Professional Banker Diploma

  • PBD - Professional Banker Diploma
Overview

The Professional Banker Diploma is the next step for many in developing their banking career. Building on the Professional Banker module from the Professional Banker Certificate, this opens up a range of wider banking disciplines for further study. The Professional Banker Diploma is ideal for individuals who have some banking experience, and is the next logical step for anyone who has attained credit through an Institute-accredited bank programme. The qualification offers a range of subjects, which allow learners to follow specific interests to match their career aspirations and tailor their knowledge requirements.

On completion of the Professional Banker Diploma learners will become a Certificated member of the Institute. This makes them eligible to use the the membership designation ‘CCIBS’. They will also be eligible to use the professional designation ‘Certificated Professional Banker’. For those wishing to continue their professional studies with the Institute to gain chartered status, the next steps are the Associate Chartered Banker Diploma and the Chartered Banker Diploma.

Key facts
  • Modules are assessed by a two-hour online exam comprising 100 multiple choice questions, with a minimum pass mark of 60%.
  • Examinations can be taken at any one of our examination centres throughout the UK. Results will be available immediately.
  • Each module requires approximately 100 hours of learning.
  • For each module, the registration is valid for 12 months. Learners are expected to sit and pass the examination within this time.
  • The Professional Banker module costs £225. Each further module of study towards PBD costs £245. The module fee includes your course materials and your first exam entry fee. Exam resits cost £130 per module.
  • In order to study the Professional Banker Diploma you must become a member of the Institute. This is subject to an appropriate membership fee. 
Modules

To achieve the Professional Banker Diploma you must complete the compulsory module Professional Banker and two further modules. Please note that the enrolment period for each module is 12 months. We therefore recommend learners do not apply for all their modules at once and consider studying for one or two modules only, during a 12-month period.

Compulsory module:

• Professional Banker.

Optional modules: 

  • Banking Operations
  • Complaint Handling
  • Introduction to Business Banking
  • Introduction to Credit
  • Introduction to Risk
  • Team Leadership in Financial Services
  • Offshore Banking Practice

Download the module specification for further information: 

 

Am I Eligible?

Yes, if:

  • you have successfully completed the Professional Banker Certificate (PBC) and wish to further your studies.

and/or

  • you already have some banking experience. For example, you may have credit through an Institute accredited bank programme or have studied with another professional body.


If you are interested in studying towards the Professional Banker Diploma (PBD) you should also discuss with your line manager or learning & development contact to see whether training you have already completed may provide credit into the PBD programme. You should also discuss whether you might be eligible for funding by your employer.

Resources
You will be given a comprehensive workbook for each Professional Banker Diploma (PBD) module. You will also be given access to the Institute’s website where you can find more online support, including mock exams to help you revise.
Case studies

I have found customers are more comfortable when they see that they are being looked after by someone who has taken the time to undertake professional examinations. “On a personal level, it has raised my profile within the bank and I have received recognition from senior management for the achievements I have made while undertaking the exams.

Stacey Dunseith, Local Support Manager, TSB