Each month, thousands of people of all ages & backgrounds complete an ICB assessment

ICB is different because ICB assessments can be completed in any week of the year, so you can become a professional bookkeeper in your own time, around your job, family and other commitments.    

Once you have completed your assessments, you will be eligible to apply for membership of ICB. As a member with professional letters after your name, you will stand out from the crowd and be able to access vital ICB support resources, including technical and legal advice. You will also be able to purchase qualification certificates to improve your CV.

What do the assessments cover?

The ICB syllabus falls in line with the National Occupational Standards and covers both manual and computerised bookkeeping and assesses competence in carrying out the actual work a bookkeeper does on a day to day basis.

The core bookkeeping qualifications are awarded at three levels:

Level 2You'll learn how to enter transactions, produce an initial trial balance, identify and correct errors, and reconcile sales & purchases ledger balances.  You will need to use a commercial accounting software to complete the A3 exam. If you do not already have appropriate software, the cost may be included as part of your training course, or you may be able to use a free trial version.

Level 3Learn how to produce a VAT Return, control the sales and purchases ledgers, post year-end adjustments and produce the final accounts for sole traders, partnerships, not-for-profit organisations and Limited Companies. You'll understand the basics of the various accounting standards (IFRS and UKGAAP).

In addition to the two core bookkeeping assessment levels, ICB has assessments in Payroll Management, Costing and Budgeting, and the completion of Self Assessment Tax Returns.

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Which Assessments?

For information on booking assessments, and which assessments are required for the different membership grades, please visit Current Qualifications.

Where to train?

ICB itself does not provide training, but recommends that you enrol on a course provided by one of the ICB Accredited Training Providers.

There are revision textbooks and mock papers in the ICB e-shop, and free revision materials available on the site to supplement your training.

Click here to find an accredited bookkeeping course

Register as a Student

You need to be a Registered Student before you can book your first ICB examination. If you enrol on a course with one of ICB's Accredited Training Providers, you will automatically become a Registered Student and will usually receive your registration details within one month.  

To register directly with ICB today, please use the online registration form via the information page:

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