CBAO is excited to announce our new, expanded educational offerings!  In collaboration with ICBA’s education department, Community Banker University (CBU), certification programs, seminars, online training, and a host of resources are now available on our website, making it easier for you to find needed education.   The new Affiliate Education Program will ensure that collectively, we put community banks in contact with the training tools necessary to grow bankers’ knowledge and skills.  The program will also support CBAO – for every ICBA training course, seminar, event registration and resource purchased, ICBA will donate 10 percent of eligible purchases to CBAO!  Let’s all win by increasing knowledge, improving efficiency, and investing in our employees while working together to uplift the industry we love—COMMUNITY BANKING!.


Check out all offerings below...


ICBA Certifications

A career in community banking requires staying current on industry trends and updates as well as maintaining a commitment to ongoing education and professional advancement. We offer nine specialized certification programs to help community bankers revive, nurture, and increase their knowledge base.

Bank Director Program

The Bank Director Program provides exclusive director-related training, resources, and news to maximize board effectiveness (or engagement).

Leadership Academy Program

The Leadership Academy is a comprehensive, innovative leadership training curriculum providing community bankers with the opportunity to learn leadership skills, improve their technical banking knowledge, and experience how advocacy impacts the banking industry.

Online Courses

Community Banker University offers a variety of online learning options with an easy-to-use Online Learning Management System.


Community Banker University offers a variety of educational publications and digital tools to help your bank and its employees succeed in a variety of industry topics.

Seminars and Institutes

Community Banker University offers many events throughout the year that offer CPE credits. See below for upcoming events and program descriptions.

Bank Director Forums

Offered quarterly in half-day sessions, the new Bank Directors Forums cover credit management, corporate governance, BOLI, compliance, cybersecurity and much more. No two sessions will be the same.

Bank Director Forum - Session 2

Bank Director Forum - Session 3

Bank Director Forum - Session 4