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Certified Investment Banking Professional (CIBP)

The Overview

CIBP prepares graduating business and management students best for quick, impressive launch into investment banking, and faster growths in their careers as well.

The CIBP is a top-ranking qualification for aspiring investment bankers, respected around the world. It tops-up your great 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 business 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 anywhere you may be in the world, and take your certification exam right in your city. We cover all the major locations, across 183 countries.

Certified Investment Banking Professional


Pre-registrations are currently open for the spanking new CIBP version marked to the updated IBCA-IBANX Ver 0016-1.2 launching 19 September, 2019.

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CIBP Exam Fee: $ 550 USD
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The moment you decide you have to look at a bigger, swankier Investment Banking career, just storm right into the CIBP segment on the IBCA website, anytime of the day – or better still – even in the night! Pick a coffee. Just click Apply. And within minutes, you’ll be done – registered for what is the world’s most powerful qualification the young and the bubbly Investment Bankers can earn today! Everything happens smooth: you apply; you complete your CIBP registration; schedule your CIBP exam and pay-up for it using your credit card, and receive a couple of email notes from us – all before you finish your coffee! In the meanwhile, your smart and meaty CIBP learning resources kit has been pushed on its way to you.

World's Best Learning Resources on Investment Banking

Unlike other certification bodies, IBCA neither provides any special exam preparation material, nor asks individuals registered for CIBP Certification to purchase any such text or kits from any external organization. Instead, IBCA focuses on empowering the registrants with text and learning resources that help them build and expand their knowledge of Investment Banking. IBCA, hence, does provide the CIBP Resource Box complimentary to every CIBP registrant, containing printed and electronic resources with complete information on the CIBP Certification as well as the latest on IBCA standards and Investment Banking theory and practice. The Resource Box includes the IBCA flagship publication –The IBCA Handbook for Practitioners – the world’s first and the only standards-aligned and the most authoritative text on the science and art of Investment Banking ever. It’s a book for life for all finance, accounting, and Investment Banking professionals, and also the most important reading reference for preparing for CIBP Certification exams. The electronic resources include an e-Copy of the CIBP™ Exam Preparation Guidelines. Once you receive CIBP™ Resource Box, you are set for commencing your journey to becoming an Investment Banking professional ready for the most very best of global employers. Start your preparation for your online-proctored CIBP™ exam, which you can take almost anywhere you may be – in the comfort of your home or office after getting your computer and exam room IBCA-verified and approved for the exam.

Learning Resources

The Candidacy Tracks

CIBP™ Track

The following table summarizes the specifics of what it takes to become a CIBP™. Following is the convenient track covering business and management students from diverse backgrounds and experience to earn a CIBP™!

  • Minimum Qualification Required
    Students or Holders of a Graduate/ Master's Degree or Diploma qualification in Business/ Finance/ Management/ Accounting/ Economics or in any other discipline related to to capital markets, finance, investments or accounting.

  • Minimum Work Experience
    Experience not Mandatory; basic understanding about finance, investments, capital markets, accounting and business is desirable

Schedule Your IBCA Certification Exam

There are eight distinct stages of your journey toward becoming a CIBP. Here's what these stages look like. Of course, we've just tried to take you through a quick tour, so many of the details may be missing. You may Contact Us for more information.

All IBCA certifications mandate you to meet certain educational and work experience requirements to become eligible. The requirements for each IBCA certification is unique, so before proceeding, check if you satisfy the minimum eligibility requirements for the CIBP™ certification, you wish to apply for.
It is recommended that you keep this information handy as it will be required while filling up your 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 assessment 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 CIBP™ Resource Box containing reading and learning material at the address you have registered with us. Normal delivery timeframe is 3-4 weeks.

Your exam window opens exactly 45 days after you have successfully registered in CIBP™ and paid your fee. You can prepare for and take your CIBP™ exams anytime within the next 135 days. The books included in the CIBP™ Resource Box should help you brace up nicely for your CIBP™ Certification exam. Please read more about CIBP™ exams in the dedicated section on the subject.

