The Development of a Student
Students of Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (Financial Services) don’t have to complete their Cert IV before joining ICB. ICB membership structure is to provide progressive development of knowledge and levels of membership to those on the journey to becoming professionals in the industry.
There are many Registered Training Organisations around Australia with whom ICB has a relationship which includes ICB Student membership as part of their course or at a discounted price. This starts the journey of the student bookkeeper with ICB.
The Development of the Certificate IV
When ICB began in 2006 there was a very small world of formal education for the bookkeeping space and not much inclination by private or public educators to understand or provide bookkeeping qualifications.
The commencement of the BAS Agent regime, (formalised in 2009 and implemented in 2010), recognised the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (and also in Accounting) as the primary education requirement for Bookkeepers and BAS Agents. We encouraged and supported this development, as finally we have a formal statement by government, (a stake in the ground), that if you are going to be a bookkeeper, there is an appropriate skill set to be achieved through a qualification. It is interesting that now the Diploma of Accounting also covers the same skill sets that are needed to perform bookkeeping properly i.e., the core skill set is seen as important.
The Change in the Profile of a Student
The “student” population of ICB and the educators providing the Cert IV for bookkeepers was NOT the 18 year old school leaver but was typically that person entering the bookkeeping arena as their 3rd or 4th career, typically 40+ years of age; it was also those of you who had been doing bookkeeping forever but now needed the qualification to become a BAS Agent.
Now in 2015 there is a slight trend change in the student population. There are still many long-term bookkeepers, (if I can be so bold as to say), “catching up” with the advantage in ensuring you know what you think you know, by having your bookkeeping knowledge checked through achieving the Cert IV. For some the “catching up” is getting on board with the BAS Agent regime. We draw your attention to the recent $900,000 fine applied by the Courts to a person who was acting as a Tax Agent without the necessary registration and requirements.
Many ICB student members have actually started practising as a Bookkeeper with clients and are therefore eligible to upgrade to affiliate level membership with ICB. We encourage those of you who may be in this category to consider upgrading, particularly those who may already have clients even while still studying to provide access to the many checklists, tools and resources available to members.
It is possible through completion of further ICB assessments to have your bookkeeping competence checked and acknowledged and to be awarded associate or member status with ICB, prior to or instead of achieving your Cert IV.
Affiliate membership can be awarded to anybody who passes our ICB Bookkeeping Knowledge Assessments Level 1 and 2. This gives you access to technical support and hundreds of resources on the ICB website. It joins you with the 3,000+ others in sharing industry information and developing solutions for bookkeepers.
Affiliate membership is established to embrace the “newbie” into the industry. It allows you to engage with the mentors behind our BAS Agent Supervision program. It allows you full access to the network of ICB.
Bookkeepers helping Bookkeepers helping Business.