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Learn how to make a business succeed!

This Business Management course and Business Administration Course is just the ticket if you have ambitions of managing a business and its finances. Good business management is vitally important for a company’s commercial success. In this financial management course, you’ll learn about business and financial management best practices, office and legal practice, human resource management, computer literacy, global business strategy and research methods in commerce. Sounds like something you would enjoy? Then the business management course is for you.

Your first qualification after just 3 subjects

You can achieve the Business Management: Foundation Level after completing just 3 subjects (and achieve the National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management). Continue your studies to progress to the Intermediate and Advanced Levels, and their associated nationally recognised qualifications.

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National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management

NQF L4 (SAQA ID 48736)


9 months

Entry Requirements

Grade 11 (Std 9) or equivalent.



1 Business Management 1 (BMT1)

2 Bookkeeping to Trial Balance (BKTB)

3 Business Literacy (BUSL)

What will I learn to do?

Demonstrate an understanding of the documentation, processing and recording of a business’s financial transactions. Communicate effectively with the business stakeholders. Show that you know what it means to be a general manager. Cost and price products and manage working capital. Operate a personal computer

What can my job title be?

Assistant or administrator in human resources, office management, legal, administration, public relations, marketing, sales, customer relations. Junior Researcher, Junior Analyst, Sales Assistant

Higher Certificate: Office Administration

NQF L5 (SAQA ID 23619)


15 months

Entry Requirements

National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management (must include the Business Management 1 subject)


4 Office and Legal Practice (OLPR)

5 Business Management 2 (BMT2)

6 Marketing Management and Public Relations (MMPR)

7 Financial Statements (FNST)

8 Human Resources Management and Labour Relations (HRLR)

What will I learn to do?

Manage your diary and work schedule as a manager. Operate efficiently as a general office manager of a business. Apply marketing, law, PR, and economics principles in business. Draw up and interpret financial statements and reports. Work efficiently with the HR and labour relations departments. Apply business growth principles for local and global expansion.

What can my job title be?

Senior Office Administrator, Secretary, General Office Manager, Human Resources Manager, Labour Relations Manager, Field/Floor/Store/Department Supervisor, Customer Service Manager.

National Diploma: Financial Accounting

NQF L6 (SAQA ID 20366)


12 months

Entry Requirements

Higher Certificate: Office Administration (must include the Business Management 2 subject).


9 Business Management 3 (BMT3)

10 Financial Management and Control (FMCL)

11 Financial Reporting and Regulatory Frameworks (FRRF)

12 Research Theory and Practice (by short dissertation, topic: Business Management) (RTAP)

What will I learn to do?

Work with management information systems at a corporate level. Prepare a business for internal/external audit. Apply principles of strategic intent and strategic thinking in a global business environment. Apply managerial finance and control principles in a commercial environment. Draw up and interpret financial statements and reports in accordance with IFRS.

What can my job title be?

Financial Accountant, Accounting Officer (via SAIBA if you meet their criteria). Field/Floor/Store/Department Manager, Key Account Manager, Business Manager, Business Consultant, Business Advisor, Service or Sales Manager

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Your Questions Answered

The ICB offers super flexible study options to fit around your life.  In a classroom, via distance learning, full time or part time?  It’s up to you! Just finished school and can’t wait for campus life? A working mom with lots of ambition, but very little time? On a mission to study intensively and qualify in just 6 months? Or maybe you have a longer-term plan to study on the side while working full time? Whatever your situation, there will be an ICB study route that works for you.

Over 500 providers to choose from!  ICB courses are available at hundreds of accredited training providers in southern Africa. Our providers offer classroom or distance learning – or both. Find yours here.

Our unique study methodology has been designed to give you the best chance at succeeding. You’ll get a Portfolio of Evidence which includes 3 assignments and 2 tests and you will write a final exam.  There’s also college tuition, textbooks, workbooks and study support from your college.

If you’re working already, or have completed some courses in the past, there are some options for you regarding recognition of prior learning, learnerships and bursaries.  To be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and get credit towards an ICB qualification, your previous qualifications or part-qualifications must be registered on the NQF and should have been attained within the last five years.

Only distance learning and independent students pay ICB fees directly to us.  Classroom-based students will be billed by their colleges. In order to receive your PoE or be entered for exams, you must have sent your Exam Entry Form with proof of fee payment to the ICB – or your training provider. You can also register with the ICB and enter exams online on our Student Portal.  At the time you enter for the first exam of a (calendar) year, the annual student registration fee is payable. View the ICB’s fees here.

Exams for classroom-based students run every month at the training providers.  You need to double check with your college that they will be offering an exam for the subject you want to write on these dates. You’ll also need to find out what their cut-off dates are for entries for the exams you want to write. Exams for distance learners and independent self-study students are conducted 5 times a year, at ICB approved examination centres around southern Africa.  Take a look at the ICB’s exam timetables and registration dates here.

Other ICB Programmes for you


Bookkeeping Course

If you want to be able to offer indispensable bookkeeping and accounting skills the Financial Accounting Programme is for you!


If you want to work in finance in government or municipalities, Public Sector Accounting is the programme to study.


The Entrepreneurship Programme is the study stream if you are financially-minded and have dreams of starting a business.


The Office Administration Programme is perfect for those who want to learn bookkeeping and all-round office knowledge.

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