Voluntary postponements

Up until about 3 weeks before each exam, you are allowed to apply for a voluntary postponement, for which there is a fee per subject. All updated fees can be found on the website https://www.icb.org.za/exam-fees/. The Postponement cut off dates are on the timetable.  

If you apply before this deadline, you can postpone your assessment by paying the postponement fee. This is deemed a voluntary postponement, and could be due to personal reasons, not being fully prepared yet, or for any other reason.  This is a personal decision and the ICB does not need to review.

If you are a distance students, you can complete a paid postponement on the learner portal in the "View my exams tab". If you are a college student, you need to ask your college to postpone your exam for you.


  • Each exam entry may only be postponed once!  
  • You will automatically be entered for the next exam sitting.  
  • Even if you have medical grounds for not attending the "postponed" exam, you will forfeit the entry. 

See the Exam Timetables on https://www.icb.org.za/exam-timetables-and-venues/ for the postponement cut-off dates.

How to postpone on the learner portal - distance students: 

Step 1: Sign into the ICB Learner Portal 


Sign into the Learner Portal using the following link: https://secureicb.co.za/learner/


Enter the Username and Password then click Log in



Step 2: Learner Portal Home page


Once successfully logged in, the following Home page will be displayed:


To find the postponement section click on the View my exams button in the navigation menu on the left.


 Step 3: My exams view


After clicking on the View my exams button the following screen will be displayed:


The “My exams” section displays all upcoming exams that have been booked and paid. This section allows for postponements and viewing of exam confirmation.

To postpone an exam, click on the Postpone button which is in line with the exam code that needs to be postponed.



Once the Postpone button has been clicked a notification will appear at the top of the page to say that the postponement item has been successfully added to the cart. 


Step 4. Checkout


Once the Postpone button has been clicked, the item will be added to the cart.

Click on the Checkout button at the top of the page to view items in the cart.


Work through the steps on the checkout page, these are the same steps as when registering for a full exam booking. Once paid the new exam booking will appear in the View my exams section where the exam confirmation can also be viewed.