ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping

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About the course

Discover the fundamental principles of single and double entry bookkeeping, and learn practical skills that can be applied to any business that uses either a manual or a computerised bookkeeping system. No prior knowledge or training is necessary. However, students should ideally possess a basic understanding of numeracy in order to fully benefit from the course syllabus, and maximise their chances of gaining the Level II Certificate.

This course is ideally suited to:

  • Employees who work in the accounting department of a business/company/organisation.
  • Small business owners who are responsible for their own accountancy/bookkeeping.
  • Employees who wish to embark on a new career path as an Assistant Bookkeeper.
  • Students who wish to learn a new set of skills, enhance their existing knowledge base and boost their current career prospects.

The course consists of 3 online assessments that test students' grasp of theoretical knowledge, as well as their level of practical bookkeeping skills. Students can access these assessments online (as well as a whole host of other innovating educational features), so they can choose to learn either at home or in the workplace.

Students who successfully complete the 3 assessments gain the Level II Certificate in Bookkeeping, which allows them to work in the role of Assistant Bookkeeper and qualifies them to perform the following duties while under supervision:

  • Create an efficient and effective computerised bookkeeping system within their place of work.
  • Apply postings from prime entry books and source documents to ledger accounts.
  • Keep records of all transactions that take place in their place of work to the appropriate industry standard.


The main focus areas of this course include:

  • Learn why it is so important to adhere to a professional code of ethics.
  • Explore the different structures of various types of businesses.
  • Discover bookkeeping legislation and learn how to apply this in a workplace context.
  • Learn what elements need to be included in order to create a legal contract.
  • Discover the accounting equation and learn how this applies in a workplace setting.
  • Gain knowledge of how to report on a cash basis for income tax purposes.
  • Understand the concept of business entity, duality and historical cost and learn how this is applied in a business context.

Upon successful completion of this Level II course students are able to:

  • Understand basic banking principles and procedures including the need for adequate security measures
  • Recognise, and know the purpose of, a range of commonly used business documents.
  • Understand the purpose of, and make entries into, business ledgers and accounts.
  • Know the process, and carry out the task, of accounting for VAT in business ledgers.
  • Know the differences between a two and three-column cash book, an analysed cash book and a petty cash book, and understand how they are used in a workplace/business context.
  • Understand the purpose, and correct use, of a trial balance.
  • Recognise when it is appropriate to open a suspense account.
  • Set up a computerised bookkeeping system to the appropriate industry standard.
  • Print out accounting and bookkeeping reports, including trial balances, nominal account transactions and audit trails.

NOTE: This course includes Sage Instant Accounts software which will be delivered 14 days after course activation.


  • Gain theoretical knowledge of bookkeeping and learn practical skills that can be applied within almost any kind of business, and across a broad range of sectors and industries.
  • Students can complete the course syllabus and access the 3 online assessments either at home or in the workplace.
  • This flexible and accessible course is broken into manageable and digestible chunks to ensure that students fully grasp each part of the course syllabus.
  • Students can tailor the course to fit their schedule, and complete the syllabus at a pace that suits their individual learning requirements.
  • Upon successful completion of the course, students receive the Level II Certificate in Bookkeeping - an industry-recognised qualification accredited by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.
  • Students who successfully complete the course and gain the full Level II qualification also have the option to upgrade their level of membership to Affiliate Member of ICB, and to be awarded the designatory letters, AfICB.

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