Banking & Financial Systems

Category: Collaborative Objective Test & Team Performance (Role Play)
Type: Individual or Team


Two (2) parts: an objective test and interactive role play or presentation. A 60-minute objective test will be administered onsite at the NLC. Team competitors will take one (1) objective test collaboratively.

Objective Test Competencies: Concepts and Practices; Basic Terminology; Government Regulation of Financial Services; Impact of Technology on Financial Services; Types and Differences of Various Institutions; Ethics; Careers in Financial Services; Taxation

Case: A problem or scenario encountered in the banking or financial business community.

Skills: Understanding how financial institutions operate is important to successful business ownership and management. It also is valuable for personal financial success. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who have an understanding of and skills in the general operations of various components of the financial services sector.


Collaborative Objective Test & Team Performance (Role Play)

Performance Guidelines—Final Round

  • Two (2) 4"x6" note cards will be provided to each competitor and may be used during event preparation and performance. Information may be written on both sides of the note cards. Note cards will be collected following the presentation.
  • No additional reference materials allowed.
  • Turn off all electronic devices.
  • Individuals/teams should introduce themselves, describe the situation, make their recommendations, and summarize their cases.
  • If participating as a team, all team members are expected to actively participate in the performance.
  • All questions raised in the case must be addressed during the presentation.
  • Objective test scores will be used to break a tie.
  • Final performances are not open to conference attendees.

Penalty Points Deducted by Judges

  • Five (5) points are deducted if competitors do not follow the dress code.
  • Five (5) points may be deducted for not following guidelines.
General Performance/Demonstration

Performance Guidelines

Fifteen (15) competitors/teams—or an equal number from each section in the preliminary round—will advance to the final round. When there are more than five preliminary sections for an event, two competitors/ teams from each section will advance to the final round.

In the case of team events, all team competitors are expected to actively participate in the performance/demonstration.

Competitors cannot be replaced or substituted for prejudged events with the exception of the chapter events—American Enterprise Project, Community Service Project, Local Chapter Annual Business Report, and Partnership with Business Project.

All competitors must comply with the FBLA‑PBL dress code.

Prejudged materials and résumés will not be returned.

Technology Guidelines

  • The following will be provided for the final round of technology presentation/demonstration events that allow viewing: screen, power, table, and projector. It is up to final round competitors to decide if they wish to use the provided technology.
  • Competitors utilizing Apple products or other devices that do not have a VGA port or HDMI will need to provide their own adapters.
  • Internet access will be provided for:
    • 3-D Animation
    • Coding & Programming
    • Computer Game & Simulation Programming
    • Digital Video Production
    • E-business
    • Electronic Career Portfolio
    • Mobile Application Development
    • Public Service Announcement
    • Social Media Campaign
    • Website Design
  • Internet access may not be WiFi, so competitors should plan appropriately when selecting laptops/tablets on which to present.

Performance Competencies

  • Demonstrate excellent verbal communication.
  • Display effective decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Express self-confidence and poise.
  • Work well as a team when applicable.
  • Exhibit logic and systematic understanding.
  • Conduct a professional business presentation.
  • Answer questions effectively (when applicable).

Penalty Points Deducted by Judges

  • Five (5) points are deducted if competitors do not follow the dress code.
  • Five (5) points may be deducted for presentations over the allotted time.
  • Five (5) points may be deducted for not following guidelines.


  • Preliminary performances/demonstrations are not open to conference attendees.
  • Final performances/demonstrations may be open to conference attendees, space permitting (with the exception of interview and prep/case events). Finalists may not view other competitors’ performances/demonstrations in their event.
  • Recording performances/demonstrations is prohibited.
  • All electronic devices must be turned off.
  • All attendees must follow the dress code and wear their name badges.

The general event guidelines below are applicable to all national competitive events. Please review and follow these guidelines when competing at the national level. When competing at the state level, check the state guidelines since they may differ.


