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Certificate for Specialists in Demand Guarantees (CSDG)

Professional Qualifications

Certificate for Specialists in Demand Guarantees (CSDG)

CSDG develops practical knowledge and expertise in the use of guarantees including industry rules, legislation and the challenges relating to demand guarantees and standby credits.

About the qualification

The Certificate for Specialists in Demand Guarantees will develop your understanding of industry rules, legislation and the challenges relating to demand guarantees and standby letters of credit.

After studying CSDG, you will be able to demonstrate a high level of expertise in the complex issues associated with demand guarantee best practice.

Studying CSDG covers: 

  • Demand guarantees – including tender, performance and advance payment
  • Indemnities, Suretyships and standby letters of credit and how they compare
  • Scope of industry rules including URDG 758 and ISP98
  • Parties involved in demand guarantees and their roles and obligations
  • Risk issues, including types, control and mitigations
  • Impact of external factors including governing law and force majeure

The Certificate for Specialists in Demand Guarantees is a Level 4 qualification registered with Ofqual in the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Key facts

  • You can book your exam at one of our designated test centres around the world
  • Access to online study materials is provided
  • Upon completion, you are able to use the ‘CSDG’ designation after your name
  • Exam entry


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CSDG consists of one unit.

Unit - Principles and Practices of Demand Guarantees


  • Tools and terminology to draft, issue and claim on demand guarantees.
  • Roles, obligations and relationships between parties of demand guarantee transactions.
  • Effects of external factors, risks involved and how to manage these.

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This helped me to understand the core concepts of documentary credits and the application of these concepts in various scenarios pertaining to DC transactions. Abhishek Malik


CSDG is a self-study qualification and following registration you will receive online access to the study resources covering the syllabus and containing review questions and activities. A specimen paper is also available to download.
The international CSDG registry contains the names of individuals that hold the CSDG designation. Names are removed from the registry after three years if an individual has not successfully recertified .

If your name does not appear or you have any queries, please contact Customer and Student Enquiries by email or on +44 (0)12 2781 8609.

CSDG Registry

The international CSDG Registry contains the names of individuals that hold the CSDG designation.

It may take up to 30 days for an individual’s details to appear after receiving their results. If an individual has not passed, their details will not be in the registry. If they don’t successfully recertify after three years, their names are removed from the registry.

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CSDG is assessed through a 3-hour and 15 minute multiple-choice examination split into two sections:

  • Section A - 50 multiple-choice questions
  • Section B - 10 standalone multiple-choice questions, one case study with 6 linked multiple-choice questions and 6 simulation exercises

You can book your exam at one of our designated test centres around the world.

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International students registration

Registrations and queries for students from Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea should be directed to the email addresses and telephone numbers provided under the relevant country below.

The Secretary General
ICC Bangladesh
Suvastu Tower (56th Floor)
69/1, Pantha Path
Dhaka-1205, Bangladesh.

If you have any queries, please email arahman@icc-bd.org or iccb@bdmail.net or call 880-2862-1942 or 880-29676698.

Ms. Liu Meiyi
Training Center of CCPIT & CCOIC,
No. 2 Huapichang Hutong,
Xicheng District, Bejing, 100035,

If you have any queries, please email csdgchina@ccpit.org or call (+8610) 8221 7297.


ICC Indonesia
Tempo Pavilion 1 building 8th Floor
Jl. HR. Rasuna Said Kav. 11
Jakarta 12950

If you have any queries, please email icc@iccindonesia.org or call (+62) 21 29667914 or fax (+62) 21 29667915.


ICC Malaysia
Level 26 Menara Hong Leong
No. 6 Jalan Damanlela
Bukit Damansara
50490 Kuala Lumpur

If you have any queries, please email icc.cpk@rdl.com.my or call 03-2632 9999

Ms Sangkyung Kim
Korea International Finance Institute
KIFI Building, 50-8,
Toegyero 20 Gil
Seoul 100-042
South Korea

If you have any queries, please email kifi01@naver.com or call (+82) 2 778 0808.

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration is open all year round and you will have 12 months to book and sit the exam which can be taken at a time and location of your choice (subject to availability).

Your registration fee includes access to an online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) in your MyLIBF account. Online study materials will be made available within 24 hours of payment.

Your result will be printed and handed to you by the invigilator at the test centre once you have left the room. This notification will show whether you have passed the assessment and will also be available in the ‘Assessment details & results’ section on MyLIBF within 24 hours. 

We will email information about your certificate a few days after you achieve your pass and it will be sent within 30 working days. Certificates will be sent within 30 working days of the issue of your result. Certificates are not sent by courier, so no tracking information is available.

If you have not received your certificate within 60 working days of the confirmation of your result, you will need to complete a certificate re-issue form. Your certificate will be issued free of charge as long as the completed form is received within two weeks of this timescale. After this period, a fee of £48 will apply.

Re-issued certificates can be sent by a courier for an additional fee of £30. This should be included at the time of submitting your form.

Before your registration expiry date you can cancel your exam or change your exam date, time or venue (subject to availability). You will need to contact Pearson VUE directly, giving a minimum of 24 hours’ notice online or at least one working days’ notice by phone prior to your current exam booking. For example, if your exam is booked for a Monday, the latest you can reschedule is the previous Friday.

Pearson VUE can be reached via the details given on your Important Registration Information link on MyLIBF or our ‘Exam booking and information’  page. 

You have 14 calendar days from your course start date to cancel your registration and arrange a refund by calling our Student and Customer Services team. You will need to return any hard copy study texts in its original condition.  After this period all fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

If you have already booked your exam with Pearson VUE (and are within the cancellation period), you will need to contact them directly at least 24 hours prior to the exam date to cancel it. Then allow at least two hours before calling our Student and Customer Services team to cancel the qualification registration and arrange a refund.

Pearson VUE can be reached via the details given on your Important Registration Information link on MyLIBF or our ‘Exam booking and information’ information page.


For registration and other enquiries please contact Student and Customer Services on +44 (0)12 2781 8609.


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