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About JIFS

We’ve been serving the finance sector for over 35 years.

We started out in 1977 as the Jamaica Institute of Bankers (JIOB), the training arm of the Bank of Jamaica. The BOJ’s goal was to provide professional development avenues for those working in the banking sector. The Jamaica Bankers Association took control of the JIOB in 1999, eventually changing our name to the Jamaica Institute of Financial Services in 2010 to reflect our widened focus on strengthening the entire financial sector.

1977

Feb 24th

Official launch of the Jamaica Institute of Bankers (JIOB) by the Hon. G.  Arthur Brown, Governor Bank of Jamaica (BOJ)

1977

Cooperation Agreement signed with Institute of Bankers (IOB) London and College of Arts Science & Technology (CAST) regarding Associate of Institute of Bankers (AIB) Diploma Programme

1986

 Jamaicanization of Stage 1 of the AIB course to take into consideration the Jamaican banking environment

1989

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) programme established at CAST in collaboration with JIOB

1992

First Graduates of BBA Programme done in collaboration with CAST (now UTECH) - the first graduating class included Patrick Hylton, now the Group Managing Director of NCB

1993

Sep 22nd

Official Launch of Universities of Manchester & Wales MBA Programme

1997

First Presentation of Graduates of the MBA Programme held

1997

Became a founding member of Caribbean Association of Banking and Financial Institutes (CABFI)

1999

The Jamaica Bankers Association assumed full responsibility for the operations of JIOB

2001

Hosted the World Conference of Banking Institutes in Jamaica

2006

Nov

Designated as the approved Caribbean Centre for the administration of MBS Worldwide MBA programmes in the region

2007

Commenced offering Diploma and Certificate Programmes in Compliance, in partnership with the International Compliance Association (ICA) and MBS

2009

MBS & JIOB decide to discontinue the MBA programme in Jamaica

2010

Apr

Commenced offering the Certified Credit Professional (CCP) programme online, in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Bankers Scotland (CIOBS)

2010

May

Name changed to the Jamaica Institute of Financial Services (JIFS)

2011

Feb

Commenced offering the Certified International Risk Manager (CIRM) programme through the CIOBS

2012

Apr

Established a relationship with Bangor University to offer the Chartered Banker MBA (CBMBA) within the Caribbean

2014

Jun

First graduates of the cohort of CBMBA students

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