Advance your career in banking with an internationally recognised professional qualification
If you want to build your career prospects, meaningfully contribute to your organisation's strategy and serve your customers better - then this qualification is for you.
The certificate is suitable for individuals new to, or already working, in retail, business and private banking environments. Developments in regulation and technology are rapidly changing the banking industry, and the Professional Banking Fundamentals builds the foundation of knowledge and skills needed for banking professionals in a digital age.
This course was developed for the Australasian market in association with the Chartered Banker Institute (UK) - the only body in the world able to confer the status of Chartered Banker and is internationally recognised.
Total Program Fee
AUD $500 for Existing Members contact [email protected] to enrol.
Professional Banking Fundamentals is broken down into seven chapters delivered in bite sized units. The program fee includes the exam. Re-sits incur extra fees.
Upon completion of the Professional Banking Fundamentals, you will receive a certificate and acquire the GFIN post nominal as a FINSIA member.
Professional Banking Fundamentals is a globally recognised professional qualification and awarded in conjunction with The Chartered Banker Institute in the UK.
All modules are delivered online which means you can start anytime, anywhere.
On average it takes 3 to 6 months to complete. The self-paced study and blended learning options mean you can gain the qualification with only a few hours of study per week.
Designed by the Industry for the Industry
Two versions of the qualification are available. One developed specifically for the Australian market and one for the New Zealand market, both in consultation with senior industry practitioners.
Module fee includes one attempt at an assessment (assessment resit fees will apply).
Who is this for?
People new to banking or those who are looking for a career path into banking.
People working in banking but looking for a professional qualification that will reinforce the basics and lift knowledge to meet globally recognised standards.
People working in the banking industry in a support function looking to improve overall banking knowledge, including those in HR, Risk and IT.
A 12-month Affiliate FINSIA membership is included in the program fee. Being a FINSIA member enables you to build your professional profile through networking events and access relevant content to reinforce your study.
The program suits all learning styles and is delivered in bite-sized units allowing you to study at your own pace. You can choose your learning method or a blend of all three – E-learning, audio and/or an interactive PDF.
A comprehensive digital textbook providing core learning materials and case studies to help you build your capability.
Knowledge checks reinforcing key concepts, along with a pre-examination mock assessment.
What do I get when I finish the course?
Graduating from the Professional Banking Fundamentals qualification entitles you to the G FIN education post nominal to demonstrate your commitment to your career and ongoing professional development.
Graduate of FINSIA – G FIN
Stand out from the crowd by displaying your professional designation ‘G FIN’ demonstrating your professionalism and commitment to the banking industry and helping you to future proof your career.
You will be able to demonstrate to customers and regulators that you meet the highest standard in banking.
You will be recognised with a qualification that is accepted internationally giving you global portability.
To retain GFIN post nominals, students need to remain a FINSIA member and complete 14 hours CPD per year. A minimum of 10 hours of which must be structured learning and include 1 hour of ethics, the remaining 4 hours may be unstructured learning.
You are now ready to access a range of professional qualifications and membership packages that will advance your career.
If you are ambitious and want deeper skills development in specific functions including Business Banking, Consumer Credit, and Risk look into the benefits of the Certified Professional Banker.
Those who want to reach the pinnacle of banking and the gold standard for leadership in banking should look at becoming a Chartered Banker.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I enrol?
Enrolment is easy. Select the Australian PBF if you are based in Australia or select the New Zealand PBF if you are based in New Zealand, click Add to Cart and follow the simple steps. If you still need further assistance or have further questions, you can contact us. Alternatively, please call 1300 346 742 and we can process your enrolment via telephone.
How long does the qualification take to complete?
On average it takes 3 to 6 months to complete, with the self-paced study and blended learning options you can gain the qualification with only a few hours of study per week.
Can I enrol in more than one qualification at a time?
No, you can only enrol in one qualification at a time.
Who developed the content for the qualifications?
All our qualifications have been developed in consultation with industry professionals. In collaboration with our educational resource partners, our online resources are developed by an experienced team of education professionals with training qualifications and industry experience.
We have two versions of the PBF – one for the Australian market and one for the New Zealand market.
I am located overseas, can I enrol into one of your qualifications?
Yes. We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia, New Zealand and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our qualifications.
How long is my enrolment for?
We offer twelve 12 months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Upon enrolling, how long until I receive access to my course?
After successfully submitting your enrolment via our website you will be given online access to your course upon clearance of your full payment or your cleared deposit and completion of the direct debit form. Enrolment processing times will vary with your payment method.
Are your qualifications delivered completely online?
Yes. Our qualifications are delivered completely online via our e-learning system. Courses materials are supplied in an online environment.
What is the passing mark?
The passing mark for PBF is 60%.
Do I need to attend a venue to complete the exam?
No, the final exam is completed online.
Kate McCallum SF FIN
The Professional Banking Fundamentals qualification is truly impressive. Based on the UK qualification, although substantially rewritten for the Australian context. Well done.
Alexander Neskovski G FIN
I’d recommend taking the PBF to anyone who is considering getting into financial services. Learn about the industry, enjoy it and see where it takes you. Grab it with both hands. As a professional qualification, it’s certainly a comprehensive course. It is definitely a good complement and more practical than studying academic qualifications.
It’s exciting to work with the team at FINSIA that has a real focus on developing new ways of building capability and professionalism within the banking sector. Having a passion to think differently and to focus on what developing people will mean in terms of better customer experience, will help restore trust and pride in the sector. That’s why I see such value in the collaboration between FINSIA and the Chartered Banker Institute to develop a suite of qualifications that will fit the aspirations of people strategies and also work to build up credits towards Chartered Banker status.
The PBF course is a great qualification for those either new to the banking and finance sector, or for people looking to build on their academic qualification and wishing to gain more specific banking and financial services knowledge.