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Certified Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)™

Become a Certified Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)™

Online Self-Paced


CFI’s Certified Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)™ Program covers the most critical knowledge and skills required to become a skilled credit analyst including accounting, industry analysis, business analysis, management assessment, financial analysis, loan security, credit evaluation and documentation, and review procedures. This credit analyst certification will help you hit the ground running, or move up the ladder as a world-class financial analyst.

Join 700,000+ students who work for companies like Amazon, J.P. Morgan, and Ferrari

The Global Standard in Credit Analyst Certification

The CBCA credit analyst certification program teaches you the skills that will help you stand out as a world-class credit analyst. Gain a competitive edge in commercial banking with advanced knowledge, real-world analysis skills, and career confidence.

The CBCA includes 27 courses (15 required courses, 5 optional prep courses and 7 electives). The recommended CBCA program study time is 60-100 hours and the average completion time is 4 months.

Common Career Paths

  • Commercial Banking
  • Business Banking
  • Corporate Banking
  • Rating Agencies
  • Corporate Credit Analysis
  • Real Estate Lending
  • Risk Management
  • Treasury

What You’ll Learn


27+ courses, 100+ hours of video training, and Excel & document templates


100% online, at your own pace, on your own schedule, with lifetime access


Earn in-demand skills from instructors with 21+ years of experience training


Our mission is to make the world's best credit analyst training accessible to everyone

Trusted by 700,000+ Students working at

The Ultimate Credit Analyst Training System

The CBCA Program is designed to teach you all the skills you need to excel on the job as a credit analyst. The courses will walk you through the entire credit process from start to finish, including how to read business financial information, how to analyze financial statements, how to assess a company’s capacity for debt, how to establish covenants, how to assess collateral and liquidity, and much more!

By the end of the program, you’ll understand the entire lending process from start to finish, including origination, negotiation, underwriting, documentation, closing, booking, and funding. As a certified credit analyst, your CBCA designation sets you apart from the competition in a competitive job market.

The Ultimate Credit Analyst Training System

When you’re investing resources in career advancement, you want courses that are proven to give you real-life skills that help you get recognized and move up the career ladder.

CFI’s Certified Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)™ Certification was designed by instructors with over 21+ years of financial analyst training experience. They’ve earned their credentials working at some of the largest and most well-known global banks and institutions:

It’s a distinct advantage to learn from instructors who obtained their experience training employees at these elite institutions; instructors who know what it’s like to perform these skills on the job – not just prepare you for passing a test. Passing tests is critical, but that doesn’t help you when you’re back at your desk, needing to perform analysis for a powerhouse client.

CFI courses have been delivered to tens of thousands of students at top universities, investment banks, accounting firms, and operating companies across the world. CFI is the official provider of the Certified Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)™ designation.

We know what skills and knowledge employers are looking for, and we deliver them to you. Whether you’re new to corporate finance or an experienced professional, our courses are designed to help you advance your career. We deliver financial training for the real-world.

When you complete the CBCA™ Certification training you’ll possess the in-demand industry knowledge, hands-on practice, and confidence it takes to stand out and become a truly world-class analyst.

The best part? You’ll put yourself on the “career express track”. In only a few months, you’ll gain on-the-job skills and knowledge that might take years of experience to learn.


Prep Courses (Optional)

Course Course Code Study Hours
Fundamentals of Credit CBCA 102 1-2
Accounting Fundamentals СFI 101 1-2
Forms of Business Structure CBCA 103 1-2
Introduction to Banking CBCA 104 1-2
Banking Products and Services CBCA 105 4-5

Core Courses (Required)

CourseCourse CodeStudy Hours
5 C’s of CreditCBCA 2041-2
Reading Business Financial InformationCBCA 2052-4
Evaluating a Business PlanCBCA 2062-4
Assessing Drivers of Business GrowthCBCA 2111-2
Assessing ManagementCBCA 2211-2
Cash Flow Cycles and AnalysisCBCA 2222-4
Financial Analysis FundamentalsCFI 2014-6
Building a 3 Statement Financial ModelCFI 2114-6
Loan SecurityCBCA 2312-4
Loan CovenantsCBCA 2332-4
Credit Administration and DocumentationCBCA 3212-4
Account Monitoring and Warning SignsCBCA 3232-4
Business Writing FundamentalsCBCA 3362-4
Completing a Credit ApplicationCBCA 4002-4
Professional EthicsCFI 2652-4

