CB:PSB Professional Standards

The CB:PSB’s professional standards describe the detailed Professional Conduct (values, attitudes and behaviour) and Professional Expertise (knowledge and skills) requirements expected of all professional bankers.  The standards set clear benchmarks against which colleagues, customers, clients and others can measure bankers’ professional competence.

The CB:PSB’s professional standards also define the key components of banking professionalism; promote the improvement of banking knowledge, skills and competence; and enable benchmarking of organisations’ learning and development activities against industry standards.  The CB:PSB aims to enhance and sustain a strong culture of ethical and professional development across the UK banking industry by developing a series of professional standards which are underpinned by the Chartered Banker Code of Professional Conduct (the Code).

In developing professional standards, the CB:PSB intends to create pathways for professional bankers to develop and demonstrate their Professional Conduct and Professional Expertise throughout their careers.  The CB:PSB’s professional standards are designed to complement, and in some instances, build on each other. For example, the similarities in focus of the Foundation* and Leadership Standards** mean that those meeting the Leadership Standard will be deemed to have met the Foundation Standard.

This is the Professional Standards Landscape (as at September 2016).

*The Foundation Standard for Professional Bankers was originally published by the CB:PSB in July 2012 and was revised in January 2016.

**The Leadership Standard for Professional Bankers was published by the CB:PSB in September 2014.