  • Dues: Competitors must have paid FBLA national and state dues by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 1 of the current school year.
  • NLC Registration: Participants must be registered for the NLC and pay the national conference registration fee in order to participate in competitive events.
  • Deadlines: The state chair, or designee, must register each state competitor on the official online entry forms by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the second Friday in May.
  • Each state may submit four (4) entries in all events except LifeSmarts, Virtual Business Finance Challenge, and Virtual Business Management Challenge.
  • Each competitor can only compete in one (1) individual/ team event and one (1) chapter event.
  • Each competitor must compete in all parts of an event for award eligibility.
  • A team shall consist of two or three members. Exceptions are Parliamentary Procedure which must be a team of four or five members, and LifeSmarts which must be a team of two members.
  • All members of a team must consist of individuals from the same chapter.

Repeat Competitors

Competitors are not permitted to compete in an event more than once at the national level unless one of the following circumstances applies:

  • Modified Events: A competitor may compete in the same event when the event is modified. Note, if the only modification is a name change, competitors may not compete in the renamed event.
  • Team Events: One (1) competitor of the team may have competed in the same event at one (1) previous NLC; however, they may not compete more than twice in the event at the national level.
  • Chapter Events: Competitors may compete in a chapter event more than once (American Enterprise Project, Community Service Project, and Partnership with Business Project).
  • Individual Entry: A competitor who competed as an individual entry in a team event at the national level may compete in the same event a second time as part of a team, but not a second time as an individual.
  • Parliamentary Procedure: Two (2) competitors of the team may have competed in this event at a previous NLC; however, they may not compete more than twice at the national level.
  • Pilot Event: Competition in a pilot event does not disqualify a competitor from competing in the same event if it becomes an official competitive event. The participant may compete in another event as well as a pilot event.

Breaking Ties

  • Objective Tests: Ties are broken by comparing the correct number of answers to the last 10 questions on the exam. If a tie remains, the competitor who completed the test in a shorter amount of time will place higher. If this does not break the tie, answers to the last 20 questions will be reviewed and determine the winner.
  • Objective and Production Tests: The production test scores will be used to break a tie.
  • Objective Tests and Performances: The objective test score will be used to break a tie based on the tie-breaking criteria of objective tests.
  • Reports/Projects and Performances: The report/project scores will be used to break a tie.
  • Performances: Judges must break ties and all judges’ decisions are final.

National Deadlines

  • State chair/adviser must register all competitors for NLC competitive events online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the second Friday in May.
  • All prejudged components (report PDFs, resume/letter of application PDFs, and project URLs) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the second Friday in May.
  • All URLs and PDFs for prejudged projects and reports will be submitted by the state adviser via the competitive events registration form.
  • All production tests must be received at FBLA-PBL by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the third Friday in May.
  • All production tests must be uploaded online.
  • State chair/adviser may make name changes only (no additional entries) by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the first Friday in June. Competitor drops are the only changes allowed after this date and onsite.

National Awards

The number of competitors will determine the number of winners. The maximum number of winners for each competitive event is 10. Only one (1) award is given to the schools competing in chapter events (American Enterprise Project, Community Service Project, Local Chapter Annual Business Report, and Partnership with Business Project).

Additional Materials

Certain events may allow the use of additional materials. Please refer to event guidelines.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

FBLA‑PBL meets the criteria specified in the Americans with Disabilities Act for all participants who submit a special needs form.

Recording of Presentations

No unauthorized audio or video recording devices will be allowed in any competitive event. Participants in the performance events should be aware the national association reserves the right to record any performance for use in study or training materials.


