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ICB Entrepreneurship Programme Advanced Level

Course Code ICB-EN03

Course overview

If you have dreams to start, manage or develop a small/medium sized business, or want to help grow an established local company to a global enterprise, this is the study stream for you. It builds on the skills you acquired in the Entrepreneurship 1 and 2 programmes. This programme equips you with the knowledge and skills to elevate your business to the next level. You will also learn about the application of information systems in business, the application of costing principles and techniques as well as financial reporting. This qualification is the Advanced and Final Level of the ICB entrepreneurship programme and is specifically designed for students who wish to start their own ventures and become owner-managers, those students who aspire to become small business managers, or those students who are responsible for the keeping of the financial records of a small business. Upon completion of this qualification you can become the CEO of your own venture, be in charge of a business and/or its financial affairs or join SAIBA and start your own consulting practice.

Who should take this course

This programme is ideal if you are:

  • Are dreaming of starting your own company someday
  • Have already started a business but realise you have gaps in your knowledge
  • Are thinking of partnering with a non-financial person in a new venture
  • Want to make sure your existing or future company runs efficiently

What you will learn

  • Subject 09: Entrepreneurship 3 (ENT3)
  • Subject 10: Financial Management and Control (FMCL)
  • Subject 11: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Frameworks (FRRF)
  • Subject 12: Research Theory and Practice (RTAP) (Topic: Entrepreneurship)

What you will be able to do

  • Work with a management information system at a corporate level.
  • Prepare a business for internal/external audit.
  • Apply principles of strategic intent and strategic thinking in a global entrepreneurial environment.
  • Apply managerial finance and control principles in a commercial environment.
  • Understand and stick to entrepreneurial ethics.
  • Manage and lead change in your business.
  • Draw up and interpret financial statements and reports in accordance with IFRS.

Which careers you can pursue

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

  • Financial Accountant
  • Chief Financial Officer in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Business Consultant
  • Business Adviser
  • Accounting Officer (via SAIBA)

What you need to enrol

Higher Certificate: Office Administration (Entrepreneurship) NQF L5 (SAQA ID: 23619)

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

12 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 6 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) with SAQA ID No: 20366. 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 completion of all the subjects in this programme you will receive the National Diploma: Financial Accounting (Entrepreneurship) NQF L6 (SAQA ID: 20366).

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

How you can further your career

This National Diploma: Financial Accounting (Entrepreneurship) is the advanced and final level of the entrepreneurship programme of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB). You will become eligible to apply for professional memberships at SAIBA (provided that you satisfy their membership requirements) and start your own consulting practice as an Accounting Officer. The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa also grants exemptions for certain ICB subjects for students who want to pursue advanced professional studies in finance, accounting and auditing.