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ICB Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping & Accounts (Associate – AICB)

Entry Requirements: 

Level 2&3 Combined package: no entry requirement
Level 3 only: ICB Level 2 or appropriate exemption

ICB Exams: BA4, BA5, BA6 & BA7

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Employment: This is the minimum requirement for you to become self-employed as a bookkeeper under the umbrella of ICB. Your ‘skill-set’ will also enable to you apply for employed bookkeeping positions.

The natural follow-on from ICB Level II where you will learn to complete bank reconciliations, VAT returns and accounting adjustments, leading to the completion of Final Accounts for non-incorporated businesses (sole traders, partnerships & not for profit organisations).

The practical aspect of the ICB qualification is such that you’ll have the underpinning knowledge of the above areas as well as a full understanding of using a computerised accounting, for the completion of accounts for these business types.

Within this level of study there are four examinations. The first three are home based exams and the pass requirement for each is 85%. The final exam is attempted at one of many available centres (worldwide) and this has a 70% pass requirement (click here to search for your nearest centres). Certification is awarded upon completion of all exams where your level of pass will be determined by the combined scores from each exam:

Distinction with Honours - 390 marks or over
Distinction - 375 – 389 marks
Merit - 350 – 374 marks
Pass - 325 – 349 marks

Our courses have been structured specifically to help you pass these exams. Level III is available as a single course covering preparation for all relevant exams. If you have no prior knowledge or experience of this subject, and have not previously completed ICB Level II, we have a Level II & III combined course package available, which, long-term, is your most cost effective route of study. Click the options at the bottom of this page for full course information but here is a sample of what we provide as standard:

  • Interest free course payment options
  • Extensive assignment completion
  • Direct telephone and/or email support
  • Industry standard Sage software (more details below) **
  • ICB standard online exam practice
  • The addition of your exam fees are optional during the course registration process and can protect you against possible future ICB exam fee increases.
  • And much more

** Software is only provided if commencing your study from Level II. If you wish to start from Level III, have not studied the previous level with IDEAL, and do not have access to suitable software, please contact our offices where we can source software at a greatly discounted cost.

Computerised software - Sage 50 Accounts Essentials

As a Sage Business Partner we ensure our students are provided with the most widely used software packages in this industry, where you will have compatibility with many accountants, who are a genuine source of business. Software will be licensed to you on an annual basis so that it will last for your full term of study and beyond, should you require continued use of it. From 2009-2014 our ICB pass rates covering ALL computerised bookkeeping & payroll exams average 97.2%; a statistic that we’re hugely proud of. This is all the proof you need to be assured that we provide the study materials & software combination that will bring you success.

Full software information is found within the relevant course information pages:

Associated Courses:

ICB03 ICB Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping & Accounting


A single course option covering the preparation of ALL aspects of the Level III qualification, 4 examinations, which will lead to Associate Membership of ICB and the ability to practice as a bookkeeper on a self-employed basis.
Enrol today with a £95 deposit

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ICB03UP AICB Upgrade


Do you currently hold AICB Membership, covering the completion of Sole Trader accounts? If YES, then this course will allow you to upgrade your AICB Membership to also include Partnerships & Not For Profit organisations.
Course fee = £295 (enrol today with £95 deposit)

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ICB30 AICB - ICB Levels 2 & 3 Manual & Computerised Bookkeeping (Sage 50 Accounts Essentials)


Within this course package, covering both manual & computerised elements you will begin your study with Level II before moving straight onto the Level III subjects. Completion of all exams will lead to Associate Membership of ICB.
 enrol today with a £93 Deposit

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