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ABA/ICB Certifications Hit 10,000 Member Milestone


April 4 - Financial professionals carrying certifications earned through the American Bankers Association’s Institute of Certified Bankers now number over 10,000 — a new record for the ICB, whose certifications are known industry-wide as the standard of excellence in financial services skills and knowledge.

A recent survey of ICB members (those holding ICB certifications) is even more impressive:

“The results of this survey prove what we’ve always known – that an ICB certification distinguishes the holder as among the most highly trained and competent professionals in their field. It’s evident that employers and clients alike recognize the value that comes from working with an ICB-certified professional,” said Jim Edrington, executive vice president of ABA’s Professional Development Group.

ICB offers nine professional certification programs in the fields of wealth management and trust, compliance and risk management, lending, bank marketing and retirement services. Members must meet specific certification experience and education requirements, pass a comprehensive exam and abide by ICB’s code of ethics. In order to maintain the certification, members must complete continuing education and pay an annual fee.

“I’m certain my ICB Certified Trust and Financial Advisor certification has opened doors for me,” said John A. Bock, JD, CTFA, Florida market president at KeyBank. “Now, I look for prospective employees with ICB certifications because I know they have what it takes, and I know that current employees who earn them are ready for promotion. An ICB certification makes hiring and promotion decisions easier.”

More information about ICB certifications can be found at or by calling 1-800-BANKERS.