Mortgage Bankers Association moves to TopClass LMS

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) recently chose TopClass LMS by WBT Systems to deliver professional development and training to approximately 10,000 learners per year, from over 2,400 member companies. TopClass LMS will provide MBA with connected learning experiences for their member organizations, flexible functionality, and comprehensive support for delivery and management of their professional development programs.


The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is the trade association for the real estate finance industry in the United States, with member organizations that provide services to both residential and commercial real estate sectors. MBA Education, the training arm of MBA, provides 400 total education offerings to its member organizations, most of which run through their Learning Management System (LMS) at some point. These include a mix of web-based self-study courses, blended learning offerings that transition students from webinars to the LMS for assessments and additional reading, and instructor-led classes offered across the country, with exams then taken in the LMS.

MBA allows students from member companies to access content in multiple different ways. For some member companies, individual students visit, purchase a course or annual subscription and are passed to the LMS to complete their training. However, for other member companies, MBA offers a bulk enrolment option which would allow, for example, 200 students to be enrolled in a course, and would then require access for a training manager to see their progress, track their grades, and access certificates of completion for each student.

“We wanted to both streamline and simplify the process of enrolling students in courses for our member organizations, enable their training managers to track student progress and access certificates of completion, while providing the most student-friendly experience possible when inside the LMS.”

Commenting on MBA’s new learning management system, David Upbin, Associate Vice President, MBA Education Operations and Programming & MBA Strategy, said, “A lot of our struggles with our previous LMS were to do with getting students into the LMS either as individuals via our retail channel, or via bulk enrolments for a large cohort of students from a member organization into a course. TopClass LMS solves our problems for both channels, facilitating both a corporate and private training approach.”

As MBA continues work to integrate TopClass LMS into its technology ecosystem, the association is finding that WBT Systems provides a single point of support for its off-the-shelf integrations with all major technology solutions for associations. “This differentiation between TopClass LMS and other vendors was not something that we knew at the time of selection”, noted Dewite North, Associate Vice President, Information Technology, “It was not something that we thought to ask during the selection process, but it is proving very helpful as we integrate the LMS with our other systems.”

TopClass LMS by WBT Systems provides a connected and personalized experience for learners in a powerful, flexible learning management system that is purpose-built for association education and certification. For Trade Associations who manage and sell content to organizations that provide education or certification to their learners, TopClass LMS provides a robust and scalable platform with powerful e-commerce capabilities that enables Associations to maximize non-dues revenue. 



About Mortgage Bankers Association:
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is the national association representing the real estate finance industry. As the leading advocate for the real estate finance industry, MBA continues to represent and serve its members through advocacy, networking opportunities, news, data, and leadership. MBA Education is the exclusive provider of the Certified Mortgage Banker® (CMB®) Designation, which is the industry standard in professional success. For more information, visit: 

About WBT Systems and TopClass LMS:
WBT Systems is a leading provider of learning solutions across the globe, helping Associations to build and improve their education and certification programs since 1995. WBT Systems develops the industry-leading TopClass LMS, named as the #1 Association Learning Management System in 2015, 2016, and 2017. TopClass LMS has over 5 million users and is used in 20 languages across 23 countries. Many of WBT Systems’ customers have grown with the company over our 20 years in business, due to our experienced team, excellent implementation track record and flexibility in all we do: approach, product, pricing and services. For more information, visit:

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