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ICBA Banking Education Conference Features Bank Secrecy/Anti-Money Laundering Certification

Washington, D.C. (March 27, 2007)—The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) is holding its Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Certification Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., March 25-27.

"This is great training if you are considering or want a certification program or are looking to be updated on the most important regulatory issues facing community banks today," said Greg Martinson, ICBA senior vice president/director of Sauk Centre operations. "Learning new skills and keeping up with current banking issues is a key to successful community banking and creating the best possible customer experience."

About 105 participants from 32 states representing community banks with asset sizes from $15 million to more than $1 billion are participating in the program. After successfully completing nearly three days of in-class instruction and passing two examinations, successful attendees will emerge as Certified BSA/AML Professionals. Continuing education is required to maintain this designation.

The BSA/AML program is the newest ICBA education certification program. It will be offered again May 21-23 in Minneapolis, Minn. and September 9-11 in Kansas City, Mo.

ICBA has seven certification programs offered throughout the year in the following areas: BSA/AML, Information Technology, Internal Auditing, Compliance, Bank Security, Consumer Lending and Commercial Lending. The program certification raises the standards of professionalism in the community banking industry and gives bank customers a consistent benchmark to look for when selecting a banker.

To date, more than 2,000 community banking professionals have achieved ICBA certification. ICBA certification program participants gain up-to-date regulatory and operational skills and suggestions that they can take back to their local community and put into use immediately.

Learn more about ICBA educational offerings and certification by visiting www.icba.org.