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Trade and transaction banking Diploma for Qualified Trade Finance Specialists (QTFS)

What is the Diploma for Qualified Trade Finance Specialists (QTFS)?

Whatever your current role in the industry, it’s vital to ensure that your skills and technical understanding of the subject are current and well informed.

The QTFS Diploma has been created to demonstrate your knowledge of trade finance and confirms your ability to use these skills in real-life situations.

How do I become a QTFS?

Once you have successfully completed a minimum of three qualifications in trade finance and transaction banking, we will automatically award you with a Diploma for QTFS. You can download this by logging into your MyLIBF account.

There is no extra cost to become a QTFS. However you must complete a minimum of:

  • L3 Certificate in International Trade and Finance (CITF) or L3 Certificate in Principles of Payments (CertPAY) plus

  • L4 Certificate for Documentary Credit Specialists (CDCS) or L4 Certificate for Specialist in Demand Guarantees (CSDG) plus

  • L4 Certificate in Trade Finance Compliance (CTFC) or L4 Certificate in Supply Chain Finance (CSCF) or L4 Certificate in International Trade Risk (CITR)

*Alternatively, you may choose to complete three L4 certificates listed above.

CDCS, CSDG, CITR, CTFC and CSCF designations are valid for three years and require recertification. Your L4 qualifications will need to be eligible for the Diploma for QTFS.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

To continue to hold your QTFS designation you must complete 36 hours of CPD activity over a 36 month period for each of your L4 qualifications to demonstrate that your trade finance and transaction banking knowledge is current.

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On completing the required qualifications you will be automatically awarded QTFS status.

You can download your Diploma for Qualified Trade Finance Specialists through your MyLIBF account.

Our qualifications

Find out about our range of specialist trade finance and transaction banking qualifications and how to register.

QTFS Registry

The QTFS Registry contains the names of individuals that hold the Diploma QTFS.

It may take up to 30 days for your details to appear after receiving your results. If you don’t successfully recertify after three years, your name will be removed from the registry.

If you have any queries, please email customerservices@libf.ac.uk or call +01227 913218.

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