Created in 1981, BIBF (originally named the Bahrain Bankers Training Centre) served one main purpose; to satisfy the training and development needs of the local banking sector. By 1994 the number of participants increased from 213 in the first year to 3,572 and underwent a transformation that resulted in the name change.
Today, BIBF qualifies over 20,000 learners a year and provides quality education across all major business disciplines and economic sectors. A brief summary of the organisation’s rich, vibrant history is provided below.
1975January 1, 1975
An Amiri Decree set up the High Council for Vocational Training across all sectors.Read more
1979January 1, 1979
A Ministerial Directive created the Specific Council for Vocational Training (Banking Sector).Read more
1981January 1, 1981
Originally named the Bahrain Bankers Training Centre, BIBF was inaugurated in March 1981. Created primarily to provide training for the Banking Sector, its first year resulted in a total of 450 attendees. By 1988, this had grown to just over…Read more
1988January 1, 1988
The Bahrain Bankers Training Centre changed its name to the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF). By 2001, the numbers had grown to over 3,572 people per annum.Read more
2001 – 2009January 1, 2001
The BIBF logo underwent changes to better reflect its standing as Bahrain’s pre-eminent training provider. By the end of the decade, well over 15,000 participants had come through BIBF premises (per annum). In the last three years alone, there…Read more
2014January 1, 2014
BIBF underwent an internal structure and curriculum revamp in 2014 to align its infrastructure to its new corporate strategy. The BIBF brand also saw significant changes with an update of the logo and a modification in the strapline to reflect on…Read more
2015January 1, 2015
A State-of-the-art Simulated Dealing Room
The 1st Simulation Training Platform in the MENA region
The BIBF’s dealing room is the first simulation training platform of its kind in the region, powering technology-enabled experiential learning,…Read more
2016January 1, 2016
The BIBF retains its status as the Platinum Learning Provider for ACCA
Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) has retained its Platinum Learning Provider status issued by the association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the…Read more
2016February 2, 2016
The BIBF celebrates 35 years of achievements
The Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) was officially inaugurated in in 1981. Thirty-five years ago, during its opening year, the Institute had a total staff of five who conducted…Read more
2017January 1, 2017
The BIBF introduces the e-Learning Platform, revolutionizing the training for AAOIFI Islamic Finance Standards.
The BIBF-AAOIFI e-Learning project aims to convert AAOIFI standards for delivery online with special explanatory support including…Read more
BIBF TodayOctober 1, 2017
Today, the BIBF is recognised as a professional world-class provider of education and training solutions to the local and regional business sector, in their pursuit of excellence through lifelong learning.
BIBF has over 400 programmes on…Read more