CIBP™ prepares you best for quick, impressive launch into investment banking, and faster growths in your career as well.
The CIBP™ is a qualification for aspiring investment bankers, respected around the world. It tops-up your business degree really well for easing your entry into the challenging, but lucrative career of investment banking. As the most authoritative ratification of the potential and promise of investment banking professionals, the CIBP™ is just the qualification leading investment banks may be looking for in applicants for the top jobs they have on offer. You can register for CIBP™ from anywhere in the world, and take your CIBP™ exam right from the convenience of your home, or office and on your personal system.
This is a one-time fee which covers the CIBP™ exam, the CIBP™ learning resources, credential kit, and all material shipping costs. This fee does not include special local taxes, duties, and levies etc., which may be applicable in the receiver’s/ consignee’s/ applicant’s country.
Note : This fee may change without notice and does not include the training fee charged by training companies, universities, or institutions who offer exam-preparation training for CIBP™ exams.
IBCA is a standards and credentialing body and is not responsible for training delivery, and neither controls, nor is concerned with any aspect of training/ education. IBCA does not govern, mandate, or control the training/ program fee charged for any IBCA program by any training company or education provider.
The learning resources of the CIBP™ includes the handbook, e-copy of exam preparation guidelines, digitally proctored exam fee, printed certificate, digital badge lapel pin and shipping of all materials.
All candidates get the learning resources (Exam Preparation Material) containing the IBCA Investment Banking Handbook. This is the flagship learning and exam preparation resource containing exclusive content written for easy comprehension of CIBP™ participants, covering all aspects of Investment Banking thinking, design, analysis and execution. No additional fee is charged for the learning resources from the candidates.
All participants of the CIBP™ program also get access to online learning material including resources on Investment Banking articles. These resources help participants deepen their Investment Banking knowledge and practice using some important tools and techniques. The cost of these resources is covered in the CIBP™ Program Fee.
CIBP™ exam can be taken by candidates anywhere they wish to – home or office – once they are ready for exams and registered on ExamStrong™ – the revolutionary remote-proctored online exam platform. Exam fee is included in the CIBP™ Program Fee, so no additional fee is to be paid.
Candidates who qualify their exam get printed certificates shipped to them in a special box containing a lapel pin to be worn on a jacket or a shirt-top.
All candidates who pass their exam also get a Digital Badge – which can be affixed to CVs and email signatures and can be shared online with prospective employers.
The first-time shipping of books, kits, certificates is covered under the CIBP™ Program Fee. Replacements, duplicates etc., will be shipped on charges as applicable, however.
The books, learning kit, certificates etc., shown here in the image are only for illustration, and their design, colors etc., may change without notice. The certificate and the lapel pin are awarded only after the passing of the CIBP™ exam. The notebook/ laptop and the ipad/ tablet featured in the image are just to illustrate the digital inclusions in the package, and not included in the registration package for any individual.
CIBP™ adds the advantage of a global program to the knowledge, experience and other qualifications you may already have. A basic awareness of portfolio management, asset management, corporate finance, investment analysis, capital markets, accounting and business environment is desirable.
Apply for CIBP™ if you are into investment banking or a related industry - or if you are preparing for an investment banking career after completing your MBA or Master’s in accounting, investment management, financial analysis or related disciplines. Student of globally accredited business schools or institutions are also eligible for CIBP™.
Please check out more on the candidacy norms and prerequisites or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a more specific advise that you may desire.
MBA/ Master’s qualification in accounting, investment management, portfolio management, private equity, financial analysis or related disciplines, with at least two years of professional experience in investment banking, M&A, private equity, financial engineering, or a related space
Bachelor’s in accounting, investment management, portfolio management, private equity, financial analysis or related disciplines, with at least three years of professional experience in investment banking, M&A, private equity, financial engineering, or a related space.
Students of MBA/ Master’s programs in business schools and institutions accredited by IBCA or by any of the other global accreditation bodies like the AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.
Currently working in any of the finance sub-functions with a bachelor's degree and an active credential by CFA, or any other global certification body recognized by IBCA.
There are five distinct stages of your journey toward becoming a CIBP™. Here is what these stages look like. Of course, we have just tried to take you through a quick tour, so many of the details may be missing. You may Contact Us for more information.
Check Eligibility Requirements
IBCA mandates you to meet certain educational and work experience requirements to become eligible. Before proceeding, check if you satisfy the minimum eligibility requirements for the CIBP™. It is recommended that you keep this information handy as it will be required while filling up your online application.
Fill Online Application
Once you have satisfied the CIBP™ eligibility requirements, it is time to apply. Start the application process by creating your myIBCA account. Once you have submitted the online application and made a successful payment of the fee, you will immediately receive an acknowledgement response email with instructions for the next step in the process.
An internal check is conducted to validate your credentials against the prescribed candidacy prerequisites for earning the CIBP™.
Post your payment confirmation, you will receive your unit of the learning resources containing reading and learning material at the address you have registered with us. Normal delivery timeframe is three-four weeks. Access to online learning material will be shared within five to six weeks once you receive the learning resources.
