The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers introduces a new examination scheme on 1 April 2014. The first qualification, the Certificate in Bookkeeping, is designed for those who are employed or seeking employment as an Assistant Bookkeeper. It starts from basic principles and entitles you to become an Affiliate Member of the Institute. This gives you the first step towards a full professional qualification in bookkeeping, which in turn enables you to set up in practice if you wish. You do not need any prior qualifications but you will of course need to have basic numeric skills.
The Certificate is awarded at Level II in the OfQual framework. You take three exam papers, covering both manual and computerised bookkeeping, but there’s no travelling to exam centres involved as you can take the exams online at home or at your office. The topics you study include setting up cash book and bank accounts, double entry, ledgers, credit transactions and payroll, VAT, control accounts, bad debts, construction industry requirements, withdrawal of funds.
From the Certificate, you can go on to take the Certificate in Bookkeeping & Accounting (Level III) for ICB Associate Membership and the Certificate in Advanced Bookkeeping & Accounting (Level IV) for full ICB Membership.
Our courses for the Certificate in Bookkeeping will be available this month. Contact us or check our website for information about the first courses. As an accredited training provider, we can register you as a Student Member of the ICB when you enrol on our courses. Course Descriptions for all three Certificates will appear on our website in due course.
If you are already taking bookkeeping courses for ICB qualifications, you can continue with these until 31 March 2015. When you transfer to the new scheme, you will receive equivalent exemptions for exams you have passed previously. Full details of the transfer arrangements are available from the ICB and you will be able to check your exemptions if you would prefer to transfer to the new scheme right away.
Edexcel has confirmed that the new Advanced Level syllabus will be available from September 2015 for the first exam in Summer 2017. (AS Level History continues as a standalone qualification.) So, there’s plenty of time to complete existing courses but make sure you get on with them!