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ICB Business Management Programme Foundation Level

Course Code ICB-BM01

Course overview

This is just the ticket if you have ambitions of managing a small business and its finances. Good business management is vitally important for a company’s commercial success. In this programme, you’ll learn about business and financial management best practices. Continue your studies to progress to the intermediate and advanced Levels, and their associated nationally recognised qualifications. In South Africa the labour force is increasingly called upon to be self-employed or to seek employment in small businesses in contrast to the past where the majority of workers were employed by large companies, the State and parastatals. Unfortunately, many small businesses do not survive because of poor financial management and strategic planning. This qualification is the foundation Level of the ICB Business Management Programme that aims to help you with your development into a well-rounded multidisciplinary manager with improved decision-making abilities in a variety of business contexts and challenges.

Who should take this course

This programme is ideal if you are:

  • Interested in being part of a company’s management team
  • Determined to help a business grow and increase profits
  • Driven to run a company’s operations economically
  • Keen to learn how to run a company efficiently
  • Looking to start your own business someday but want to gain experience first

What you will learn

  • Subject 1: Business Management 1 (BMT1)
  • Subject 2: Bookkeeping to Trial Balance (BKTB)
  • Subject 3: Business Literacy (BUSL)

What you will be able to do

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the documentation, processing and recording of a business’s financial transactions
  • Communicate effectively with the business stakeholders
  • Show you know what it means to be a general manager
  • Cost and price products, and manage working capital
  • Operate a personal computer

Which careers you can pursue

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

  • Assistant or administrator in human resources, office management, legal, administration, public relations, finance, marketing, sales, customer relations
  • Junior Analyst
  • Sales Assistant

What you need to enrol

Grade 11 (Std 9), NQF L3 or an equivalent

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

9 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: 48736. 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 all three subjects that make up this qualification in order to receive the national certificate. Upon the successful completion of all the subjects in this programme you will receive the National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management NQF L4 (SAQA ID 48736).

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) and be entitled to the use of the CSBFMIcb (SA) designation after your name.

How you can further your career

This National Certificate in Small Business Financial Management is the foundation level of the business management programme of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB). Successful completion of this programme allows entry into the ICB Higher Certificate: Office Administration NQF L5 (SAQA ID: 23619). Should you decide to go further and complete the ICB Business Management Programme at NQF level 6 as well, you will become eligible to apply for professional membership at SAIBA and start your own consulting practice.