Certificate in Green and Sustainable Finance


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Certificate in Green and Sustainable Finance

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Certificate in Green and Sustainable Finance

We are delighted to launch an updated version of our global, benchmark qualification of Green and Sustainable Finance for 2021.  

Managing climate-related risks and supporting the transition to a low-carbon world are our most significant global challenges.  

Updated for 2021-22, Principles and Practice of Green and Sustainable Finance includes the latest assessment of climate science from the IPCC, published in August 2021, which shows that human activities are having unprecedented and irreversible effects on the global climate.   

Global surface temperatures are likely to rise under all scenarios by more than 1.5o above pre-industrial levels by 2040 and by more than 2oC later in the century without dramatic and sustainable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. This underpins the urgency and importance of aligning finance with the objectives of the Paris Agreement, and sustainability in general. 

In order to tackle this collective challenge, every finance professional needs to develop a knowledge and understanding of green and sustainable finance.  

This global, benchmark qualification will help individuals to develop their understanding of, and apply, green and sustainable finance principles and practice in their roles and within the organisation they work for. 

For more information on Green Finance, you can read our blog here.

You can also check out our latest Podcast on Green Finance now.


Information for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents

It is not currently possible to claim subsidies for this programme through the IBF-STS subsidy programme.  We are sorry for any inconvenience.

If this changes, we will provide further information here.


Key facts

Updated for 2021, the Certificate in Green and Sustainable Finance aims are 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. 

  • Guided self-study supported by a wide range of interactive e-learning units and knowledge checks; 

  • 12 unit programme that can be completed in as little as 12 weeks. Registration lasts for 1 year, so you can also work through at your own pace;  

  • Assessed via 90 minute, multiple choice examination, conducted via remote invigilation.  

  • The Certificate costs £565 per candidate, including all learning materials and the first sitting of your exam. Exam resits cost £145 per module; 

  • In order to study the Certificate you must become a member of the Institute. An annual subscription fee of £30.00 will be payable upon registration as part of the enrolment fees; 

  • Upon completion, learners will be entitled to use the designation GSFP (Green and Sustainable Finance Professional). 


The 2021 edition of the Certificate in Green and Sustainable Finance syllabus has been significantly developed to consider the wider aspects of environmental sustainability, aligning finance not only with the objectives of the Paris Agreement but with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

The updated Certificate: 

  • Explains what is meant by ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ finance, the key factors that underpin the science of climate change, and the ways in which the finance sector can support the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy

  • Explains the role of a range of key players and policy and regulatory frameworks in aligning finance with the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the importance of monitoring, measuring and reporting impacts, outcomes, and flows of finance

  • Examines the nature and importance of key climate, environmental and emerging sustainability risks, and how these may be managed. 

  • Describes how different types of financial services strategies, activities, products and services (including banking, investment and insurance) can support the development of green and sustainable finance, the transition to a low-carbon economy, and the quality and functioning of the natural environment and natural systems.

  • Describes the role of financial technology in supporting the growth of green and sustainable finance.

  • Explains the steps that regulators, policymakers, institutions, organisations and Green and Sustainable Finance Professionals can take to support the mainstreaming of green and sustainable finance.

Download the module specification for more information:   

Green and Sustainable Finance Module Specification 2021.pdf


Am I Eligible?

Am I eligible? 

The Certificate is aimed at financial services professionals globally who wish to develop and demonstrate their knowledge and expertise of green and sustainable finance. Broad financial services sector coverage, including 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. 


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Supported by an updated Green and Sustainable Finance Principles and Practice, the world’s first Practitioner Guide, the Certificate is delivered via an online study guide that breaks up learning into bite size units. This is supported by interactive e-learning modules including audio, video and short learning actives and each unit is followed by a short knowledge check test or quiz to ensure understanding of the material. 

  • Mobile Support: The learning materials are delivered via the Institute’s LMS, which enables learners to access them anywhere, anytime, using most computer, tablet and mobile devices. 

  • Employer Support: Employers can track progress of individuals and cohorts through regular progress reports and learner analytics, enabling timely intervention when necessary. 

Case studies

Since this qualification’s launch in 2018 the certificate Green and Sustainable Finance has been studied globally in over 38 countries.

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