Elective Courses (Optional)

CourseCourse CodeStudy Hours
Commercial Banking – Debt ModelingCBCA 5014-5
Real Estate FundamentalsCBCA 6012-4
How to Read a Commercial Real Estate AppraisalCBCA 6052-4
Environmental Due Diligence for CreditCBCA 5052-3
Construction Finance FundamentalsCBCA 5082-4
Loan PricingCBCA 5024-5
Syndicated LendingCBCA 5073-4

CBCA - A Credit Analyst Certification Endorsed by the Global Corporate Finance Society

The GCFS board regularly reviews the CBCA program to ensure relevancy and industry standards are being met. By regularly examining the credit analyst certification curriculum, the GCFS board is able to ensure CFI courses include the latest possible trends.

Testimonial Reviews

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Adam Thiébaut

Got it!! I've just finished to complete the 6 prep course courses, the 9 core courses and the 3 elective courses to get the Holy Grail certification. I am already hyped about the other certifications that #cfi might be launching.

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Maciej Nowak

Thank you Tim Vipond, FMVA® and Corporate Finance Institute® for Business. Your Certified Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)™ Certification course is unlike any other corporate credit analysis course I have taken (working in the field since 2007).

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German Rivera Pereyra

After almost six months of courses, finally I have achieved the #FMVA ( Financial Modeling and Valuation Analyst) Certificate from Corporate Finance Institute® (CFI) . I want to thank Tim Vipond, FMVA® Scott Powell and all people from CFI.

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Marcos Vinícios

I just completed the certification "Certified Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)™" from the Corporate Finance Institute®, and I am starting their Machine Learning in Python courses.

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Ihor Kukhar

Hey folks, After 6 months of studying, 19 courses, and over 900 lessons, I have finally completed Corporate Finance Institute® (CFI)’s Certification Program. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that is looking to get a deeper insight into Valuation.

Frequently Asked Questions

CFI is accredited by the Better Business Bureau® (BBB) to maintain training standards, and by the CPA Institutions in Canada, and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in the US for CPE credits. 

Reviews from students who have taken CFI courses and the CBCA™ certification program include numerous stories about how people have been able to advance their careers. There is a proven track record of CFI graduates marking successful transitions into the careers of their dreams and this is based largely on the resources that we make available to our students upon enrolment. Our training is designed to be fully practical and simulates the experience of being trained as a professional financial analyst. Additionally, we offer a wealth of information through our free career resources. The unique blend of all these elements is what sets us apart from other e-learning platforms when it comes to giving you all the tools you need to create a successful career in finance.

All of our certification programs are open to students and professionals in various industries and levels of experience. Our curriculum is designed to teach what you need to know from basic fundamentals to the advanced practical case studies. To take the courses and complete the exercises, students will only need access to a PC and/or Mac, Microsoft Suite (2016 or newer), and a stable internet connection.

It takes an average of 4-6 months to complete the entire program. However, you are given the freedom to complete all of the training at your own pace! Please see the "What You'll Learn" section for recommended study hours for each course to give you a better idea for your time management.

You will have lifetime access to the courses and all future upgrades. You can review the video lessons as many times as you like and complete the courses at a pace that is most convenient for you.

Students are required to complete an online assessment (MCQ's, Fill-in-the-Blanks, and Excel Questions) at the end of each course. You can take the exams at your own schedule and will need to earn at least 80% to pass the course and earn your certificate of course completion. Please note that course exams can be repeated as many times as you need.

While the courses are designed mainly for self-study, we are happy to provide email assistance for general or technical support inquiries. The Full Immersion bundles include a premium email support function which allows you to communicate directly with in-house experts in the area of study you are focusing on. This is one of the key features that sets the Full Immersion bundle apart and makes it a worthwhile upgrade over the more affordable self-study bundle.

Yes! You can download and edit the Excel models and templates included in your courses. All of the files needed in a course are available for download. Please note that while our study materials can be downloaded, the lecture videos are only available online due to copyright infringement issues.

You need to complete all the video lessons, quizzes, and final assessments in each course to earn your course certificates. The certificate will then be available on your student dashboard and also emailed to you as soon as you have completed all of the requirements.

As soon as you complete the program! After completing the CBCA™ program requirements (15 required courses) you can immediately request your digital CBCA™ certificate to be emailed to you by submitting your completed program through your student dashboard.

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