NACFB launches Broker Academy

Association to welcome its first 12 students this October

The NACFB has launched its Broker Academy and will next month induct the first twelve students into a bespoke, qualification learning training programme. Designed by experts, the Academy will expand the knowledge and professionalism of both new and established brokers as well as creating future industry leaders.

Developed alongside the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and delivered in partnership with In Professional Development, students who successfully complete the course will receive the Level 3 NACFB Certification of Commercial Finance.

The course adopts a blended learning approach, combining virtual classroom sessions with digital learning modules. The modules will feature a combination of product knowledge seminars covering the full spectrum of commercial lending activity, as well as sales negotiation skills workshops. Each student will also have access to a pool of NACFB mentors who will provide support, guidance, and steering throughout their learning journey.

The NACFB Academy’s first graduates will receive their recognised NACFB-backed qualification at the trade body’s Commercial Broker Awards 2023. The Academy has been made possible thanks to the direct support of NACFB lender Patrons, Allica Bank, Cambridge & Counties, Haydock Finance, Lloyds Bank, Market Financial Solutions, NatWest, Shawbrook Bank, Together, United Trust Bank, and YBS Commercial.

Commenting on the Academy’s launch, NACFB Chair Paul Goodman said: “We are extremely pleased to officially launch the Broker Academy and welcome its first twelve students. We are also incredibly proud to launch the Academy with the endorsement of some of the industry’s biggest commercial lenders.”

“The NACFB Broker Academy forms a central tenet of the Association’s ongoing commitment to raising standards, improving quality, and nurturing new talent,” Paul added.

NACFB board director, Steve Olejnik, who has led the Academy’s development, said: “When starting a career in our industry many come straight out of education, some start in a mid or back-office role, whilst others typically work their way up the banking ladder before crossing over into broking. This new course aims to build upon these pathways by imparting key product knowledge as well as standardising professional expectations.”

To find out more about the NACFB Broker Academy – as well as registering your interest in signing-up for the next round of intakes – please contact the team via

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