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Community Banker University Launches Principles of Banking

May 16, 2019

Curriculum Designed to Accelerate Career Development

Washington, D.C. (May 16, 2019)—The Independent Community Bankers of America’s® (ICBA) Community Banker University® has expanded its community bank continuing education offerings to include its newest online certificate program, The Principles of Banking. Composed of 12 online courses, The Principles of Banking Certificate Program was designed to give community bankers a thorough grounding in banking fundamentals.

“This comprehensive certificate program provides a 360-degree look at bank operations while highlighting the important role community banks serve in fostering economic growth and prosperity in their communities,” said ICBA Community Banker University Group Executive Vice President Lindsay LaNore. “In today’s multifaceted banking environment community bankers need to understand a bank’s inner workings to better capitalize on new opportunities and tackle industry challenges.”

In addition to introducing key financial service concepts, the program delves into compliance obligations and security safeguards. Coursework includes:

Banking Landscape–historical review of the industry and current bank operations
Bank Structure–the unique structure of a bank as a financial intermediary
Banking Finance–the breakdown of a bank’s financial statements and its fiduciary duties
Banking Products and Services–traditional and international services and payment methods
Deposit Insurance and Governing Rules–policies and procedures for compliance
Cross-Selling–leveraging a bank’s product lineup to strengthen customer relationships
Compliance and Regulations–guidance for deposit accounts, loans, fair lending, BSA, and more
CAMELS–review the bank exam framework and CAMELS rating components
Safeguarding Customer Information–processes to safeguard bank and customer data
Physical Security–controls to combat physical attacks (synthetic or acts of nature)
Banking Fraud–review of common fraud types and prevention methods

The Principles of Banking Certificate Program can be purchased by individual subscribers or by financial institutions as a bank-wide training tool. The courses are accessible from any device at any time, making this a convenient learning resource for bank employees.

About ICBA

The Independent Community Bankers of America® creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. With more than 52,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute 99 percent of all banks, employ more than 760,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in five U.S. counties. Holding more than $4.9 trillion in assets, $3.9 trillion in deposits, and $3.4 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community, community banks channel local deposits into the Main Streets and neighborhoods they serve, spurring job creation, fostering innovation and fueling their customers’ dreams in communities throughout America. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at

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