ICB Self-Employed Package

Learning Hours: 305-370

DurationDuration: Up to 36 Months

Exams: 10

Perfect if you want to work as a self-employed bookkeeper.

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When you pass the level 2 and 3 bookkeeping exams you can apply for your ICB Practice Licence. And when you’ve completed the Payroll Management and Self Assessment Tax courses, you will be able to maximise the potential revenue you can earn from each company or client.

Level 2 is comprised of three units: A1, A2, and A3. A1 and A2 tackle manual bookkeeping and A3 focuses on computerised bookkeeping using Xero software.

This course uses Xero. Are you looking to complete your studies using Sage Business Cloud software? Click here to be taken to our Sage version of the course.

Our blend of printed learning materials and online resources cannot be found anywhere else. No other training provider includes as many materials, lessons, examples and activities.

Exceptional ICB pass rates
Study whenever you want – at your own pace
Award-winning tutor support
Dedicated accounting and bookkeeping training provider
Interest-free payment plans to spread the cost

Includes free bonus courses

Free Xero Course and Certification

This enhances your CV and gives you the experience of using one of the most in-demand types of accounting software.

Free CPD Spreadsheets for Accounting unit

Learn how to create and use formulas, create pivot tables and charts, and use other advanced spreadsheet features to automate your accounting tasks.

Free Start Your Own Bookkeeping Business Course

What you need to know to start and grow your bookkeeping practice.

ICB Training Provider of the Year

With 11 wins, no other distance learning provider has won ICB Training Provider of the Year more than Training Link.

Training Link focuses on only three subjects: Accounting, Bookkeeping, and Payroll.

This keeps us focused on delivering the best student experience. And that’s why over the last 27 years we’ve won over 20 awards – from scooping AAT’s Best New Training Provider in 2018 to winning ICB’s Training Provider of the Year award 11 times!

Training Link has written and created all of the study material for our ICB courses.

And because we control this material, we can improve it based on student feedback and results. This is what helps Training Link students achieve outstanding pass rates.

You will have up to 36 months with full tutor support to complete this course, but it can be completed much more quickly.

Included with the level 2 Bookkeeping course

Included with the level 3 Bookkeeping course

  • Printed Workbooks containing lessons, examples, activities and assessments, plus a printed model answers workbook.
  • 24/7 Online assessments with instant marking and Personalised Tutor feedback
  • On-demand tutorials and explainer videos are available 24/7
  • Extensive exam practice and preparation (Mock exams with tutor feedback)
  • Up to 12 months Award Winning Qualified 1 to 1 tutor support by e-mail and telephone

Included with the level 3 Payroll course

  • 2 workbooks containing lessons, examples and tasks for manual Payroll plus a model answers workbook
  • 1 workbook which covers computerised Payroll using BrightPay software and 1 Activity Answer book
  • All support and associated software
  • 19 x Assessments all available online PLUS 5 x computerised assessments
  • Access to BrightPay software (unlimited use)
  • Up to 6 months award winning qualified priority tutor support by e-mail and telephone
  • 3 x Mock exams with tutor marking and feedback

Included with the level 4 Self Assessment Tax course

  • Printed Workbook containing lessons, examples and tasks
  • 24/7 Online assessments with instant marking and Personalised Tutor feedback
  • Extensive exam practice and preparation (Mock exams with tutor feedback)
  • Up to 6 months Award-Winning Qualified 1 to 1 tutor support by e-mail and telephone

And this course package also includes:

  • Enhanced Learning Materials and Time Saving Utilities (Fast track)
  • Free postage and packaging
  • Free access to ICB’s award-winning membership benefits scheme, ICBenefits
  • Student Services support 7 days per week

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers was established in 1996. They promote the bookkeeping profession, learning and education, and offer qualifications.

The ICB is the largest bookkeeping membership organisation in the world. There are over 150,000 students and members in over 100 countries.

ICB’s certification is based on exams and only the finest professionals are eligible for membership. Members need to maintain their status via Continuous Professional Development.

ICB’s rigorous standards give businesses the confidence that an ICB-certified Bookkeeper will have the highest standards. And that’s why it is a perfect pathway for anyone who wants to become a self-employed bookkeeper.

Our Self Employed Package includes:

  • Level 2 Bookkeeping
  • Level 3 Bookkeeping and Accounts
  • Level 3 Payroll Management Diploma
  • Level 4 Self-Assessment Tax Returns
  • All registration and membership fees
  • FREE Start Your Own Bookkeeping Business course

ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping

On this level 2 ICB qualification, you will learn the principles that underpin double-entry bookkeeping. And upon completion, you will be able to competently manage the bookkeeping and accounts for your own or your partner’s business, or apply for Jobs in Bookkeeping and Accounts.

