The Capacity Building and Certification Division is in charge of conducting/administering the entire examinations of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).
Although the history of the CIBN dates back to November, 1963, when it was established as a local centre of The Chartered Institute of Bankers, London, its first indigenous examination commenced with the Foundation Stage in April 1978 while the Professional examination was held for the first time in April 1984 with two candidates qualifying as Associates. Before 1978, the Institute only conducted the examination on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, London.
The Statutory responsibilities of the Institute are to determine the standards of knowledge and skills to be attained by persons seeking to become member of the banking profession as well as conduct professional examinations leading to the award of certificates as may be prescribed by the Institute.
The objective of the Institute’s examination therefore is to deepen knowledge and enhance the quality of competencies of human capacity in the banking industry through the various certifications approved by the Governing Council from time to time.
Candidature is open to all individuals from all disciplines and all sectors of the economy who are interested in becoming Professional/Chartered Bankers, provided they meet the minimum qualification requirements approved by the Governing Council from time to time and must have registered as student members. The membership registration number obtained will be used as examination number at the commencement of writing the examinations.
Entry Qualification for Examinations
The minimum qualification for the Institute’s examinations is first degree, equivalent professional qualification accepted by the Institute or any other equivalent qualification from reputable and recognized institutions.
Over the years, the Institute’s examinations were conducted via the traditional pen and paper. In line with global initiatives, the Institute took a strategic step to administering its examinations using the Computer Based Testing Platform. This was successfully piloted during the October 2017 Diet Examinations with the Certified Risk Managers (CRM) programme at two centres and was fully implemented in April 2018 in all the examinations, leaving only the four core courses which had the hybrid of Multiple Choice Questions and Essay.
Examinations are conducted April and October in all state in Nigeria, The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.