ICBA Bank Education


  • ICBA provides timely, high-quality and relevant educational programs and services designed to promote community bank growth and prosperity.


Successful community bankers know that continuing education is critical to a secure, productive and profitable future in an evolving industry that faces new challenges every day. In April 2015, ICBA launched Community Banker University® to advance community bankers by providing professional development and educational choices that add value to the community banker, the community bank, and the communities they serve.

In 2016, ICBA was an important resource for more than 38,000 bankers who enhanced their skills by capitalizing on ICBA’s educational offerings. Investing in education helps community banks nationwide increase profits and better understand and comply with complex banking regulations.

Through diverse delivery systems, ICBA offers annually a comprehensive array of professional development and continuing education seminars, and educational products that help community bankers successfully overcome the ever-changing challenges of the banking industry. In 2016, ICBA offered more than 35 seminars, conferences and schools instructed by industry professionals who are routinely recognized for their high level of expertise within the banking industry. In addition to on-site training, ICBA offers cost-effective, self-paced online training (24/7) on timely topics that save community bankers both time and travel.

To assist the banking industry in maintaining a high level of competency in critical areas of internal audit, compliance, BSA/AML, security, technology, credit analyst and lending, ICBA has developed eight certification institutes that require attendees to meet predetermined qualifications to attain their certification. The certification institutes continue to receive high marks from the regulators, plus all ICBA educational programs qualify for continuing professional education credits. Over 500 bankers were certified through ICBA programs in 2016.

ICBA continued in 2016 its wide-ranging menu of educational programs for community bank directors. The Bank Director Program delivered online and classroom instruction to nearly 9,000 community bank directors across the country. The program includes special workshops, in-depth conferences, online courses, a bimonthly newsletter and discounts on products.

ICBA continues to expand its professional development programs, including seminars, online courses, audio conferences, webinars, publications/deskbooks, multi-media training programs, certification programs and newsletters to promote more flexible options that support lifelong learning for all employees within community banks. In 2017 Community Banker University will introduce the Compliance Vault, a subscription-based repository of over 1,500 compliance-related Q&As. Community Banker University®, powered by ICBA, invites all ICBA members to LEARN FWD.

Staff Contact: Lindsay LaNore