Studies that will get you a job in 2017
I previously wrote about scarce skills and what to study, as well as skills that are in high demand. These skills and training focus on bookkeeping, accounting and office administration. And you can do this training with education providers who are accredited and registered by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB).
The ICB has just announced their 2017 Exam Dates. And in 2017 they will run five exam sessions, instead of the usual four exam sessions, for their distance learning or home study students.
The focus the ICB places on students who are studying while they are working, or studying from home and not at a traditional classroom institution, is what makes them so interesting for me. And, of course, I work for a home study college that offers their courses!
The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers
The ICB has been around since 1931. They are a professional body who oversees the training of bookkeepers, office administrators, as well as public sector accountants. They are recognised by a government institution (FASSET) to accredited training providers for their qualifications.
Once you have completed your training with the ICB, you can apply to their sister organisation, the ICBA for professional membership. Which will enable you to use a professional designation behind your name. This shows prospective employers and customers that you are properly qualified and that you are held to a professional standard and ethics by your peers.
Why does five exams sessions matter so much?
Out of every hundred children who start school, only one will have a degree 15 years later. Half of the class never even gets to sit in a matric classroom. And of those who do get a matric certificate, only a very small portion end up with a degree, three years after school.
Everybody else has to; get a job, make their own life, find training that will help them build a life and a career.
And it is in helping this group... I shall call them the “missing 99%”, that the ICB does so well.
So when we see them go from four exam sessions a year to five sessions, it shows us how much they do to make this vital training accessible to just about everybody.
Making education accessible
Most people do not have the luxury of someone else paying for them after they leave school. In fact many people leave school to get a job, to help take care of the family around them.
The ICB qualifications are offered by a number of home study colleges. That means that the working person who needs qualification to improve their life, can work and study at the same time.
And these qualifications relate directly to scarce skills. So there are employers looking for people with these skills. There are real jobs waiting for students working to get these qualifications.
Already an ICB Student? – 2017 Exam Dates
If you are already studying towards an ICB qualification, then the 2017 exam dates are important to you. The dates have just been released. You can find them here: http://www.skillsacademy.co.za/icb-exam-dates-2017/
Checklist for ICB Students planning their Exams
If you want to write your ICB exam in February 2017, you must do the following:
Ensure you are registered with the ICB as an ICB learner
Apply for exam entry before the exam entry closing date – this date is different for home study and for classroom students. So make absolutely sure you have the correct dates. You can check them here: http://www.icb.org.za/news/exam-timetables-for-2017-now-available.html
Ensure your yearly ICB student registration fee is paid to the ICB
Ensure your ICB exam / assessment fee is paid to the ICB.
Failed Matric, or you don't have the “right” subjects for Matric?
The ICB Courses all start at an academic level (NQF 3 level) that is a bit lower than Matric. So you don't need matric to get accepted onto these courses.
Then you can study your way up to the same academic level as matric (NQF level 4) and two levels higher than that (NQF level 6).
Two of the top qualifications are:
National Diploma: Financial Accounting
National Diploma: Office Administration
So there is a way for students who never complete matric, to get accredited, recognised qualifications at NQF6 or National Diploma level.
I work for Skills Academy. We are one of many colleges who offer these qualifications in conjunction with the ICB. We are a Home Study College, so we help people who need to work and study at the same time.
Here is our ICB Bookkeeping and Accounting Qualifications page.
Here is our ICB Office Administration Qualifications page. :
About the Author:
Jan Badenhorst works as the CEO of Skills Academy. Skills Academy offers Home Study Courses to people who never completed Matric, or who cannot get entry into Universities.