CBAO is excited to announce our new, expanded educational offerings!  In collaboration with ICBA’s education department, ICBA Education, 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

ICBA certification programs are designed to raise the standards of professionalism in the industry and give consumers a consistent stamp of approval to look for when selecting a banker. To make this happen, respected members of the ICBA certification board establish baseline criteria in several areas of specialization. Then, experienced, nationally recognized instructors create training programs that target the needs of community banks based on those criteria. Finally, competency testing is measured after completion and a certification designation is granted. Annual continuing professional education is then required to ensure participants remain current.

Bank Director Program

The Bank Director Program provides exclusive director-related training, tailored to meet the needs of your board. The program includes bi-monthly newsletters, online courses, new director training videos, governance and employment law hotlines, and preferred pricing on resources and events. Train your entire board for one low price. This program is a must have for all bank directors. Find out more at Bank Director Program

Leadership Academy Program

The Leadership Academy is a comprehensive, innovative leadership training program. The curriculum provides community bankers with the opportunity to learn leadership skills, technical banking subject matter and demonstrates how advocacy efforts impact the banking industry. The program is comprised of both online coursework and in-person events providing for networking and peer engagement. The Leadership Academy teaches the necessary skills to move your employees forward within your organization. Learn more at Leadership Academy

Online Courses

Looking to train your entire staff? Choose a plan to meet your needs that offer access to more than 425 courses.

Standard Plan The Standard Plan gives your bank access to the full catalog of over 425 online courses.

Custom Plan The Custom Plan provides all the courses and functionality of the Standard Plan.

Learn more about our Standard and Custom Course plans at: Online Course Plans


ICBA Education offers a variety of educational publications and digital tools to help your bank and its employees succeed in a variety of industry topics. Resources - ICBA Education (

Seminars and Institutes

ICBA Education’s livestreamed and live in-person events are led by renowned industry experts and address current bank regulations, operational procedures, marketplace trends, the latest technology and more.

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.

Session 1        APR 4, 2024 | LIVESTREAM EVENT *    

Session 2        JUN 13, 2024 | LIVESTREAM EVENT *

Session 3        SEP 12, 2024 | LIVESTREAM EVENT *

Session 4        NOV 14, 2024 | LIVESTREAM EVENT *