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Trade and transaction banking Certificate in International Trade and Finance (CITF)

Certificate in International Trade and Finance (CITF)

CITF is aimed at all professionals who are looking to develop their knowledge of trade finance.

This certification will give you a detailed understanding of the products, documents, trade terms, roles and responsibilities that underpin trade finance. It will also teach you how to apply this knowledge to real situations.

Ideal for all trade professionals and relationship managers, CITF will give you a comprehensive overview of all aspects of trade finance. It will help you demonstrate your expertise and increase your career potential.

We collaborated with industry experts to create CITF, which is a Level 3 qualification registered with Ofqual in the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

While studying with us, you’ll become a Member of LIBF (MLIBF), receiving benefits including careers support and access to professional networking events.

Benefits for you

  • Use the CITF designation after your name when you have completed the qualification

  • Earn continued professional development (CPD) learning hours or personal development units (PDUs) towards a Certificate for Documentary Credit Specialists (CDCS), Certificate for Specialists in Demand Guarantees (CSDG) and Certificate in Supply Chain Finance (CSCF) recertification 

  • Take your exams at one of the selected Pearson VUE test centres and at a time that suits you

  • Get your exam results the same day

  • Supported by Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT)

  • Endorsed by International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Key information


  • £695 for the full qualification

Study duration

  • You'll have 12 months from registration to complete the qualification

  • Everything is online, so you can study at a pace that suits you


  • One unit

Your studies will cover

  • The international trade environment

  • Parties involved in international trade and finance and their roles

  • Documents used in international trade and the Incoterms 2020

  • Contracts

  • Trade-based financial crime compliance

  • Methods of settlement

  • Documentary collections

  • Documentary credits

  • Guarantees and standby letters of credit

  • Principles of supply chain finance

  • Other forms of finance

  • Export credit insurance

  • Foreign exchange risk management

  • Digital disruption and innovation

Your qualification at a glance


You can take exams at a test centre or at home with remote invigilation.

Your first exam is included in the registration fee for each module.

You'll receive a digital certificate once you have passed.


Registered with Ofqual in the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)

Unit information

What study materials do I get?

As part of the registration fee you'll get access to:

  • a student-led discussion forum

  • unit syllabus

  • study texts

  • specimen paper

  • online access to our student portal MyLIBF

  • online access to our virtual library KnowledgeBank


CITF is assessed through a two-hour objective exam split into two sections:

  • Section A: 80 multiple-choice questions

  • Section B: four case studies with five linked multiple-choice questions.

Your first exam is included in the registration fee. If you need to retake an exam a resit fee will be payable.

You can choose when to take your exam and pick from test centres nationwide or through remote invigilation.

Exam and assessment information


Registration is open all year round.

You can register by clicking 'register now' button below or by calling our Customer Services team on +44 (0)1227 818609.

Full qualification


price includes study materials and exam entry
Additional costs

Corporate bookings

If you are a company and want to register a cohort of students onto CDCS please email trade@libf.ac.uk for further information.

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International students registration

Students from Bangladesh, China, Indonesia and South Korea should contact a relevant country contact to register for CITF.

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.

Our office is open Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 6.00pm GMT.