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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 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

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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 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.

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 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.


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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

Your registration and payment must be received by the deadline published on the qualification page. We recommend registering as early as possible to allow yourself sufficient time to study and prepare for your exam.

Your registration fee includes study materials and access to an online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) in your MyLIBF account.

Online study materials will be made available within 24 hours of payment. We aim to send a hardcopy of your study text within five working days of receiving your registration fees. It will be delivered by courier and, in all cases, requires a signature. If it has not arrived within four weeks, you should let us know.

Your result will be available six weeks after the exam. It is available in your MyLIBF account under ‘Assessment details & results’ and we will send you a reminder a few days before release.

We will email information about your certificate a few days after you achieve your pass. You will receive your certificate within 60 working days from the issue of your result.

These are sent by standard airmail and not by courier, so no tracking information is available.

A PDF version of your certificate will be made available to you in your MyLIBF account under the 'Personal Links' section. You will have access to it within a few hours of receiving your pass result and until it expires. You can download the certificate and save or print it.

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.

Yes. A PDF version of your certificate will be made available to you in your MyLIBF account under the 'Personal Links' section. You will have access to it within a few hours of receiving your pass result and until it expires. You can download the certificate and save or print it.

Our international venue list is available on our exam venue page.

Exam venues

The venue address will be released about five weeks before the exam date in an exam attendance notice found in your MyLIBF account. We will email you once your attendance notice is available.

You may be able to change your venue. Please contact us on customerservices@libf.ac.uk at least eight weeks before your exam date to see if it is possible and to ensure we have enough time for any changes to be made.

If we do not have a venue locally for your exam, you may want to consider asking your employer to host it at your place of work. Your enquiry must be submitted at least four months before your exam date. Please contact us on customerservices@libf.ac.uk for further details.

It is possible to defer your exam to a later date. You are able to do this once free of charge as long as your request is received by the registration deadline of the session you are registered for. There will be a fee for any further deferrals. You can defer the date of your exam up to three weeks after the registration deadline, however a fee will apply.

If you are unable to attend your exam due to mitigating circumstances such as a sudden illness, please contact us on customerservices@libf.ac.uk straight away as you may be eligible for Special Consideration . To be eligible you will need supporting documentary for evidence.


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


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