Our Global Partners

The Chartered Banker Institute’s global team works to build strategic partnerships with leading international educational institutions to promote;

  • collaboration in achievement of mutual objectives
  • internationally agreed standards and
  • global transferability of certifications and professional designations.

We have highlighted some of our partnerships below.

 

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

FINSIA

We are proud to hold a long-term collaboration with the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) with whom we have partnered to develop and deliver a framework of professional standards, in addition to a framework of qualifications for use in Australia and New Zealand.

Within this partnership we have collaborated with FINSIA in the development of their education delivery – providing end-to-end consultancy including access to our subject matter experts, tutors and operational team; from qualification development through to advising and assisting with the most effective promotion of programmes.

Our ongoing collaboration has many elements.  We:

  1. Help develop and promote clear, internationally agreed education standards for the industry.
  2. Help develop and promote clear internationally agreed professional behaviour and conduct standards for the industry.
  3. Help develop localised versions of qualifications.
  4. Host learning and assessment on our servers as required.
  5. Undertake continual Quality Assurance, as part of our Accreditation service.
  6. Provide assistance and consultancy in operational delivery and programme promotion as required.

 

EGYPT

Egyptian Banking Institute (EBI)

The Egyptian Banking Institute (EBI) was established in 1991 by the Central Bank of Egypt to act as its official training arm.  Their aim is to apply the best international practices to develop the technical and managerial skills of banking and financial sector professionals.  The EBI trains over 50,000 individuals annually.

The EBI’s Retail Banking Academy invited us to accredit their Certified Retail Banker (CRB) qualification, in their commitment to this qualification becoming the recognized standard for professional retail bankers worldwide.  The qualification provides access to an international network of fellow professionals and research resource, and individuals are bound by an ethical code and career-long commitment to skills development.  The qualification provides a pathway to our flagship Chartered Banker program.

 

HONG KONG

The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (HKIB)

The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (HKIB) has played an important role in talent development in the regional banking industry since 1963.  It is the first professional body in the territory to offer banking qualifications equivalent to a Masters’ degree level.

One pillar of the HKIB’s success is the strategic partnerships it has developed with relevant institutions and professional bodies in banking and other industries.  Throughout the years, the HKIB has established ties with various local and overseas institutions, fostering banking development through the sharing of knowledge and expertise.

We have enjoyed a long-term relationship with the HKIB.  In 2008, we entered into a Mutual Recognition of Qualifications and Designations Agreement facilitating a HKIB Certified Banker (CB) to undertake a Professional Conversion route to become a Chartered Banker and vice versa.

 

Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency (HKQAA)

Established in 1989 as a non-profit-distributing organisation by the Hong Kong Government, the HKQAA helps industry and commerce in the development of quality, environmental, safety, hygiene, social and other management systems.

The HKQAA promote enrolments on to our Green & Sustainable Finance Certificate.

 

INDIA

Indian Institute of Banking & Finance (IIBF)

The IIBF has a membership of over 776 banks and financial institutions involving approximately 777,566 of their employees.  Established in 1928, the IIBF is the largest institute of its kind in the world. 

IIFB Junior and Certified Associates are eligible to have their qualifications recognised by the Chartered Banker Institute and attain Associate Chartered Banker or Chartered Banker status respectively, through a Professional Conversion Programme.

 

IRELAND

Institute of Banking in Ireland (IOB)

The IOB is a professional network of 33,600 members who work in banking and the international financial services sector.  They have the largest continuing professional development community in Ireland with 23,800 registered members committed to lifelong learning. 

The Chartered Banker Institute and IOB have a long tradition of working together to improve the knowledge and skills of bankers in the UK and Ireland.  This collaboration / partnership agreement permits Chartered Banker status to be awarded to appropriately qualified IOB members.  Approximately 600 IOB members have obtained Chartered Banker status to date.