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Format Guide

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Concepts and Practices
1. Demonstrate effective techniques to gather, communicate, and manage client information.
2. Create and/or complete documents to process information.
3. Utilize available techniques to effectively serve customers.
4. Use account knowledge to perform bookkeeping/accounting functions (including payroll) and execute financial transactions.
5. Analyze financial activities and compile business transaction data to report financial information—balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement.
6. Understand the importance of audits and regulations.
7. Perform Banking Operations such as opening and closing teller stations, processing loans, processing deposits and withdrawals, etc.
8. Understand the Federal Reserve System.
9. Understand the role of FDIC.
10. Describe the check clearing system.
11. Possess general knowledge of checking, savings, loans, certificates of deposit, investments, IRAs, customer services, trust services, ATMs, and credit/debit cards.
12. Implement loan procedures from beginning to closure.
13. Maintain records and reports to manage investments, cash, loans, and other banking procedures
14. Handle customer inquiries and situations such as interpreting business policies.
15. Identify consumer protection provisions of appropriate agencies.
16. Implement safe and secure environment controls to enhance productivity and minimize loss
17. Practice Safety and Security Procedures such as identifying valid currency, recognizing potential risk customers, and securing cash.
Basic Terminology
1. Explain the purposes and components of budgets.
2. Define general accounting terms.
3. Understand banking terms such as check register, savings account, interest, deposits, ATM, bank reconciliation, and withdrawals.
4. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of credit and other credit-related terms such as credit ratings, credit reports, and secured and unsecured credit
5. Define bankruptcy—types and major causes.
6. Define mandatory and voluntary pay deductions.
7. Define tax terms such as “exemptions,” “dependents,” and “taxable and nontaxable income.”
8. List examples of short- and long-term financial goals.
9. Explain the similarities and differences between leasing and buying, and renting versus purchasing.
10. Compare the terms and rates of mortgages, leases, investments, and other financial documents such as insurance.
11. Compare stocks, bonds, and commodities.
12. Define investment terms such as “risk management” and “rate of return.”
13. Identify types of retirement plans.
14. Use insurance terminology to explain insurance risks.
15. Compare term and whole-life insurance and annuities.
16. Identify major characteristics of the basic types of life, health, and disability insurance.
Government Regulation of Financial Services
1. Interpret laws and regulations to determine the role of government in the financial industry.
2. Interpret world events to determine the impact of international affairs on the financial industry.
3. Research the regulatory requirements of financial and investment planning and security sales to ensure compliance with codes.
4. Implement internal and external audit procedures to reflect compliance with regulations
5. Research the regulatory insurance requirements to ensure compliance.
6. Identify, apply, and keep current with laws and regulations that affect financial and accounting practices.
7. Apply federal, state, and local laws, and rules and regulations to guide storage and retention of financial records.
Impact of Technology on Financial Services
1. Identify various financial management software packages.
2. Use databases and other computer management tools to manage office records and general information.
3. Produce documents integrating current word processing, database, and spreadsheet files.
4. Create worksheets using spreadsheet commands, functions, and formulas.
5. Study component operation to prevent, diagnose, and solve computer operations problems.
6. Assist customers/clients in maintaining online services.
Types and Differences of Various Institutions
1. Identify the various types of financial institutions.
2. Describe the types of services offered by each type of financial institution.
3. Compare the differences in the various types of financial institutions.
4. Describe the role of government in the various types of financial institutions.
5. Identify the various sources and procedures for institutions that offer credit.
1. Identify ethical character traits (honesty, integrity, compassion, respect, responsibility, citizenship, justice) and practice professional conduct and good ethical behavior.
2. Determine ethics and social responsibilities and analyze the effects of unethical practices on business and on consumers.
3. Maintain confidentiality and sensitivity of company information.
4. Exhibit nondiscriminatory behavior.
5. Define common, unfair, and captive practices such as bait and switch, identify theft, and fraudulent misrepresentations.
Careers in Financial Services
1. Determine roles and functions of individuals to perform professional financial service careers.
2. Identify traditional and nontraditional finance-related careers including requirements, salary range, and working conditions
3. Develop employability skills and meet position requirements to obtain a career in finance.
4. Plan appropriate education activities to achieve licensing and certification requirements.
5. Utilize resources that contribute to professional development (trade journals/periodicals, professional trade organizations, industry sponsored training opportunities, etc.) in financial careers.
1. Reference the latest tax code to guide tax return preparation and actions.
2. Use tax preparation procedures to determine tax liability and apply tax code professionally and complete basic tax reporting forms.
3. Review income, deductions, and credits to determine current financial position.
4. Examine state and federal laws to identify tax credits.
5. Analyze tax structures and consequences to assist in business decision making.


NBEA Standards
  • Accounting
  • Career Development
  • Computation
  • Economics & Personal Finance
  • Management
Career Clusters
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Finance
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Human Services


States may submit up to 4 entries.
Competitors must be registered for NLC and pay registration fee.
Competitors must pay dues by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on April 1.


The top fifteen (15) scoring individuals/teams advance to the final round.


Test: 1 hour
Prep: 20 min
Equipment Setup: N/A
Performance: 7 min
Warning: 6 min
Time Up: 7 min
Penalty Over Time: N/A
Q & A: N/A