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Advance your career in banking with an internationally recognised professional qualification

Develop the essential foundation knowledge required for working in banking. Get a broad overview of the banking industry and how banks operate, learn about banking products and gain an understanding of key banking terminology.  

The program also explores the key principles of ethical behaviour and provides tools to help you apply them in your work environment.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Banker Institute (UK) - the only body in the world able to confer the status of Chartered Banker and developed for the Australian market by FINSIA.

Total Program Fee


Professional Banking Fundamentals is a standalone module and a qualification all on its own.

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Assessment Fees

Module fee includes one attempt at an assessment (assessment resit fees will apply).


Course Duration

Students will take from 3 to 6 months to complete depending on level of education and experience.


Entry requirements

Suitable for everyone starting out in a career in the Financial Industry.


Online flexibility

All modules are delivered online which means you can start anytime, anywhere.


Global Portability

Professional Banking Fundamentals is a globally recognised professional qualification.



Upon completion of Professional Banking Fundamentals, students acquire GFIN post nominal as a FINSIA member. 

Who is this for?

People new to banking.
People working in banking but looking to be recognised through a professional qualification.
People working in the banking industry in a support function looking to improve overall banking knowledge, including those in HR, Risk and IT.

What’s Included

Affiliate Membership

A 12-month Affiliate FINSIA membership is included for new members. Being a FINSIA member enables you to build your professional profile while studying through networking events, thought leadership via webinars and digital publications. 


Embedded e-Learning on selected modules to reinforce key learning objectives.

Digital Textbook

A comprehensive digital textbook providing core learning materials and case studies to help you build your capability.


Checkpoint exams at the end of each chapter to confirm your understanding.



The learning experience is


Online Learning

Start anytime from any location at your own pace.



Stimulating interactive learning experience with a hands-on approach. 



Access an extensive suite of engaging learning materials.


Industry Led

Developed for the Australian market in consultation with senior industry practitioners. 

What do I get when I finish the course?

Graduating from the Professional Banking Fundamentals qualification entitles you to the GFIN education post nominal to demonstrate your commitment to the industry.


Congratulations!  You have become a GFIN which demonstrates that you have successfully completed the foundation standard professional qualification in banking. 

To retain GFIN post nominals, students need to remain a FINSIA member and complete 14 hours CPD per year, 10 of which are structured, four unstructured and a minimum of one hour in ethics and integrity (as part of the structured learning).


Upgrade and upskill

You are now ready to access a range of professional qualifications and membership packages that will advance your career.

If you are ambitious and want to reach the next level, look into the benefits of the internationally recognised Certified Professional Banker.

Those who want to reach the pinnacle of financial services and the gold standard in banking should check out becoming a Chartered Banker.

Kate McCallum SF FIN

Kate McCallum SF FIN

Director and Wealth Advisor, Multiforte Financial Services

The Professional Banking Fundamentals qualification is truly impressive. Based on UK qualifications and then some. Well done.

Alexander Neskovski G FIN

Alexander Neskovski G FIN

Wealth Consultant, Westpac

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.

Tom Born-Crockett

Tom Born-Crockett

Dealer Assistant - Fixed Income, FIIG Securities

It’s exciting to work with the team at FINSIA that has a real focus on developing new ways of building capability and professionalism within the banking sector. Having a passion to think differently and to focus on what developing people will mean in terms of better customer experience, will help restore trust and pride in the sector. That’s why I see such value in the collaboration between FINSIA and the Chartered Banker Institute to develop a suite of qualifications that will fit the aspirations of people strategies and also work to build up credits towards Chartered Banker status.

Maggie Lien

Maggie Lien

Senior Manager - Regulatory Risk, ING

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.

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