National Certificate: Bookkeeping (ICB)

Full-Time I SAQA ID: 58375 I NQF Level: 3 I Credits: 120 I Course Type: National Certificate

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Natural number-crunchers who thrive on organisation and accuracy can capitalise on a lucrative career in bookkeeping with the National Certificate: Bookkeeping (ICB).

Why this course is perfect for you?

Are you an analytical thinker with a knack for numbers? If so, then a dynamic career in bookkeeping is waiting for you.

Bookkeeping involves keeping an accurate record of all a company’s financial transactions, as well as interpreting and reporting on this data. This includes bookkeeping to trial balance, managing payroll and monthly SARS returns, as well as computerised bookkeeping. This course will teach you the basic building blocks of bookkeeping, such as the rules of double entry, subsidiary journals, the general ledger and bank/creditors’ reconciliation. The subject matter also includes more in-depth material such as an introduction to basic business ethics, completing VAT201 returns, statutory registrations and much more.

Every business needs a number-crunching, record-keeping professional such as yourself. This means there’s a working world full of opportunities just waiting for you. Bookkeeping adds up to a successful future – it’s a career in which you can be more, do more and have more. This course will credit you with everything you’ll need to succeed as a Junior Bookkeeper or Assistant Cost and Management Accountant.

Why study with Damelin?

As soon as you join the Damelin family, you become part of a network of students, lecturers and friends, who will assist and support you during this exciting journey in your life. Our courses are designed to make your learning as comfortable as possible, with facilities that allow you to build your career in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Our lecturers will provide all the support and guidance you require, so you leave Damelin with an unforgettable campus experience.

How to get in?

Registering for the National Certificate: Bookkeeping (ICB) is simple. We have various touch-points for your convenience. Simply call, email, fill in an online enquiry form, or pop into one of our 17 campuses nationwide, where one of our consultants will gladly assist you.


  • 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 a South African 2nd language at NQF 2/Grade 10 or equivalent
  • No prior accounting knowledge is required

Time you will spend on the course

This is a one-year course, in which you will attend full-time classes during the week. A year planner and academic calendar is available at the start of the year with dates and times of classes and campus activities to help you plan your schedule. 

Course content and modules

You will cover these modules during the duration of your National Certificate.

Bookkeeping to Trial Balance

  • Source documents
  • The rules of double entry
  • Subsidiary journals
  • The general ledger
  • Bookkeeping for different inventory systems
  • Bank and creditors’ reconciliation

Payroll and Monthly SARS

  • Recording business financial transactions
  • Revise the manual monthly bookkeeping function
  • Introduction to payroll
  • The Basic Conditions of Employment Act as well as basic business ethics
  • Ethics and the registered Tax Practitioner
  • Completing the payroll function from a bookkeeping perspective
  • Completing the SARS payroll returns (EMP201, IRP 5, IT3a, IRP501)
  • Completing the VAT201 return
  • Statutory registrations

Computerised Bookkeeping

  • Basic PC concepts
  • Working with Windows
  • Working with the Internet and Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Outlook
  • Working with MS Excel
  • Working with MS Word
  • Working with MS PowerPoint
  • The monthly bookkeeping function on MS Office
  • The monthly bookkeeping function on a computerized accounting package (PASTEL)

Business Literacy

  • Key principles of effective communication in the workplace
  • Business writing skills
  • Spoken communication
  • Work readiness
  • Business calculations: fractions, decimals, integers, percentages, ratios, proportions, equations, interest rates, measurements, shapes

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Materials to stay ahead

A list of prescribed textbooks will be made available at the start of the course. You will also receive an electronic version (e-guide) of this course. Textbooks are excluded from the course fee.

Careers you’d be great at

  • Junior Bookkeeper
  • Assistant Cost and Management Accountant

The strength in your qualification

This diploma is accredited by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) South Africa at level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) with the SAQA ID No: 58375.

On successful completion of the course, you will receive a National Certificate: Bookkeeping (ICB).

Take your education to the next degree

Go even further with a higher qualification. With this National Certificate you can study further at Damelin or another accredited institution.
 *Admission to further your studies remains the prerogative of each institution and its academic council

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