 

JAMAICA

Jamaica Institute of Financial Services (JIFS)

Providing professional development avenues for those working in financial services,  JIFS is the educational division of the Jamaica Bankers Association.  JIFS have been serving the financial services sector for over 40 years, and we have been working in collaboration for over 10 years;  writing and hosting exams for, and accrediting, a number of their certification programmes.   JIFS also work in collaboration with the Bangor University Business School – with whom we deliver the Chartered Banker MBA.

 

KENYA

Kenya Institute of Bankers (KIB)

The Kenya Institute of Bankers is the professional umbrella body for the banking and finance sector in Kenya with a membership of 42 banks and financial institutions.  The KIB has been operational for over 35 years.

We developed a Kenya and East Africa oriented Credit Risk Management Qualification for the KIB, in co-operation with FSD Africa and the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments.

 

MALAYSIA

Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB)

We have a long-term partnership with the AICB, having worked together for over ten years.  Founded in 1977 and reflecting Malaysia’s global reputation as an ASEAN finance hub, they are a significant and diverse organisation.

We enjoy a close collaborative relationship with the AICB and work with them on many levels, from the accreditation of various routes to Chartered Banker status, to supporting their ongoing qualifications management and review process and, more recently, supporting the migration of the full AICB exams portfolio to an online environment.

 

Accreditation of Routes to Chartered Banker

Our long-term partnership has led to the development of several clear pathway options within the AICB professional qualification framework which lead to the achievement of Chartered Banker status.  Approximately 400 students have obtained Chartered Banker status to date.

Supporting Qualification Development

We continue to partner with the AICB in their wider qualifications management and review process, and as they develop and expand their qualification framework to respond to regulatory imperatives and introduce new programmes and courses to meet emerging market needs.  This work includes reviewing and updating their learning and assessment to ensure appropriate alignment in topics such as ethics and professionalism, credit, risk, financial technology and digital banking and sustainability. 

Migration to Online Exam Portfolio

In 2020 the AICB switched to fully online exam delivery.  This facilitated ‘business as usual’ – with no interruption to student journeys, despite pandemic disruptions globally.   We collaborated with the AICB in the end-to-end process from initial configuration of exams for the online environment, through to the enrolling of students for access to the exam platform.  This involved the review and preparation of a full suite of 35 exams for entry to the exam system – a significant piece of work comprising over 5,000 individual exam elements - expediently completed within two months.   

 All 35 exams were launched on schedule, with over 4,000 exams booked within three months.  We consider this a significant achievement and example of the excellent opportunities from mutual collaboration.

 

MALTA

Institute of Financial Services (IFS)

IFS have been operational for almost 60 years and have strong links with all of the main institutions on the island as well as with similar like-minded organisations, constituted bodies, financial regulators and the Maltese Government.

IFS offer their members various qualifications from our framework and they also work in collaboration with the Bangor University Business School – with whom we deliver the Chartered Banker MBA.

 

MAURITIUS

Mauritius Bankers Association Ltd (MBA)

Established in 1967, the MBA is an association of the 20 commercial banks licensed and authorised to conduct banking business in Mauritius.  The MBA offer their members various qualifications from our framework.  The qualifications have been accredited by the Mauritius Qualifications Authority.

 

PAKISTAN

Institute of Bankers Pakistan (IBP)

Established in 1951, the IBP takes pride in being associated with internationally acclaimed institutes from the banking and finance sector. 

The IBP’s Superior Qualification (ISQ) is endorsed by the Central Bank and is the only recognized professional qualification for bankers in Pakistan.  The ISQ has been accredited by us since 2011 – providing validation of its quality and adherence to international standards.   We have also accredited the Junior Associate Qualification (JAIBP) whereby individuals who successfully complete the programme can apply for Associate Chartered Banker status.

IBP has further strengthened its relationship with the Chartered Banker Institute by joining hands in promoting excellence in Islamic Finance at Pakistan.  The alliance will help benefit IBP for establishing links and cooperate with other bodies with a view to pursuit common objectives and represent banking profession nationally and internationally.

