Short and Long Courses

 

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The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) is a body that provides training and qualifications of high quality to bookkeepers in South Africa. This is an internationally recognised body that has two partners in the United Kingdom. All the courses listed below are accredited by the ICB, so you can be assured that the study material is of the highest quality. As soon as you enrol for one of the ICB courses, you will also be required to obtain membership from the body.

 

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Long Courses (National Certificate Programmes)

The ICB long courses aim to teach students about the principles of bookkeeping from a foundation level and equip students with the necessary skills to be employable right after they finish their studies.

 

  • National Certificate: ICB Junior Bookkeeper (NQF 3)

To enrol for this course, you require the following:

  • Grade 10 (passed)
  • Working knowledge of English (because the course material will be in English)
  • Basic mathematics skills
  • Basic literacy skills
  • Access to a computer

This course will enable you to work as a junior bookkeeper, a creditor’s clerk, a payroll clerk, a debtor’s clerk, and an accounts clerk, amongst others. It consists of a number of modules that you will equip you:

  • To do monthly reconciliations for suppliers and banks
  • To complete the SARS required forms for employees of your company, as well as the company itself
  • To complete the company’s monthly bookkeeping functions.

These modules are:

  • Computerised bookkeeping
  • Business literacy
  • Tactics for winning
  • Bookkeeping to trial balance
  • Payroll and monthly SARS returns

This course will take approximately 14-24 months to complete. 

 

  • National Certificate: ICB Senior Bookkeeper (NQF 3 + 4)

To enrol for this course, you require the following:

  • Grade 10 (passed)
  • Working knowledge of English (because the course material will be in English)
  • Basic mathematics skills
  • Basic literary skills
  • Access to a computer

The Senior Bookkeeper Certificate course will enable you to work in a company where you can fulfill the following jobs: Senior bookkeeper, Junior Accountant, or Assistant Accountant. The modules in this course will provide you with the necessary skills to perform:

  • Year end adjustments
  • Monthly and annual bookkeeping functions
  • Cash-flow statements
  • Basic management accounts
  • Analysis of financial statements for companies
  • Cost accounting and advanced budgeting

The modules that will equip you to perform the above list of tasks are:

  • Computerised bookkeeping
  • Business literacy
  • Bookkeeping to trial balance
  • Payroll and monthly SARS returns
  • Cost and Management accounting
  • Financial statements
  • Tactics for winning

You will notice that many of these modules are the same as that for the Junior Bookkeeping course, with the addition of Cost and Management Accounting and Financial Statements. This is because a solid foundation in bookkeeping must first be laid before you move on to the more advanced modules. This course should be completed within 14-24 months.

 

 

Short Courses (6 month programmes)

The ICB short courses are aimed at equipping students with a specific skill that will aid them in the workplace. Therefore, you would have the opportunity to only update your skills in Computerised bookkeeping if you wish, or to only enrol for a Payroll and Monthly SARS returns course, if this is a new function you have to fulfil at work. Basically, these courses will help you acquire a skill quickly.

 

To enrol for this course, you should have:

  • A good understanding of bookkeeping
  • At least grade 10-level communication skills
  • At least grade 10-level mathematical literacy

This course deals with the rules of double entry, source documents, bank and creditor reconciliations, as well as bookkeeping for different inventory systems.

The programme has the following outcomes:

  • Introduction to Bookkeeping and Accounting
  • Inventory systems
  • Accounts for debtors and creditors
  • Value Added Tax and source documents
  • Bank reconciliation process
  • Recording cash, credit and sundry transactions

 

To enrol for this course, you should have:

  • A good understanding of bookkeeping
  • At least grade 10-level communication skills
  • At least grade 10-level mathematical literacy

In today’s computerised world, the days of working on paper are numbered. Everything is being computerised, and it is important that modern bookkeepers stay on top of the technological advances. Therefore, you need to be able to work in Microsoft Office and Pastel Accounting in today’s fast-paced business environment. This course will help you do just that!

The programme is divided into two sections, Computerised Bookkeeping and Pastel. To successfully complete this course, you have to pass both sections. The programme has the following outcomes.

Section 1: Computerised Bookkeeping

  • Microsoft Windows and Vista
  • Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook and the Internet
  • Basic Personal Computer Concepts
  • Basic Accounts in Microsoft Office
  • Basic Accounts in Pastel Accounting

Section 2: Pastel

  • Month-end procedures
  • Inventory counts
  • Bank reconciliations
  • Creating and maintaining and inventory
  • Printing all associated reports
  • Managing the general ledger, as well as customer and supplier accounts

Very important: When enrolling for this course, students receive a free 30-day trial copy of Pastel software.

 

Junior Bookkeeping – Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns

To enrol for this programme, the requirements are the following:

  • A good understanding of bookkeeping
  • At least grade 10-level communication skills
  • At least grade 10-level mathematical literacy

The aim of this programme is to equip students to work with the different SARS payroll returns that a company or individual member of the public must file. It also revises the manual bookkeeping function and will introduce students to business ethics, including the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

The programme has the following outcomes:

  • Basic Conditions of Employment Act
  • Record financial transactions
  • Administer accounting records to the payroll
  • Complete Pay As You Earn (PAYE) documents
  • Complete VAT 201 returns for remittance
  • Register as a tax practitioner and a member of SAIT

 

Junior Bookkeeping – Business Literacy

To enrol for this course, you should have:

  • A good understanding of bookkeeping
  • At least grade 10-level communication skills
  • At least grade 10-level mathematical literacy

This course is essential in obtaining the standard-based qualifications of NQF levels 3-5. It equips students with the basic communication and numeracy skills to work well in any business environment, from handling your own business as an entrepreneur to working for someone else as a bookkeeper.

The programme has the following outcomes:

  • Business literacy
  • Work readiness
  • Verbal and written communication
  • Working with numbers, fractions and decimals
  • Using interest rates in a business
  • Measuring data and then communicating/interpreting that data
  • Percentages, ratios, proportions and equations

 

Senior Bookkeeping – Cost and Management Accounting

To enrol for this course, you should have:

  • A good understanding of bookkeeping
  • At least grade 10-level communication skills
  • At least grade 10-level mathematical literacy

This is a more advanced bookkeeping course that introduces students to break-even analysis and cost-volume-profit analysis, accounting for companies, budgeting and standard costing procedures, and financial management and business ethics.

The programme has the following outcomes:

  • Financial management
  • Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • Controlling the inventory and managing overhead costs
  • Budgeting and costing
  • Accounting for manufacturing concerns
  • Organisational ethics and revision

 

Senior Bookkeeping – Financial Statements Bookkeeping

To enrol for this course, you should have:

  • A good understanding of bookkeeping
  • At least grade 10-level communication skills
  • At least grade 10-level mathematical literacy

This course aims to provide the senior bookkeeper with skills necessary to work with technical financial statements. It deals comprehensively with cash flow statements and includes sections on depreciable asset disposal, preparation, analysis, and interpretation of financial statements. The programme also touches on year-end adjustments.

The programme has the following outcomes:

  • Prepare cash flow statements
  • Complete monthly bookkeeping cycle
  • Complete year-end adjustments, by using trading and profit/loss accounts
  • Creating financial statements through a series of ratios
  • Calculate depreciations
  • Preparation of income statements and balance sheets
  • Calculate the difference between cash and profits