ICB Programme in Bookkeeping to Trial Balance

Certificate | Agent Programme* | Part Time


This programme is for learners who are responsible for controlling the finances of a small business or who are responsible for the bookkeeping aspect of financial management in organisations.

This Programme is endorsed by the ICB and covers the Bookkeeping to Trial Balance component of the unit standards required for the following:

  • National Certificate: Bookkeeping NQF L3 (SAQA ID: 58375)
  • National Certificate: Pubic Sector Accounting NQF L4 (SAQA ID: 20352)
  • National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management NQF L4 (SAQA ID: 48736)
  • Certificate: Office Administration NQF L5 (SAQA ID: 23618)

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The programme duration is 48 hours and the tuition is face-to-face based on the NQF notional hours. This excludes time to complete assignments, research and self study. Each Damelin campus has a different tuition schedule. Programmes are offered during the week, in the evenings, or on Saturdays.

+Career fields

The learners who complete the qualification could pursue a career as a/an:

  • Junior bookkeeper
  • Accounting clerk
  • Debtors’ and Creditors’ clerk


Upon successful completion of the programme, ICB will issue learners with a Results Letter outlining the module covered.

**Whenever Damelin offers training towards a programme that will be awarded by another provider or institute, it is called an Agent Programme. In the case of an Agent Programme, Damelin registers the learners, provides tuition and conducts internal assessments. External examinations with the agent body will result in learners receiving the certificate from them.

+Admission Requirements

  • Knowledge, comprehension and application of the English language at NQF 2/Grade 10 or equivalent
  • Knowledge, comprehension and application of Mathematical Literacy at NQF 2/Grade 10 or equivalent
  • Knowledge, comprehension and application of Accounting at NQF 2/Grade 10 or equivalent
  • Admission may be subject to an interview with an academic staff member.

+Additional Costs

Upon enrolment, learners will have to pay a once-off Registration Fee with the ICB (if they have not done so previously). Note: Registration fees are payable to the Damelin campus who will in turn pay it over to the ICB on the learner’s behalf. Additional assessment fees may be applicable. Refer to Academic Fee Schedule.

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+Programme Outline

Entrepreneurship 2
  • Entrepreneurship and SMME’s
  • The new business venture and getting started
  • Entrepreneurial management functions
  • Leading a small business
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Your staff and labour legislation
  • An introduction to economics
  • Economic systems and how the economy works
  • The monetary sector, public sector and foreign sector
  • The economic cycle, growth, development and forecasts
  • The significance and progression of international business
Workplace Learning

This programme does not include a Workplace Learning component