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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 and RPL (recognition of prior learning).


ICB Diploma

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.

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.

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.

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

Recognising Prior Learning

ICB Financial Accounting Diploma

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.

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.

  • 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).

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.

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

Have a look at our RPL webinar we hosted at the end of last year, where discussed the following;

  • What Recognition for Prior Learning is
  • How it works
  • What will be looked at when your experience and knowledge is assessed
  • And most importantly – How it can work for you

Watch it now by following this link.

Progression to a Degree

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Progression to a Degree – Studying Further

ICB students can now study further after completing their National Diploma Financial Accounting and obtain a degree through our articulation programmes.

As long as you are 16 and have a grade 10 (std8) you can start your Financial Accounting career by enrolling for an ICB National Certificate in Bookkeeping and progress through the ICB qualifications to an accounting Degree.

With your National Diploma Financial Accounting (NDFA), NQF Level 6 you may apply to study further through one of our participating institutions.

Have a look at our articulation page and apply through one of the participating institutions.

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