Who are the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)?

The ICB was founded as a not-for-profit in the UK in 1996, and has since grown to be the largest bookkeeping body in the world, with over 150,000 students and members in over 100 countries. The ICB has also grown to set up international offices in 19 other countries such as Australia, Russia, and India.

Quite simply, ICB is the world’s leading bookkeeping organisations. As a membership body, their role is to 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 business.

ICB Objectives

  • 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 members

The ICB is passionate about empowering students of all ages and backgrounds. The ICB has helped countless business owners to take control of their finances at the right cost and in return support the community as a whole.

ICB Membership Course and Career Path

ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping leads to:


Certified Bookkeeper

Supervised accounts work only:
Double Entry Bookkeeping; Trial Balances; Correcting errors; Reconciliation Sales & Purchase Ledger Balances; Computerised Bookkeeping.

Some Associates may offer additional services in Payroll, Self Assessment and Budgeting.

ICB Bookkeeping Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping and Accounts leads to:


Certified Bookkeeper

As for Associate plus:
VAT Returns; Sales and Purchase Ledgers; Post Year-end Adjustments; IFRS and UKGAAP; Final Accounts for sole traders, partnerships, and limited companies.

Some Members may offer additional services in Payroll, Self Assessment, Budgeting.

ICB Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Bookkeeping and Accounts leads to:


Certified Bookkeeper

As for Member plus:
File Self Assessment Tax Returns for individuals; Corporation Tax Returns; Draft Financial Statements for micro & small businesses using FRS 105 and 102. 1A.

Oxbridge’s Courses accredited by ICB: