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ICB Short Course: Bookkeeping to Trial Balance

Course overview

The programme is a foundation level course and forms part of several of the ICB programmes. It assumes no accounting knowledge and equip students with all the knowledge required to maintain a set accounting records for a business. This programme is essential for students who are responsible for the bookkeeping function within any organisation, who responsible for financial control in any organisation as well as entrepreneurs and business owners who need a solid understanding of the workings of an accounting system.

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What you will learn

  • An introduction to business, bookkeeping and accounting
  • Value Added Tax and source documents
  • Recording cash transactions
  • Recording credit and sundry transactions
  • Inventory systems
  • Individual accounts for debtors and creditors, and supplier and general ledger reconciliations
  • The bank reconciliation process
  • Drafting financial statements

What you will be able to do

  • Administer credit purchase and credit sales transactions.
  • Apply knowledge of income, receipts, payments and expenses.
  • Administer Value Added Tax (VAT) transactions.
  • Complete reconciliation statements, general ledger accounts and trial balances.
  • Administer petty cash.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of personal taxation.
  • Apply knowledge of business taxation.
  • Record business financial transactions.

How tuition will be delivered

This is a distance learning course.

How long you will study

This course can be completed in 3 months.

To enter the programme you need

  • Grade 10 (Std 8) or equivalent
  • No prior accounting knowledge needed
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF 3/Grade 11 or equivalent

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 student registration fee and assessment fees.

How much it will cost

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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.


This course is endorsed by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers ICB). Triversita (ICB provider accreditation number 301103) is an accredited tuition provider for Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB).

What certificate you will receive

Upon completion of the skills programme you will receive a results letter from the ICB for the subjects covered. You will be issued with your qualification certificate once you completed all the subjects that make up the qualification.

How to enrol for this programme

Once you completed your enrolment with Triversita, you 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 you can further your career

This skills programme forms part of the following national qualifications:

  • National Certificate: Bookkeeping NQF L3 (SAQA ID: 58375)
  • National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management (Business Management) NQF L4 (SAQA ID 48736)
  • National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management (Entrepreneurship) NQF L4 (SAQA ID 48736)
  • Certificate: Office Administration NQF L5

Once you completed this course you may elect to
continue your studies and complete the