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FET Certificate: Bookkeeping

Course Code ICB-FA02

Course overview

Want to be able to offer indispensable bookkeeping and accounting skills, or become an accountant someday? This is the programme for you to build a lucrative career in bookkeeping and accounting. No business can function without the critical expert skills of a bookkeeper. The financial records must be maintained and the funds of the business managed and maintained by highly skilled and experienced individuals. This qualification is the Intermediate Level of the ICB Financial Accounting Programme and will be achieved after successfully passing just two intensive subjects. With this qualification you will be able perform the role of senior bookkeeper in an organisation or take on other roles where your skills will be in high demand. Keep on studying and you’ll progress through the Upper Intermediate levels to the final, Advanced Level. There is a total of 12 subjects in the ICB Financial Accounting Programme which build on each other that will equip you with knowledge and practical skills in bookkeeping, financial accounting, income tax, financial management, reporting standards, corporate strategy, management accounting and research.

Who should take this course

This programme is ideal if you are:

  • Aiming to be employed in a finance department
  • Assisting with the finances of a growing company
  • Thinking of opening your own bookkeeping practice one day
  • Running your own business or want to start your own business

What you will learn

  • Subject 5: Financial Statements (FNST)
  • Subject 6: Cost & Management Accounting (CMGT)

What you will be able to do

  • Monthly bookkeeping to trial balance
  • Asset disposal
  • Year-end adjustments
  • International Financial Reporting Standards for SMEs
  • Reporting Standards for SMEs; branch accounts
  • Incomplete records
  • Analysis of financial statements
  • Understand cash flow
  • Basic cost and management accounts
  • Prepare manufacturing accounts
  • Costing and budgeting

Which careers you can pursue

Students who complete this qualification could pursue a career as a:

  • Senior Bookkeeper
  • Junior Accountant
  • Assistant Accountant
  • Financial Services Officer
  • Credit Controller
  • Business Analyst

What you need to enrol

National Certificate: Bookkeeping (SAQA ID 58375, Level 3)

How to enrol for this programme

You may enrol for the full qualification or choose the individual subjects from this programme you wish to study. Once you completed all the subjects of this qualification successfully you will be awarded the national qualification. Enrol with Triversita and register with the ICB as a student member (if you are a first time ICB student) and enter for assessment for the ICB programme and subjects you wish to be assessed on. You can do this online on the ICB website or download and complete the learner registration and assessment entry form available on for this subject and submit it along with the correct assessment fee to the ICB, showing the date you want to sit the assessment. You will receive an email from the ICB to confirm your assessment entry. Triversita will assist you with the process.

How tuition will be delivered

Distance Learning

How long you will study

6 Months Distance Learning

What materials you will receive

The programme fees include all study materials and postage expenses. Study materials include a textbook, study and solutions guide and a free USB drive containing videos and solutions playlists. The programme fee excludes ICB registration and assessment fees.

How much it will cost

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Distribution of Training Materials

Students who pay the full cash course fee will receive the training materials for all their subjects upon registration. Students who select the instalment payment option will receive their course materials for the first subject upon enrolment. Course materials for the following subjects in the enrolment programme will be distributed every three (3) months.

How you will be assessed

This programme is assessed by the ICB and involves three formative activities (assignments), two formative evaluations (tests) during your studies and one summative assessment (final examination) at the end of your studies. The assignments and tests are included in your Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) and counts 30% towards your final mark. You will hand in your PoE on the day you write your final examination. The final examination is written at an ICB assessment centre which is nearest to you and counts 70% towards your final mark. Final examinations are conducted quarterly in February, May, August and November for distance learning students.

Accreditation of the programme

This programme is accredited by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers ICB) and registered at a NQF level 4 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) with SAQA ID No: 58376. Triversita (ICB provider accreditation number 301103) is accredited with the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) to offer tuition for this programme.

What certificate you will receive

You must successfully complete both subjects that make up this qualification in order to receive the national diploma. Upon the successful completion of all the subjects in this programme you will receive the Further Education and Training Certificate: Bookkeeping NQF L4 (SAQA ID: 58376).

How to get professional recognition

Upon completion of this programme, you may proceed to become a member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and Accountants (ICBA) as a Certified Senior Bookkeeper and be entitled to the use of the CSBIcba(SA) designation after your name.

How you can further your career

This Further Education and Training Certificate: Bookkeeping is the intermediate level of the financial accounting programme of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB). Successful completion of this programme allows entry into the ICB National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting NQF L5 (SAQA ID: 36213). Should you decide to go further and complete the ICB Financial Accounting Programmes at NQF levels 5 and 6, you will become eligible to apply for professional memberships at SAIT and SAIBA and start your own consulting practice.