Overview

CB CB (Stage II) CB (Stage I)

 

THE NEW BENCHMARK FOR PROFESSIONALS

Certified Banker (CB) is a new professional qualification developed and run by the HKIB to help banking practitioners at all levels raise their professional standards with skills relevant for the fast-changing banking environment. It also provides a common qualification benchmark for individuals and employers that is recognised by regulators and leading authorised institutions.

The CB programme is the enhancement and replacement of the Associate of The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (AHKIBTM) qualification, which was launched over two decades ago.


ECF Subjects Integrated

The programmes of CB cover both generic and specialist topics, and integrates subjects from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority's Enhanced Competency Framework (ECF). The ECF programmes, which are the building blocks of CB are administered by the HKIB.


Qualifications Framework (QF)

Certified Banker contains three programmes in progressive QF Levels (i.e. Advanced Diploma, Professional Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma). Candidates should begin with the Advanced Diploma Programme for Certified Banker (QF Level 4). 

All three programmes have been quality assured by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and are recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF). The Postgraduate Diploma for Certified Banker is the first and only Specification of Competency Standards (SCS) based banking qualification which is accredited at QF Level 6 in Hong Kong. This is at the same level as a Master’s degree. Please read the Accreditation to understand more.

Certified Banker is already recognised in regions outside Hong Kong and is set to achieve even wider global recognition in the years ahead.


Becoming a Certified Banker

Certified Banker is a three-level qualification, reflecting the different level of experience and skills of an individual. The CB is suitable for current banking and financial practitioners who wish to deepen industry knowledge for career advancement as well as post-secondary full time students who wish to join the banking profession after graduation.

Individual Members who have completed a particular level and acquired the relevant years of banking or finance related experience will be entitled to use the respective CB designations.

Qualifications

Designations

Postgraduate Diploma (Stream) for Certified Banker

  • Credit management
  • Treasury management
  • Operations management
  • Wealth management (to be developed)

Certified Banker

(with 3 years banking or finance related working experience)

Professional Diploma for
  Certified Banker


Certified Banker (Stage II)

(with 2 years banking or finance related working experience)
 

Advanced Diploma for
  Certified Banker


Certified Banker (Stage I)

(with 1 year banking or finance related working experience)
 

Entry Requirements (subject to HKCAAVQ’s final approval in Feb 2018)

Candidates of CB (Stage I) need to be an HKIB Individual Member and fulfill one of the following entry requirements:

  • A Bachelor's Degree in any discipline awarded by a recognised university or equivalent; OR
  • An Associate Degree (AD) / Higher Diploma (HD) in a banking and finance discipline or equivalent; OR
  • Mature applicants with either
    • At least five years of banking and finance work experience; OR
    • Two years of banking and finance work experience with a recommendation from employer.

Remark 1 Full time students of the stated Diploma or Degree programmes will also be considered.
Remark 2 Holders of an ECF (AML/CFT) grandfathered certificate are eligible to apply for ECF on AML/CFT (Core Level) module exemption.
Remark 3 Holders of the Professional Certificate in Treasury Markets (i.e. ECF on Treasury Management (Core Level)) offered by LiPACE of OUHK are eligible to apply for “Fundamentals of Treasury Markets” module exemption.



Candidates of CB (Stage II) need to be an HKIB Individual Member and fulfill one of the following entry requirements:

  • The Advanced Diploma for Certified Banker offered by HKIB; OR
  • A Bachelor's Degree in a banking and finance related discipline awarded by a recognised university plus one year of banking and finance work experience; OR
  • A relevant professional qualification plus one year of banking and finance work experience; OR
  • Mature applicants with at least ten years of banking and finance work experience. 

Remark 1 Applicants who do not possess a pass in “Professional Ethics and Compliance” or module(s) of the same nature at HKIB are required to sign up for the training and obtain a pass in the corresponding examination at HKIB.
Remark 2 Holders of the Professional Certificate for ECF on Retail Wealth Management (RWM) offered by HKIB are eligible to apply for “Financial Planning” module exemption.



Pathway

Benefits

Employee Employer Banking industry
  • Clear study path to achieve professionalism and career development
  • Enhance mobility within the industry with a strong professional qualification
  • A more streamlined training journey
  • Optimise value of participation in ECF programmes
  • A common qualification benchmark
  • A more streamlined training journey
  • Effective use of training budget
  • Fulfilment of regulatory expectations and requirements
  • Increased recruitment efficiency
  • A transparent set of professional standards for attracting talent to the industry
  • Aligned standards to support capacity building
  • Higher competency of individual practitioners to ensure the quality and sustainability of talent pool
  • Enhanced industry reputation locally and globally


Intakes for CB training programmes

Programme Month
Certified Banker (Stage I) March, June, September
Certified Banker (Stage II) &
Certified Banker
March, September