That IS the question!!admin
Over the years we have had a number of prospective students asking us the question “What do the codes attached to each course offering within the ICB syllabus mean”? (or words to that effect!)
Hopefully the following should answer the question:
First and foremost, the codes are just that, codes. They stand for:
- ‘B’ – Bookkeeping
- ‘BA’ – Bookkeeping and Accounts
- ‘ABA’ – Advanced Bookkeeping and Accounts
They are NOT levels! For example, ‘BA4’ is not Level 4; it is simply a code for the first course in Level 3 (so, Bookkeeping and Accounts 4). If you are new to the industry try not to get too tied up with the codes for now. As you move through the levels, these will become more familiar to you.
- Level 2 is the starting point for all newbies. Level 2 is made up of courses ‘B1’, ‘B2’ and ‘B3’.
Level 2 is also referred to as ‘Affiliate’ level; once level 2 is complete, you get to add the letters ‘AfICB’ after your name (providing you upgrade your membership with the ICB). You cannot trade as a self-employed bookkeeper at this stage. Level 3 is the minimum requirement if this is your ultimate goal.
- Level 3 is the next stage, being made up of ‘BA4’, ‘BA5’, ‘BA6’ and ‘BA7’.
This level is also referred to as ‘Associate’ level; once level 3 is complete, you get to add the letters ‘AICB’ after your name (providing you upgrade your membership with the ICB). Once complete you can apply for your practice licence and start trading as a self-employed bookkeeper (if you wish to do so).
- Level 4 is the final stage, being made up of ‘ABA8’ and ‘ABA9’.
Level 4 is also referred to as ‘Member’ level; once level 4 is complete, you get to add the letters ‘MICB’ after your name (providing you upgrade your membership with the ICB). The benefits of this level are that you will learn about more complex accounting procedures, further strengthening your portfolio.
You cannot jump straight to Level 3 without already having achieved level 2 (or level 4 without already having achieved levels 2 and 3).
Codes are a necessary evil, but hopefully this has helped you to better understand them. If not, please feel free to get in touch and we’ll be happy to clarify further.
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