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ICB Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping & Accounts (Full – MICB)

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Entry Requirements: 

Level 2&3 Combined package: no entry requirement
Level 3 only: ICB Level 2 or appropriate exemption

ICB Exams: M4, M5, M6, M7 & M8

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Employment: This is the minimum requirement for you to become self-employed as a bookkeeper under the umbrella of ICB. Your ‘skill-set’ will also enable to you apply for employed bookkeeping positions.

The natural follow-on from ICB Level 2 where you will learn to complete bank reconciliations, VAT returns and accounting adjustments, leading to the completion of Final Accounts for non-incorporated businesses (sole traders, partnerships & not for profit organisations) and have the ability to produce management reports for limited companies.

The practical aspect of the ICB qualification is such that you’ll have the underpinning knowledge of the above areas as well as a full understanding of using a computerised accounting, for the completion of accounts for these business types.

Within this level of study there are five examinations. The first four are home based exams and the pass requirement for each is 85%. The final exam is attempted at one of many available centres (worldwide) and this has a 70% pass requirement (click here to search for your nearest centres). Certification is awarded upon completion of all exams where your level of pass will be determined by the combined scores from each exam:

Distinction with Honours - 98% and above (distinction passes in all 5 exams)
Distinction - 95-97% overall (all exams graded at least as Merit or Distinction)
Merit - 90-94% (can be a mixture of individual grades)
Pass - 80-89% (can be a mixture of individual grades)

Our courses have been structured specifically to help you pass these exams. Level III is available as a single course covering preparation for all relevant exams. If you have no prior knowledge or experience of this subject, and have not previously completed ICB Level II, we have a Level II & III combined course package available, which, long-term, is your most cost effective route of study. Click the options at the bottom of this page for full course information but here is a sample of what we provide as standard:

  • Interest free course payment options
  • Extensive assignment completion
  • Direct telephone and/or email support
  • Industry standard Sage software (more details below) **
  • ICB standard online exam practice
  • The addition of your exam fees are optional during the course registration process and can protect you against possible future ICB exam fee increases.
  • And much more

** Software is only provided if commencing your study from Level II. If you wish to start from Level III, have not studied the previous level with IDEAL, and do not have access to suitable software, please contact our offices where we can source software at a greatly discounted cost.

Computerised software - Sage 50 Accounts Essentials

As a Sage Business Partner we ensure our students are provided with the most widely used software packages in this industry, where you will have compatibility with many accountants, who are a genuine source of business. Software will be licensed to you on an annual basis so that it will last for your full term of study and beyond, should you require continued use of it. From 2009-2014 our ICB pass rates covering ALL computerised bookkeeping & payroll exams average 97.2%; a statistic that we’re hugely proud of. This is all the proof you need to be assured that we provide the study materials & software combination that will bring you success.

Full software information is found within the relevant course information pages:

Associated Courses:

ICB0319 ICB Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping & Accounting


A single course option covering the preparation of ALL aspects of the ICB Level 3 qualification, 5 examinations, which will lead to Full Membership of ICB and the ability to practice as a bookkeeper on a self-employed basis.
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ICB319 MICB - ICB Levels 2 & 3 Manual & Computerised Bookkeeping & Accounts (Sage 50 Accounts Essentials)


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This full membership package combines the Level 2 & 3 elements of study, the minimum requirement via ICB if your ambition is self-employment as a bookkeeper. Full tutor support is provided and all available (official) exam preparations are provided as standard, as well as extensive tutorial support.
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ICB-L3upgrade ICB Level 3 Upgrade - Management Accounts for incorporated business


Suitable if you gained AICB status under the ICB 2014-18 qualification structure, and have been upgraded to MICB following the launch of the new 2019 qualification structure. A single course option covering the preparation of management accounts for incorporated businesses (Ltd Co's).  This is an ESSENTIAL element of study if you wish to continue study toward Fellow Membership.
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ICB50 MICB - The ICB Career Path (Sage 50 Accounts Essentials & Sage 50 Payroll)


A package of courses designed to provide you with the essential tools to offer a comprehensive bookkeeping, payroll and self-assessment taxation service to potential clients. Includes industry standard Sage software and an INTEREST FREE PAYMENT OPTION.
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