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The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers is the largest bookkeeping awarding body in the world. Offering membership to students, this industry-recognised qualification highlights your experience and competence within the bookkeeping and accounting profession.

An ICB-accredited qualification will help you become a fully-fledged accountant or bookkeeper, all from the comfort of your own home.

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Our range of ICB courses

At Open Study College, we understand that pursuing your goals and advancing your career can be challenging with a busy schedule. That’s why we’re proud to offer a diverse selection of ICB courses that can be studied from the comfort of your own home.

Whether you’re juggling work, caring for family, or have other commitments, our flexible approach to learning ensures that you never miss out on the opportunity to upskill and improve your career prospects. Our ICB courses can be studied at your own pace, in your own time, and from wherever you choose, allowing you to achieve your ambitions on your terms.

What is ICB?

ICB is the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, a prestigious professional body that offers training, support, and certification for bookkeepers at all levels of experience. As a leading institution in the field of bookkeeping, ICB provides a comprehensive range of qualifications and courses that are recognised internationally.

These qualifications are designed to equip learners with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their careers as bookkeepers, accounting technicians, payroll managers, and financial controllers, to name a few.

At Open Study College, we are proud to offer a diverse selection of ICB courses that are accessible to learners from all walks of life, allowing them to advance their careers and achieve their ambitions.

Online ICB courses

By studying online from the comfort of your own home, you can gain the qualifications you need to progress your career without sacrificing other important areas of your life. Our online learning removes the need for a classroom and frees you from the time and cost associated with travelling there.

Whether you have work or family commitments, studying at a time that suits you can make all the difference. With the flexibility of our online courses, you can fit your learning around your lifestyle and obligations, ensuring that you can achieve your goals without disruption.

Tutor support

Enrol in our ICB courses and experience the advantage of unlimited personal tutor support via email. At Open Study College, we provide you with a dedicated tutor who will be there to guide you through your course and address any questions you may have. You can rely on our expert tutors to support you every step of the way, ensuring that you are never alone in your learning journey. This is just one of the many benefits of choosing Open Study College as your learning provider.

Frequently asked questions

The ICB offers a wide range of qualifications for aspiring bookkeepers and accounting professionals, from entry-level to advanced certifications. These qualifications are recognised globally and provide learners with the knowledge and practical skills required to excel in their careers.

Some ICB qualifications we offer are:

The length of time it takes to complete an ICB qualification can vary depending on the level and the individual learner’s pace of study. At Open Study College, our ICB courses are designed to be flexible, allowing learners to study at their own pace and fit their learning around their lifestyle and commitments.

For example, the ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping and Accounts gives learners up to 12 months to complete the course, while the ICB Level 2 and 3 Bookkeeping and Starting Your Own Business takes up to three years.

Yes, an ICB qualification is internationally recognised and respected. The qualifications offered by the ICB are recognised in many countries, including the UK, Australia, South Africa, and the UAE. This means that learners who achieve an ICB qualification will have a qualification that is internationally recognised, opening up a range of career opportunities across the globe.

Becoming a member of the ICB comes with a range of benefits, including access to a range of resources, support, and networking opportunities.

Some of the key benefits of becoming an ICB member include:

  • Recognition – As a member of the ICB, you’ll be part of a globally recognised professional body that sets high standards for bookkeeping and accounting professionals. This recognition can help you stand out in the job market and provide credibility to your qualifications.
  • Support – ICB members have access to a range of support services, including technical support, career advice, and mentorship programmes. This support can be invaluable in helping you develop your skills and achieve your career goals.
  • Networking – As an ICB member, you’ll have access to a wide network of bookkeeping and accounting professionals. This can provide opportunities for collaboration, mentorship, and career development.
  • Resources – ICB members have access to a range of resources, including training materials, industry insights, and professional development resources. These resources can help you stay up to date with the latest industry trends and best practices.

Becoming a member of the ICB is a straightforward process, and there are a few different routes to membership depending on your qualifications and experience.

To become an ICB member, you will need to complete an ICB qualification, such as the Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping. Once you have completed the qualification, you can apply for membership through the ICB website.

If you have relevant qualifications and experience from outside the ICB, you may be eligible for membership through the ‘fast-track’ route. This will involve submitting evidence of your qualifications and experience to the ICB for review.

The cost of becoming a member of the ICB can vary depending on your level of membership and whether you are a new or existing member.

For new members, the cost of ICB membership typically includes an application fee and an annual membership fee. The application fee can range from £30 to £75, depending on the level of membership you are applying for. The annual membership fee can range from £90 to £180, depending on your level of membership and whether you choose to pay annually or monthly.

Existing members will typically pay an annual renewal fee to maintain their membership status. The cost of renewal can vary depending on your level of membership and whether you choose to pay annually or monthly.

Studying an ICB qualification can open up a range of exciting career opportunities for bookkeepers. An ICB qualification is highly respected in the bookkeeping and accounting industry and can provide learners with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their careers.

With an ICB qualification, bookkeepers can pursue a range of career paths, including working in finance departments, bookkeeping practices, or setting up their own bookkeeping businesses. Bookkeepers can also progress to more senior roles, such as accounting manager, finance director, or financial controller.

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We are delighted that you are considering joining us to study and take pleasure in welcoming you to our family.

Open Study College is one of the UK’s leading distance-learning colleges. We provide professionally-recognised ICB courses that enable you to study at your own pace, in your own environment either online or via printed materials sent to your home.

We understand that choosing a course is a big decision. That’s why we have a team of friendly, knowledgeable education specialists who can help you choose the right ICB qualifications for you.

Over the past 15 years, we’ve enrolled over 120,000 people on courses that have improved their education and their career prospects!

Our education specialists can answer any questions you may have, talk you through our finance options and get you enrolled over the telephone.

As a family-founded college, we think of our learners as extended members of our family. We’re all here to help you achieve your goals in life, whatever they may be.

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