LSU to Offer Certified Credit Analyst Program

July 17, 2019

BATON ROUGE – The Department of Finance in LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business in partnership with the Louisiana Bankers Association is responding to the needs of industry with the LBA/Ourso Credit Analyst Education Program which provides education and training for new hires or experienced bankers who are transitioning into commercial lending.

The program uses curriculum provided by the American Bankers Association (ABA) for the ABA Certificate in Business and Commercial Lending, which focuses on financial statement analysis and commercial lending. The course will familiarize lenders with both audited and unaudited statements and will fill any gaps in understanding of credit analysis and underwriting. At the successful completion of the program, attendees receive their ABA Certificate in Business and Commercial Lending.

The world-class faculty of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business will lead the instruction with participation from experienced bankers to provide both the philosophy of banking and real-world application. Materials, in addition to those provided by the ABA, will be used for communications skills, sales strategies, critical thinking, collaboration, and other soft skills required for industry success.

This ​program ​is ​designed ​to ​provide ​credit ​analysts, ​credit ​officers, ​personal ​bankers, ​loan ​documentation ​specialists, ​loan ​review ​officers, ​bank ​managers, ​and ​consumer ​and ​mortgage ​lenders ​with ​the ​skills ​needed ​to support ​the ​lending ​functions ​in ​their ​bank effectively. ​ ​Ideally, ​attendees ​will ​have ​a ​basic ​understanding ​of ​accounting ​and ​will ​have ​had ​some ​preliminary ​analysis ​of ​financial ​statement ​experience. ​ ​The ​program ​will ​cover ​personal ​and ​business ​tax ​return ​review, ​basic ​financial ​analysis ​tools, ​lending ​activity ​and ​loan ​structures, ​as ​well ​as ​documentation ​and ​compliance ​requirements.

​​Registration Deadline is Aug. 9. Testing at attendee’s home institution occurs in December 2019 and April 2020. The ​program ​will ​meet ​​on ​the ​following ​2019 ​and ​2020 ​dates: ​September ​12, ​13, ​October ​17, ​18, ​November ​7, ​8, ​2019 ​and ​January ​16, ​17, ​February ​6, ​7 ​and ​March ​5, ​6, ​2020.

The course is $5,350 and includes all materials and classroom modules to be held at the LSU Business Education Complex. The program qualifies for IWTP funds. The full course outline and registration form are online.

About the Department of Finance

The Department of Finance offers high-quality curricula to undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in corporate finance, asset management, real estate, insurance, banking, financial planning and business law. The department boasts internationally renowned research faculty in several areas, including derivatives, asset management, banking and spatial econometrics. The department’s Securities Markets Analysis Research & Trading Lab utilizes the Bloomberg Professional service, the platform used by more than 300,000 leading business and financial professionals worldwide to make informed business decisions, and an extensive library of financial databases including the Wharton WRDS System. Additionally, the department encourages, supports and conducts research in real estate by housing the nationally renowned Real Estate Research Institute. For more information, visit or call 225-578-6291.

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Brian Andrews