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CIBN, NIBSS launch Professional e-Payment Certification Programme

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The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) is partnering with the Nigerian Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc (NIBSS) to launch a Professional Certification Programme on Electronic Payments in the nation’s financial services industry.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of NIBSS, Premier Oiwoh, the programme was introduced to codify the Nigeria e-Payments knowledge base and determine the knowledge and work experience criteria required to recognize practitioners as Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced levels.

He said the certification would also create a growth roadmap for fledgling e-Payment workers, including the unemployed who has the desire to make a career in the Electronic Payments ecosystem within the emerging and burgeoning banking, payments and Financial Technology industry in Nigeria.

He noted that the Nigeria Financial Services Industry has come a long way and is currently leading the pace in payments compared to “our international counterparts yet to achieve most of the milestones we have.”

“This Professional Certification Programme will in no doubt evolve as a specialist practice in setting the standards for e-payment expertise in e-payments and financial technology profession,” he said.

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The Registrar of the CIBN, Seye Awojobi said the introduction of the Certification cannot be more timely than now given the recent experience with the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic which created serious disruptions in our professional and personal lives.

He said that the Programme is an international outlook, well-grounded in the local realities of the Nigerian e-Payment Ecosystem and captured the current dynamics as well as all aspects of the digital financial services’ practices.

The Institute CEO stated that the objectives of the Certification Programme are, to set the standards for e-payment expertise in Nigeria; Foster a category of high performing professionals in the industry and build a resilient, safe and secured e-payment system in Nigeria.

He also said that the Curriculum for the Programme adequately covers the current trends and the required knowledge areas in line with the global best practices.

Awojobi also noted that to maintain a certification credential, the E-Payment Practitioner must earn some recertification credits over the three-year span and every Certification is valid for three years after its award

He said that all the necessary information on the eligibility criteria for each level, the registration requirements, process fees e.t.c. are available at [http://bit.ly/CIBN_NIBSS] for staff of licensed payment service providers (Commercial Banks, Microfinance Banks, Mortgage Banks, Mobile Money Operators, Payment Solution Service Providers, Payment Terminal Service Providers,  Payment Service Banks, and Super-Agents), young graduates and job applicants who desire to pursue a career in e-payments.

The first set of exams for the certification level will be held in April 2021 while he encouraged existing practitioners and others interested in having a career in the financial services industry to take advantage of this opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in electronic payments.

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