Foundation Certificate NEW


Who is this programme for?

The Foundation Certificate is a short interactive online programme that is suitable for individuals who are currently working in banking and those who wish to pursue a career in banking. It has been specially developed in an interesting and interactive learning format and can be accessed at any time.

For those new to banking it provides a good introduction to three key areas of the profession: the banking model, ethics and regulation. For those already in banking and more established in their career, it will refresh and provide a point of reflection on these essential topics.

How you will benefit

On successful completion of this programme you will have a clear understanding of your professional and ethical responsibilities to customers and to wider society, informed by knowledge of:

  • The banking model (how a bank functions and the key services a bank provides)
  • Banking regulation (including what regulation means for employees and regulation that protects the interests of customers)
  • Ethics (with an emphasis on trust and the standards required to uphold the duty of care to customers)


You study one module covering three topics:

  • The Banking Model
  • Regulation
  • Ethics


Foundation Certificate

The Foundation Certificate does not carry any academic credits (ECTS) and does not form part of a university award.




Minimum four hours


Online MCQ exam, available on demand, at a time that suits you.


€10 for the module including all three topics.

Entry Requirements

Open to everyone who is a member of the Institute.

Professional Body Membership

You must be a current member of the Institute of Banking, or become a member, to register for this programme. Membership is currently €40 per calendar year.


Holders of the APA and/or QFA designations will receive an exemption from Regulation.


Two CPD hours will be awarded to APA, QFA, LCOI, Professional Banker and Chartered Banker holders in the year that they complete the Foundation programme.