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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 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 helped me to work on demand guarantee more confidently.


CSDG consists of one unit. It is recommended that students spend 256 learning hours studying for this qualification.

Unit - Principles and Practices of Demand Guarantees


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.


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.


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.

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.

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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

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

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

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
Seoul 100-042
South Korea

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

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