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The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

About ICB

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers is the largest bookkeeping institute in the world. It promotes and maintains the standards of bookkeeping as a profession through the establishment of relevant qualifications and the award of grades of membership that recognise academic attainment, working experience, and competence.

In ICB’s role as a membership body, they provide ongoing support to members to ensure they are knowledgeable and up to date with the latest legislation, mindful of their ethical obligations, and best placed to provide a trusted and exemplary service to businesses.

ICB’s main objectives are:

  • To promote bookkeeping as a profession.
  • To increase recognition for bookkeeping as an integral part of the financial profession.
  • To promote education and learning.
  • To enable the achievement of a recognised bookkeeping qualification.
  • To provide a trusted benchmark for the profession.
  • To improve the career prospects of ICB members.

The ICB is the leading voice in the bookkeeping industry and is proud of its strong network and ability to support its members through certification, advice, and guidance.

ICB aims to empower its students and members by teaching industry core skills and encouraging professionals to find fulfilling employment opportunities or set up their own business.


An ICB qualification comes with many benefits, not least the opportunity to gain some of the most in-demand skills in the business world. ICB provides you with a professional grounding you can be truly proud of.

ICB benefits include:

Harness bookkeeping fundamentals and advance your skills - ICB recognised courses cater for bookkeeping newcomers all the way through to advanced professionals looking to retrain or upskill their current level of competency. Regardless of your level of experience, ICB supports all individuals to achieve career success.

Great employment prospects - Once learners have achieved their ICB certification, they are a holder of a globally recognised and highly regarded qualification. An award from the largest bookkeeping institute in the world is sure to be highly sought after by many employers and organisations.

Study flexibility - Learners embarking upon an ICB accredited course can expect to benefit from course flexibility meaning that you can complete the course in your own time, at your own pace. Whether you flourish in a fast-paced environment or are better suited to a more leisurely pace, you’ll be able to control the speed of your academic success.

On-demand support - Throughout your studies, you can expect tutor support, practice assignments, mock exams, and final exams to assist you throughout your course, ensuring you achieve the end result you seek.

Tap into a strong global network - The ICB is the leading voice in the bookkeeping industry and is proud of its strong network and ability to support its members through certification and general guidance.

Career opportunities

Bookkeeping is a popular profession and one which is constantly in demand. For as long as there are businesses in operation, skilled bookkeepers will be required to balance the books!

Whether you’re starting out or looking for a promotion, an ICB course on your CV will open doors to new opportunities. There is a wide array of opportunities available in the financial world, as every business requires the help of a bookkeeper at some point.

Learning new skills and building on those you already have can have a huge impact on your career path. With an ICB qualification, you'll be able to meet the demands of the 21st century job market. Whether you want to specialise in bookkeeping or gain a base understanding of the principles of bookkeeping in order to start your own business, by gaining these sought-after skills you'll find yourself enhancing your career prospects.

If you are already a qualified bookkeeper, there are a wide variety of supplementary and advanced qualifications that are ideal for those seeking promotion. Finally, if you are looking to become your boss by starting a business you will find a basic ICB course invaluable. Running a business requires solid financial know-how, and ICB courses will provide you with just that.

Do you have the attributes do become a bookkeeper?

Which certification?

ICB Bookkeeping qualifications are available to individuals at differing levels in their careers; whether you’re a complete newcomer to the world of finance, or you’re already a qualified bookkeeping professional looking to refresh your skills, there are a number of ICB accredited courses.

Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping is an ideal place to start your professional bookkeeping journey. You'll gain a full understanding of the concepts of double-entry bookkeeping and its place in modern business.

Here is a break-down of the most popular ICB bookkeeping courses available with e-Careers:

How to get certified

e-Careers is a leading provider of ICB bookkeeping qualifications.  To get a better understanding about which accounting or bookkeeping course is right for you, please speak to one of our Course Consultants on +44(0) 20 3198 7700, who will be happy to provide some impartial advice. 

We look forward to welcoming you as you start your ICB bookkeeping journey with e-Careers!