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ICB Business Management Programme Intermediate Level

Course Code ICB-BM02

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 the principles of general management and the key functional disciplines of marketing management, human resource management and office administration. Continue your studies to progress to the advanced level and its associated nationally recognised qualification. 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 and the State. Unfortunately, many small businesses do not survive because of poor financial management and strategic planning. This qualification is the Intermediate 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 4: Office and Legal Practice (OLPR)
  • Subject 5: Business Management 2 (BMT2)
  • Subject 6: Marketing Management and Public Relations (MMPR)
  • Subject 7: Financial Statements (FNST)
  • Subject 8: Human Resources Management and Labour Relations (HRLR)

What you will be able to do

  • Manage your diary and work schedule as a manager
  • Operate efficiently as a general office manager of a business
  • Apply marketing, law, PR and economics principles in business
  • Draw up and interpret financial statements and reports
  • Work efficiently with the HR and labour relations departments
  • Apply business growth principles for local and global expansion

Which careers you can pursue

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

  • Senior Office Administrator
  • General Office Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Labour Relations Manager
  • Customer Service Manager

What you need to enrol

National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management NQF L4 (SAQA ID 48736)

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

15 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 5 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) with SAQA ID No: 23619. 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 five subjects that make up this qualification in order to receive the higher certificate. Upon the successful completion of all the subjects in this programme you will receive the Higher Certificate: Office Administration (Business Management) NQF L5 (SAQA ID: 23619)

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 CSOAIcba(SA) designation after your name.

How you can further your career

The Higher Certificate: Office Administration (Business Management) is the intermediate level of the business management programme of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers. Successful completion of this programme allows entry into the ICB National Diploma: Financial Accounting (Business Management) NQF L6 (SAQA ID: 20366). Should you decide to go further and complete the ICB Business Management Programme at NQF level 6, you will become eligible to apply for professional memberships at SAIBA and start your own consulting practice.