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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.
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About the qualification

The qualification will develop students’ understanding in the use of guarantees, industry rules, legislation and the challenges relating to demand guarantees and standby credits. CSDG enables students to demonstrate a high level of expertise and improves knowledge and understanding of 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

  • Exams are held in April and October each year
  • Comprehensive study materials are provided
  • Upon completion, you are able to use the ‘CSDG’ designation after your name

Units

Unit - Principles and Practices of Demand Guarantees

H/505/9707

The tools and terminology necessary to draft, issue and claim on demand guarantees and related products. The roles, obligations and relationships between parties of demand guarantee transactions. As well as the affects of external factors, the risks involved and how to manage these.

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CSDG helped me to work on demand guarantee more confidently.

Studying

CSDG consists of one unit. It is recommended that students spend 256 learning hours studying for this qualification.
Preparation for the exam usually takes six months.

CSDG is a self-study qualification and following registration you will be sent a detailed study text covering the syllabus and containing review questions and activities. A specimen paper is also available to download. In addition to printed materials, students will also receive online access to the study resources.
 
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.

Assessment

CSDG is assessed through a 3-hour paper-based objective exam 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

CSDG is examined in over 40 countries at designated international centres.

Recertification 

 


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CSDG Registry

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.

International Candidates:

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.

Mr Li Tianya
China Chamber of International Commerce
No 2 Huapichang Hutong
Xicheng District, Bejing, 100035
China

If you have any queries, please email cdcschina@ccpit.org or call (+8610) 8221 7267 or fax (+8610) 8221 7272.

 

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

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

 

ICC Malaysia
Wisma FMM
No. 3 Persiaran Dagang PJU 9
Bandar Sri Damansara
52200 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia.

If you have any queries, please email iccm@iccmalaysia.org.my or call +603 6286 7200 or fax +603 62741266 /7288. 

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

The registration fee includes the study text, in both book and PDF format*, the first sitting of your examination and/or coursework and online access to the MyLIBF area of the website.

*The Certificate for Specialists in Demand Guarantees (CSDG®) study text is not currently available online.   

In line with our charitable objectives, we make means-tested bursaries available to students studying our qualifications.

You can find out more information about the bursaries we offer here.
If you would like to apply for a bursary, please email our Student and Customer Services team or call them on +44 (0)12 2781 8609. Please ensure that you have details of the qualification you intend to study when contacting us. 

If you find that the qualification you have registered for is not appropriate to your needs, you may cancel it. A full refund will only be given providing all learning materials are returned to us, fully intact and undamaged, within 14 calendar days of receipt. However, if you have already booked an examination, no refund will be given.

 

After 14 calendar days, all fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you have registered for a qualification where study materials are provided online only e.g. resit and CSDG students, a refund may only be requested within 14 days of The London Institute of Banking and Finance receiving payment.

This is dependent on the type of examination you are sitting.

Electronic examinations

These are controlled by Pearson VUE and you will need to contact them directly via using the details on the ‘important registration information’ link on the MyLIBF home page.

If you are unable to attend your examination, please contact Pearson VUE as soon as possible to cancel or reschedule your examination, allowing a minimum of one full clear business days notice prior to your examination. For example, the deadline to cancel or reschedule an electronic examination due to take place on a Tuesday would be the Friday before. 
 
AFA examinations

All electronic Advanced Financial Advice (AFA) examination and all paper based examinations are taken on a set date (as per the qualification timetable) and it is not possible to change the date and time. You may however, be able to change the venue or defer to a later sessions and should contact the Student and Customer Services team via email or by phone on +44 (0)12 2781 8609 to enquire.

If you are unable to provide the required notice due to significant mitigating circumstances such as sudden illness, please contact Students and Customer Services straight away as you may be eligible for Special Consideration. Supporting documentary evidence is required for a Special Consideration application. 

Making a complaint

A complaint should be made as soon as possible, but no later than ten working days from the date of the incident occurring. 

We deal with all complaints as promptly as possible and within clearly defined timescales. Where it is not possible to meet these service standards, students will be informed of the progress of their complaint. The stages for handling a complaint are as set out within our CPQ Complaints Policy.

Appealing a decision

Students also have the right to appeal to a decision that has been made in the course of the assessment of their programme of learning. An appeal may only be submitted in relation to final decisions. 

An appeal application must be submitted to us within 15 working days of the date of our letter advising the outcome of a decision. If the appeal application form is received after the deadline, we reserve the right to refuse the application. Please read our Appeals Policy, in particular Section B - 'making an appeal'.
 
Making a result enquiry

If you believe that there has been an error in the marking of your assessment, you may apply for an assessment result enquiry. This policy does not apply to the applicant who believes that their performance during an assessment may have been adversely affected by external factors, for example, noise, illness or unforeseen circumstances. These cases are dealt with under our Special Consideration Policy.

Please read our Assessment Result Enquiry Policy fully as this sets out the key stages for applying. An application form is included within the policy and must be sent to us within 10 working days of the assessment outcome being communicated to you. 
 

For any of the above, we recommend that you first contact the Student Support Services team by telephone on +44 (0)12 2782 9499 or email enquiries@libf.ac.uk to discuss the nature of your concern and for us to offer guidance regarding the process.

... Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

You can apply by completing the RPL application form and sending the form and certified copies of your qualification certificate or transcript to the email or postal address on the form.

We aim to consider and respond with an outcome to your application within 10 working days. In the event that an enquiry proves complex, we may need longer than initially anticipated to investigate it. In such cases, we will make sure that you are kept informed of progress.

You can find the RPL policy here.

special consideration?

You can find our CPQ Special Consideration Policy here. You will need to complete an application form and submit this with your documentary supporting evidence. Given the individual nature of special consideration claims, we would recommend that you also contact the Student Support Services team by telephone on +44 (0)12 2782 9499 or email enquiries@libf.ac.uk for an informal discussion before you submit your application.

For your claim to be considered, you must have initially notified us of your circumstances on or before the submission deadline for coursework or within five days of the examination date. Any applications made outside of this timescale must include an explanation as to why the delay has occurred.

We aim to consider and respond with an outcome within 5 – 10 working days of receipt of your application. This timescale may be longer In the event of your application being referred to the Concessionary Board.

… reasonable adjustment?

Given the individual nature of reasonable adjustments, we would recommend that you contact the Student Support Services team by telephone on +44 (0)12 2782 9499 or email enquiries@libf.ac.uk for an informal discussion before you submit a request. This will allow us to fully understand the nature of your request and advise you on the type of supporting evidence required.

You can find our CPQ Reasonable Adjustments Policy here. An application form is included within Section A, and must be sent to us at least six weeks prior to the date when the adjustment will need to be in place. 

Contact

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

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