about the ICB, the courses on offer, or just queries about your accounting studies. All you have to do is email me!

Many students and colleges have been enquiring about the Fasset certification process, we explain the process below:

When a learner is registered with the ICB we send the personal and programme information to Fasset to be uploaded.  As soon as a learner has been declared competent in all the modules that make up a qualification (e.g. National Certificate: Bookkeeping), the ICB will upload their achievement details or final results to Fasset, who then processes, print and issues the learner’s certificate to ICB. Fasset’s turnaround time for printing and despatching the certificate is six weeks from the time they receive the learner’s full information from ICB. If any of the three reports (person, programme and achievement) is unsuccessful we would correct the data and upload the reports again with Fasset. These certificates will then be issued in the next certificate print run.

Whilst the ICB waits for your Fasset certificate to be printed, we issue you with an ICB programme certificate and a full transcript of your results, these should serve as proof of your completed qualification.

The ICB receives certificates in batches, that means we get a large batch of certificates approximately once every month.  All batches of certificates received by from Fasset immediately go through a stringent quality assurance process to check whether we received all certificates requested and to verify that the details on the certificates are correct. This also enables us to immediately identify any outstanding or erroneous certificates on the batch. Should there be any issues with the batch, the ICB sends a report back to Fasset to facilitate a process of rectifying the issues. Fasset then re-issues these certificates in the next certificate print run which will delay the turnaround time of learners receiving their certificates.

Once the quality assurance process is completed, the certificates are then sent to the learner’s college or the learner’s registered address within a period of 3 weeks from the date on which the certificates were received from Fasset.

If we’ve not received your certificate from Fasset with the requested batch, we send a follow up report to Fasset with your details. Fasset rechecks all your information as to why your certificate was not received. If there are not any issues Fasset will print with the next certificate print run.

Students and colleges are reminded that according to Fasset, requests for re-certification or reprints are only permitted on lost, damaged or correction of historic data. Fasset is not responsible to reissue certificates due to trainee’s marriage status/surname change as surname was correct when data was initially received.

The ICB has noted a steady increase in facilitator marking memos being left in student PoE’s. This may be a harmless mistake, however if detected, raises the suspicions of examiners; especially if the student performs well in the test.

Consequently, the college and the student are deemed a suspected irregularity and their results are withheld until a decision by the academic board has been made.

To avoid this inconvenience, please ensure that the facilitators/lecturers do not place memo’s into PoE’s. Invigilators checking PoE’s should look out for memos incorrectly placed, and remove them prior to submission to the ICB.

Under no conditions should memos be given to students. If this occurs, it should be remedied immediately.

Memos are strictly used by facilitators and lectures to mark tests and give feedback to students.

The ICB has noticed a trend developing with regards to class tests, and we would like to clear up any possible confusion.  Some Face2Face Providers are submitting all the formative tests in the student PoE i.e. test 1A & 2A and test 1C & 2C.

The students only need to do two class tests or formative tests. These tests are the 1A and 2A tests (for Face2Face students).  If a student is absent for test 1A, then the student has the opportunity to write the 1C test which will be submitted with the PoE on the day of the exam.

If the student is absent for test 2A they would have the opportunity to write test 2C which is then submitted in the PoE. Tests marked 1C & 2C are only for when students are absent for either 1A or 2A. Therefore, the C tests are not to be seen as a rewrite or supplementary test.

If you are unsure on the day the student writes the test, please contact us through live chat or

Sometimes it’s disappointing to receive the much anticipated qualification certificate just to find your maiden name and not your very new and exciting surname, especially if you are still in your honeymoon phase.

We wanted to give you some background, you can certainly change your surname with ICB.  The ICB uploads the name change and as the ICB we will refer to you with your new name and your ICB programme certificate will be under your new name.

However, when you first register for any post matric course, irrelevant of the institution or the course, you are then registered with SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) with your name and ID number.  So as your education journey continues over the years, regardless of what institution or professional body you join, SAQA tracks your development and your National Qualification credits on their framework.  They hence do not change your surname as the name and ID number that you initially register under is the name they keep.

This means that all institutions and professional bodies send their uploads to the various Seta’s and to SAQA so as you qualify, the National Qualification Framework certificates that follow will be under the name initially registered.

Concentrating while studying can be hard, especially when the study material isn’t one of your favorite topics. While studying has never been the most exciting aspects of school, it doesn’t have to be the drag that it is made out to be. With a sense of determination, and by implementing some effective study techniques, even the dullest subjects can be conquered with increased concentration during a study session.

Preparing to Concentrate While Studying

Find an appropriate study environment.

Generally, it is a good idea to eliminate distractions as much as possible while studying, so you can concentrate on what’s in front of you. You want to find a place that is aesthetically pleasing and comfortable for you.

  • Find a quiet area, such as a private room or a library. If you like fresh air, go outside to an area that is reasonably free of distractions, and somewhere you can still connect to Internet, if necessary.
  • Keep in mind that everyone has their own studying environment preferences. While some prefer to study in quiet, others thrive in a bustling environment that mimics white noise.
  • Always believe in yourself.
  • If you don’t know your studying preferences, experiment in different areas, studying in a group or studying solo, studying with or without music, etc. Your ability to concentrate and be productive in different environments will reveal itself rather quickly.

Gather all of your studying materials.

Your studying materials include things like notes, textbooks, study guides, papers, highlighters, or anything else you might need to concentrate and be productive while studying; this includes a snack like a granola bar or nuts, and a bottle of water.

  • All your materials should be within arm’s reach so you don’t disrupt yourself by going to retrieve your things when you’re in the zone, studying.

Clear the study space.

Clear away materials you don’t need to study, and keep your space organized to reduce stress and allow for better concentration. Having any materials around you that don’t directly contribute to your concentration only serve as potential distractions.

