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Certificate in Principles of Payments (CertPAY)

Professional Qualifications

Certificate in Principles of Payments (CertPAY)

CertPAY enables professionals working in the global payments industry to attain an internationally recognised qualification. It will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of payments, from terminology to the mechanics of moving money across the globe, as well as compliance, risk, regulation, and strategy.

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About the qualification

This new industry-focused programme enables you to develop specialist knowledge and skills relating to products, purpose, structure and inherent risks associated with payments. Available to study worldwide, CertPAY is suitable for anyone working in the sector including payments specialists, managers and operational, compliance and risk team members. If you are working in, or aspiring to work in the payments industry, completing CertPAY will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the sector, and provide a formal recognition of your professionalism.

SWIFT Institute LogoThe Certificate in Principles of Payments is endorsed by the SWIFT Institute.*

Read topical articles about the payments industry written by the qualification’s Technical Reviewers in our CertPAY Content Series.

The Certificate in Principles of Payment is a Level 3 qualification registered with Ofqual in the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Supported by:
PaymentsUK logo EPA Full Logo    BAFT logo

  *SWIFT Institute has not contributed to nor is responsible for the course content.

Key Facts

  • Registration is open year-round
  • Comprehensive study materials are provided
  • Multiple-choice exam assessment
  • On-demand exams available internationally with same day results
  • Upon completion, you are able to use the 'CertPAY' designation after your name
  • Earn CPD learning hours / PDUs towards CDCS® and CSDG® Recertification

Read supporting articles on the subject of the Certificate in Principles of Payment in our Insights section.

Units

CertPAY consists of two units.

Unit 1 - Principles of the Payments Industry (PPA)

  • The structure of the industry and the component parts of payments
  • The economic value and systemic importance of payments
  • The global infrastructure of payments

Unit 2 - Payment Regulation, Risk and Compliance (PRC)

  • Payment regulation and compliance
  • The risks, data protection and system security associated with the payments industry

CPQ Blue Testimonial

CertPAY introduces students to the principles of payments, breaking down the complexities of global payments into easy to understand topics. The qualification also introduces students to common payment terminology and explores the technological innovation that shapes and drives the payment industry today.

Michael Aragona - Author, Principles of Payments

Studying

Online access to study texts is available immediately after registration has been completed. The study text contains review questions and activities to support your learning. A specimen paper is also provided to test your learning. A hardcopy version of the textbook can be purchased for £40 + postage from Amazon.

Assessment

CertPAY is assessed through a single 85-minute objective exam, split into two units.

Unit 1 - PPA

35 multiple-choice questions
(40 mins)

Unit 2 - PRC

25 multiple-choice questions and two case studies each with 5 linked questions
(45 mins)

You can choose which date to sit your exam at selected centres worldwide, with the result provided on the day. 

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International Registrations

Korea International Finance Institute
50-8, Toegyero 20 Gil
Jung-gu
Seoul
Korea 

If you have any queries, please contact Kim Sang Kyung by email at kifi01@naver.com or call 82-2-778-0819.

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.

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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