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ICB Entrepreneurship Programme Foundation Level

Course Code ICB-EN01

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. You will understand what it means and takes to become an entrepreneur. It explores what is needed to become an entrepreneur, how to plan the new business and how to fund it as well as the basic principles of bookkeeping. You will then set it up and be on your way. This qualification is the Foundation 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. Keep on studying to achieve the Intermediate and Advanced Levels, and their associated NQF qualifications and become the CEO of your own future.

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 realize 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 1: Entrepreneurship 1 (ENT1)
  • Subject 2: Bookkeeping to Trial Balance (BKTB)
  • Subject 3: Business Literacy (BUSL)

What you will be able to do

  • Understand what it means to be an entrepreneur in South Africa
  • Identify business opportunities
  • Set up a new business
  • Understand the documents, processes and recording of financial transactions in the business
  • Communicate effectively with all stakeholders
  • Cost and price products and manage working capital
  • Manage business logistics
  • Work with SARS and other statutory bodies
  • Operate a personal computer

Which careers you can pursue

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

  • Entrepreneur (own venture)
  • Bookkeeper in entrepreneurial business
  • You’re probably not interested in applying for a job if you’re studying this programme. If you’re not starting your own business, you could join a start-up or new business as their finance person.

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 www.icb.org.za 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

Click here to download our Course Fee Schedule.

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

How you can further your career

This National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management (Entrepreneurship) is the foundation level of the entrepreneurship programme of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB). Successful completion of this programme allows entry into the ICB Higher Certificate: Office Administration (Entrepreneurship) NQF L5 (SAQA ID: 23619).