The IBSL is a statutory body incorporated by Act of Parliament No. 26 of 1979.
The Institute is an approved charity under section 31 (9)(a) of the Inland Revenue Act No. 28 of 1979
The Institute is the successor to the Banker’s Training Institute established in 1964.
As at December 2013, Membership is as follows.

Honorary Fellows


Fellows (life)


Associate (life) Members


Associate Members


Student Members (Active)


College of Banking & Finance

  Is the training arm of the Institute.
Delivers 12,000 hours of teaching annually.
Conducts over 50 short and medium term training courses.
Course duration (1) one week to (9) nine months
Offers certificate and diploma courses
CBF/DBF/IABF/DABF lecture programmes conducted in Sinhala/Tamil/English.

Corporate Services Division

  Registration of new members for the IBSL professional examination.
Update of members records and subscription.
Conduct annual convocation.
All Administration functions of the IBSL.
Publication and printing of Text Books, Study packs.
Publication of Bi Annual magazine of the Institute - "Bankers Journal".


  Visit Educational Support Services

Examinations Division

  Conducts professional examinations
Maintains the main examination database.
Issue certificates.
Examination Centres; Colombo and other towns (subject to availability of candidates).

Director General's Office

  Overall supervisory Management of the IBSL
Development of Management Policies
General Administration

Academic / Professional Qualifications Offered

  Offers two internationally recognized Banking and Finance qualifications
  • Intermediate in Applied Banking and Finance (IABF)
  • Diploma in Applied Banking and Finance (DABF)
  • Certificate in Banking and Finance (CBF)
  • Diploma in Banking and Finance (DBF) 

Institute Examinations Are Designed To...

  • Provide expertise and knowledge
  • Meet challenges associated with the competitive banking & finance environment in a professional manner.