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Certificate in Supply Chain Finance (CSCF) 

Professional Qualifications

Certificate in Supply Chain Finance (CSCF) 

CSCF is the new industry certification designed for finance professionals who want to build their knowledge and understanding of the techniques for financing international supply chains.

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About the qualification

The Certificate in Supply Chain Finance is relevant if you work or are aspiring to work within an area dealing with Supply Chain Finance (SCF).

You will develop an understanding of the standard definitions for techniques of SCF, how to identify funding gaps as a result of trade cycle analysis, understand clients’ needs and develop your skills in structuring and implementing SCF solutions.

The key characteristic of SCF is that the various techniques available are driven by the nature of the physical supply chain. Analysis of the client’s underlying trade cycle and the accurate identification and application of financing, risk mitigation (including foreign exchange management) and settlement are central to any approach in meeting clients’ needs and expectations. Developing a broad understanding of the available finance options is central to success within this industry.

The wide-ranging scope of this international qualification includes:

  • Supply chain finance environment
  • Role of traditional trade finance products
  • Key components of trade cycle analysis
  • Application and implementation of supply chain finance techniques and associated legal, technological, cost and risk implications
  • Importance of innovation and strategy

The Certificate in Supply Chain Finance is a Level 4 qualification registered with Ofqual in the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Key facts

  • Comprehensive study materials are provided online
  • Registration is open all year round
  • Multiple-choice exam assessment available internationally
  • Upon completion, you are able to use the CSCF designation after your name
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Units

Unit – Supply Chain Finance

CSCF consists of one unit. It is recommended that students spend 270 learning hours studying for this qualification.

The unit introduces the importance of supply chain finance by focusing on the needs it fulfils and the variety of financing techniques that are available. It also discusses the importance of analysing trade cycles and structuring appropriate and innovative Supply Chain Finance solutions.

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The London Institute of Banking & Finance programme has contributed massively in strengthening the capability, competence and professionalism of our people to build credibility and confidence with our customers. The qualifications help HSBC to demonstrate, through an externally benchmarked programme, that our people are highly skilled to deal with new regulations.
Jennifer E M Crawley -Deputy UK Director of Small Businesses, HSBC BANK PLC

Studying

The core text for CSCF has been prepared by John Bugeja and Lionel Taylor of Trade Advisory Network; renowned specialists in the field of supply chain finance. In addition candidates will have access to the ICC Academy Advanced Supply Chain Finance online module at no extra cost.

The wide-ranging scope of this international qualification includes:

  • the supply chain finance environment;
  • the role of traditional trade finance products;
  • the key components of trade cycle analysis;
  • the application and implementation of standard definitions for techniques of supply chain finance and associated legal, technological, cost and risk implications; 
  • the importance of innovation and strategy and;  
  • the management of foreign exchange exposures. 

CSCF 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. 

If you have any queries, please email customerservices@libf.ac.uk or call +44 (0)12 2781 8609.

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Assessment

CSCF is assessed through a single 2 hour 30-minute objective exam, split into two sections.

Section A
60 multiple choice questions (a total of 60 marks available for section A).

Section B
5 multiple choice questions and 5 multi-response questions (worth 1 mark each); followed by 3 case studies comprising a combination of questions requiring you to evaluate a scenario, including questions requiring you to pair statements from a selection of options, 10 marks will available for each case study (a total of 40 marks available for section B).

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

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Recertification

 
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International students registration

Registration forms for students from Bangladesh, China, Indonesia and South Korea should be sent to the addresses detailed under the relevant country below.

Further details and any queries should be directed to the email addresses and telephone numbers provided.

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. Deng Mo
Training Center of CCPIT & CCOIC,
No. 2 Huapichang Hutong,
Xicheng District, Bejing, 100035
China

If you have any queries, please email cscfchina@ccpit.org or call (+8610) 8221 7209.

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

Your registration fee includes the qualification study materials, and the first sitting of your exam and/or coursework. You will also gain access to MyLIBF (our student portal). Some qualifications include a hard copy of the study text.

If you need to resit your exam or coursework, you will need to register and pay for a resit.

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. 

You have 14 calendars 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 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.

Contact Pearson VUE on +44 (0) 370 608 1915 (Europe, Middle East, Africa region).

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

Multiple choice exams sat at Pearson VUE venues:
Before your registration expiry date you can change your exam date, time or venue. You will need to contact Pearson VUE directly, giving a minimum of 24 hours notice.

Contact them on +44 (0) 370 608 1915 (Europe, Middle East, Africa region)

Session based (set exam date as per study timetable):
It is not possible to change the date and time unless you defer to a subsequent session for an additional fee. The deadline to defer is 24 hours before your current exam date.

You may be able to change your venue. Please call us at least eight weeks before the exam date to check.

If you are unable to call us eight weeks before the exam, due to mitigating circumstances such as a sudden illness, please call us straight away as you may be eligible for Special Consideration . To be eligible you will need supporting documentation.

Making a result enquiry:
If you believe there has been an error in the marking of your assessment, you can apply for a result enquiry.

The Assessment Result Enquiry Policy explains the steps to take when applying and has an application form included. Your application must be received within 10 working days after we have communicated your assessment results.

This policy does not apply to students who believe their performance during an assessment may have been affected by external factors, for example noise, illness or unforeseen circumstances. These cases are dealt with under our Special Consideration Policy.

Appealing a decision:
You have the right to appeal to us to review decisions that have been made in the course of the assessment of your programme of learning. An appeal may only be submitted in relation to a final decision.

Please read our Appeals Policy as it explains the steps to take when applying, in particular section B 'making an appeal'. Your application must be received within 15 working days after we have communicated the outcome of a decision.

Making a complaint:
A complaint should be made if you are dissatisfied by one of our products or services as soon as possible, but no later than 10 working days from the date of the occurrence.

We deal with all complaints as promptly as possible and within clearly defined timescales. The stages for handling a complaint are listed in our CPQ Complaints Policy.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL):
Please read our Recognition of Prior Learning Policy as it explains the steps to take when applying. Your application will need to include certified copies of your qualification certificate or transcript.

We aim to provide an outcome within 10 working days. If we need longer, we will let you know.

Special consideration:
Please read our Special Consideration Policy as it explains the steps to take when applying. Your application will need to include supporting documentation.

Given the individual nature of special consideration claims, we would recommend that you contact our Student Support team on +44 (0)1227 818609 or support@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 exam date. Any applications made outside of this timescale must include an explanation as to why the delay has occurred.

We aim to provide an outcome within 5 – 10 working days. It may take longer if your application is referred to the Concessionary Board.

Reasonable adjustment:
Given the individual nature of reasonable adjustments, we recommend that you contact our Student Support team on +44 (0)1227 818609 or support@libf.ac.uk for an informal discussion before you submit your request. This will allow us to fully understand the nature of your circumstances and advise you on the type of supporting evidence required.

The Reasonable Adjustments Policy explains the steps to take when applying and has an application form included. Your application must be received, with supporting documentation, 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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