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Curriculum | Commercial Lending School - Foundational

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The Foundational School provides expert instruction on the transactional knowledge needed to lend with greater precision. You will be able to build a solid working knowledge of developing credit analyses, understanding pricing models and crafting a successful lending strategy.

The 2021 program will be delivered virtually, offering a combination of live and on-demand classes. Live classes are scheduled for specific days each week. Students will have the opportunity to network and interact with school faculty and other students via the school community pages on ABA’s Learning Management System. All classes will be recorded for later viewing during the school session to accommodate busy schedules.

The Foundational school includes a bank loan simulation on class days. It is based on real-life banking scenarios. You will get to know the other students on your team as you gather deposits, generate new loans and enjoy friendly competition.

Orientation

The virtual orientation will be Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET. This is an opportunity to meet your classmates and spend time getting to know each other. As the date nears, a calendar invite with a link to the Zoom session will be sent to the email address used to register for the school.

On-Demand Courses

In addition to the daily schedule, students will be expected to complete an on-demand course before each live class. These may be viewed again at any point during the school.

2021 Schedule

All times are in ET.

  • Monday, April 26

  • Wednesday, April 28

  • Friday, April 30

  • Monday, May 3

  • Wednesday, May 5

  • Friday, May 7

Monday, April 26

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Economy and Credit Outlook (Part 2)

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Underwriting the Loan Request (Part 2)

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Bank Loan Sim Orientation and Breakouts

Wednesday, April 28

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Importance of Cash Flow (Part 2)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Case Study: The Importance of Cash Flow

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Break

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Simulation Breakout 1

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Break

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Simulation Bid Session 1

Friday, April 30

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Specialized Lending: CRE (Part 2)

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Lunch

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Case Study: Underwriting (Part 2)

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Break

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Case Study: Underwriting (Part 3)

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Break

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Simulation Breakout 2

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Break

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Simulation Bid Session 2

Monday, May 3

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Credit Policy and Credit Culture (Part 2): Peer Panel

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Lunch

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Simulation Breakout 3

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Break

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Simulation Bid Session 3

Wednesday, May 5

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Developing the Credit Memo (Part 2)

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Lunch

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Evaluating the Commercial Borrower’s Business Strategy (Part 2)

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Break

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Simulation Breakout 4

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Break

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Simulation Bid Session 4

Friday, May 7

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Monitoring Your Commercial Loan Portfolio (Part 2)

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Lunch

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Simulation Review and Debrief

Keep Me Informed

Get updates on the next session of the Commercial Lending Schools. Contact Susan Bonney if you have any questions.