If you qualify the CIBP™ exam and meet other conditions, you are awarded the CIBP™ credential and the Digital Badge is immediately issued to you. You can expect the shipment of the physical credential pack to reach you within three to four weeks from the date of the credential - award.
The questions appearing in the exam aim to check and validate participants' awareness and knowledge about all important concepts, processes, techniques and methodologies used in analyzing and decision-making in typical roles and jobs in Investment Banking. CIBP™ exams steer away from basic finance and accounting, and focus entirely on the mechanics and analytics of Investment Banking. Participants are expected to be exposed to business fundamentals and also the bare basics of accounting and finance for a faster and more in-depth learning of Investment Banking.
The exam features questions drawn from a wide selection of investment banking areas, a knowledge in which the body of knowledge defines as essential to have for individuals intending to be Investment Bankers. The framework and coverage of the exam is accurately fleshed out in the IBCA Handbook of Investment Banking, provided to every CIBP™ participant. The following topics have been specifically assigned in which the knowledge of participants are tested:
The CIBP™ exam is timed for 90 minutes, featuring 50 multiple choice questions. Participants can take their exam online anytime on their own system after verifying their computer machines.
A typical CIBP™ exam generally includes a mix of Type A and Type B questions for a total of 50 questions, though some exams may feature only one type of questions. Also, the number of questions may change without notice.
TYPE A - GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF CONCEPTS
Questions directly test the participants' ability to correctly and precisely recollect concepts, principles, techniques, and generally accepted practices in contemporary Investment Banking. The answers to TYPE A questions will reflect participants' awareness and comprehension of critical concepts and issues as covered in the IBCA body of knowledge. TYPE A Questions are facts based with the answer options being clear statements either clearly correct, or incorrect. There is only one CORRECT answer to TYPE A questions, and participants are scored only if the correct options are selected.
TYPE B - ABILITY TO APPLY UNDERSTANDING & KNOWLEDGE
Questions directly test the examinees' ability to apply and execute their awareness and understanding of the concepts and principles in the practice of Investment banking. The answers to TYPE B questions will reflect participants' capacities for critical analysis and judgement in gauging decision challenges. Questions will test examinees' abilities to devise approaches, plans and methods to resolve challenges with accountability and a high degree of effectiveness. TYPE B questions have four answer choices and multiple answers can be correct. Participants are scored only if all correct answers have been marked.
The exam aims at validating the participants' potential and capacity to effectively perform an array of tasks across the entire spectrum of investment banking sub-domains. The exam system validates this potential through assessing participants' knowledge about investment banking theory and practice and their ability to apply this knowledge to achieve excellence in their performance. These exams are designed on standards from the Standardized Knowledge Architecture for Practice Excellence. The IBCA Body of Knowledge has been engineered to redefine the profession of investment banking in the 21st century.
CIBP™ exams test participants on their knowledge of the state of the art principles, theories and generally accepted analysis and decision-making techniques, approaches, methods and practices. These exams expect that individuals being assessed for their CIBP™ program read the material contained in the IBCA Investment Banking Handbook and maintain familiarity with the latest in Investment Banking theory and practice by reading journals and books, listening to podcasts of experts and participating in professional development programs and events.
Usually, a cumulative score of 65%-70% in the exam can be deemed qualification worthy. However, an examinee's real, individual scores do not decide the recommendation for the award. Instead, a complex algorithm is used to make award decisions which nullify geographic and other environmental factors with potential to skew performance. As such, the certifying benchmark should not be expected to stay pegged at an exact number for pass/fail.
CIBP™ is for young professionals aspiring to break into and grow their careers in the Investment banking space. It is critical that all CIBP™ participants focus on widening their perspective of Investment banking. While the learning resources contains books and guidelines on how to study for the exam, additional research should be done to properly prepare for the exam. Investment banking is an evolving discipline and will perhaps never become an exact science, making-containing the entire practice of Investment banking into a single textbook impossible. IBCA has evolved its essential knowledge model in what is the world’s largest project on defining knowledge essentials for excellence in Investment banking. As a program in Investment banking, IBCA has done its part to cover the extensive breadth of Investment banking to assure that the CIBP™ program makes an impact on the professional capabilities of qualification holders.
While CIBP™ participants are clearly advised to use The IBCA Handbook on Investment banking as the master reference for preparing for their exams, the handbook is one piece in preparation for the exam. Although questions in a typical exam are drawn from content, which is available in the Handbook, it is also possible that a few questions may arrive from sources other than the text book provided to participants. IBCA therefore strongly advises all examinees to research other online and offline resources to brush up their concepts and awareness about how Investment banking impacts business.
To ensure that all CIBP™ participants develop themselves into the best young international professionals, IBCA advises they read extensively on the subject from as many sources as possible.
Business, environment and technology change faster today. Hence, your CIBP™ qualification requires refreshing every three years to stay in sync with the latest professional knowledge and practices in the Investment Banking discipline. Your myIBCA dashboard will have all information on what to read and the other steps you have to take to keep your knowledge and skills current and continue your qualification.
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The CIBP™ not only maximizes your profile visibility through social sharing, but it also adds distinction to your profile, being individually verifiable by a prospective employer or client.