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If you’re working already, or have completed some courses in the past, there are some options for you regarding learnerships, RPL (recognition of prior learning) and bursaries.



Learnerships – Theory + on-the-job experience

If you’re working already, and your employer is an ICB-accredited workplace training provider, you can get an ICB qualification via a learnership.

How does an ICB Learnership work?

You’d do the qualification via the ICB’s usual exams but the practical part would be done while you’re working on the job.  You would also need to complete an ICB Workplace Portfolio of Evidence (PoE), which would be reviewed by an ICB examiner.

Why do an ICB Learnership?

Learnerships are great for employees, as you can earn while you learn.  Some students even get their studies subsidised by their employers, as learnerships also offer incentives to companies.

What ICB qualifications are available as learnerships?

  • National Certificate Bookkeeping: NQF 3
  • FETC Bookkeeping: NQF 4
  • National Diploma Technical Financial Accounting: NQF 5
  • National Certificate Small Business Financial Management: NQF 4
  • Certificate Office Administration: NQF 5
  • Higher Certificate Office Administration: NQF 5
  • National Certificate Public Sector Accounting: NQF 4
  • Diploma Public Sector Accounting: NQF 5

Where are learnerships available?

Learnerships are available
  • From your current employer, if they are registered as a workplace training provider with the ICB.
  • If you are not employed, you may be able to apply for a learnership at a company that is registered as a workplace training provider with the ICB. In order to register for a learnership this way, you will need to sign an employment contract with them.

Download the ICB Learnership Policy

For more information read through the ICB’s learnership policy.

Recognising Prior Learning


Recognising Prior Learning and Workplace Experience

Perhaps you’ve picked up some qualifications or courses in the past that include subjects that are similar to the ICB’s.

How does the ICB RPL work?

To be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and get credit towards an ICB qualification (note: this is not guaranteed), your previous qualifications or part-qualifications must be registered on the NQF and should have been attained within the last five years. If your NQF-registered qualifications are more than five years old, you will also need to provide proof of more recent, relevant work experience.

How to apply for ICB RPL

  • Read the Guidelines for Recognition of Prior Learning.
  • Submit the ICB Student Details Form along with proof of payment of the ICB’s RPL administration fee.
  • Submit your detailed CV.
  • Submit transcripts of any formal registered qualifications you hold.
  • Submit the accreditation certificate or proof of accreditation of the training provider who awarded your previous qualifications / part-qualifications (e.g. DHET, Seta’s QASP, Umalusi, CHE).
  • Submit the NQF level and SAQA qualification registration number for your previous courses. E.g. For the National Certificate: Bookkeeping the NQF level is Level 3 and the SAQA number is 58375.

The ICB will review your application and may offer you credits based on subjects you’ve already passed, or ask you to complete a RPL Portfolio of Evidence (PoE).

Is there a cost involved with the ICB RPL?

If you qualify for exemptions and want to accept the credits, you will need to pay another fee to be granted full or conditional exemptions. You must also be registered with the ICB.

Download the ICB RPL Policy

For more information read through the Guidelines for Recognition of Prior Learning.



ICB Bursaries

We know that some of the keenest and most deserving students may find it hard to pay for their studies, that’s why every year we award bursaries to students we think would put them to great use.

How do the ICB Bursaries work?

Each year the ICB awards 25 bursaries worth R5000 each. A bursary application is a free process for students and training providers.  ICB Bursaries do not have to be repaid, we just ask that recipients put them to really good use and study hard!

How are ICB Bursaries awarded?

  • According to academic merit, financial need and any special circumstances.
  • Final selections are made by an internal ICB bursary committee.
  • Bursary funds are paid out directly to an ICB accredited institution or training provider.
  • Successful bursary candidates are notified by 18 July each year.

Who is eligible and what are the requirements for an ICB Bursary?

Students who are eligible are:

  • Students who are already studying an ICB programme or qualification and have completed at least one subject.
  • Students who have a good academic and attendance record.

We require the following:

  • A recognised school leaving certificate, with a minimum of Grade 10.
  • If you’re already at an institution, you must have a good academic and attendance record.

When do ICB Bursary applications open?

Bursary applications open in January each year and must be submitted by 30 April.  Successful applicants for bursaries will be notified on 18 July.

Download the ICB Bursary Application

Download the bursary application form to apply.

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