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ICB Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Bookkeeping & Accounts (MICB)

Entry Requirements: 
Level 2-4 Combined package: no entry requirement
Level 4 only: ICB Level 3 or appropriate exemption

ICB Exams: ABA8 & ABA9

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Employment: If practising as a bookkeeper under the ICB umbrella you could complete draft final accounts for limited companies. Your ‘skill-set’ will also enable you to apply employed bookkeeping positions.

The natural follow-on from ICB Level III where you will learn to complete accounts for Limited Liability companies, including shares, dividends and account analysis using accounting ratios.

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 two examinations. The first is home based exams and the pass requirement is 85%. The second 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 - 195 marks or over
Distinction - 185 – 194 marks
Merit - 170 – 184 marks
Pass - 155 – 169 marks

Our courses have been structured specifically to help you pass these exams. Level IV 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 or III, we have a Level II - IV 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 IV, 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:

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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ICB60 The ICB Platinum Package


The most comprehensive, career focused suite of ICB courses you'll find anywhere. Covering all levels of ICB study you'll be setting yourself apart from the rest and is the only available supported study route to Fellow Membership of ICB. Includes industry standard Sage software and an INTEREST FREE PAYMENT OPTION (no credit checks or 3rd party finance).
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