Get Started

Frequently Asked Questions

CERTIFICATION AND ELIGIBILITY

1. What are the eligibility requirements for CIBP™ certification?

The CIBP™ certification offered by IBCA has specific eligibility requirements based on your education and professional work experience. Please refer to the “candidacy tracks” on the certification page to check the eligibility.

2. Can I obtain an IBCA credential without having the required work experience?

Technically yes. The IBCA policy can serve you well here! You just have to check if your last qualification/ degree (full-time) is of investment banking or a related industry or by any of the other global accreditation bodies like the AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS recognized by IBCA. In other words, if you are an alumnus of an IBCA-recognized or an IBCA-accredited institution, the work-experience requirement for an IBCA certification may be significantly lessened, or even waived!

3. What should you do if your candidature is disapproved on eligibility grounds?

In response to our disapproval of the applicant’s candidature on eligibility grounds, the applicant must fill in the Candidacy Reconsideration Request Form available here for reconsidering the eligibility for the CIBP™ exam. Along with this form, the candidate must submit a letter stating the exact reason for reconsideration. The form and the letter must be submitted together within 5 business days after candidature disapproval notification. Attach the required documents along with the form and email them to support@ibca.us.org.

4. What is the procedure used by IBCA to review applications?

The submission of an application indicates that you agree to comply with the terms of the auditing process. Although we may not audit every application, all CIBP™ applications faces an equal probability of review and audit. If your application gets picked for an audit, you must submit documentary evidence of your educational qualifications and work experience. Also, if your application enters the audit line, a notification is sent to you carrying the necessary details of the process, required documents, and timelines. You need to fill out the 'Random Candidacy Audit Form' available here and email it with the required documents mentioned in the form to support@ibca.us.org.

CIBP™ CERTIFICATION PREPARATION KIT

5. How will I receive the study material?

Your study material – the CIBP™ study and exam preparation kit containing the IBCA Investment Management Handbook – will be shipped to the address that you provide us in your myIBCA Dashboard. Please do ensure that your information is correct and complete.

6. Do I need to pay extra for study materials?

The candidate does not have to pay any additional amount for the CIBP™ study and exam preparation kit.

7. Can I buy the CIBP™ study and exam preparation kit even if I am not an applicant?

No. The CIBP™ study and exam preparation kit is not intended for the open market, and its availability and access are restricted to only authorized users, including candidates earning the CIBP™ certification program and instructors.

EXAM AND RESULTS

8. How long is the process of earning certification?

You have a period of 365 days from the date of the payment to study for, prepare for, and take your CIBP™ exam. Your exam results will be available within 3 to 4 days upon completing the exam online. Your official IBCA credential kit – including your certification, lapel pin, and more – will be shipped to your address within 3-4 weeks.

9. How soon can I schedule my exam?

From the day of payment, you have a period of 365 days to study for, prepare for, and take your CIBP™ exam. Once you’re ready you can conveniently schedule your exam online from your myIBCA dashboard.

10. Can I take my CIBP™ certification exam using my own laptop or personal computer?

Yes. The CIBP™ certification exam is proctored online, and you can take them at your convenience after your computer and surroundings are ExamStrong™ verified.

11. What IDs are accepted to register for my exam with ExamStrong™?

The examinee must carry two valid forms of ID from the list below. Please note that both IDs can either be primary IDs or one primary and one secondary ID.

Primary ID

The primary ID must be original and valid, containing both, the examinee’s photo, and signature.

  1. Government issued driver’s license
  2. Passport
  3. Military ID
  4. State/Country ID card
  5. Employee/School ID
Secondary ID

The secondary ID must be original and valid, containing the examinee’s name and signature, or the examinee’s name and a recent photo.

Please Note: All IDs required must be issued by the country in which the candidate is testing. If the candidate does not have a qualifying primary ID issued from the country they are testing in, an International Travel Passport from their country of citizenship is required, along with a secondary ID.

The first and last name that the candidate uses to register must match exactly the first and last name on both of the IDs that are presented on test day.

12. What is the duration of the exam?

The CIBP™ examination is 90 minutes long.

13. What is the exam format?

The CIBP™ certification program is a multiple choice-based examination. Each question has four choices, with one or more options being the correct answer. You need not answer every question before moving to the next. You can always review or return or alter the answers to previously answered questions. Therefore, make sure that the answers to each question are properly reviewed before submitting the exam.

14. Can I use electronic devices (like mobile phones, digital watches, calculators, etc.) during the examination?

You are not allowed to use any electronic devices during the examination. Please read our examinee conduct policy here.

15. Am I allowed to take breaks during the exam?

No. The exam is proctored live and must be completed all at once without any breaks.

16. At what time should I reach the examination venue?

You should reach the chosen exam room/location at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time to ensure the exam room and the computer are thoroughly checked, verified, and approved by the IBCA-authorized testing body.

