It is with the sincerest regret that the ICBA will be discontinuing its services as a South African Recognised Professional Body as of 31 December 2021. This decision has been taken due to the economic climate, the impact of COVID-19 and various regulatory restrictions in South Africa.  

We would also like to confirm that the closure of the ICBA in no way impacts the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB), who is an Independent Examinations Body with whom we have been closely associated. The ICB, who is a separate entity from the ICBA, will continue as it has been for the past 90 years and will, we believe, go from strength to strength. It is also important to remember that the ICB are registered with SAQA and FASSET and its qualifications remain unaffected. And please remember that once a qualification is achieved, it cannot be revoked (taken away).

We strongly encourage you to join other Professional Bodies in the sector. We believe that your association with a Professional Body will allow you to create beneficial connections and ultimately further your career.
In this regard, we recommend that you consider the following Professional Bodies:

  1. SAIBA (South African Institute of Business Accountants) -
  2. SAIT (South African Institute of Taxation) -
  3. IAAP (International Association of Accounting Professionals) -
  4. IAB (International Association of Bookkeepers) -

Please note that you can join as many as you like. You do not only have to join one professional body. 
Please follow this link to see special offers which have been made available by some of the professional bodies. 


As the ICBA's benefits are annual, you will be able to use the member benefits and designations until the end of December 2021, including reduced webinar fees. We will also continue with our planned webinars until the beginning of December to provide you with as much knowledge as possible in the time left. The ICB itself will be continuing with various CPD webinars in 2022, so please keep an eye on the ICB website for updates.  

All members that have acted as a Commissioner of Oaths can do so until the end of December 2021. After this period, you will need to apply at a professional body of your choice. For more detailed information, please refer to this article published by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development;


The ICBA would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your unwavering support over the past couple of years. It has been our privilege to connect with many people, institutions, and professional bodies.


We wish you all the best in your career and look forward to seeing you at the planned webinars for the remainder of the year. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us via email.