Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

ICB Membership

ICB works to provide the most effective Pathway of Professionalism for all bookkeepers.

ICB is a community of Bookkeepers improving the community of Bookkeepers.

The vision of the Institute is:

‘To provide bookkeepers with the co-operative forum to be the best they can be. We’re about bookkeepers: Recognition and Education’. 'Bookkeepers helping Bookkeepers helping Business'

Professional Certified Bookkeepers (Individuals, BAS Agents, Employees)

Membership Levels

Student Member

A person who is looking to get started in the profession and commencing studies would subscribe to the student membership. Student members receive access to a specialised student newsletter, student resources and network meetings. Membership at this level is for a maximum of 2 years with the progression to Affiliate.

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Educator Member

A person who is an educator or trainers in the area of bookkeeping. Our Educator membership is designed so that those who are educating bookkeepers are provided with not only the same information and resources, which is provided to bookkeepers, but also information that thas a training flavour and also information that is more directly relevant to your role.

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Application Fee - $75

  • Applies to each of the below membership types.
  • The non refundable application fee, must be paid at the time of application.
  • Your application process must be completed within a 6 month timeframe.

Affiliate Member - $264 (or 12 monthly payments of $22)

A person who has estabished their bookkeeping knowledge by either a current bookkeeping qualification such as; Certificate III course in Bookkeeping, Certificate IV in Bookkeeping or Accounting or, successful completion of the ICB General Bookkeeping Knowledge Level 1 and 2 assessment would also qualify for admission as an Affiliate. Once an Affiliate has achieved 12 months experience the step of professional development and recognition is to become an Associate Member.

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Associate Member “AICB”

A person with at least one years current proven experience in actual bookkeeping work together with proven competencies by ICB General Bookkeeping Knowledge Level 1, 2 and 3 assessments or the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping or similar would qualify for admission as an Associate Member.

  • In Practice $432 (or 12 monthly payments of $36)
  • In Employment $312 (or 12 monthly payments of $26)

In Practice

  • Have a business already established in order to service clients.
  • Must provide 2 independent experience statements (i.e., client, employer, accountant)
  • Have Professional Indemnity Insurance

In Employment

  • Must provide an employment verification statement
  • Must provide 2 independent experience statements (i.e., client, employer, accountant)

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Member “MICB”

A person with at least two years current proven experience in actual bookkeeping work together with proven competencies by ICB General Bookkeeping Knowledge Level 1, 2 and 3 assessments or the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping or similar would qualify for admission as a Member.

  • In Practice $480 or (12 monthly payments of $40)
  • In Employment $360 or (12 monthly payments of $30)

In Practice

  • Have two current clients for a period in excess of 6 months
  • Must provide 2 independent experience statements (i.e., clients, employer, accountants)
  • Have Professional Indemnity Insurance

In Employment

  • Must provide an employment verification statement
  • Must provide 2 independent experience statements (i.e., client, employer, accountant)

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Business Support Program

This program is for those businesses which do not have a Certified Bookkeeper and who do the books themselves. It is ideal for those in your own business, a not for profit or a sporting club. The Business Support Pogram provides resources, assistance and assurance about keeping your books right.

Please note:This program is not designed for Accounting or Bookkeeping businesses.

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How do I Become a Certified Member?

ICB has alternate pathways we use in verifying an individuals skills and knowledge combined with acknowledgement of experience, to support your application for membership with the ICB.

Membership Pathways

  1. Entry to Membership via Qualifications: The most relevant Bookkeepers qualifications available are the Certificate IV Bookkeeping or Certificate IV Accounting, provided by TAFEs and other Registered Training Organisations within Australia. ICB recognises the achievement of these Certificate IVs as a membership pathway.

    Tertiary studies in accounting or similar that provides kindred areas of study will be considered however bookkeeping knowledge is the significant criterion, as compared to accounting knowledge. Accordingly while accounting qualifications will be taken into account, bookkeeping knowledge assessments may be required.

    Where membership is sought based on qualifications: The Certificate IV must have been awarded within the past two years in order to stand alone, otherwise a bookkeeper knowledge assessment will be required. Copies (not originals) of transcripts must be supplied with your application. These should clearly state the grade awarded and the name of the person receiving the award. Please also submit a copy of your resume with your application.

  2. ICB bookkeeping skills and procedure assessments provide an alternative method of entry to membership. Predominantly online, we provide a series of bookkeeping tasks for your completion and submission.

    • Affiliate Membership requires successful completion of the first 2 online General Bookkeeping Knowledge Assessments
    • Associates and Members requires Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 online General Bookkeeping Knowledge Assessments
    • Successful completion of the assessments requires a pass mark of at least 70%

Experience Requirements

Experience: Affiliate membership is available to new or inexperienced bookkeepers.

For Associate membership you are required to provide evidence of at least 12 months of current ‘hands on’ experience from 2 independant sources.

For full Member membership you are required to provide evidence of at least 24 months of current ‘hands on’ experience from 2 independant sources.

