"Being a member of The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers says more about you than just having a qualification ever could. It says that you have worked hard to achieve an internationally respected qualification - but membership proves that you are now serious about expanding your career in bookkeeping that you place importance on earning professional status that you are confident enough to submit yourself to continuous scrutiny from the leading organisation within your profession.
"Throughout the world the bookkeeper's contribution to sound financial management is recognised and respected as an invaluable component of good business, not only by business owners and managers but also by firms of accountants and auditors who need to work from figures that they can trust.
"Here at the Institute we feel strongly that our role is not just to award qualifications and set standards in bookkeeping: It is to support and encourage you throughout your career as a bookkeeper, to promote the bookkeeping profession to a wider audience and to lobby government to ensure that your profession receives increasing recognition.
"As a member you will receive the continued support of the world's largest bookkeeping institute. We are here to help our members and so welcome the opportunity to give advice and guidance. The free technical and legal advice that will be yours as a right of membership mean that there is always someone to talk to, discuss key issues with and, above all, to encourage you.
"The Institute's crest is recognised around the world as a mark of quality and excellence. Chartered accountants know that our members have been properly qualified to support their staff and their clients. Companies of all sizes know that the high standards we expect ensure that our members can be trusted, whether in a large business working as part of a financial team or in a smaller business where they may well be the only qualified person.
"Our members in practice are enjoying outstanding success working with a vast range of small and medium sized businesses. Some members choose to take on only a few clients because they are still busy with other commitments, like bringing up a family. Some take on more clients and some expand to take on additional staff and move into office premises as their businesses grow. The choice is yours. Whatever you decide, the Institute's crest on your letterhead, your practice licence and your advert under the crest in Yellow Pages all make you stand out as a professional.
"Whether you are a newly qualified member with little experience, or someone who has been in the profession for years but has previously not had the strong support that this institute provides, membership makes you count. "Our members tell us that we are approachable, friendly and helpful. Our commitment to you is to stay that way as we continue to grow."
Garry Carter, Chief Executive
The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers
"To me, the ICB is a ray of hope."
Mr Moolchand Dubey ICB Student