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Professional certification Chartered status

You may already be on the path to chartered status if you are studying – or have studied – a professional or higher education qualification with us.

To become fully chartered with us you will need to:

  • complete one of our routes to chartered status

  • commit to continuing professional development

    (CPD) on an annual basis

  • have three years' or more professional experience

  • follow the Code of Ethics.

Digital badge

Sample digital badge of Charted Associate of the London Foundation for Banking and Finance.

Chartered status comes with an eye-catching digital badge, which you can use on your website and in other digital communications. Existing and prospective clients can click on this to see the skills, knowledge and ethos that your chartered status demonstrates.

Why choose chartered status?

Chartered status is a mark of professional excellence. It will raise your professional profile and help you advance in your career, as well as give confidence to your clients that you can provide expert service.

If you are awarded chartered status, you will be a Chartered Associate of The London Foundation for Banking & Finance as well as being a member of LIBF – so you will be associated with both organisations and have access to LIBF membership benefits.

Because we are in the City of London, we are not only in the heart of the UK’s financial sector but also at the centre of one of the world’s leading international financial districts.

This means we can help you make valuable contacts at our many professional networking events.

We will actively help you keep your industry knowledge and skills up to date through our continuing professional development (CPD) scheme.

You can also benefit from careers advice, mentoring, access to our award-winning e-library and a subscription to Financial World magazine. Your chartered credentials will be publicly searchable in our CPD Register – boosting your profile.


The subscription year for chartered status runs from 1 January to 31 December.

The fee for joining between January and June is £170. July to December applicants pay half the fee at £85.

If you have already paid for a membership with us for a similar period we will deduct your existing subscriptions from the chartered fee.

Enquire about becoming chartered

Have you completed one of the learning and development routes and meet the criteria to be eligible?

Talk to our team and apply for Chartered Associateship.

Apply to become chartered

Professional qualifications

Work towards chartered status with one of our professional qualifications.

There are various progression routes you can choose from - we offer an array of course options that will enable you to achieve chartered status.

More on our professional qualifications

Professional Experiential Route (PER)

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Many banking professionals aim to achieve chartered status but would prefer not to follow a traditional qualifications route.

For those with over 10 years of industry experience, chartered status can now be achieved with our new Professional Experiential Route (PER).

PER is not a qualification but a new experiential learning route to chartered status.

Discover more about PER

Contact us about your membership

If you have any questions about our membership, please contact our membership team by emailing membership@libf.ac.uk.