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Apply for ICBA Membership

By having an Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and Accountants (ICBA) membership you will be joining a professional body for finance professionals. This means that by adding those prestigious letters after your name, you will be able to show that you are a qualified professional and clients will know that you take your career seriously. Having an ICBA membership also offers a range of benefits to their members – and generally improving the perception and professionalism in this field.

How do I apply for ICBA membership?

If you are studying towards a recognised financial, accounting, bookkeeping or office administration qualification but have not yet completed it, you can still apply to the ICBA – for Student Membership. You’ll get all the ICBA member benefits except for the use of a designation. You just need to fill in the ICBA Membership Application Form and pay the Student Membership fee of R620 (first-time applicants) or R430 (membership renewals) per annum.

If you are already registered to study with the ICB in 2017, you qualify for discounted ICBA Student Membership and will only have to pay R300 (first-time applicants) or R110 (renewals).

If you already hold a recognised qualification in finance, accounting, bookkeeping, business or office management, AND have our required amount of work experience, you may be awarded one of the ICBA Qualified Member statuses.

To apply to be a Qualified Member of the ICBA, please review the membership requirements first. Then download the ICBA Membership Application Form, complete it and send it to the ICBA along with the supporting documentation, along with proof of payment. Qualified Members pay R620 (first-time applicants) or R500 (membership renewals) per annum.

download membership application here

ICBA Membership requirements

  • Qualifications: Qualified ICBA members must hold an NQF Level 3 or higher qualification in finance, accounting, bookkeeping, business or office management (subject to approval by the ICBA). Student members need to show proof of student registration.
  • Work experience: Qualified members must have a specific amount of work experience or experiential learning behind them. As part of your ICBA membership application you will be asked to fill in a logbook. The ICBA will assess this when considering you for membership.
  • Membership fees: Your annual membership fee must be paid in order to use ICBA designations and receive member benefits.
  • Continuing Professional Development hours (CPD): To retain your ICBA membership, you need to complete at least 20 hours of professional learning every year.


ICBA membership benefits

There are many benefits to becoming an ICBA member such as:

  • A designation: Place those all-important ICBA letters after your name (except for student members).
  • Use the ICBA logo on your business cards, letterheads, websites, and other marketing collateral. For more detailed information, please download the ICBA Logo Usage Policy.
  • An ICBA membership certificate.
  • Our FREE tax booklet (hard-copies/electronic), sent to you after the annual Budget Speech, to keep you up to date about tax changes and information on the Budget.
  • A FREE ICBA Members’ Notebook (while stocks last).
  • Discounted workshops and seminars run by SAIT, SAAA, Pastel and more.
  • ICBA members with the required work experience and ICB qualifications behind them (FETC: Bookkeeping (NQF Level 4) and above) can apply to SAIT to become tax practitioners – and get discounted SAIT membership fees. Download the ICBA Tax Practitioner Guideline here.
  • ICBA members who are bookkeepers in private practice can apply for exclusive access to Pastel’s Bookkeepers’ Forum, which entitles you to a software welcome pack, priority telephone support, invitations to Pastel seminars, and much more.
  • Ask Betty Bookkeeper any work-related questions – she’s your personal technical helpdesk!
  • ICBA members with the required work experience and ICB qualifications behind them (National Diploma: Financial Accounting NQF Level 6) can apply to become an Accounting Officer through SAIBA.
  • Certified Technical Financial Accountants and Certified Financial Accountants may perform the duties of an ex-officio Commissioner of Oaths.

Last Updated: April 2, 2019

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