CBCA® Program Information

CFI’s Commercial 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, 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.

In this article we will go over the following information regarding the CBCA Program:

Subscriptions and Inclusions
Certification Requirements
Duration and Mode of Delivery
Frequently Asked Questions

Subscriptions and Inclusions ^

The CBCA® program includes courses ranging from beginner to intermediate through advanced-level courses. This includes prep courses to learn or review the fundamentals, core courses to build a strong foundation in credit analysis and loan underwriting, and elective courses to explore more advanced topics and specialized lending concepts.

To enroll in the CBCA® program, we offer subscription plans that give one-year access to ALL of our courses: 

  • Self-Study plan - priced at USD 497
  • Full Immersion plan - priced at USD 847

There are no additional fees required to earn the digital certification. Once enrolled, you will get instant access to the courses, study materials, and all future CBCA® course upgrades within your active subscription period. 

Check for more information about the fees here: Enrollment Fees

CBCA® Certification Requirements ^

Please refer to the CBCA page under 'how it works' to view the certification requirements.

All courses come with an online assessment at the end (MCQs, fill-in-the-blanks, and Excel questions) that learners need to complete. The exams can be repeated as many times as needed and can be taken at any time. A score of at least 80% is required to pass the assessment and earn the course credentials. 

Learners are also required to take the CBCA® final exam and earn at least 70% to pass and earn their certification. The final exam covers contents from the prep and core courses (elective courses not included) and is timed to be completed within 3 hours. There is one free attempt provided, with succeeding attempts subject to a USD50 retake fee, as well as a cool-down period of 30 days before challenging the exam again.  Further information about the CBCA® final exam can be found here.

After successfully completing all the CBCA® required courses and passing the final exam, learners need to sign CFI's Honor Pledge to submit their program for certification. Once signed and the program submitted, the Blockchain-Verified CBCA® certificate will be sent to the registered email address within 24 hours.

Duration and Mode of Delivery ^

All courses include video lectures delivered by professional Wall Street trainers who have been teaching classes for new hires at global investment banks for over twenty years. 

Lectures, study materials, and exams are all online and are accessible from anywhere in the world, allowing the program to be completed at any time. 

The recommended time to complete the program is 150-200 hours, but learners are free to finish the program at their own pace.

Frequently Asked Questions ^

∙ Why is the total time of the video not equal to the noted number of course hours?

The hours included in the course description are the average study hours, which include the time to watch the lectures, download files, complete the exercises & assessments, etc.

∙ I took the course assessment more than once; what score will this record on my transcript?

We offer unlimited attempts on the course assessments, and your transcript will show a PASS or a FAIL for your test score.

∙ Where can I access the CBCA® final exam?

The CBCA® final exam, as well as the practice exam, will be available on your dashboard once you have completed all the required courses.

∙ Can I extend the 3 hours of the CBCA® final exam?

The final exam is timed for exactly 3 hours, and there is no option to pause the timer once you have started.

∙ Can I take more than three elective courses?

Yes, of course! You will be given access to all of the programs included in the program and you are free to take more than the required courses, if you wish, at no additional cost.

∙ I have received my CBCA® certificate. Can I add CBCA® after my name?

Absolutely! Upon completion of the program, you earn the CBCA® designation, and you can add this after your name.  See here for permissions