Institute of Certified Bookkeepers
How do I join?

Membership with ICB is based on bookkeeping knowledge and current bookkeeping experience. Bookkeeping knowledge can be established with a current bookkeeping qualification (not more than 2 years old) or by sitting the ICB online General Bookkeeping Assessments. Apply here.

What do I need to do to become a member?

Bookkeeping knowledge and current bookkeeping experience for any level higher. In Practice members will need Professional Indemnity Insurance. In Employment members will need to provide an employment verification statement.

What level of membership should I apply for?

Are you a studying a bookkeeping course?
Then you should look at Student Membership.

Are you an employed Bookkeeper with more than 12 months current bookkeeping experience?
Then you should look at the level of Associate in Employment.

Are you an employed Bookkeeper with more than 24 months current bookkeeping experience?
Then you should look at the level of Member in Employment.

Do you have your own bookkeeping business and more than 12 months of current bookkeeping experience?
Then you should look at the level of Associate in Practice.

Do you have your own bookkeeping business with 2 or more clients and you can verify more than 24 months of current bookkeeping experience?
Then you should look at the level of Member in Practice.

Click here for more information on Membership Levels.

How much do I have to pay? Do I have to pay all upfront?

There is a $75.00 application fee and an annual fee for each level of membership:

  • Affiliate: $264.00 or $22.00 monthly
  • Associate in Employment: $312.00 or $26.00 monthly
  • Associate in Practice: $432.00 or $36.00 monthly
  • Member in Employment: $360.00 or $30.00 monthly
  • Member in Practice: $480.00 or $40.00 monthly

If you apply online the total amount including the $75.00 application fee will need to be paid. If you download an application form and elect to pay the full amount the total amount including the application fee will be processed.

If you download an application form and elect to pay monthly the $75.00 application fee will be processed on receipt of your application and the monthly payments will be set up once your application is ready to be presented to the Admissions Board. Apply here.

How long does the application process take?

The ICB Admissions Board usually meets once a week. Once all paperwork required for your application has been provided it will be presented to the Admissions Board for consideration. Once your application is approved your will receive an email advising the outcome of the Admissions Board and your certificates and membership card will be sent out within 10 working days.

What are the benefits of joining ICB and what do I get for my money?

ICB member benefits are all about resources, items, benefits that directly add value to the ICB Member. In some cases they are commercial advantage but most are related to the Bookkeeper being better at what they do. Click here for more information on Member Benefits.

Where can I study? Does ICB run Certificate IV courses?

ICB does not provide the Certificate IV in Financial Services however we do have Accredited Training Providers. Their details are listed on the ICB website under the Education and Training section.

I am a BAS Agent. Why do I need to provide the same things again?

ICB membership and BAS Agent registration are two different processes and whilst there are similar requirements ICB needs to establish your knowledge and experience level to maintain the integrity of our membership levels.

How do I register to be a BAS agent and what are the rules for that?

BAS Registration is done through the Tax Practitioners Board. You can find information on the ICB website. Click here for more information on BAS Agents.

Do I have to do the Annual Skill review before I renew?

The Annual Skill Review is not a requirement of membership renewal however completing the Annual Skill Review will ensure that you are keeping up to date with relevant legislations and will contribute towards your CPE points. Click here to view the Annual Skill Review.

Do I have to have Professional Indemnity and who do you recommend?

If you are an “In Practice” member then you will need to have current Professional Indemnity Insurance. We recommend Insurance Made Easy. Click here for more information on Insurance Made Easy

What is the ICB Online Certificate of Bookkeeping knowledge Assessment Process?

Following the application, the assessment will be released to you. You must open the assessment within 14 days.  You have 2 hours to complete the assessment once commenced and it should take approximately 40 minutes to complete. When ICB has received the result for the assessment and if the applicant has passed (70% being the pass mark) the application will be processed.

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