Certification Programs


About Certification

ICBA Certification ProgramICBA certification programs are designed to raise the standards of professionalism in the industry, and give consumers a consistent stamp of approval to look for when selecting a banker.

To make this happen, respected members of the ICBA certification board establish baseline criteria for knowledge to be certified in several areas of specialization. Then, experienced, nationally recognized instructors create training programs that target the needs of community banks based on those criteria. Finally, competency testing is measured after completion and a certification designation is granted. Annual continuing professional education is then required to ensure participants remain current.

Independent Community Bankers of America is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual course for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org

Prerequisites: No previous experience or training is necessary for ICBA seminars.

Certification News

Learn from your community bank peers and industry experts. Read profiles of challenges faced by internal auditors, compliance officers, BSA officers and security officers. Published quarterly, this newsletter is offered to bankers enrolled in ICBA’s certification program and is also available to interested community bankers.

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You worked hard to earn your credentials. Receive the recognition you deserve. Community Banker University is thrilled to announce that we can award digital badges to community bankers who have successfully completed any of our nine certification programs.

Certification FAQ

ICBA/Community Banker Universitysm offers nine Certification Programs.  The Certification Programs are nationally recognized, professional designations and require the user to follow specific processes and procedures before a Certification is granted. 

These Programs are governed and monitored by the ICBA Certification Board, which is made up of leadership bankers from the ICBA Bank Education Committee, Certified Community Bankers, attorneys, and Certification Program instructors.

  • What Certification Programs does ICBA/Community Banker University offer?

  • What is the difference between a Certificate and a Certification program?

  • What do I need to do to achieve a Certification?

  • What happens if I don’t comply with the Certification requirements?

  • Can I attend an Institute even if I don’t want to become certified?

  • What is the cost to become certified?

  • How do I keep my Certification current?

  • When do I need to start accumulating CPE credits?

  • How do I keep track of my CPE credits?

  • What training counts towards my certifications?

  • Can I use CPE credits towards more than one Certification?

  • I have the BSA/AML Certification.  Can I use any CPE credits?

  • How does ICBA/Community Banker University determine the number of CPE credits for each course reported?

  • How long does it take for CPE earned and submitted into my Portfolio to be approved?

  • What happens if I don’t meet my CPE credit requirement?

  • What is the annual renewal fee?

  • Does the annual renewal fee apply to each certification I hold?

  • What happens if I don’t pay the annual renewal fee?

  • My Certification lapsed two (2) years ago.  What do I do to get recertified?

  • ​I have a special request regarding a certification, what can I do?

  • Is there a maximum number of participants in each Certification Program?

  • Why should I become certified?

  • Have additional questions?  Community Banker Universitysm Staff is happy to assist you.  Contact us at (800) 422-7285.