More detail about the topics of this course can be found here.

ICB Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping

In this level 3 course, you will learn how to produce a VAT Return, control the sales and purchases ledgers, and post year-end adjustments. You will also learn how to produce the final accounts for sole traders, partnerships, not-for-profit organisations and Limited Companies. You’ll understand the basics of the different accounting standards (IFRS and UKGAAP).

More detail about the topics of this course can be found here.

ICB Diploma in Payroll Management Level 3

The ICB Level 3 Diploma in Payroll Management course is suitable for beginners and you will gain the knowledge and qualification you need for a career in payroll management. It’s also ideal if you have worked in payroll but want formal recognition that comes from gaining a qualification.

More detail about the topics of this course can be found here.

ICB Level 4 Certificate in Self-Assessment Tax

All self-employed people are required by law to complete a Self-Assessment Tax Return every year, so this can provide a very good revenue stream. In the past, this would be left to a third-party accountant but with this knowledge and qualification it means all of the Bookkeeping right through to Year End and submission of the Tax Return can now be handled by the ICB Certified Bookkeeper.

More detail about the topics of this course can be found here.

You need to have basic numerical skills and a good understanding of the English language.


BrightPay for Windows

  • Windows 11 or Windows 10
  • .NET Framework 4.8
  • 1 Ghz Processor
  • 512 MB RAM (1+ GB recommended)

Most PCs have the .NET Framework version 4.8 already installed. For those which don’t, the BrightPay setup program will automatically attempt to download and install it. To install BrightPay on a PC with no internet connection, you may need to download and install the .NET Framework manually.

BrightPay for Mac

macOS (previously OS X) 10.13 (High Sierra) or higher (see compatible Macs here).

If you have any questions please contact us.

On completion of levels 2 and 3 bookkeeping, you can upgrade your ICB membership status and use the letters MICB after your name. You can also use the title of ‘ICB Certified Bookkeeper’. You will also be able to work as a self-employed bookkeeper or work for a company as a bookkeeper.

After completing the Payroll course, you could set up your own payroll business, or offer a payroll service for a bookkeeping and accountancy practice.

When you’ve gained the Self Assessment Tax certificate you will open up an extra revenue stream and maximise the amount you can earn from each client.

Level 2

For the Level 2 course, there are three exams. The ‘A1’ and ‘A2’ exams are online so you will need a reliable Internet connection and a computer.

The ‘A3’ Paper is a home-based assignment where you will need to upload a report.

Level 3

For the Level 3 course, there are four 3-hour online exams. They can be taken at home or your place of work. You will need a reliable Internet connection and a computer.

The fifth exam is a 2-hour synoptic. This would typically be taken at an ICB exam centre, however, since Coronavirus this is currently available by remote invigilation. You would need to keep your webcam turned on throughout the exam.

Self-Assessment Tax Returns

This is assessed by one online assessment, taken in the candidate’s home or place of work.

The assessment will be available to complete for a period of forty-eight hours.

The exam is a series of tasks, such as entering amounts into screens that resemble an online self-assessment return. Other tasks involve calculations that show an understanding of the calculation of tax, National Insurance Contributions, Capital Allowances, Capital Gains Tax and adjusted net profit.

Level 3 Payroll

You can take the exam from home by assignment.

You have 14 days to access the exam once you’ve applied for it, and 24 hours to complete the paper once you have started it. Results can take up to 28 days.

The cost of exams can increase at the discretion of the awarding body (ICB). If you include the exam fees as part of your enrolment, we will pay for all exam fees up to the agreed value at the time of purchase, but you would need to pay for any subsequent increase.

Want more flexibility?

Our tutor support timeframes are deliberately generous and far exceed what most students need.

Most of our students finish well in advance of the course duration. But what happens if you do need a little longer?

This is where our course extension options come into play. We offer one-month, three-month, and six-month extensions so you can feel reassured by knowing that if you do need extra time you have that option.

Course package options


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Spread payments over 3 years

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Our finance option is provided in partnership with Omni Capital. For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours per week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
  • Have a valid email address and can access it

Please note that meeting the criteria listed above does not guarantee finance acceptance.

If you want to enrol on a course and you have questions about your Omni Capital application or want to discuss other payment options please call us on 0800 594 2822.

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