If you qualify the CIBP™ certification exam and meet other conditions laid down by the Investment Banking Certifications Board (IBCB), you are recommended for the award of CIBP™ Credential and the CIBP™ 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.

digital badge

The Digitally Badged CIBP

CIBP Credential endorses your business degree for a lucrative career in investment banking via a digital badge by CredBadge. Your resume, inscribed with CIBP, creates a prodigious digital imprint of its own, consequently inviting leading investment banks to hire you instantly!

CIBP Credential Upgrade to SIBP

Upgrade is mandatory to keep your certification live and current. When you upgrade, you show your continuing competence and commitment to the profession. If you fulfill the candidacy norms of SIBP, IBCA will send reminder emails for upgrading your credential, or you can log into myIBCA Account and register for CIBP upgrade to SIBP. In order to receive email reminders from IBCA, please make sure to keep your email address current.

Upgrading your CIBP Credential to SIBP Credential

  • Step 1. Register for the CIBP™ renewal program by logging into your myIBCA account.
  • Step 2. Pay your CIBP™ renewal fee online.
  • Step 3. Complete the IBCA prescribed learning program online followed by a small assessment.
  • Step 4. Receive CIBP™ Credential renewal confirmation immediately from IBCA.
  • Step 5. Get your renewed CIBP™ Credential certificate & a new digital badge.

CIBP Credential Upgrade Policy – 2018

  • Life of the Credential (in years from the date of award) +

    The CIBP Credential is valid for 3 years. The CIBP Credential is not renewable, and can only be upgraded to SIBP. Credential-holders will be required to upgrade their CIBP Credential to SIBP – as applicable or permissible – to remain certified.

  • Standard Credential Upgrade Policy +

    An CIBP Credential can be upgraded* to SIBP, subject to fulfilment of the candidacy norms by the credential-holder, and upon successful completion of the prescribed online SIBP assessment as per the latest IBANX Body of Knowledge in the nearby test center.

    *Two months before the expiry of the credential validity of award of CIBP. Please note that after upgrade to SIBP, your CIBP Credential will expire. Refer to the fee schedule, CIBPU-1 for upgrade to SIBP.

  • Standard Credential Upgrade Window +

    The CIBP Credential Upgrade Window will open 60 days before the expiry of the credential and ends after 60 days from the date of expiry of the CIBP credential.

  • Standard Credential Upgrade Deadline +

    Before the expiry of the credential validity, e.g.; if the credential, was awarded on April 1, 2014, the Standard Upgrade Deadline will be March 31, 2017 i.e. 3 years after the award of the credential.

  • Credential Upgrade Convenience Period +

    A CIBP Credential can be upgraded to SIBP, within maximum 60 days from the date it expires, by paying the prescribed fee (Refer to the fee schedule, CIBPU-2). If upgrade formalities are not completed within this period, the upgrade to SIBP option will be withdrawn, in this case the CIBP Credential will expire.

  • Validity of a Upgraded Credential +

    The SIBP Credential’s validity will start 1 day after the expiry of the previously awarded credential i.e. CIBP. e.g.; if the CIBP Credential is expiring on March 31, 2017, the SIBP credential validity will start from April 1, 2017 irrespective of the actual date of upgrade for the next 3 years only.

CIBP Upgrade Fee Schedule

Schedule Code Upgrade Categories Fees Deadline
CIBPU-1 Standard Upgrade to SIBP USD 350 60 days before the expiry of the credential validity of award of CIBP.
CIBPU-2 Upgrade During The
Convenience Period
USD 400 60 days after the expiry of the credential validity of award of CIBP.

The CIBP Credential Case

A designer, resilient, and beautiful credential pack covers the CIBP Credential, thereby encouraging the talented aspirants to work a little harder to crack the IBCA Certification exam. This box acts as a stimulus for the applicants, as it includes a designation pin in consort with the credential, which can be sported on the pockets of shirts and coat. The third important constituent in this elite box is a booklet with the IBCA Code of Ethics, something to be retained forever.

Credential Case


Pre-registrations are currently open for the all new CIBP version marked to the updated IBCA-IBANX Body of Knowledge Release 0016-1.2 launching 19 September, 2019.

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