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Diploma for Qualified Trade Finance Specialists (QTFS)

This designation will set you apart from the competition by providing you with additional recognition for your knowledge of transaction banking and trade finance.

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What is the Diploma for Qualified Trade Finance Specialists (QTFS)?


Whatever your current role in the industry, it’s vital to ensure that your skills and technical understanding of the subject are current and well informed.

The QTFS Diploma has been created to demonstrate your knowledge of trade finance, and confirms your ability to use these skills in real-life situations.



Key Information

  • Available to our members and non-members
  • Awarded to eligible students/alumni at no extra cost
  • Instant online acceptance subject to eligibility
  • Bespoke downloadable Diploma
  • Your credentials will be stored in our online QTFS Registry in addition to the individual Registries for CDCS, CSDG, CTFC and CSCF

How do I become a QTFS?

Once you have successfully completed a minimum of three qualifications in trade finance and transaction banking, we will automatically award you with a Diploma for QTFS. You can download this by logging into your MyLIBF account.

There is no extra cost to become a QTFS. However you must complete a minimum of: 

  • L3 Certificate in International Trade and Finance (CITF) or L3 Certificate in Principles of Payments (CertPAY) plus
  • L4 Certificate for Documentary Credit Specialists (CDCS) or L4 Certificate for Specialist in Demand Guarantees (CSDG) plus
  • L4 Certificate in Trade Finance Compliance (CTFC) or L4 Certificate in Supply Chain Finance (CSCF) 

 
*Alternatively you may choose to complete three L4 certificates listed above.

CDCS, CSDG, CTFC and CSCF designations are valid for three years and require recertification. Your L4 qualifications will need to be current to eligible for the Diploma for QTFS.

QTFS Registry

The QTFS Registry contains the names of individuals that hold the Diploma QTFS.

It may take up to 30 days for your details to appear after receiving your results. If you don’t successfully recertify after three years, your name will be 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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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

To continue to hold your QTFS designation you must complete 36 hours of CPD activity over a 36 month period for each of your L4 qualifications to demonstrate that your trade finance and transaction banking knowledge is current.

Should you choose not to recertify one or more of your L4 qualifications at the end of the 36 month recertification period you will lose the right to use your individual designation e.g. CDCS and QTFS


To encourage you to continue to recertify fees have been reduced for your second and third L4 qualification recertification

Find out more about recertification information
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