Islamic Finance

Fundamentals of Islamic Banking and Finance

What is Fundamentals of Islamic Banking and Finance?
This certification delivers an introduction to the philosophy of Islamic banking and finance and offers an overview of the financial services industry. Developed in conjunction with the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF), with industry experts and practitioners, it is ideal for those wishing to start a career in Islamic banking and finance, or for those wishing to further their studies and research related to this field.
It covers the key Islamic banking and finance principles and concepts including Islamic economics and its worldview, infrastructure and history, Islamic business ethics, and Sharia’a and Fiqh principles.

Key features
• First step in the CISI’s Islamic Finance qualification pathway
• Ideal for induction purposes – can be integrated into induction programmes to ensure a enchmark level of understanding amongst all employees
• Demonstrates expertise in the fast-growing world of Islamic banking and finance
• Arabic version wil be available soon
• Free CISI Student membership – become associated with a Chartered professional body and take advantage of an extensive range of benefits.

80 hours of study is required for this exam. You can choose to self-study for the exam using the CISI workbook or have formal training with one of our Accredited Training Partners (ATP). To find an ATP near you visit,

The CISI’s workbook policy requires, where available, the most up-to-date book to be purchased when booking an exam, including by an ATP on your behalf. This applies to all candidates sitting CISI exams in the UK (including Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man). Candidates sitting CISI exams outside of the UK will receive the most up-to-date workbook for that subject in PDF format and this is included in the international exam price.

Islamic Economics and its Worldview
• History and Evolution of Islamic Banking
and Finance
• Islamic Business Ethics
• Islamic Banking and Finance Features
• Sharia’a and Fiqh Principles
• Islamic Banking and Finance Infrastructure

Fundamentals of Islamic Banking & Finance is recognised by Ofqual as the level 2 Award in fundamentals of Islamic Banking & Finance. This qualifications is regulated by Ofqual as a level 2 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Success in this qualification carries with it 8 QCF credits. Visit On the European Qualifications Framework, this equates to a level 3 qualification. For further information visit
The qualification is completed by passing a one hour exam of 30 multiple-choice questions. The exam
is delivered by Computer Based Testing (CBT). A worldwide network of test centres is available, ensuring flexible scheduling, instant results and ease of completing the exam on screen. Visit to find your nearest venue.

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Step 2: Book your exams:
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Next steps
The CISI offer a range of qualifications and membership opportunities to suit those aspiring to work in
the industry, right through to the most experienced professionals. After successfully completing this
qualification we can support you throughout your career to help you demonstrate professional excellence.
To further your theoretical and practical knowledge higher level qualifications to take include:
• Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ)
• Diploma in Islamic Finance and Advanced Diploma in Islamic Finance – available 2016
CISI membership enables you to develop your career, increase your competence and maintain the highest
standards of personal integrity. Our programme of free professional benefits assists you to keep up to date
with the industry. Visit

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