Are ICB Courses Recognised?

Date Published: October 20, 2020 The ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) is responsible for issuing over 25 000 successful qualifications over the last five years. To achieve this success, they...

Date Published: October 20, 2020

Are ICB Courses Recognised

The ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) is responsible for issuing over 25 000 successful qualifications over the last five years. To achieve this success, they have partnered with accredited training providers. But are ICB courses recognised?

ICB Accreditation

All ICB qualifications are accredited and quality assured. 

  • ICB qualifications are registered with SAQA, on the South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF). 
  • Students can’t study with the ICB directly, their courses are offered only through accredited training providers. All ICB training provider colleges are accredited by the ICB, which acts as a QAP (Quality Assurance Partner) for the QCTO.
  • The ICB is also authorised to conduct examinations. They’ve been approved by the QCTO (Quality Council for Trades and Occupations) to offer these exams.

How the ICB is Recognised by Other Institutions

ICB qualifications are recognised by employers and other learning institutions. With it, students can further their education or even get the job of their dreams.

Internationally Known

Students with ICB qualifications can further their education with internationally recognised institutions such as ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) or CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants).

ICB students can receive up to 6 exemptions if they choose to study with these internationally recognised institutions. 

Degree Progression

It is possible to get progress to a diploma or degree with an ICB qualification. Students can get a degree at one of the institutions recognised by the ICB. They can study towards a degree in business, accounting, or marketing.

Here are your options:

  • Boston College – Complete a Bachelor of Accounting
  • Milpark Education –  Your options include a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in Human Resources or Marketing, Bachelor of Commerce, and a Bachelor of Commerce With a Major in Tax 
  • Damelin – Options include a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Business Management, and Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management


Most recruiters or employers will recognise ICB qualifications due to the NQF levels. All ICB qualifications are nationally recognised, which means that job hunting will be a little easier.

ICB qualifications also equip students with a wealth of skills and knowledge that will make them workplace ready.

ICB Qualifications Registered with the QCTO on the NQF

There are three accredited ICB programmes to choose from.

Don’t meet the entry requirements? Not to worry. You can apply for the ICB Bridging Course and then follow another pathway.

Get Qualified!

You can enroll for a recognised ICB qualification with us today! All you need to do is contact one of our course experts at 012 762 7100, or fill out this contact form for a call back. 

Jan Badenhorst, CEO of Matric College, discusses everything you need to know about the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)

Author: Cherri-Lee Rhode
Last Updated: Sanel Van Staden,  6 July  2021

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