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Dreaming of running your own business?

If you are financially-minded and have dreams to start, manage or develop a small/medium sized business – or want to help grow an established local company to a global enterprise, the Business Entrepreneurship / Financial Management course is the study stream for you.

Learn what you need to succeed

Every entrepreneurial venture needs someone who is financially savvy, and that’ll be you if you study this programme. The specially-selected subjects in this small business financial management course are designed to give you the financial, accounting and commercial skills you’ll need to make your business a success. The subjects also cover strategy, technical knowledge and personal skills.

The Foundation Level will give you a good grounding (and earn you the National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management). Keep studying to achieve the Intermediate and Advanced Levels, and their associated NQF qualifications.

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National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management

NQF L4 (SAQA ID 48736)


9 months

Entry Requirements

Grade 11 (Std 9), NQF L3 or an equivalent.


1 Entrepreneurship 1 (ENT1)

2 Bookkeeping to Trial Balance (BKTB)

3 Business Literacy (BUSL)

What will I learn to do?

Understand what it means to be an entrepreneur in South Africa. Identify business opportunities, set up a new business. Understand the documents, processes and recording of financial transactions in the business. Communicate effectively with all stakeholders. Cost and price products and manage working capital. Manage business logistics. Work with SARS and other statutory bodies. Operate a personal computer.

What can my job title be?

You’re probably not interested in applying for a job if you’re studying this programme! If you’re not starting your own business, you could join a start-up or new business as their financial person.

Higher Certificate: Office Administration

NQF L5 (SAQA ID 23619)


15 months

Entry Requirements

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


4 Office and Legal Practice (OLPR)

5 Entrepreneurship 2 (ENT2)

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)


9 months

Entry Requirements

Grade 11 (Std 9), NQF L3 or an equivalent


9 Entrepreneurship 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 a management information system at a corporate level. Prepare a business for internal/external audit. Apply principles of strategic intent and strategic thinking in a global entrepreneurial environment. Apply managerial finance and control principles in a commercial environment. Understand and stick to ethical principles. Manage and lead change in your business. Draw up and interpret financial statements and reports in accordance with IFRS.

What can my job title be?

Financial Accountant, Chief Financial Officer in an entrepreneurial environment, Business Consultant, Business Advisor, Accounting Officer (via SAIBA, if you meet their criteria)

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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 xam 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 Business Management Programme is just the ticket if you have ambitions of managing a business and its finances.


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

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