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Is that on the SCQF…? Certificate in Green and Sustainable Finance

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by Linda Livingstone, Quality Assurance and Standards Manager, Chartered Banker Institute

The Chartered Banker Institute (“the Institute”) is the oldest professional banking institute in the world. The Institute was founded in 1875, operates globally, with over 33,000 members in over 100 different countries and nearly 1,000 financial institutions worldwide. The Institute has driven an agenda of ethical professionalism throughout its existence; promoting professional standards for bankers, providing professional qualifications for retail, commercial and private bankers, and offering professional membership to qualified individuals.

Our Certificate in Green and Sustainable Finance, updated for 2023, is a global, benchmark qualification at SCQF level 8 with 13 credit points designed to help individuals develop their understanding of, and apply, green and sustainable finance principles and practice in their roles and within the organisation they work for.

Consisting of 12 units which can be completed in as little as 12 weeks, the Certificate includes a wide range of interactive e-learning units and knowledge check tests to ensure learners understand the material. 

The Certificate in Green and Sustainable Finance aims to increase the learner’s knowledge and understanding of:

  • climate change and its impacts
  • climate risks and emerging environmental and sustainability risks
  • the evolution of green and sustainable products and services in the banking, investment and insurance sectors; and
  • increasing awareness of the role of the finance sector and finance professionals in supporting the transition to a low-carbon world.


Who is the Certificate aimed at?

The Certificate is aimed at financial services professionals globally who wish to develop and demonstrate their knowledge and expertise of green and sustainable finance. This includes:

Bankers, insurers, investment managers, central bankers and regulators, risk managers, analysts and consultants. There are no entry requirements for the Certificate in Green and Sustainable Finance, and no prior knowledge of the green and sustainable finance sector is assumed.

What benefits does the credit rating of this programme provide for learners?

The Certificate in Green and Sustainable Finance is SCQF credit rated, by the Chartered Banker Institute in their capacity as an SCQF approved Credit Rating Body. Being SCQF credit rated, the credits awarded are in line with qualifications at a similar level. On completion of the Certificate in Green and Sustainable Finance, you will have achieved a globally recognised ‘benchmark’ qualification. You can, if you wish, progress from Certificate to Diploma level.

Read some of the testimonials written by previous learners of the Certificate in Green and Sustainable Finance below:

"Exciting to be certified as a Green and Sustainable Finance Professional by The Chartered Banker Institute. The scope and depth of the course content was quite comprehensive and apt compared to a few other courses I have done before. I was pleasantly surprised to learn about the numerous initiatives and efforts already underway in different parts of the world to address the issues related to climate change... And this will also require each of us to play our part - professionally and personally.”

Varun Rana, Director I Institutional Banking I Relationship Management I Sustainable Finance I ANZ


"Delighted to have received this in the post this morning from The Chartered Banker InstituteAs we continue to support and help our customers’ transition to a sustainable, low carbon world, the role of finance professionals in this area is going to be vital."

Alex Borland, Chartered Banker / Green & Sustainable Finance Professional (GSFP)/MCIB/Relationship Director at Royal Bank of Scotland, Corporate & Commercial Banking


"Around November last year, I decided I wanted to pursue my interest in #sustainability by learning more about what it and #climatechange means in the context of #finance. I did some research and enrolled in the Certificate in Green and Sustainable Finance awarded by The Chartered Banker Institute, the first global benchmark qualification in this field. After 4-5 months of studying while working full-time, I am excited to share that I passed the exam yesterday morning. I am looking forward to applying what I have learned from this challenging yet ultimately very rewarding course of study!"

Dhanya Nageswaran, Associate at KPMG Singapore


To learn more about the Certificate in Green and Sustainable Finance, watch the video or click here.

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