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Recognition of Prior Learning


I've studied similar subjects to the ICB's elsewhere and done a bit of bookkeeping in my work. Can I get credit for these if I want to study ICB courses?

Yes, this may be possible. For more information, click here.


What is Recognition of Prior Learning or Accredited Prior Learning?

This is the new terminology for the granting of exemptions or credits for previous studies at an accredited institution or relevant past work experience.


How do I apply for Recognition of Prior Learning credits?

If you have studied through an accredited training provider already, you'll need to send certified copies of your results to the ICB for evaluation. If you have work experience, you may apply for credits based on this. You'll be asked to complete a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE), which will be supplied to you. Once you have completed the PoE, you'll have to send it back to the ICB where it will be evaluated and you will then be informed whether your application for RPL credits has been approved or not. You'll need to send a recognition of Prior Learning form and Exemption Review Fee for each application.


How long does an application for Recognition of Prior Learning take?

The ICB's Prior Learning Evaluation Committee meets twice a month. After their decision, you should receive a set of documents that you will need to complete. The whole process should take no more than six weeks once your application has been recieved.

Frequently Asked Question

The ICB's Prior Learning Evaluation Committee meets twice a month. After their decision, you should receive a set of documents that you will need to complete. The whole process should take no more than six weeks once your application has been recieved.

Harvest Institute is a distance learning institution which means that you do not need to attend any classes. It is a self-study option which allows you to study from anywhere you are, or work and study at the same time saving you from the costs of classroom teaching and additional costs that go with it like travel and accommodation.

Your course will include all books and study material relevant for your course. Upon completing the registration you will receive all the study material needed for your course. In some cases there might be recommended reading materials which the college does not provide but these will usually only be materials that are non-essential to passing your course.

Your study material costs are included in your course fees, so the college does not charge you for study material.

The duration of ICB courses ranges between 1 and 3 years depending on which course you are registered for and assessments are done in February, May, August and November.

30% of your final mark comes from activities and evaluations you undertake during your course. When you register for an assessment for an ICB course, you will be given a folder called the Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) which you will need to put any assignments and tests in. Your PoE is complete when your final assessment is added to it at the end of the course.

Your final assessment counts for 70% of your final mark and will be included in your PoE which will be assessed by an ICB registered assessor. The activities and evaluations are essential, as they fully prepare you for the final assessment, and also provide evidence of the effort you have put into preparing for it.

Your PoE is a file that you compile during your course - it includes all your assignments and tests (this is also known as formative work). Your final exam is the last item to go into your PoE. Your PoE shows the assessor that you've achieved the required outcomes of the learning areas, without you having to have undertaken formal training with classes through an accredited training provider.

For students studying by correspondence you need to pre-register for assessments. The assessments are conducted every February, May, August and November. The assessments are scheduled monthly for learners studying through "face-to-face" providers. It's best to register as soon as your tuition materials arrive, so that your PoE (Portfolio of Evidence) can also be sent to you. Have a look at the assessment schedules here.

The ICB arranges assessment venues throughout South Africa and a detailed list is available here. If you're not within 150km of an official assessment centre, you can submit a Private Invigilator Application to the ICB with the prescribed fee, which will be considered on an individual basis.

You need to complete the Application for Assessment form and submit it along with the correct assessment fee to the ICB, indicating the date you want to sit the assessment; however our course fees include the ICB assessment fee and the application is done on your behalf at no extra cost.
The ICB send you a confirmation letter and your Portfolio of Evidence usually after ten days of receiving your application.

If, before your assessment date, you realise you need to postpone your assessment, you can do this by paying a postponement fee. This must needs to be done at least two weeks before the start of that assessment cycle. If you need to postpone your assessment because you're ill on the day, you can apply for a free postponement (include a doctor's certificate with your request), which may be issued at the ICB's discretion. Only one postponement per assessment can be requested from the ICB.

You'll need to register for your assessments as soon as you start your studies so can recieve your Portfolio of Evidence, which you will need to start compiling right away in preparation for your assessment.

No, you need to make 100% sure that everything is included in your PoE before you submit it. The ICB cannot accept any additional materials for marking after you've handed it in.

Each learning area requires a Portfolio of Evidence, which consists of two types of assessments:
Formative assessments

These are exercises, assignments and tests that help you prepare for your final exam.
Summative assessment

This is your final exam, which is set by the ICB and is conducted formally at an accredited assessment centre.

No, the portfolio of evidence needs to completed and handed in on the day of the summative assessment date to the invigilator.

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Harvest Institute of Commerce is a legally registered entity which is managed by qualified individuals who are professionally affiliated to various professional bodies.
We are accredited to offer Institute of Certified Bookkeeper (ICB) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualifications.
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