Diploma in Green and Sustainable Finance
The Diploma in Green and Sustainable Finance combines core banking principles and practice with those of green and sustainable finance. By studying the Diploma banking professionals will build the knowledge and skills needed to tackle the collective challenge of climate-related risks.
The Diploma has been updated to include the latest version of our Green and Sustainable Finance (2023) e-learning.
The Diploma aims to:
- Develop the learner's knowledge, understanding and skills relating to green and sustainable finance and those relating to the business of banking in a digital age;
- Provide an overview of, and introduction to, the underpinning science, principles and practice of the field;
- Increase the learner’s knowledge and understanding of the range of green and sustainable products and services in the banking, investment and insurance sectors;
- Increase awareness of the role of the finance sector and finance professionals in supporting the transition to a low-carbon world.
- Integrates core banking principles and practice with learning about the forces that are transforming the way we bank;
- Examine how banks are responding to meeting the changing expectations of customers in an increasingly competitive environment;
- How sustainable banking is changing what it means to be a professional in banking.
Note: The Diploma in Green and Sustainable Finance is comprised of the Professional Banker Certificate 2019 and the Certificate in Green and Sustainable Finance. The Professional Banker Certificate 2023 does not contribute to the Diploma in Green and Sustainable Finance.
The Diploma in Green and Sustainable Finance remains available for learners who previously completed or are currently registered for the Professional Banker Certificate 2019.
- The Diploma consists of two modules: Professional and Responsible Banking in a Digital Age and Green and Sustainable Finance;
- Guided self-study supported by a wide range of interactive e-learning units and knowledge checks;
- Modules are assessed by an online examination, conducted via remote invigilation;
- Each module can be completed in as little as 12 weeks. Registration lasts for 1 year, so you can also work through at your own pace;
- The Diploma costs £920 per candidate, including all learning materials and the first sitting of your exam;
- In order to study the Diploma in Green and Sustainable Finance you must become a member of the Institute. An annual subscription fee of £33.00 will be payable upon registration as part of the enrolment fees. Upon completing the first module, learners will become Certificated members of the Institute and the subscription fee is £66.00.
- From 5 April 2023, members will now receive a digital certificate for this qualification via email usually within 5 days of successfully being awarded the qualification. To find out more about the new digital certificates, click here.
- Upon completion, learners will be entitled to use the designation Green and Sustainable Finance Professional.
To achieve the Diploma in Green and Sustainable Finance you must complete two modules:
Green and Sustainable Finance
- Introduces green and sustainable finance in the context of retail, commercial and wholesale banking, central and development banks, insurance and investment sectors;
- Includes materials from our newly updated Certificate in Green and Sustainable Finance for 2023;
- Covers the science of climate change and the role of the financial system in the natural world;
- Global, international and national policy, regulatory and industry responses to support flows of finance for sustainable growth;
- Identifying, disclosing and reporting climate-related financial risks, and other environmental and sustainability risks;
- Introduces key sustainable finance frameworks/principles (e.g. UN SDGs, PRI/PRB, TCFD, Green Bond and Green Loan Principles;
- Supporting customers in their transition to sustainability;
- Overview of green and sustainable FinTech;
- Ethical dimensions of green and sustainable finance, and the role of Green and Sustainable Finance Professionals
- Green and Sustainable Finance Module Specification. pdf
Professional and Responsible Banking in a Digital Age
Develops understanding and appreciation of the banking sector, critical to effective performance. Topics studied include:
- Banks and Banking in a Digital Age;
- Serving Customers: Products, Services and Distribution Channels;
- Principles and Practice of Bank Lending;
- Bank Risks;
- The Legal and Regulatory Environment;
- Professionalism and Ethics in Banking.
- Professional and Responsible Banking in a Digital Age Module Specification October 2019. pdf
Note: The Professional and Responsible Banking in a Digital Age module was the single module leading to the award of the Professional Banker Certificate 2019. The module was withdrawn 15 August 2023. The Professional Banker Certificate 2023 does not contribute to the Diploma in Green and Sustainable Finance.
To achieve the Professional Banker Diploma, you must complete the 2019 or earlier version of the Professional Banker Certificate and two further modules.
The Diploma is delivered online via the Institute’s Learning Management System, which enables learners to access the learning materials anywhere, anytime. Resources include;
- An interactive workbook for core reading and learning activities;
- An updated Green and Sustainable Finance Principles and Practice, the world’s first Practitioner Guide;
- Case studies and online resources, including videos;
- Recommended further reading;
- Interactive e-learning modules;
- Online knowledge checks with feedback on responses to enhance learning.