National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management (ICB)

Full-Time I SAQA ID: 48736 I NQF Level: 4 I Credits: 120 I Course Type: **Agent Programme

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Young entrepreneurs will gain the skills to set-up and grow their own enterprise with the National Certificate in Small Business Management (ICB).

Why this course is perfect for you?

Do you dream of owning your own business? Are you passionate about your ideas and prepared to put in the work to build your empire? If so, grow your success from the ground up with the National Certificate in Small Business Financial Management.

Running a business takes a lot of time and effort. Small business owners are responsible for managing all aspects of their company, such as purchasing, human resources, sales, customer service, marketing and product development; often with little or no help during start-up.  Although it can seem overwhelming at first, many companies such as Microsoft and Disney started as small business enterprises in their garages, and grew to become the global enterprises they are today. Thus individuals who choose this career path need to be fearless, motivated by challenges and have a never give up attitude when working towards their success.

If you're an entrepreneur at heart, the National Certificate in Small Business Financial Management (ICB) will help you become your own boss through its academic and practical orientated programme. Develop your knowledge, enterprising capabilities and confidence to create your own venture with modules that range from Business Finance to Business Literacy.  Become the CEO of your own future and earn your qualification in this rewarding field.

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 in Small Business Financial Management (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 3/Grade 11 or equivalent
  •  Knowledge, comprehension and application of Mathematical Literacy at NQF 3/Grade 11 or equivalent
  • Admission maybe subject to an interview with an academic staff member. 

Workplace Learning

This programme does not include a Workplace Learning Component

Time you will spend on the course

This is a one-year full-time course. 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

Business Management 1

  • Management and the environment
  • Financial planning and control
  • Costing and pricing
  • Managing working capital
  • Working with SARS

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 

Bookkeeping to Trial Balance

  • An introduction to business, bookkeeping and accounting
  • Recording cash transactions
  • Recording credit and sundry transactions
  • Inventory systems
  • Individual accounts for debtors and creditors
  • The bank reconciliation process
  • Supplier/creditor and general ledger reconciliations

Workplace Learning

This programme does not include a Workplace Learning Component

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Careers you’d be great at

  • Small Business Owner
  • Entrepreneur
  • Bookkeeper
  • Financial Manager of a Small Business

The strength in your qualification

Upon successful completion of the programme ICB will issue you with the FET Certificate: Bookkeeping with a FASSET endorsement and a National Certificate in Small Business Financial Management.

**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. 

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