17. What are the minimum system requirements for online-proctored exams?

System Requirements

Must  Have

Display (Resolution)

1024 x 768 [Recommended]

Network Connection

Strongly recommend using a wired network rather than a wireless network as it provides better exam delivery performance

Internet Connection Speed

Minimum 1 Mbps

Web Browser(s)

Latest Version of Google Chrome Only

Webcam

Internal or an External Webcam must be connected to the computer

Firewall(s)

Corporate firewalls (including VPNs) often cause this Exam Delivery method to fail. Please take your exam in a setting without these Firewalls

Admin Rights

Should have Admin Rights on your Laptop/Computer

18. What if I have canceled my exam but want to reapply for it now?

If you cancel the scheduled examination appointment, you can immediately reapply from your myIBCA dashboard by paying a nominal fee of USD 50.

19. How do I reschedule my exam?

You can reschedule your exam from your myIBCA dashboard 72 hours before your scheduled examination. If you want to reschedule your exam within 72 hours of your examination date, you can do so by paying a nominal fee of USD 50.

20. How many questions are there in an exam?

The CIBP™ certification exam consists of 50 multiple choice-based questions.
Please click here for more details.

21. What do I need to score to pass the exam?

Though scoring 65 percent in a CIBP™ certification exam may be generally sufficient, but unlike university academic tests with standardized and fixed qualifications, passing grades or numeric scores, the CIBP™ certification qualification criteria are dynamic – they vary across time and examinee batches. Also, they hinge on a statistical measure of the scores obtained by the global 85 percentile of the examinees in a given time period.

22. When can I expect to get my result?

You can view your result immediately after submitting the online test. Your test results will also be published on your myIBCA dashboard within 96 business hours of completing the exam.
You will also receive an email with the Unique Credential code to showcase your digital badge within 3-4 days of passing the exam. The official credential kit will be issued and delivered to you within 3-4 weeks.

23. What if I am not able to pass my CIBP™ certification exam on the first attempt?

If you fail in your first attempt, you will be required to pay a nominal fee of USD 50 via your myIBCA dashboard to retake the exam. Please note that you can apply to reappear right after your examination result gets published.

24. What if I miss my scheduled appointment (‘No Show’)?

Examinees missing a scheduled exam can reapply to take the exam by paying a nominal fee of USD 50 from their myIBCA dashboard. The exam can be scheduled after 7 days, from the date of missing the scheduled exam appointment from the myIBCA dashboard.
However, there can be certain unavoidable circumstances due to which a candidate is unable to appear for the examination, in such a case, the candidate is required to contact IBCA at exam@ibca.us.org

Below are the acceptable reasons for missing your scheduled exam:

  1. If examinees have been unfortunately affected by Covid infections, or are under quarantine or are facing immobility due to Covid-related restrictions or disruptions.
  2. If examinees themselves or any of their immediate family members meet a serious accident, or develop a sudden medical condition demanding serious attention
  3. If there is a bereavement in the family
  4. If examinees are summoned by courts, or are drafted on juries, or are required for some urgent national duty.

If you miss an exam for any of the above-mentioned reasons, you are required to contact IBCA on exam@ibca.us.org and share the required documents. Once the required documents are submitted, the request will be thoroughly reviewed and the decision will be taken accordingly by the candidate review committee. You will further be intimated on the result of your request.

Please be informed of the documents that are accepted against the reason of emergency:

  1. In case of illness/accidents, please provide a letter or a certificate from a certified doctor on the letterhead that includes title, address, and phone number
  2. In case of death, please submit a notice or certificate of death from a hospital or government agency.

Please read our No-Show policy here for more details.

RECERTIFICATION/RENEWAL/MAINTENANCE

25. What is Recertification?

Recertification is the process of renewing one's certification. Recertification implies that you are building upon your knowledge, growing as a professional, and increasing your experience daily. Recertification is the process where the candidate who already holds the said certification, retakes the same at the end of the certification validity period.

26. How do I maintain my CIBP™ certification?

Renewal is compulsory to keep your CIBP™ credential current and live. You are required to renew your certification program before the standard renewal deadline. IBCA will send you reminder emails for the renewal of your certification program, wherein you simply have to click the links mentioned in these communications, or log into myIBCA and register for renewal. Please make sure to keep your email address current to receive email reminders.

27. What if I fail to renew my credential?

The CIBP™ certification holder should upgrade or renew their credential within the standard renewal period. In case they fail to do so, they also have a 60 day convenience period for renewal.

For more details kindly visit info@ibca.us.org

PAYMENT AND REFUNDS

28. When will I get an invoice for my certification fee?

The invoice is generated immediately after the payment is realized and can be downloaded easily from your myIBCA dashboard.

29. What are the available modes of fee payments?

Payments can be made via debit or credit cards. We accept a range of cards including Visa, American Express, MasterCard among others. Payment for company-sponsored applicants can be done via electronic checks or wire transfers, and further information may be sought by writing to support@ibca.us.org.

