Associate Chartered Banker Diploma

ACBD - Associate Chartered Banker Diploma

The Associate Chartered Banker Diploma [ACBD] enhances your existing skills and knowledge to develop the core technical knowledge and key practical skills that are increasingly demanded of a professional and ethical banker. On completion of the ACBD you will have underpinned your expertise with a professional qualification, and will be eligible for Associate Chartered Banker status, helping demonstrate to customers and colleagues your professional commitment.

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Key Facts


Each module costs £995and includes your study text, as well as your first exam entry fee. Exam resits cost £185 per module. 

Each module is assessed by a compulsory assignment and a written online examination.

You can sit your examination at any one of our examination centres throughout the UK.
Results will be available within six weeks of you sitting the examination.

For each module your registration is valid for 12 months. You are expected to sit and pass the module within this time.

In order to study the Associate Chartered Banker Diploma you must become a member of the Institute.



In addition to the compulsory module, Professionalism Ethics and Regulation,  the Associate Chartered Banker Diploma offers a wide range of subjects which allows you to follow specific interests to match your career aspirations.

Please note that the enrolment period for each module is 12 months. We therefore recommend you do not apply for all your modules at once. If you need advice please contact us.

Click each individual subject to view the module specification:

Compulsory Module 

Professionalism, Ethics and Regulation  

Credit & Lending Modules

Applied Business and Corporate Banking

Credit & Lending

Optional Modules

Banking for High Net worth Individuals
Contemporary Issues in Banking  
Operations Management
Retail Banking
Risk Management in Banking


Our modules are supported by a team of highly experienced tutors

Yes, if:
• you have completed the Professional Banker Diploma


• you have other relevant prior learning or accreditation equivalent to the Professional Banker Diploma.

You will receive a comprehensive workbook for each module and will have access to:

• individual tutor support
• practice and revision kit
• passcards that summarise key topics and give exam-relevant guidance.

View a sample of the learning material that is available to you:

Module: Professionalism, Ethics and Regulation, Chapter 9: Ethics and the Individual*

*Please note: No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored on a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means whatsoever, without written permission from the Chartered Banker Institute.


James joined the bank from a retail background and over his first 18 months with the organisation was supported to complete the Institute’s Professional Banker Diploma (PBD) to underpin his natural customer skills with a sound knowledge of banking. He saw opportunities within the bank for career progression and, having enjoyed the confidence gained through his professional qualification, discussed using the credit gained from the PBD to fast track his progression to become an Associate Chartered Banker. Upon checking the Institute’s website he found that he only required two modules to complete the Associate Chartered Banker Diploma, one of which was the compulsory module Professionalism, Ethics and Regulation. After only three years with the bank, James had become an Associate member of Institute, using the professional designatory letters ACIBS after his name.

Lucy has been working as a bank mortgage adviser and holds the required qualification, Mortgage Advice and Practice Certificate (MAPC), for this regulated role. However, she wishes to make herself more prepared for any opportunities within the wider banking group. Her line manager is fully supportive of this and suggests that she now attains the Professional Banker Certificate (PBC). Lucy does so and on completing is advised by the Institute that, if she wanted to progress towards Associate Chartered Banker status, her combined credits from MAPC and PBC would mean that she would only require two more modules to complete the Associate Chartered Banker Diploma. On hearing that this would make her eligible for Associate Chartered Banker status, highly valued by her customers, Lucy applies for the compulsory module Professionalism, Ethics and Regulation, deciding to make her choice of the second module when she has completed this.

Daniel has worked in the bank for just under six years in a variety of roles, and although considered highly competent by his managers and peers, he is aware that he has no formal qualifications. As he is now on a career path which will take him into a more senior position, Daniel is determined to underpin this experience with some technical knowledge and skills.He speaks to one of his colleagues who suggests that he works towards the Associate Chartered Banker Diploma. On researching this further, Daniel likes the fact that if he plans his studies he can pass the three modules required within 18 months and in doing so will become eligible for Associate Chartered Banker status.