Institute of Certified NZ Bookkeepers

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” ~ Zig Ziglar

Education is a core vision of the association and it is something that we are passionate about for our members.  Your continued development and growth as a bookkeeper is what shows the nation the value of the bookkeeping industry. 

No matter how much experience you have, or how good your business reputation is – there is always something new to learn.

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Membership assessments

The aim of the membership assessments is to ensure individuals seeking membership have demonstrated knowledge of accounting and bookkeeping principles, and how to perform regular bookkeeping functions.

This assessments recognises the competency of our individual members and is not a learning platform.  ICNZB does not teach bookkeeping.

Our Certified Bookkeeper membership offers you the opportunity to grow with your business, and promote yourself to the nation at the level of experience that suits you.

To sit this assessment, you must be a Provisional Member and pay the assessment fee.  To book, go to your MyICB and then Membership Assessments.

Level Key information


This is the assessment to become an ICNZB Certified Bookkeeper® and requires you to demonstrate knowledge of accounting and bookkeeping principles, and how to perform regular bookkeeping functions.

This assessment consists of 50 questions across varying topics:

  • Accounting principles
  • Accounts payable
  • Accounts receivable
  • Assets
  • Basic bookkeeping principles or practices
  • Business structures
  • FBT
  • GST
  • Payroll

The timeframe for this assessment is 2 hours.  You need to achieve a mark over 70% to pass.

About our assessments

  • Registration permits you 1 attempt.
  • There is a timeframe set for each assessment. A countdown timer will display advising you of your remaining time. The timer will not stop if you log out and back in again.
  • Questions include multi choice or matching statements to a yes/no or true/false answer.
  • These are online assessments, not e-learning courses.

Once payment has been processed, you will receive instructions on how to access our online assessment platform

Testing fees

To learn more about our pricing for certification, please click here.