You can obtain a copy of the ICB’s Member Experience statement here. Experience statements can be provided by clients, accountants or employers to support your application.

What Type of Member Are You?

Do you already provide bookkeeping services to 2+ clients (other businesses)?

Yes: You are an ‘in Practice Member’

No , I only work on the books of my employer: You are an ‘in Employment Member’

No , I am just commencing studies: You are a Student Member

I am a business: Then join the Business as an “ICB Assisted Business” - Experience and qualifications don’t apply

I am a Not for Profit or sporting club: Also join as an “ICB Assisted Business” – Experience and qualifications don’t apply

How much actual bookkeeping experience do you have?

Nil as I am just starting: Then you are an Affiliate Member

Nil as I have been an accountant: Then you are an Affiliate Member

1 - 2 years: Then you are an Associate Member

2+ years: Then you are a Member

Membership Types

Member in Practice

Sometimes called outsourced bookkeeping services or contract bookkeeper. You provide bookkeeping services to other businesses. You may work in your own business as a sole trader or as director of a bookkeeping business; you may work as an employee of someone else’s business providing bookkeeping services to clients of that business. You may work in an Accounting firm providing bookkeeping services to clients. In all these scenarios you would seek admission as a Member in Practice of the ICB.

Members in Practice (Associate, Member or Fellow level) are granted the use of the ICB crest in relation to their personal business card and marketing. They are entitled to the use of ICB designations “MICB” or ”AICB”. They are permitted to use the term “Certified Bookkeeper”.

Members in practice have access to all relevant sections of the ICB resources, website, support services, marketing opportunities and receive leads for work generated through ICB.

Members in practice must have Professional Indemnity Insurance that relates to the provision of bookkeeping services. This person may be covered by a PI policy that is owned by the bookkeeping business. They must personally declare their adherence and intention to comply with the ICB Code of Conduct.

Through connection to ICB, Members in Practice receive the benefit of the credibility and professionalism exhibited by being a member of “The” largest professional association for bookkeepers in Australia and linked with the ICB global network (the largest bookkeeper professional association and representative association in the world).

Member in Employment

A person working within a business, performing bookkeeping duties for that business alone (and not for clients of their own or the business). This person is also eligible for personal Membership of the ICB. In addition the Business may choose to become a member for the benefit of its owners and management.

Members in employment may use the ICB designations “MICB” or “AICB” when qualified and they are permitted to use the title “Certified Bookkeeper”. They have access to all relevant sections of the ICB resources, website, support services.

Due to their work situation of an employee or the business they do not have the same insurance risk profile as an outsourced bookkeeping service hence they are not required to hold professional indemnity insurance.

They must personally declare their adherence and intention to comply with the ICB Code of Conduct.

Should members in business be seeking a change to employment the ICB find a bookkeeper service becomes relevant.

Business Support Program

ICB is about Bookkeepers helping Bookkeepers help business. ICB’s Business Support program is for those businesses who do not have a Certified Bookkeeper, and who do the books themselves. It is ideal for those in their own business, not for profit organisations or a sporting clubs. Joining the ICB Business Support program provides technical support, resources, assistance and assurance about keeping your books right.

Membership Fees

All ICB Fees are GST inclusive. A one off, non refundable application fee of $75 applies to all Affiliate, Associate and Member applications (which includes the fee for any relevant assessments).

In Employment Member
Associate $312.00
Member $360.00
Student Membership
Standard fee $120.00

(Alternative arrangements may apply if studying with an ICB Accredited Training Partner)

Business Support Program
Standard fee $396.00
In Practice Member
Associate $432.00
Member $480.00

The ICB Practicing Certificate cost is $120.00 which is included in the payment cost for Associate and Member in Practice.

Complete a Membership Application form and return to us, either by fax: 1300 85 73 93, or email: admin@icb.org.au.

Cheque or money order: please mail together with a completed membership application form to ICB, Level 27, Rialto South Tower, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000

Monthly payments by direct debit or credit card – you will need to complete a Direct Debit request form (please contact the ICB office for this – 1300 85 61 81), return this form to us when completed (Fax: 1300 85 73 93, email: admin@icb.org.au or mail: ICB, Level 27, Rialto South Tower, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne, Vic, 3000).

We hope this information is helpful to you and please contact us on 1300 85 61 81 or admin@icb.org.au if you require any further information.

ICB Practicing Certificate

The ICB Practicing Certificate cost is $120.00 which is included in the payment cost for Associate and Member in Practice.

Eligibility Criteria

For an “in Practice” membership with ICB you must have two or more clients or work for a bookkeeping business which has two or more clients and You must have Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Benefits

  • A Practice Certificate
  • Use of the ICB crest on your business stationery
  • Associate in Practice will be able to have their business names listed on the Find a Bookkeeper page on the ICB website
  • Member in Practice will be able to have their business name and logo and a 300 character blurb about their business listed on the Find a Bookkeeper page of the ICB website.
  • Please note to be eligible to be listed on this site ICB must have current Professional Indemnity Insurance details.

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