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ICB bookkeeping prides itself on maintaining the standards of bookkeeping as a profession and ensuring that industry standards are continuously maintained. ICB is committed to providing ongoing support to members to ensure that they are aware of the latest up-to-date legislation.

ICB Objectives are as follows:

  • To promote bookkeeping as a profession
  • To increase recognition for bookkeeping as an integral part of the financial profession
  • To promote education and learning
  • To enable the achievement of a recognised bookkeeping qualification
  • To provide a trusted benchmark for the profession
  • To improve the career prospects of ICB members

ICB Principles

ICB is passionate about empowering students to feel confident in learning new skills, finding fulfilling employment or even starting their own business. The bookkeeping organisation believes that by creating a pool of highly qualified bookkeeping talent, it will help business owners to take control of their finances. Business owners taking control of their finances will, in turn, help to support the economy. ICB believe that sound financial management can have a profound effect on society at a personal, professional and global level.

What vocational qualifications does ICB offer?

ICB offers practical, relevant qualifications that are ICB accredited and can lead to ICB membership and professional status. ICB courses can be undertaken by distance learning, but you can also study them at a college. Bookkeeping qualifications are offered at different ICB levels, from core qualifications through to advanced qualifications to help you become a qualified bookkeeper. If you do not yet have any bookkeeping knowledge, you can take a course with one of ICB’s Accredited Training Providers which will provide tutor support.

Why complete an ICB qualification?

There are many advantages to completing an ICB qualification

  • Flexible: ICB qualifications can be completed in any week of the year so you can work them around your personal life or other commitments
  • Respected: The qualifications are developed in consultation with employers, government, small business owners and experienced bookkeepers which ensures that they are up-to-date and relevant.
  • Renowned: ICB qualifications are the toughest qualifications in bookkeeping. ICB ensures that its syllabus is rigorously practical and relevant to the work you will be doing as a bookkeeper.
  • Career Prospects: Once you have completed an ICB qualification, you will receive a prestigious certificate which makes you eligible to apply for official membership of the ICB. The certification, in turn, also helps to make your CV stand out to employers and businesses that you have continued professional development. ICB Members stand out from the crowd with professional letters after their name and access to vital support resources, legal advice and other benefits.


ICB membership demonstrates your commitment to the bookkeeping profession. As an ICB member, you’ll be expected to maintain your skills throughout your career through annual CPD targets and active participation in the organisation. There are two ways to become a member of the ICB, the first, by achieving ICB’s global recognised qualifications through academic attainment which can be achieved by either studying at home or in a classroom. The other way to become a member is to have existing qualifications or bookkeeping work experience.

Some of the benefits of becoming an ICB member are as follows:

  • Professional recognition
  • Continuing professional development
  • Technical advice
  • Online resources
  • Career support
  • Offers and discounts