Alliance launches first joint qualification to help profession pass “Carney Test”

  • 28 June 2021
  • Press release | News | Green Finance

Alliance launches first joint qualification to help profession pass “Carney Test”.

The Chartered Body Alliance today launched their first joint qualification, the Certificate in Climate Risk , to help financial services professionals pass the “Carney Test”.

Mark Carney, the former Bank of England Governor, COP 26 finance adviser and United Nations special envoy, made it a key objective of his Building a private finance system for net zero strategy “to ensure that every professional financial decision takes climate change into account”.

To meet this objective, referred to as the “Carney Test”, the Chartered Body Alliance developed the Certificate in Climate Risk to give financial services professionals the opportunity to develop the expertise required to manage climate risks and identify the challenges and opportunities from the transition to net zero.

Professionals who complete the Certificate will be capable of examining the challenges in measuring, monitoring, and reporting climate risks using the data available.

Successful candidates will be able to outline common approaches to modelling climate risks, including the use of scenario analysis, and examine regulatory approaches and responses at global, regional, and national levels.

They will be able to explore defining, developing, articulating, and embedding climate risk appetite, governance and culture and be capable of discussing the opportunities for the financial services sector to support the transition to a sustainable, low carbon world.

To achieve the Certificate in Climate Risk, professionals will need to complete a one-and-a-half-hour online examination, consisting of 75 multiple choice questions.

To prepare them for the test, professionals will receive an online study guide for core reading and learning activities, interactive eLearning modules, plus online quizzes, and knowledge checks to embed their understanding of key concepts.

By developing the Certificate in Climate Risk as a first step, the Chartered Body Alliance, who are composed of around 200,000 individuals working across financial services, is demonstrating the key role it can play in establishing the standards, norms, values, and practices to develop the capability and capacity of the finance sector globally.

Simon Thompson, CEO of the Chartered Banker Institute, commented: “Recognising the need for ambitious and urgent climate action, the three leading UK-based, global professional bodies forming the Chartered Body Alliance: the Chartered Banker Institute, the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment have developed the Certificate in Climate Risk, and accompanying study materials, to lead the upskilling and reskilling of finance and risk professionals globally. 

“This is the first time we have developed a joint qualification in this way, and we are proud to work together, in the public interest, to play our part in tackling our greatest global challenge.”

Simon Culhane, Chartered FCSI, CEO of the CISI added: “This new Certificate in Climate Risk is testament to the effectiveness of the unity which can be achieved for our financial services profession by the Chartered Body Alliance. Ahead of the UK hosting the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow in November this year, the focus for global financial services practitioners - for themselves, their clients, and their firms - is to ensure their knowledge and skills are current and reflective of market and societal developments. Our Certificate in Climate Risk is an important part of this educational initiative.”

Sian Fisher, CEO of the Chartered Insurance Institute, further added: “Managing climate-related risks and supporting the transition to a low carbon world is one of the most significant challenges facing the world today.

“This qualification from the Chartered Body Alliance will develop the capacity and capability of finance and risk professionals globally in this key area to ensure they can help consumers and corporate clients make financial decisions that include the consideration of climate change.”



For further information please contact:

Chartered Banker Institute

Matthew Ball, Head of Public Affairs, Policy & Communications
[email protected]

Mobile: 07720 684226

Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

Lora Benson, Head of Media
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Office: 0207 645 0662 Mobile: 07801 521034

Matthew Ball

Matthew Ball

Chartered Banker Institute | Head of Public Affairs, Policy & Communications


Matthew is responsible for leading the implementation of the Institute’s strategic and operational plans for public affairs, key stakeholder engagement and communications.

Matthew has over 25 years’ experience working as a senior Parliamentary/Political Affairs Professional with a wealth of skills across all areas of public affairs, joining the Institute in 2015 to help raise its profile, impact and influence. Matthew has worked for MPs, co-founded a public affairs agency and run think-tanks providing him with considerable knowledge of the operations of regulators and government. He is also an expert in the UK Parliamentary Process.

Matthew was Administrative Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Building Societies and Financial Mutuals between 2003 and 2013 and immediately prior to working for the Institute, was Chief Executive of the financial services think-tank, New City Agenda.

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