We are the skills and career development hub for the financial sector in French-speaking Switzerland.

Professional association of over 50 banking institutions

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Our vocation is to support the development of the skills of all finance specialists operating in French-speaking Switzerland.

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more than 50 members institutional

Gathered within our Association, they account for nearly 80% of salaried employment in the sector.

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Competence center
  • Private Banking & Asset Management
  • Retail & Corporate Banking
  • Law, Risk and Compliance
  • Cross-functional support
  • Management and Human Resources
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Career Center
  • Orientation
  • Support
  • Employability
  • Network

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The recognition of our training courses by all our member banks is what sets us apart.

The vast majority of banking establishments committed to responsible employer branding policies opt for the ISFB to guarantee their employees a high level of employability, with diplomas recognized throughout French-speaking Switzerland.

We value face-to-face interaction, which is why many of our services are offered directly at our Institute or in our Members' offices.

Of course, we're also equipped with a professional broadcast studio for remote production of specific or on-demand sessions, but always in real time.

This live interaction between our participants and the experts in our network is a considerable asset, making a significant contribution to the development of career paths.

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As a Skills and Career Center, our approach is systematically global in all our interactions. We offer comprehensive support, covering both continuing professional development and skills assessment, as well as career development coaching, whether for progression or through more complex times. Our team of experts includes economists, lawyers, psychologists and IT specialists, all active in various roles within the banking sector. In this way, the ISFB has established itself not only as a central place for exchanges between working professionals, but also as a space to support retraining throughout the financial sector.

Our mission as a not-for-profit professional association is to meet the training and career development needs of our members and their employees. Since 1987, our Institute has been firmly integrated into the banking sector throughout French-speaking Switzerland. Deeply rooted in the region's economy and academic community, we maintain close connections with both our institutional members and key players in the field of skills development. Thanks to this permanent immersion, we fully understand the specific characteristics of our market.

Who are our members?

Our main strength, which we cultivate daily, is our ability to be pragmatic. We adhere to a flexible yet organized management approach, which enables us to meet the requirements of our institutional clients with efficiency. Our people are seasoned professionals, straight from the field, offering practical and directly applicable skills. In addition, we follow a three-year strategic plan that provides us with clear direction, while giving us the flexibility to constantly adjust our range of services in response to dynamic changes in our sector.

What sets us apart

Upcoming thematic meetings

Conferences in small groups, the ideal opportunity to meet recognized professionals and learn more about exciting topics.

Who we are

ISFB is the competence and career center for banks and financial institutions in French-speaking Switzerland. The Institute offers services specific to the banking and finance sector in the fields of Continuing Education, Certifications, Career Development and Network Outreach. Founded in 1987 as a not-for-profit professional association, the ISFB currently brings together over fifty banking and financial institutions throughout French-speaking Switzerland.

What people say about us

"The ISFB makes perfect sense in supporting banking specialists in their professional transition."

"In my view, holding a certificate issued by the ISFB represents an important value for the employability of its holder."

"The ISFB is very well integrated into the economic and academic fabric of French-speaking Switzerland, which means that we can provide top-quality, up-to-date training".

"The courses offered at ISFB enable us to maintain a strong link between theory and practice."

"ISFB represents an extremely interesting local ecosystem in terms of skills and know-how".

"ISFB has real legitimacy with employers and employees."

Continuing Education

Supporting the maintenance and development of skills in banking and finance

The news

Interview with Olivier Calloud, CEO of Piguet Galland & Cie

Interview with Jean-Philippe Bernard, Director of the ISFB Certificate in Risk Management for Directors

ISFB - ACAD: Partnership between two complementary key players in the field of training

Interview with Florian Dugerdil, Branch Manager and ISFB Future of Finance Certificate participant

Our headlights

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ISFB Private Banking Certificate - day session

ISFB Investment Advisor Certificate

ISFB Certificate in Banking Management and Adaptability

ISFB Compliance Officer Certificate


Evaluate and certify technical and interpersonal skills in banking and finance

The news

Interview with Nicolas Vialis, ISFB Lecturer on SAQ, CFA and CAIA re-certification programs

Interview with Daniel Meyer, Head of Certification and Member of the Executive Board at SAQ Swiss Association for Quality

Danièle Felley, ISFB exam expert - The "vault" of financial competence

ISFB launches 4 new SAQ recertification packages

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SAQ CWMA 3 recertification package (day)

SAQ CWMA Certification Preparation Program - English Session

CWMA Intra recertification package

SAQ CWMA certification preparation program - French session

Career development

Supporting career development in banking and finance at every stage

The news

What do we know about continuing education?

AI and skills development in banking: what premises?

Interview with Brice Rattez, Director of Human Resources, Société Générale (Suisse) SA

Why continuing education is a key to success (Harvard Business Review)

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Career counselling

Technical and sales coaching

Management coaching

Network reach

Support professional networking and knowledge-sharing in banking and finance

The news

Spring 2024: a busy spring for regulatory news

Launch of the ISFB Hub

Participation in a FAPSE research project at the University of Geneva

What are the main regulatory activities for banks at the start of 2024?


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