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Chartered status

Professional Experiential Route

Reflect on your career, take stock of your experience and gain chartered status with our Professional Experiential Route (PER). 

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What is it? 

If you're an experienced banking professional, you probably have more expertise than you realise. But how often have you had time to review your successes or what you might have done differently with hindsight?  

PER is your chance to do just that – only with the support of a personal tutor. It’s a flexible experiential route to chartered status that you can fit around your other commitments.

Who can apply? 

You’ll need to have at least ten years relevant industry experience – including a minimum of  five in banking and finance.

PER is not a qualification but a new pathway to chartered status with LIBF.

How does it work?

You’ll be asked to submit your CV and a personal statement (500 words) outlining why you’re applying as well as your skills, personal qualities, and achievements.

If successful, you’ll choose four topics that interest you:

With your tutor, you'll be able to break down the work into manageable chunks and create a schedule that suits you.


You’ll complete four reflective pieces of work – each about a specific working experience and what you have learned from it. These will be approximately 3,000 to 3,500 words each and assessed by two assessors, including an industry practitioner.

Over the PER process, you’ll:

  • choose, then analyse, key moments in your career
  • evaluate how successfully you handled these moments
  • identify what you might do differently or better in future
  • reflect on what you’ve learnt in your working life, and
  • demonstrate your skills and technical knowledge.

Your tutor will support you as you conceive and write each piece of work. You’ll also get feedback after each submission so that you become progressively more familiar with – and better able to complete – the tasks ahead of you.


How long does it take?

You’ll have 12 months to complete the PER process, but each individual is different, and everyone works at their own pace.  

However long you take, your tutor will support you every step of the way.


During your studies, you'll have access to:

  • up to ten hours of tutor support, including:
    • guidance on your approach and
    • feedback on your work
  • the PER course site – with information, assistance and tools.

While studying with us, you’ll automatically become a Member of The London Institute of Banking & Finance (MLIBF). That means you’ll also have access to our global professional networking events and careers support.

Chartered status

Chartered status is a mark of professional excellence, which demonstrates an individual’s professional integrity and high ethical standards. Once you’ve successfully completed PER, you’ll get chartered status.

As a Chartered Associate of LIBF you’ll receive a digital badge, which you can use to highlight your professional credibility to potential clients, peers and networks.

Chartered status also helps professionals move forward with their careers. As PER is benchmarked at Level 6 (degree level), it could help you take advantage of new career opportunities.


What are the benefits of doing PER instead of qualifications?

Everybody is different. Some people will prefer to study for exams, acquire qualification and follow the Professional Qualifications Framework.

However, PER is a much more personal process. And if you don’t enjoy exams, PER allows you to gain professional recognition for your achievements and the knowledge you’ve gained throughout your banking career.

Before you apply

If you would like to discuss the PER process in more detail before you apply email corporate@libf.ac.uk and a member of our team will be in touch.