The ICB Financial Programme is split into 4 levels.
You can start your studies at the Foundation Level or apply for exemptions directly with the ICB to start further down the programme. ICB qualifications are modular, which means you can build on them as your career progresses. You'll receive a qualification (and certificate) after each level you complete.
How many and which subjects you do at a time is up to you. We do however recommend that you do not attempt to complete more than 2 subjects at a time. Also try to follow the order of subjects as indicated below, as some subects serve as prior knowledge for others.
We recommend that you spend a minimum of 3 months preparing for each exam paper.
Foundation Level (National Certificate: Bookkeeping - NQF 3, SAQA ID 58375)
- Business Literacy
- Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
- Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns
- Computerised Bookkeeping
Intermediate Level (Further Education and Training Certificate: Bookkeeping - NQF 4, SAQA ID 58376)
- Cost and Management Accounting
- Financial Statements
Upper Intermediate Level (National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting - NQF 5, SAQA ID 36213)
- Income Tax Returns
- Business Law and Accounting Control
Advanced Level (National Diploma: Financial Accounting - NQF 6, SAQA ID 20366)
- Corporate Strategy
- Management Accounting Control Systems
- Financial Reporting and Regulatory Frameworks
- Research Theory and Practice*
Note: The ICB updates its course structure and content every year to keep it relevant. It is important that you complete each subject you book for for within the applicable exam cycle. Refer to the 'Exams' tab for more detail.