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.

Service Landscape simplified

The BIAN model is based on a service-oriented architecture that defines the standard business capabilities, such as: payments, loan offerings or trading facilities.

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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.



Pass the exam and become BIAN Foundation Certified

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.

About the Exam

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


BIAN Edition 2019 – A framework
for the financial services


    9789401803151 – hardcopy

    • 9789401803168 – eBook
        • 9789401803175 – ePub

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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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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. 

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