STUDY FURTHER WITH THE ICB
ICB qualifications are modular, which means you can build on them as your studies or career progresses. You can also qualify in another programme just by completing a few more subjects. Click here to find out more.
Your Questions Answered
How do I do the course?
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.
Where can I do the course?
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.
How will I be assessed?
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.
Do I get credits for work experience or other studies?
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.
How much does it cost
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.
When can I start?
Exams are run every month, and are available either as an online exam of a paper-based exam.
Classroom based students need to double-check with their college that they will be offering an exam in the format you require, for the subject you want to write on the dates indicated. 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 online every second month as well as in July and November as a paper-based exam which are conducted at ICB approved examination centres around Southern Africa.
For full details, take a look at the ICB’s exam timetables and registration dates here.
PROGRESSION TO A DEGREE
ACCA is the world’s leading professional body for accountants, with over 110 years of experience, innovation and excellence. ICB graduates holding the National Diploma: Financial Accounting NQF 6 qualifications can study further through ACCA. You will receive up to 6 exemptions to further your studies towards becoming a Chartered Certified Accountant with ACCA.
The primary purpose of the ACCA qualification is to prepare learners to practice as professional accountants within any sector of the economy – public practice, industry, commerce or the public sector, either within South Africa or in other countries around the world. Finance professionals are in demand throughout the world including South Africa. ACCA provides the opportunity to people of ability to access careers in accounting, business and finance both for their own benefit and for the economy as a whole. The rationale for ACCA’s qualification is to contribute to representivity in society around the world not least in South Africa.
The purpose of the ACCA syllabus is to provide the learner with the knowledge and understanding needed to underpin the professional accountant’s role. The structure of the syllabus has been designed to assist learning and understanding and to ensure that learners develop an appreciation of the development and interdependence of subjects.
There are three parts to the qualification, the examination syllabus, practical experience requirements and a professional ethics module. Together, the examination syllabus, ethics module and practical experience requirements focus on the learner’s ability to satisfy the technical, managerial, interpersonal and ethical requirements of a professional accountant and require the learner to adopt an analytical and critical approach.
The qualification encourages a lifelong approach to learning thus ensuring that learners are able to cope with individual and social transformation.
Complete an online application here –https://www.accaglobal.com/acca-registration-intro.html