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Intermediate Level: FET Certificate: Bookkeeping (Certified Senior Bookkeeper)

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This is a FASSET accredited course.


 Course  Intermediate Level: FET Certificate: Bookkeeping (Certified Senior  Bookkeeper)
 Programme Type  FASSET SETA-Accredited Institute Programme: Institute of Certified  Bookkeepers
 Partner Institute  ICB – The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers
 Award Type  FET Certificate
 and a Programme Completion Certificate
 Award Issued By  FASSET will issue your National Qualification, and, the ICB will issue you  a Programme Completion Certificate.
 Accredited By  FASSET
 SAQA ID  58376
 NQF Level  NQF Level 4
 Course Duration  22 Months
 Entrance Criteria
  •  Grade 11

  •  Learners must be at least 16 years of age

  • Successful completion of the previous learning areas (1-4) (has successfully completed the Junior Bookkeeping Qualification) OR be a qualified Certified Junior Bookkeeper

  • The ability to read and write in English




During your studies you will learn:

  • Completion of the monthly and annual bookkeeping function.
  • Skills for depreciable asset disposal, year-end adjustments, preparation and analysis of  financial statements for sole proprietorships, partnerships, close corporations, companies and a thorough understanding of cash flow statements.
  • Completion of basic management accounts and a working knowledge of cost accounting; including knowledge of breakeven analysis, cost-volume-profi t analysis, advanced costing, budgeting and standard costing, financial management and business ethics.
  • Assistant Tax Technician (ATT) status as a member of the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners being permitted to complete SARS returns other than Income Tax assessment returns.


What careers will I be able to apply for once I complete this qualification?

  • Junior Accountant
  • Assistant Accountant


Registration Requirements:                                                                             

  • Grade 10 (Std 8) or equivalent.
  • No prior accounting knowledge needed.
  • You must be at least 16 years of age.


Programme Duration:

 Recommended 18 months of study


Programme Recognition:         

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Insitute of Certified Bookkeepping (ICB)

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) was established in 1931 with the aim of promoting bookkeeping, accounting, office management and financial management qualifications and membership of a professional body in Southern Africa.


The ICB conducts professional examinations for those persons who intend following a career in bookkeeping, accounting, office management and financial management. Completion of any of these qualifications or skills programmes and or short courses leads to professional membership of the ICB with designations awarded depending on what course of study has been followed. 


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ICB have maintained a relationship with the Quality Assurance Partner of the Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Fasset) for 80 years. ICB is not a training provider.


This programme is accredited by FASSET SETA


Course Subjects:

  • Business Literacy
  • Bookkeeping to Trail Balance
  • Payroll and Monthly SARS Return
  • Computerised Bookkeeping
  • Financial Statements
  • Cost and Management Accounting


What you will be able to do once you complete this level?

  • Monthly bookkeeping
  • Asset disposal
  • Year-end adjustments
  • Analysis of financial statements
  • Understand cash flow
  • Basic cost and management accounts


Important Exam Information:

Assessment is based on the submission of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) which will comprise formative activities and evaluations, as well as one summative assessment (final exam). PoE assessment comprises formative/interim assessment of activities (assignments) and evaluations (test) that count 30% towards the total mark. A Summative Assessment (final exam) contributes to the remaining 70% of your marks. The PoE is basically a file containing all the evidence necessary for a learner to be declared competent against the relevant outcomes.


You will be awarded with the National Certificate: Bookkeeping by FASSET upon successful completion of your PoE and your exams.


You will also receive a Programme Completion Certificate from the ICB.


Assessment takes place in February, May, August and November.


Please note that the ICB exam fees and annual memberships are not included in your programme fees.  Please visit the ICB website at to familiarise yourself with the exam registration dates, the actual exam dates and the fees.


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