ICBA Member

Have you recently qualified?  Upgrade your ICBA student membership to a professional membership for 2018!

Improve your credibility

Being a member of a professional body shows that you take your career seriously. It reassures employers and clients that you are committed to your professional development and are part of a respected community.

Place letters after your name*

When you apply to join the ICBA, we assess your qualifications and work experience. If these meet our membership criteria, and you pay our annual membership fee, you will be certified as an ICBA member at a specific level. Student members do not get a designation, but all qualified members will be able to place their designation (letters) after their names, for as long as their membership is current. For example, Certified Senior Bookkeepers can put CSBIcba(SA) after their names. All members receive a membership certificate that is valid until the end of the calendar year.
* Not applicable to student members who are not yet qualified.

Get a whole range of benefits

The ICBA offers its members a range of benefits that help them in their careers. We are also constantly working to improve the credibility and image of our industry, which in turn benefits our professional community. Click here for a detailed list of our current member benefits.

Keep your knowledge current

Like pilots, doctors and other professionals, financial industry professionals need to keep their skills and knowledge up to date. ICBA members must earn a minimum of 20 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points each year. This learning benefits members and the services you offer, and is hugely reassuring for your employers and clients too.


Who can apply for ICBA membership?

  • Graduates and financial practitioners holding an ICBA-recognised qualification from the ICB or another professional body or accredited tuition provider. We welcome member applications from anyone who holds an NQF Level 3 or higher professional financial, accounting, bookkeeping, business or office management qualification, and who has relevant work experience.
  • Students. If you are studying towards an accredited qualification as described above but have not yet qualified, you can apply for ICBA membership at student level. You won’t be able to use a designation, as those are for qualified professionals only, but you will get all the other member benefits.

Membership criteria:

  • Qualifications: Qualified ICBA members must hold an NQF Level 3 or higher qualification in finance, accounting, bookkeeping, business or office management (subject to approval by the ICBA). Student members need to show proof of student registration.
  • Work experience: Qualified members must have a specific amount of work experience or experiential learning behind them. As part of your ICBA membership application you will be asked to fill in a logbook. The ICBA will assess this when considering you for membership.
  • Membership fees: Your annual membership fee must be paid in order to use ICBA designations and receive member benefits.
  • Continuing Professional Development hours (CPD): To retain your ICBA membership, you need to complete at least 20 hours of professional learning every year.

ICBA membership benefits

  • A designation: Place those all-important ICBA letters after your name (except for student members).
  • Use the ICBA logo on your business cards, letterheads, websites, and other marketing collateral. For more detailed information, please download the ICBA Logo Usage Policy.
  • An ICBA membership certificate.
  • Our FREE tax booklet (hard-copies/electronic), sent to you after the annual Budget Speech, to keep you up to date about tax changes and information on the Budget.
  • Access to FREE ICBA Webinars valid for 1 CPD point.
  • Discounted workshops and seminars run by SAIT, SAAA, Pastel and more.
  • FREE access to exhibitions relevant to finance professionals i.e. Finance Indaba etc.
  • ICBA members with the required work experience and ICB qualifications behind them (FETC: Bookkeeping (NQF Level 4) and above) can apply to SAIT to become tax practitioners – and get discounted SAIT membership fees. Download the ICBA Tax Practitioner Guideline here.
  • ICBA members who are bookkeepers in private practice can apply for exclusive access to Pastel’s Bookkeepers’ Forum, which entitles you to a software welcome pack, priority telephone support, invitations to Pastel seminars, and much more.
  • Ask Betty Bookkeeper any work-related questions – she’s your personal technical helpdesk!
  • The ICBA Member’s Only Newsletter – valid for 0.5 CPD for reading it.
  • ICBA members with the required work experience and ICB qualifications behind them (National Diploma: Financial Accounting NQF Level 6) can apply to become an Accounting Officer through SAIBA.
  • Certified Technical Financial Accountants and Certified Financial Accountants may perform the duties of an ex-officio Commissioner of Oaths.

Discounted ICBA membership for registered ICB students

Registered ICB learners qualify for discounted fees when applying for and retaining ICBA membership. If you are already currently registered as a student with the ICB, instead of paying the ICBA’s full annual membership fees, you pay a top-up only of:

  • R110 if you are not yet qualified.
  • R180 if you already hold an ICBA-recognised qualification and meet the ICBA’s criteria.

Simply quote your ICB student number on your ICBA Membership Application Form to get this discount.