Join IOB and become part of Ireland’s largest professional membership organisation.

Share experiences and knowledge, learn and network with over 33,600 professionals.

Be part of our community - we look forward to working with you.

Our membership is classified across two groups – Affiliate members and Professional members. When you first join you become an Affiliate member. As you progress your lifelong learning with us you become a Professional member. Within our professional membership we have four categories and routes to each category is outlined in the below chart.

NB: Membership Categories are updated once a month, so categories may change up to 4 weeks after a qualification or designation has been awarded.

Membership Category Membership Title Qualifying letters Route to Membership Category
Fellow Fellow of IOB FIB Admission through IOB Council (Bye-Law No 1, paragraph 4)
Licentiate Licentiate of IOB LIB Holders of the following designations or qualifications; Certified Bank Director, Certified Investment Fund Director, Chartered Banker, Professional Banker, Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Qualified Financial Adviser (QFA), LCOI, FCOI, CDPO, CFCPP, Any Level 9 programme completed with IOB, Bachelor of Financial Services, Joint Financial Services Diploma (retired programme), University Diploma in Financial Services.
Practitioner Practitioner of IOB PIB Holders of the following qualifications or designations; Accredited Product Adviser (Loans), Accredited Product Adviser (Savings and Investments), Accredited Product Adviser (Pensions), Accredited Product Adviser (Life Assurance), Accredited Product Adviser (Consumer Credit), Accredited Product Adviser (Personal General Insurance), Accredited Product Adviser (Commercial General Insurance), Accredited Product Adviser (Private Medical Insurance), Accredited Product Adviser (Debt Management Services)
Associate Any UCD award (through IOB), Membership of CPD Member scheme as a Grandfathered individual

IOB membership is €80

Membership benefits

Your standout educator: IOB is a recognised college of University College Dublin, which is Ireland's largest university and ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions in the world. A leading provider of applied education in financial services, we offer

  • more than 40 university accredited qualifications, taught by academics and leading industry experts

  • a wide range of online short sprint programmes, micro learning, along with tailored and curated content (from 2021).

We get you qualified: We offer 14 professional designations, including all the essential regulatory required designations to qualify you for roles in financial services.

We keep you qualified: Lifelong learning is essential to sustain a career and your professional designation. As Ireland's largest provider of continuing professional development, we keep you qualified.

Your essential career partner: Through our new digital, personalised learning experience platform available in early 2021, we empower you to explore your talent and potential. We fuel your personal growth and career trajectory.

Your professional community: Membership of your industry’s professional body, the largest professional membership community in Ireland, brings you into a community of like-minded people. Professionals from across financial services working in a similar specialism as you, dealing with similar challenges to those that you face. Through in-person events, digital events and forums you can hear key note speakers and share experiences, exchange knowledge, network, expanding your contacts and personal profile.

Included in your membership subscription at no additional cost (from 2021)

  • Access to a new suite of micro learning and curated learning content

  • Access to a minimum of four continuing professional development (CPD) events in addition to our suite of eCPD modules

IOB Learn

In February 2021 we launched our exciting new Learner Experience Platform, which is a first in Irish education, and an IOB app personalised to your professional development needs. We will also be introducing EdQ, a world leading education credentialing platform built on blockchain technology. Find out more about these in the presentation and video below.

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IOB Innovations Professional Membership

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Please email [email protected] or telephone (0)1 6116500 with any queries.

IOB Corporate Membership Benefits

To find out more, view the The value and benefits of corporate membership brochure

Talent development

We understand that people are an organisation’s greatest resource. Through its wide range of applied education and lifelong learning programmes, IOB is your key partner in developing your talented staff. Ultimately, customers will have a better service experience from a competent, qualified and competent member of staff.

• Access to IOB’s full suite of accredited learning, taught by academics and leading industry experts, culminating in a UCD qualification • Develop training that is tailored to your organisation • Access via IOB to Government Funding for education programmes, e.g. Springboard, IFS Skillnet • Facilitating in house Graduations • Access to cost-effective education and training through IOB's not for profit status.

Future Skills and Life-Long Learning

Financial services continues to change rapidly. We ensure your staff have access to education programmes that address future needs as business models change and prepare them for the jobs that work for your organisation.

