Chartered Banker qualifications with FINSIA are crucial for those who want to stand out as leaders in the digital age.
To mark the 135th anniversary of FINSIA’s origins as a body dedicated to raising professionals standards, we are revisiting some of the best articles and interviews with the trailblazers shaping the industry’s future.
Over the coming weeks we will be re-publishing them in full.
But here below are the thoughts of those who have qualified on Professional Banking Fundamentals and Chartered Banker with FINSIA.
The words of founder Henry Gyles Turner - highlighting how professional education was such an excellent ROI then for ambitious individuals - still resonate today.
While the testimonials are in no particular order, they all show a commitment to banking ethics deliver the best customer outcomes and build trust in financial services.
“The decision to become Chartered Banker was a recognition that I wanted to be beholden to a global standard in banking and financial services.”
“For me the one thing that was also an add-on, within Professional Banking Fundamentals, was a set of principles and the values - the code of conduct that FINSIA adheres by. We had a whole chapter which was valuable.”
“Chartered Banker is excellent. It hones your focus on your accountabilities as a banker particularly with respect to customer outcomes, understanding your compliance and regulatory obligations and having ethical frameworks to apply sound judgement.”
“If you think you already have the experience and the ability, then I would certainly recommend Chartered Banker by Experience for those who are looking at BEAR registration, but it wont get you there unless you have that willingness to be accountable. It’s great when everything is going well; but it takes a special kind of humility to be willing to front year after year when things are not going well."
“Ensuring that people are properly qualified is certainly something that should be happening in banking. The banking profession doesn’t have the same standing as an accountant or a lawyer and the work FINSIA is doing is really important.”
“If lawyers and accountants have a need for continuing professional development then bankers have double that need.”
“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.”
“Having worked in chartered accounting, I see the value first hand that Chartered status brings to an industry. As a banking industry to be able to leverage something similar is what is needed. This makes it world class. I would like to think that the leaders in the industry will actually support it. Let’s hope so.”
“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.”
“Right now, customer expectations are higher than ever, and they are aligning themselves with organisations that they both trust and share values with and PBF gives you that level of professionalism. Because of the increased expectations from customers, acting with integrity and authenticity is very important to them. This means they will get the best outcome. I draw on the PBF a lot because of the strong emphasis on ethics and professionalism. It's had a tremendous impact. I feel more confident in the role that I play at the bank.”
“Banking as a profession is quite different to other professions in that to be successful we need to ensure that the customers interests are respected as well as the Banks which means a Banker has more than one interested party. Given these competing demands there is the need for good quality courses to assist Bankers develop deeper skills. The Chartered Banker programme is unique and I would encourage people who are looking a career in Banking to undertake the Chartered Banking programme as it will deepen their skill set and provide specific skills that are unique to the Banking industry.”
“Going through Chartered Banker has really helped to reaffirm my banking experience. To me it’s a qualification that creates more reputation and credibility in the market. We have to ask how do we give back? How can we be more socially responsible as the individual, professional in the industry? We've got to look beyond just the Industry as a banker, It's more, how can we be a better Corporate Citizen globally as well.”