The BIAN Certification


What is BIAN

The Banking Industry Architecture Network is created to establish, promote and provide a common framework for banking interoperability issues. Our aim is to become and to be recognized as a world-class reference point for interoperability issues and reduction of integration cost in the financial services industry.

Why the BIAN Certification

The BIAN Foundation Exam is the exam for the official BIAN Foundation level certification by the Banking Industry Architecture Network and is carried out by Van Haren Learning Solutions.

By successfully passing the BIAN Foundation Exam delegates will receive the BIAN Foundation level certification. This certification ensures the participant that they have been audited and have successfully mastered the required BIAN Foundation level. By passing this exam, you have the knowledge to: use your expertise with financial services providers, the BIAN design principles and artifacts, the abilities to reduce integration cost and to maximize interoperability.

The BIAN certification exam is intended for professionals in the financial services industry such as enterprise- and solution architects, consultants, that all operate in the financial services industry.

Banking Architecture Certified

BIAN is THE Banking Industry Architecture Certification. Are you working in the banking industy, display they your distinction by being a Banking Architect. Guarantee your employer, collegues or clients that you have what it takes to be working in the Banking Industry.

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On receiving the BIAN Foundation level certification you have mastered the BIAN Standard and know that financial institutions can be modeled in a standard way. This enables maximum interoperability and re-use and minimum IT integration cost. A BIAN Foundation certified professional is able to recognize and apply this to financial services providers.

Literature & online content

BIAN Edition 2019 – A framework
for the financial services


9789401803151 – hardcopy
9789401803168 – eBook

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About the Certification

Who is the Foundation level for?

The BIAN certification is intended for enterprise architects, solution architects,
consultants and advisors in the banking- and financial services industry.

Job descriptions such as:
– Enterprise- and Solution Architects who work in the financial services industry.
– Consultants and Senior Consultants that operate in the financial services industry.
– Tooling providers that operate in the financial services industry

  • Software Solution Providers that operate in the financial services industry
  • Integrators and 3th party service providers that operate in the financial services industry .

What are the key things you will learn?

  • This certification qualifies professionals and demonstrates their knowledge of BIAN
  • It is necessary for professionals to have this basic knowledge in order to model a financial institute to the BIAN standard
  • It qualifies professionals in the financial services industry to demonstrate that they
    have a proper understanding of the standards in architecture required for financial organizations.

What are the exam requirements?

The number of questions: 60
Duration(minute) of exam: 60 min.
Pass Mark – X% (X marks):  70%
Open/Closed book: closed

How to prepare for the exam?

To prepaire for the BIAN Foundation exam you are reqomended to participate in an accredited BIAN Foundation training.
Our Accredted training partners are listed below.

It’s also possible to do the exam by self studying for the exam. After you purchase the exam voucher you will also get access to the exam litrature in ebook format; BIAN Edition 2019 – a framework for the financial services industry (ISBN Hardcopy 9789401803151).

The B.I.A.N. Foundation Certification Syllabus provides you more detailed information about the exam. It containse a Description, Certification Scope, information about BIAN and it’s members. Detailed information about the exam Format & requirements. The required study Effort (ECTS), the overall regulation and policy and learning objectives – Foundation Certification. A list of Key terms and concepts and exam requirements and Specification including the litrature mapping.

It’s recomended before you start to study to read the exam requirements and Specification and the litrature mapping.
This will ensure that you study the wright modules of the exam litrature.

When do I receive my Certificate and Social Badge?

After passing the exam with over 70%,  your certificate will be provides shortly after via email.

Find more infor on how to get your Social Badge here

Find more infor on how to get your Certificate here

About the Exam

How do I take the exam?

It’s an online exam, done in certN platform.

After ordering the exam voucher via the webshop you will receive a download link and voucher code in your conformation email.
By following this download link and voucher code you will gain access to the exam on the certN platform.

Here you will register yourself first and follow the procedures, the exam will NOT start directly.

You can on the certN Platform first do the practice exam to prepaire yourself for the actual before doing exam.

What are the system requirements for the exam?

Reliable internet connection is the main requirement.
You can take the exam on a computer or a mobile device, but we don’t recommend using mobile devices.

How can I contact you for support?

  • For support related to your training, voucher, etc.: Sales@vanharen.net
  • For technical support in using the exam platform: support@certn.global
  • For reporting issues or asking questions related to the content: contact the examiner using the “coaching” feature available on the platform (explained in the guide below)

What if my internet is disconnected in the middle of the exam?

You can go back to the platform and continue where you left off, using the same or a different device. Time will be running while you’re disconnected.

When do I get my results?

Immediately after finishing the exam.

Case studies (3)

The BIAN model fits perfectly in line with how we view enterprise architecture (EA) at PNC. One of the first steps we took as an organisation was to bring a business perspective to enterprise architecture. To us, technology is not just a collection of servers and software, but rather a set of technical solutions that are aligned to specific business capabilities and functions.

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Cognizant Technology Solutions, led by Sanghosh Bhalla, Niloy Sengupta and Akshaya Bhargava from the firm’s Banking and Financial Services Consulting practice, recently helped a top three North American bank, adopt BIAN and optimize their enterprise portfolio of applications that support business functions across all of its business units.

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As a vendor that grew through acquisitions, we inherited a rich collection of applications that have their application specific interfaces. Applications that had similar scope ended up having their specific interfaces for essentially the same responsibilities. One of our strategic goals was to cut integration time and cost and over time achieve plug-and-play interoperability between different applications in our portfolio.

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Accredited Training Partners

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Global Accredited Trainers

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BIAN Testimonials

Ian Guy Gillard, executive vice-president, Bangkok Bank at SIBOS 2019 about how BIAN enables Banking as a service (BaaS), the Coreless Bank allows the Bangkok Bank to decompose banking to invoke services from different vendors.

Van Haren Learning Solutions


The Van Haren Learning Solutions Certifications are qualitative standards from which there owners in thrust into Van Haren learning Solutions to govern their certification. We enable them global delivery, qualitative support and a vast network or  expert, trainers and end users to support their certification.

The Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN) is an association of banks, solution providers and educational institutions with the shared aim of defining a semantic service operation standard for the banking industry.

BIAN’s goal: a standard definition to be set for business functions and service interactions that describe the general internal workings of any bank. Such a standard will be a significant benefit to the industry.