• IOB’s unique new learning experience platform empowers your employees to explore their talent and potential. It helps them define a learning pathway to advance their career, giving them a visual representation of their professional development and career routes. • Your employees have access to a wide range of micro learning and short sprint programmes, along with tailored and curated content. • Corporate rate for IOB conferences • Discounted access to IOB masterclasses with experts • Breakfast briefings / lunch and learns • Access to the latest insights, thought leadership, emerging issues and trends • IOB host events on your premises around Ireland.

Regulatory Compliance

Our education qualifications and professional designations and CPD schemes meet the Central Bank of Ireland's Minimum Competency Code and Fitness and Probity requirements.

• Access to EdQ, IOB's unique education credentialing platform that provides banks and financial services organisations with real-time access and an unalterable trusted source of validated learning credentials, including education qualifications, regulatory and other professional designations, micro credentials and continuing professional development (CPD) records • Access to a fast-track APA intensive programme for your employees for MCC compliance • Free accreditation of your in-house training for CPD hours on IOB CPD schemes.

Professional standing

IOB offers a range of professional designations which are a recognition of educational achievement and professional standing. They are a badge of excellence and endorsement of academic qualifications, professional knowledge and experience. Several of the designations are recognised worldwide.

Independent assurance

An independent stamp of assurance that supports organisations in engaging, motivating and empowering their employees to learn and perform.

Corporate community

Build your network with a community of peers – learn from other leading organisations, share your knowledge and expertise. • Invitations to in-person and virtual events and networking opportunities • Invitations to Premier corporate events • Organisation visibility – your profile on IOB channels • Opportunity to be a keynote speaker at IOB events.

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Corporate Membership Innovations Presentation

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Please email [email protected] with any queries.

What is Professional Membership?

Professional Membership is hierarchical in nature and reflects the level of study a member has completed with IOB. It consists of four individual membership categories;

  • Fellows (FIB)*

  • Licentiates (LIB)*

  • Practitioners (PIB)*

  • Associates

*Member may use the qualifying letters and are entitled to vote at AGMs.


Admission to be a Fellow of IOB requires the approval of Council and reflects the individuals high level of academic or professional qualifications, significant experience and a record of achievement in a financial institution.  

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How do I use these qualifying letters with my name?

The general rule of using your qualifying letters in your professional title is Academic Qualifications + Professional Membership Category + Professional Designations, e.g. Mary Murphy MA LIB Professional Banker QFA FCOI. Read more about Professional Membership Category qualifying letters.

When is my membership fee due?

All membership fees are due in January. By not renewing your membership you will not be able to register for any events and webinars offered to members throughout the year, therefore we strongly encourage everyone to pay their membership fee at the beginning of each calendar year. 

Why do we encourage members to sign-up for direct debits as opposed to paying by credit/debit card?

Direct Debit is one of the safest and fastest ways of paying your fees. Payments are made automatically, invoices are never forgotten or delayed. If you would like to sign up to pay your membership or CPD fees by direct debit you can do so in the My Details section of IOB Learn.  Fees are collected in full once yearly and you will receive a notification, by email, two weeks before any debit is made from your bank account.

Are Receipts issued for direct debits?

While receipts are not issued, you will always receive notification of the date, and amount that would be debited from your bank account 17 days in advance of that transaction.

Can my employer be invoiced for my membership, programme or event fees?

IOB have arrangements in place with some employers whereby we can invoice them directly for specified fees on behalf of members.   

If we are unable to process your fees using this method (Company Invoice) it may be because we do not have an invoicing agreement with your employer, or they may not cover a specified fee on this agreement. 

Please check with either our Customer Services team or your HR or Training and Development Departments to see if your fees are covered by Company Invoice. 

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I would like to update my personal details (new address, new employer, change of name), can you do it for me?

We can of course, you simply phone our Customer Services team on 01 6116500 and they will amend your details. Alternatively, the simplest route to take would be to log on to IOB Learn and amend your personal details.

Please note that for change of name or date of birth require a copy of your passport, driving licence or marriage cert and this can be emailed to [email protected].

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Does IOB have a reduced rate of membership?

IOB automatically applies a reduced rate of membership of €20 per year when you reach 65 years of age.