  • This includes throwing away food containers, paper garbage, and other miscellaneous items.

Unplug from unnecessary electronics.

Turn off any electronics that you don’t need, especially cell phones, music listening devices, and perhaps computers (provided you don’t need a computer to study your material).

  • Your laptop or computer could serve as a huge source of distraction when you’re trying to concentrate.

Stick to a routine.

Arrange a schedule for study time, and keep with it. This allows you to build studying time into a habit, making you more likely to follow through on study plans. Be aware of your energy levels throughout the day. Are you more energetic (and therefore more able to concentrate) during the day or nighttime? It may help to study your harder subjects when you have the most energy.

  • Once you know the time of day that you’re more energetic, you can make sure you study during those times, increasing your ability to focus and concentrate on your work.

Find a study partner.

Sometimes reviewing material with someone else can help break up the monotony of studying, clarify confusing concepts by bouncing ideas off of someone else, and see things from a different perspective. This partner can help you keep on track with your studies, and concentrate on the task in front of you.

  • Some people may find study partners distracting. When looking for a study partner, try to find someone who is sensible and focused, maybe even more of an active student in class than you are. That way, you are always pushing yourself to stay matched with them.

Think of an incentive.

Before you start studying, think of something that can serve as a reward for you successfully studying. For example, after reviewing your history notes for 1 hour, talk to your roommate about your day, make dinner, or watch your favorite upcoming television program. An incentive can motivate you to concentrate on studying for a specific amount of time, and then you reward yourself for your solid block of time concentrating on your work.

  • For bigger projects, develop a bigger incentive to reward yourself for your extra hard work.

Maintaining Concentration While Studying

Find an effective study method.

Finding an effective study method that suits you can help you stay concentrated while studying. Again, every person studies differently, so you will have to experiment and find a method that works best for you to maintain focus. Essentially, the more ways you can experience and interact with what you’re learning, the better your chances will be of staying on task and absorbing what you’re reviewing. Sometimes, simply reviewing readings, notes, or quizzes can serve as an effective way to study, but some other study methods include:

  • Making notecards. For vocabulary or academic terms, making notecards and flashcards and repeatedly reviewing them can help with memorizing words, terms, and concepts.
  • Drawing. Some studying requires reviewing structures and diagrams. Copying those diagrams and structures, and drawing them yourself allows you to create and visualize what it is you’re trying to study, therefore making it more memorable.
  • Creating an outline. Creating an outline may help with mapping out bigger concepts including the smaller details. It can also help create visual sections and groupings of information that may help recalling details when exam time approaches.
  • Using elaborative interrogation. Elaborative interrogation is basically producing an explanation for why something you’re learning is true. It’s like you coming up with a defensive reason for why a fact or statement is important. You could also use this method to talk about concepts out loud and make yourself more familiar with the material by justifying and explaining it’s significance.

Be an active learner.

When reading or listening to a lecture, try to engage with the material. This means instead of just being present with the material, challenge it and yourself. Ask questions about what is being lectured, connect the material to your real life, compare it with other information you have learned throughout your life and discuss and explain this new material to other people.

  • Actively participating with your studies makes the material more meaningful and able to hold your interest, which, in turn, makes concentrating on it easier.

Practice some mental concentration strategies.

Working on improving your concentration takes time and patience. After practicing some of these strategies, you’ll probably begin to see improvement within days. Some concentration strategies include:

  • Be here now. This simple and effective strategy helps bring back your wandering mind to the task at hand: When you become aware of the fact that your thoughts are no longer on your studies, say to yourself, “Be here now,” and try to reign in your wandering thoughts, and focus back on your study material.
  • For example, you’re in class and your attention strays from the lecture to the fact that you’re craving coffee and the last bagel at the café is probably gone by now. As you say to yourself, “Be here now,” you fix your attention back to the lecture, and keep it there for as long as you can.
  • Keep track of your mental wanderings. Mark down every time you catch your mind drifting away from what you should be concentrating on. As you get better and better with bringing yourself back to the present task, the number of times you break concentration should be less and less.

Allow for some time to worry.

Research has shown that when people put aside a designated time to worry and think about things that stress them out, people worry 35% less within four weeks. That proves that when you let yourself worry and think about things during a certain amount of time, you spend less time worrying and getting distracted when you should be concentrating on other things.

  • If you ever find yourself worrying about something while you’re trying to focus and concentrate, remember that you have a special time to worry about things. You can even try the “be here now” method to bring yourself back to concentrating.
  • For example, give yourself a half hour before you start studying to worry about upcoming exams, your family, or whatever else is on your mind. Worry during this elected time so when you have to study, you can put all your attention and focus on doing that.

Set study goals.

While the subjects you need to study might not be the most interesting topics, you can shift your perspective while studying to make concentrating easier. By setting goals for yourself, you change your studying experience from having to “get through,” the subject, to reaching check points and continually succeeding in progressing with your study session.

  • For example, instead of having the mentality of, “I have to study all of chapter 6 tonight,” set a goal for yourself with something like, “I will study sections 1-3 by 4:30, and then take a walking break.” That way, conquering a study session transforms from a large, daunting task, to a smaller, more achievable portions. This sectional break up of study time increasing your willingness to concentrate and reach your studying goal.

Study with short breaks.

Normally, studying for about an hour at a time and then taking a 5-10 minute break is the most effectual study schedule to maintain concentration on a given task. Taking a short break gives your mind time to relax, so it can be ready to stay productive and absorb information.

  • Move around. Get up and stretch after sitting for about an hour. You could do some yoga, push ups, or any other kind of physical activity to get your blood pumping. These short breaks in studying will make the time you spend studying more productive and attentive.

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