National Certificate Bookkeeping Foundation (NQF3)

Course Fee: R13,440.00

Equip yourself with the knowledge and practical skills in bookkeeping and financial accounting and become the employee that employers want.

The Bookkeeping Foundation qualification is broken down into 4 subjects, which are entered and examined individually by the ICB.

Course content

Subjects are the particular fields of study that are covered in a course. The subjects below make up this course and will need to be completed in order for you to complete this course.

1. Business Literacy

Designed to equip you with the basic numerical and communication skills required to operate effectively in business.

2. Bookkeeping to Trial Balance

Introducing you to source documents, the rules of double entry, subsidiary journals, the general ledger, bookkeeping for the different inventory systems and bank and creditors reconciliations.

3. Payroll & Monthly SARS Returns

This module will introduce you to payroll and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act as well as basic business ethics. Learners will be able to complete the payroll function from the bookkeeping perspective. You will also learn how to complete SARS payroll returns (EMP201, IRP5, IT3a, IRP501) as well as how to complete the VAT201 return.

4. Computerised Bookkeeping

It is essential that the bookkeeper be able to complete the monthly bookkeeping function on a computer. In this module you will learn how to do bookkeeping using Microsoft Office and a computerised accounting package, Pastel.

Additional information


Once off full payment, 4 months, 8 months, 12 months

How to study this programme

The Bookkeeping qualification is broken down into 4 subjects, which are entered and examined individually by the ICB.

The Institute of Business Management – IBM is your training provider while the ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) is the examining body. You first have to enroll with the Institute of Business Management – IBM, select an exam date and enter an exam for each module. When you enter for your exam you receive a digital PoE (Portfolio of Evidence) with all the tests and assignments.  Your study material will be couriered to you included in the course fee. For the National Certificate of Bookkeeping Foundation level you receive 4 learner guides and 4 PoE’s and you enter and write 4 exams.

This PoE includes 3 assignments and 2 tests that you complete during your study phase. Each PoE is submitted and assessed together with a final exam.

Once you have passed all subjects in a qualification, the qualification is awarded by the ICB and FASSET. You may now proceed to the FET Certificate Intermediate Bookkeeping (NQF 4) qualification.

Learner Assistance

You will be assigned a learner assistant that will help you throughout the duration of your studies for up to one year. Learner assistants may be contacted by email or telephone.

Read more about the ICB, fees, and assessment information by following this link: ICB information

Professional Designation

Junior Bookkeeper


12 Months


  • NQF Level 3
  • ICB & QCTO Certification
  • SAQA Qualification ID: 58375
  • Credits: 120
  • Subjects: 4

Entry Requirements

  • Grade 10 or equivalent
  • No prior accounting knowledge needed
  • You must be at least 16 years old

Course Fee Breakdown

The course fee per subject includes textbooks and delivery and interactive learner support for one year, but does not include the exam fee or the annual ICB registration fee. Please see the table below for the total course fee breakdown:

Per Subject Total
Course Fee 4 subjects R 3 360 R 13 440
Exam Fee 4 subjects R 675 R 2 700
ICB Annual Registration Fee N/A R 380
Total R 16 520

Installment Payment Options

As soon as the registration payment is received we order the first set of textbooks and  prepare your study pack for dispatch. You can pay in full, or select a payment option:

4 Months 8 Months 12 Months
R 3 417 p/m x 3 R 1 553 p/m x 7 R 1000 p/m x 11
1st payment: R 3 200 1st payment: R 3 200 1st payment: R 3 200
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