30. What is the refund policy in case I wish to withdraw from the certification program?

For withdrawal requests made within 24 hours from payment, the total fee paid will be refunded after deducting the processing charges of USD 80. However, no refund will be processed for withdrawal requests after 24 hours.

31. Can I pay the fee in installments?

No. Payments must be made in a single installment.

32. Do I have to pay the fee again if I cancel an exam I scheduled?

Yes. Examinees canceling their exams or those who failed in the earlier attempt and want to re-take the exam have to pay a nominal fee of USD 50.

DIGITAL BADGING AND CREDENTIAL

33. Do I have to pay extra for my digital badge?

There will be no additional cost incurred by you for displaying your digital badge; Storing, managing, and broadcasting your credential is free. We provide you with a best-in-class platform to display your hard-earned IBCA credential.

34. How do I share my digital badge?

Using CredBadge's sharing options, you can directly share your digital badge on professional networking sites, personal websites, e-mails, and popular social media platforms. Each digital badge has a unique URL that can be embedded.

Follow the step-by-step instructions here:

  1. Log in to your myIBCA dashboard
  2. Click on "View Result" under your qualification and then click on "Share your Credential."
  3. You will be redirected to CredBadge, our digital badging partner.
  4. Log in to your CredBadge account [Use your registered e-mail, password, and candidate/registrant ID of your myIBCA account].
  5. Click on the corresponding social media icon (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or E-mail) on the bottom left.

Broadcast your achievements. Get the recognition you deserve!

35. Can I get a hard-copy certification in addition to the digital one?

Yes, you will receive both – a digital badge and a hard copy of your certification. The official Credential Kit will be shipped to your registered shipping address within 3-4 weeks of you successfully passing the exam.

36. How can I inform my employer of the successful completion of my exam?

You can notify your employer about your credential award by logging in to your myIBCA dashboard and clicking on Notify My Employer button to add the email address of the individual you want to notify. IBCA will send an email to that person about your IBCA credential award.

37. What is the procedure for obtaining a duplicate certification?

To get a duplicate certification in the event of losing your original certification, you must generate a service request from your myIBCA dashboard. An additional fee of USD 100 will have to be incurred by you.

SHIPPING AND LOGISTICS

38. How do I track my IBCA shipments?

You will get a shipment and tracking notifications from the logistics team as soon as your CIBP™ Certification Preparation Kit and Credential kit, on successful completion of the exam, is shipped.

39. What should I do if I haven't received my shipment despite receiving the shipment delivered e-mail notification?

If you've received a shipment delivery e-mail but still have not received your CIBP™ Certification Preparation Kit or your Credential kit, we advise you to:

  1. Register a complaint with the specified carrier service
  2. write to logistics@ibca.us.org.

Note: The Logistics team can provide documentary proof issued by the shipper after completing the delivery to your shipping address. This Proof of Delivery shall be the only document accepted by IBCA to confirm the delivery. We regret in advance that we will not be able to entertain or take any complaint after we receive the Proof of Delivery of a shipment.

40. What if my kit is delivered to the wrong address?

In case your CIBP™ Certification Preparation Kit has been delivered to an incorrect address, please register a complaint with the carrier using the tracking details provided by IBCA Logistics.

41. What happens if I am not available to receive the shipment?

If you are not available to accept the shipment delivery, the shipper may deliver the Certification Preparation Kit at your mentioned address after verification.

42. Can I change my shipping/mailing address once I have paid the certification fee?

Yes, you will be able to change your shipping/ mailing address after you have paid the certification fee till the time your Certification Preparation Kit is shipped. Once your preparation kit is shipped, you will not be able to change your address. So please ensure that you provide us with the correct address to avoid any hassle at the time of delivery of your CIBP™ Certification Preparation Kit.

43. Can I reschedule the date of delivery of my CIBP™ Certification Preparation Kit?

Yes, it may be possible. Please refer to the shipping details shared by the logistics team and contact your carrier to check the possibility of rescheduling your shipment delivery date.

44. What do I do if I received a damaged or wrong set of books?

If you have received damaged books or the wrong set of books in your CIBP™ Certification Preparation Kit, please write to logistics@ibca.us.org within 24 hours of receipt of your kit. We regret to inform you that we shall not be able to entertain or accept any complaints after 24 hours

45. Do I have to pay any additional duties and taxes?

You may have to pay the customs duties and other levies – if any – in your country. As a recipient, you are responsible for the clearance of the CIBP™ Certification Preparation Kit or the Credential Kit consignment.

*Note IBCA or its partners/representatives will not be responsible for any delays due to delivery carrier factors, weather, natural calamities, international customs regulations, holidays, customer error, or any other unforeseen events beyond the control of the shipper.

46. My order has already been shipped; can I cancel it now?

No, once the order has been shipped and you have received the tracking ID to track your shipment, it cannot be canceled.

Stay Informed!

Keep up with the latest in Investment banking with the IBCA newsletter.

Subscribe