American Bankers Association Commercial Lending Schools

Expert training for loan officers and lenders of all experience levels.

Offering both foundational and advanced training, the American Bankers Association CLS schools are designed to propel bank loan officers and commercial lenders to the top of their field.

Program Details

Now enrolling for 2024!

Location Details

SWGSB at SMU Cox School of Business


April 21–26, 2024


ABA Member–$2,795 | Nonmember–$3,795

Financial Statement Analysis Workshop (optional, online prework) Cost:
ABA Member–$795 | Nonmember–$895

Fees include tuition, instructional materials, and some meals. Hotel and transportation accommodations are not included. A discounted group rate is available at The Beeman Hotel.

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Who should attend?

The ABA CLS is open to both new and seasoned lending professionals. Whether an experienced lender or new to the profession, these training opportunities will give you the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully compete in the highly competitive commercial lending space.

The ABA Commercial Lending Schools are offered as three distinct programs:

The ABA Foundational Commercial Lending School

is for lending officers with 1–5 years of commercial lending experience. It is also well-suited for lenders who have been away from commercial lending for a period of time or who have not had consistent training. This program focuses on lending analysis and loan transactions.

The ABA Advanced Commercial Lending School

is for lenders with 5+ years of experience as well as portfolio and/or staff management responsibilities. The Foundational Commercial Lending School is a prerequisite for this advanced program.

The ABA Financial Statement Analysis For Lenders

is a companion course to the ABA Foundational Commercial Lending School program. It is specifically designed for bankers, regulators, auditors, and bank lenders who are new to the field or want to refresh their knowledge and experience with financial statement analysis.

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