The IBP Diploma in Microfinance is a professional qualification which aims at empowering the present and aspiring prospective management-level microfinance practitioners with practical knowledge about the microfinance industry and its functions.

The principal objective of this course is to impart knowledge and expertise in the field of Microfinance. This qualification enables candidates to understand the microenterprise industry, fundamental concepts and business dynamics, management of risk and monitoring of microfinance processes and performance. The course will also cover the role of regulators and the key variables of microfinance regulation.

Eligibility Criteria

The entry criterion for the IBP Diploma in Microfinance as follows:

  • Graduate in any discipline with a minimum 2nddivision.

Time Frame

Students enrolled in the Diploma in Microfinance have a maximum of 1 and a half years (1.5 years) to complete the diploma. The 1.5 year period commences from the date of enrollment.


Candidates will be required to submit the hard copy of the report on the day of the written exam. Details of electronic submission will be shared at the time of enrollment. In an instance, the examiner finds the report lacking in any manner, the candidate will be contacted electronically to submit a re-worked version within 5 working days to be eligible to pass in the same session.

Candidates who do not pass either or none of the two components of assessment in the first session will have the option of 2 re-takes.

Prize Awards

On completion of the Diploma, Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN) will pay the following honorarium to the successful candidates:

  • Successful candidates who achieve the highest mark PKR 25,000/-
  • Successful candidates who achieve the second highest marks PKR 15,000/-
  • Successful candidates who clear in first attempt PKR 5,000/-

Program Structure

The IMFD is a self-study program with 2 assessment components which are as follows:

-Research Report

-Written Exam

  1. Research Report

Submission of a written research-based report from the variety of topics provided on which the candidate has to submit his research.

The report must be original work of the candidate and should be of minimum 5,000 words and maximum 6,500 words. The report must be submitted on the day of the written assessment in hardcopy. Instructions regarding electronic copy will be provided after enrollment.

Guidelines on the structure and format of the report

The report must consist of the following sections at a minimum, candidates may add more sections as per their requirement:

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Table of Contents

iii.  Scope of Report

  1. Research Methodology
  2. Research Findings
  3. Recommendations and Conclusion

vii. References- Bibliography, Endnotes, Appendices (if any)


The Institute takes a strict view on candidates who do not submit original work. The Institute can cancel such candidates’ registration to the program and retains the right to report this unethical practice to the candidate’s employer, Central Bank and Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN).

  1. Written Exam

A three-hour long written assessment against the syllabus provided.

Registration Process

To complete the registration process, the candidate must follow the below steps:

  1. Fill out a Registration Form click here
  2. Mail or drop off a pay order along with the registration form to any of the IBP offices in the country along with:
  • 3 Passport size Photographs
  • Attested copy of CNIC
  • Attested copy of educational documents

Diploma Enrollment Last Date of Form Acceptance:

To appear for the October Exam 15th September, 2016


Fee Structure

Registration & Exam Fee *PKR 12,000
Re-Take Fee for 2nd or 3rd attempt
Only Exam PKR 3,000
 Only Report PKR 3,000
Both Exam/ Report PKR 3,000