Certified Fintech Practitioner

About the Programme

Financial services is a fast-evolving industry. Fintech is becoming the new normal and without the right skills and knowledge, you could be left behind.

Developed with Fintech Nexus, this six-week programme will give you the understanding you need to lead a team and advance your career. And it’s a great opportunity to network.

You will learn:

  • how fintech is impacting business models across banking and finance
  • the benefits and applications of key technologies and how they influence financial product and services design and distribution
  • how risk and regulation is affecting fintech development across the globe
  • different strategies for growth, and
  • the factors that determine success, such as funding, valuation, collaboration and exit.

Who is the Programme for?

Certified Fintech Practitioner (CFP) is for early to mid-career professionals, with some experience of either banking or financial technology. The programme is ideal if you’re looking to expand your understanding of fintech business models to:

  • make yourself more effective in your current role, or
  • prepare for taking the next step in your career.

Topics are offered in bitesize chunks to help you fit studies around your busy schedule. And if you need to come back to the learning after the course, you’ll find it’s still available for 12 months after the programme.

Applications for Certified Fintech Practitioner are currently closed, please check this page again soon for updates!

We also have five scholarships available to women already working in fintech or the broader financial services sector who are keen to expand their knowledge of the global Fintech ecosystem and who have recently commenced, or are looking to move into, a first management role.

More information on Women in Fintech Scholarships to follow once applications open.

“An energetic course to keep abreast of everything that is happening in the fintech field – with strong speakers from the market and where everyone is well involved in discussions.” – Gerwin Woelders, Chief Digital Officer of η!Transformers, the Netherlands


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All of our Faculty have worked in the industry so offer practical insights as well as theory. Each week you’ll explore a topic through:

  • short video lessons
  • recommended reading
  • quizzes so you can check your understanding
  • self guided research and reflection.

Each week we bring the learning to life with two short live webinar sessions, that include:

  • interviews with fintech founders
  • case studies
  • group discussions, and
  • question and answer (Q&A) sessions.

You’ll then be directed to relevant content from Fintech Nexus – a respected media company dedicated to financial services innovation. You’ll hear leading industry players discuss the topic in question and related areas.

Throughout the programme, you’ll hear from guest speakers about the latest strategies and opportunities in the market. Previous speakers have included senior leaders from:

  • Divido
  • Raisin
  • Nucoro
  • Pennyworth Financial
  • Codat
  • Fluidly
  • Kalgera
  • Vacuum Labs.

And you’ll reflect on your learning in a journal, which the course team will review as part of your assessment.

When you successfully complete the programme, you’ll gain Certified Fintech Practitioner status. This comes with a digital badge that you can use on your website, social media and email signature.

The Programme

Indicative Content

  • Topic 1: Sectors and models

    Digital banks, neo banks and challenger banks – what are they and how do they stack up against incumbents?

    • Challenger banks: an attack from many angles
    • Today’s dynamic reality
    • Value propositions: non-banks versus traditional banks
    • The regulatory challenges of establishing challengers and neos
    • The regulatory challenges of establishing challengers and neos.

    WealthTech and Robo-advisory

    • Incumbent versus disruptive business models
    • Genuine innovation or opportunistic hype?

    Alternative and Embedded Finance

    • Business models: genuine disruption or a shift in distribution?
    • Alternative finance: the best answer for SMEs?
  • Topic 2: Technology

    Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

    • What is AI/ML? Talk nerdy to me
    • Data innovations: traditional and alternative sources of information

    Blockchain and Crypto

    • Definitions, features, types and main uses of the blockchain in the financial markets
    • Differences between crypto-currencies, bitcoins and crypto-assets


  • Topic 3: Payments and Open Banking


    • Segmentation of the payments market
    • Business models, ecosystem and underlying infrastructure
    • Latest trends in the market

    Open Banking

    • Different models around the world
    • Open banking to open finance
    • Case studies and examples on successful approaches
  • Topic 4: Regulation & Emerging Markets
    • RegTech and regulation Loan book realities: lessons from the Covid crisis
    • Is regulation stifling innovation?
    • Global landscape: collaborate, compete, harmonise
    • Managing risk in digital products and services
    • Bridges and sandboxes

    Emerging Markets

    • Unbanked demographic
    • First generation mobile money
    • The next leap forward






  • Topic 5: Sustainability and Growth

    Fintech and sustainability

    • Fintech for carbon accounting
    • B2C fintech business models for positive change
    • B2B fintech business models for positive change
    • Sustainability beyond carbon


    • How fintechs are funded and valued at different stages of maturity
    • Today’s dynamic venture capital environment
    • Exit strategies


    • Incumbent fintech partnership models
    • How to partner internally
  • Additional information about this course

    Certified Fintech Practitioner is ideal preparation for the LIBF Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Banking and Fintech. Those holding Certified Fintech Practitioner status who register for the Postgraduate Certificate will receive a full refund of their CFP fees.

    About LIBF and Fintech Nexus 

    In Certified Fintech Practitioner, Fintech Nexus and LIBF have partnered to combine their respective strengths – deep experience of delivering high-quality effective learning and the latest thinking and contemporary perspectives on the topics that really matter – to create a programme that delivers the skills, knowledge and insights professionals need to thrive in a rapidly changing environment.

    Fintech Nexus is the largest media and events company dedicated to innovation in fintech. They operate three major conferences annually for the USA, Europe and Latin America markets, along with focused networking events, a digital community and daily news department. Like much of the economy today, financial services is experiencing a rapid upheaval. We are seeing a multi-decade transformation where fintech will take centre stage as everything becomes digital. Fintech Nexus is there for you, reporting the news daily, enabling real time discussion and insights and empowering the community with connections and in-depth learning at live events.

    The Fintech Nexus team believes that there has never been a more exciting time to be in financial services and is proud to be your trusted guide on this journey

    The London Institute of Banking & Finance  

    The London Institute of Banking & Finance is a not-for-profit educational and professional body incorporated by Royal Charter. We are the first professional institute worldwide to gain the power to award our own higher education degrees and have a 140-year heritage in delivering world-class, professional financial education in the banking and finance sector.

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This course is delivered in conjunction with Fintech Nexus

CFP comes with an eye-catching digital badge, which you can use on your website and in other digital communications. Existing and prospective clients can click on this to see the skills, knowledge and ethos that your CFP status demonstrates.

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