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Trade and transaction banking qualifications

Our trade and transaction banking qualifications are recognised internationally and studied in over 100 countries.

They help you enhance your knowledge and skills, demonstrate technical competence and take your career to the next level.

Designed in partnership with the International Chamber of Commerce and in consultation with leading experts from across the world, our qualifications support professionals in developing and maintaining their specialist knowledge of this ever-evolving sector.

Our transaction banking qualification, the Certificate in Principles of Payments (CertPAY), gives candidates a comprehensive understanding of the payments industry. It is supported by BAFT, Payments UK and the Emerging Payments Association (EPA).

Level 4 Certificate in International Trade Risk (CITR)

International trade risk is a complex area of banking that requires specialist expertise. CITR will help you build the skills and technical knowledge needed to effectively address a wide array of risk-related scenarios.

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Level 4 Certificate for Documentary Credit Specialists (CDCS)

This industry benchmark qualification will help you enhance your understanding of the complex issues associated with documentary credit practice.

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Level 4 Certificate for Specialists in Demand Guarantees (CSDG)

CSDG deepens your understanding of the industry rules and the challenges around demand guarantees and standby letters of credit.

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Level 3 Certificate in International Trade and Finance (CITF)

CITF allows professionals like you to upskill and learn all the key solutions, procedures and practices used in international trade finance, to better support your clients.

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Level 4 Certificate in Trade Finance Compliance (CTFC)

CTFC increases technical knowledge and develops the skills needed to prevent a wide range of trade compliance issues – including fraud and money laundering.

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Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Payments (CertPAY)

CertPAY provides a comprehensive understanding of payments, from terminology to the mechanics of moving money across the globe, as well as liquidity management, compliance, risk, regulation, and strategy.

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Level 4 Certificate in Supply Chain Finance (CSCF)

CSCF enhances your understanding of the physical supply chain and identifies all the solutions available to clients during the entire trade lifecycle.

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Diploma for Qualified Trade Finance Specialists (QTFS)

Demonstrate your trade finance expertise with our Diploma for Qualified Trade Finance Specialists (QTFS).

QTFS will set you apart from the competition by providing you with additional recognition for your knowledge of trade and transaction banking.

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Re-certification and CPD

CDCS, CSCF, CSDG and CTFC holders are required to re-certify every three years through a programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Find out more about CPD for trade finance professionals, recertification information and how to become a CDCS Advocate.

CPD and recertification
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Contact us about our professional qualifications

If you have any questions about our professional qualifications in finance and banking, please contact our customer services team.

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