The IBF also partner with the Bangor University Business School, delivering the Chartered Banker MBA.

 

PORTUGAL

Institute of Banking (IfB)

The IfB Banking Training Institute is the body of the Portuguese Association of Banks (APB) for vocational training.  The IfB have translated our Certificate in Green and Sustainable Finance into Portuguese for use as training material for their local market.

 

SINGAPORE

Institute of Banking & Finance (IBF)

The IBF have accredited our Certificate in Green and Sustainable Finance qualification to be eligible for funding by the Monetary Authority Singapore (MAS).  MAS is the central bank and financial regulatory authority.  The course is accredited under the Skills Framework for Financial Services scheme where students and financial organisations are eligible for the course cost to be subsidised. 

This accreditation is now being extended to more of our courses.

 

TAIWAN

Taiwan Academy of Business & Finance (TABF) 

The TABF is a non-profit organization, advised by Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan, established in 2000.  The TABF serve financial personnel in addition to commerce, university students and the general public; training over 300,000 individuals a year. 

The TABF feature international experts with worldwide industry exposure within their training programmes and they invited us to develop an online senior executive training programme; focussing on global banking trends.  For the development of this programme we involved our partners at the University of Strathclyde, Strathclyde Business School.  

 

THE BAHAMAS

Bahamas Institute of Financial Services (BIFS)

BIFS was established in 1974 to support The Bahamas’ financial services industry development and to ensure that professional standards are met within financial services organisations.

 BIFS enjoy a number of international collaborations in their promotion of managerial and technical expertise and their members undertake various qualifications from our framework.  In 2020 BIFS launched our Chartered Banker by Experience programme, and they also work in collaboration with the Bangor University Business School – with whom we deliver the Chartered Banker MBA.

We also develop, manage and host the examinations for a number of BIFS courses.

 

THE CARIBBEAN

The Caribbean Association of Bankers Inc. (CAB)

The CAB is the representative body and recognised voice for banks and other financial institutions in the Caribbean.    They represent over 80 member institutions throughout 20 countries; predominantly in the Caribbean and South America, with some service members based in Canada and the USA.

The CAB are launching our Chartered Banker by Experience programme across their jurisdiction and we continue to explore further opportunities for collaboration.

 

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

The Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF)

The IBF represents 11 corporate member institutions including the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago.   It was established in 1984 through the collaborated effort of the commercial banks and Ministry of Education’s National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology.

We have accredited two of the IBF’s credit and risk programmes and we also develop, manage and host the examinations for a number of the IBF’s courses.  The IBF are also launching our Chartered Banker by Experience programme for their members.

The IBF also work in collaboration with the Bangor University Business School – with whom we deliver the Chartered Banker MBA.

 

GLOBAL CONSULTANTS

 

Global Sustain

Since 2006, Global Sustain provides a wide range of services and solutions to support its members and clients succeeding triple bottom line results. Based in London, Berlin and Athens, with offices in Brussels, Cairo, London and Larnaca, Global Sustain offers innovative online and off-line services related to sustainability, corporate responsibility, responsible investing, green economy, business ethics and excellence, transparency, human rights and accountability. Its members include corporations, non-governmental and non-profit organisations, municipalities and local authorities, academic institutions, media, professional bodies, service providers, chambers, think tanks and other public or private entities. Global Sustain cooperates and is a member of international organizations such as UN Global Compact, UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Social Value International, Institute of Directors (IOD), CEO Clubs and TCFD. www.globalsustain.org / www.globalsustaingroup.com.

 

Sionic

Sionic is a global consulting firm delivering expertise to financial services clients worldwide, with 300 professionals based in more than a dozen locations across Europe, North America and Asia.

Sionic invited us to accredit their Accelerated Development & Expert Leader programmes.  Individuals who undertake these courses become eligible for a level of exemption from our Chartered Banker by Experience programme.