Certified Fintech Practitioner

About the Programme

Certified Fintech Practitioner is a ground-breaking new programme being developed jointly by The London Institute of Banking & Finance and LendIt Fintech  


The course is designed for forward-thinking early to mid-career professionals who are looking to expand and formalise their understanding of fintech business models and the environment in which they operate by gaining recognised credentials.


Who is the Programme for?

If you’re working – or aspire to work – in a fintech or a digital team in financial services, the Certified Fintech Practitioner is for you.

Delivered online over six weeks, this interactive course – created by those who have been at the coal face of digital innovation and developments – will provide learners with expert knowledge of the evolution and impact of fintech.

How do I get involved?   

Registration is now open for the first edition of the programme which commences Monday 9 November 2020. See the study planner for the schedule of live webinars or apply for the course using the link below.


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.

What’s included?

  • Two to three hours of live virtual lessons each week plus guided self-study at your own pace
  • A comprehensive course website containing a study guide, reading materials, recordings of live webinars and an expansive library of pre-recorded video content
  • A specially curated student area within LendIt Fintech containing a range of video resources to complement and expand your learning
  • Access to the site for the duration of your programme and then for the following six months so you can refresh and renew your learning
  • On completion, and submission of your reflective statement(s), a digital Certified Fintech Practitioner credential that can be shared on your social profiles such as LinkedIn
  • Free access to LendIt Fintech Digital for a year – a membership-based online community with exclusive content and networking opportunities – worth £450
  • A 15% discount on tickets to LendIt Fintech conferences and events for a one-year period following your registration

Applications for the 2020 programme have now closed. However, due to the success and demand for the Certified Fintech Practitioner programme, we’ll be running it again in February 2021. Register your interest today so we can keep you updated.



You will study Certified Fintech Practitioner entirely online and learn through a combination of weekly live virtual classes and workshops with self-paced individual study. 

Registration for the Certified Fintech Practitioner programme costs GBP£600 (US$775) per student. 

Each week your instructor will guide you through a topic:

  • exploring the key points
  • providing case study examples, and
  • giving you the opportunity to ask questions and share your experiences with your classmates.

You’ll then be directed to a range of relevant content from LendIt Fintech – a respected media company dedicated to financial services innovation – where you’ll be able to watch and listen to leading industry players discuss and share their views on the topic in question and related areas.

Finally, each week you will be encouraged to reflect on what you have learnt and consider how it might apply to your own situation or organisation by completing a short learning journal.

At the end of the programme, to gain Certified Fintech Practitioner status, we’ll ask you to submit your journal for review by the course tutor.

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

    Challenges and threats

    • The regulatory challenges of establishing challengers and neos
    • Impact and threat from big tech

    Wealth 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?
    • Alternative finance: the best answer for real estate?
  • Topic 2: Technology

    From Data to Decisions: artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cloud computing

    • What is AI/ML? Talk nerdy to me
    • The cloud stack, and benefits, explained
    • Data innovations: traditional and alternative sources of information

    Infrastructure and Payments

    • Innovations in card and payment technologies
    • Blockchain infrastructure


  • Topic 3: Customers  

    Customers and their expectations

    • Staying ahead of changing  customer expectations  in a digital world
    • Omnichannel challenges and opportunities

    Customer Acquisition: shifting the paradigm: outside in

    • Best practices in marketing today
    • Attracting and retaining profitable customers
    • Minimising customer acquisition costs and maximising lifetime value
    • Distribution and communication channels
    • Impact and influence of social media
  • Topic 4: Environment  
    • 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

    Open Banking, PSD2 and Cybersecurity (1 hr) 

    • Different models around the world
    • Open banking to open finance
    • Case studies and examples on successful approaches
  • Topic 5: Growth and collaboration   

    Funding and growth

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

    Partnerships and collaboration

    • 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 LendIt 

    In Certified Fintech Practitioner, LendIt Fintech 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.

    LendIt Fintech is the largest media and events company dedicated to innovation in lending and digital banking. Today we operate three major conferences annually for the USA, Europe and Latin America markets, along with our digital community and our daily news organisation.

    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. LendIt Fintech is there for you, reporting the news daily, enabling real time discussion and insights with LendIt Fintech Digital and empowering our community with connections and in-depth learning at our physical events.

    The LendIt Fintech team believes that there has never been a more exciting time to be in financial services. We immerse ourselves in all things fintech so we can be your 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.

Register Your

If you are interested in the programme from either a personal or organisation perspective and would like to receive further information we would be delighted to hear from you.