Global Trade Certificate (GTC)

Introductory, online trade finance training from the ICC

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Authored by experts from the ICC Banking Commission

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Fast-track your trade finance career

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An internationally-accredited, professional qualification


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The GTC is an introductory-level programme designed to help you build a foundational understanding of global trade finance solutions. It will benefit transactional and relationship managers—as well as executives from management, credit, legal and compliance functions.

The GTC includes access to 9 courses, covering a range of trade finance techniques and the final exam, all taken online. You have access to the courses and exam for 12 months, but you must complete the courses first to unlock the exam. The courses include quiz questions, video lectures and transaction flow diagrams to help you grasp key concepts easily.

The curriculum is split between 6 core courses, that everyone must complete, and 8 elective courses, of which you must choose 3 (6 core courses and 3 electives = a total of 9 courses). You will be able to select your elective courses once you have purchased the GTC and logged in to your account. You can see the full list of courses below.

Once you pass, the GTC certificate is valid for three years. Details about re-certification can be found here.

Core Courses

Complete all 6 core courses

Elective Courses

Choose 3 elective courses


Additional Learning



The GTC courses are authored by 10 leading experts from the ICC Banking Commission.

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Vijay Vashist

Managing Director, Global Transaction Services, DBS Bank

Vijay Vashist is the Global Head of Trade & Supply Chain Finance and Trade Asset Management in DBS’ Global Transaction Services, based at the head office in Singapore.  Vijay joined DBS in April 2011 from Standard Chartered Bank, where he was previously Managing Director and Global Head of Open Account Trade Finance. He has over 20 years of experience within Institutional Banking covering areas of corporate relationship banking, Supply Chain, Leasing, Open Account and traditional trade business lines, working at Standard Chartered, HSBC and GE Capital. In addition to his appointment as a member of the ICC Banking Commission ExCo, Vijay is also associated with the BAFT-IFSA Asia Financial Supply Chain Committee, spearheading a project to design industry standard open account trade documentation. He has also previously served on the marketing committee of Factors Chain International, Amsterdam.


Andrea Hauptmann

Senior Director, Head of Guarantees Department, Raiffeisen Bank International

Andrea Hauptmann Joined Raiffeisen Bank International (former RZB) in September 1984 after a short postgraduate study in Cambridge, UK, working in the documentary department on import/export LCs and since 1988 on bank guarantees. She then took over responsibility of the guarantee business in 1991 and was appointed Director in 1997 and Senior Director in 2000. She is a member of ICC Austria and a delegate to the ICC Banking Commission since 1997. She has been the elected Chair of the ICC Guarantee Task Force since March 2012  and was appointed as member of the Executive Committee of the ICC Banking Commission in October 2013.


Daniel Cotti

Chairman of the Board, Bolero International and Founder of Cotti Trade

Daniel has 30+ years’ experience in the trade finance industry and has spent most of his career in leading roles with end-to-end management and P&L responsibility of global businesses of considerable size working for Citibank, ABN AMRO, RBS and JPMorgan. He has achieved significant growth and transformation results with all the institutions that he has worked for and was also proactively engaged with the major relevant industry associations (ICC, SWIFT, BAFT) to drive the trade finance Industry agenda forward (founding member and Head of the Advisory Board of the Banking Commission of the ICC, founding member and Head of the Global Trade Industry Council of BAFT, founding member of the Trade Services Advisory Group of SWIFT).


Alexander Malaket

President, Opus Advisory Services International Inc

Alexander Malaket is a recognized specialist in international trade and trade finance, with over 25 years of professional experience in Canada and internationally. He is Deputy Head of the Executive Committee of the ICC Banking Commission (Paris), a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, World Trade Centre (Winnipeg) and a member of the Board of the Forum for International Trade Training (Ottawa). Alexander is a member of the B20 Task Forces for 2015, the International Affairs Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and a “Nominated Expert” in trade finance at the UN/CEFACT, as well as a member of the ICTSD/World Economic Forum E15 Initiative. Author of “Financing Trade and International Supply Chains” published by Gower, UK in 2014, Mr. Malaket is a frequent speaker, panel chair and participant at leading industry events around the world.


Carlo Di Ninni

Consultant, ICC Italy

Carlo is Secretary of ICC-Italy Banking Commission and a member of the current ICC DOCDEX list of experts. He is promoter and Vice Chairman of Credimpex-Italia (Professional Association). Carlo is also the Co-chair of the UCP 600 revision “Consultant Group”, a member of the ISBP 745 revision “Drafting Group” and a representative of Italian Banks for revision of: UCP 400, 500 and 600, URC 522, URDG 458 and 758, ISBP 645, 681, 745. Finally Carlo is also responsible for the “Interbank Documentary Operations Commission” at the Italian Bankers Association (ABI) Rome for 25 years (now retired).


Charles Bryant

Secretary General, European E-Invoicing Service Providers Assocation (EESPA) Assocation

Charles Bryant is a former banker with a deep experience in trade finance, transaction banking and general management. He co-authored the well-received Euro Banking Association Guide to Supply Chain Finance, and is an active member of the Drafting Group of the Global SCF Forum, working on standard market definitions for supply chain finance techniques. He is heavily involved in the promotion of electronic invoicing and works with Tungsten, the leading e-invoicing network formerly known as OB10, where he is European Affairs Adviser. He represents the UK in the EU Multi-Stakeholder Forum on e-Invoicing and in the CEN Project Committee developing a European Standard for the e-Invoice. He co-founded the European e-Invoicing Service Providers Association (EESPA) and in 2013 was elected its Co-Chair.


Dan Taylor

Principal, DLTaylor Consulting, LLC

Dan Taylor has forty years’ experience in the field of international banking and is currently Senior Advisor to the Executive Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce Banking Commission. From 1996 to 2014, he served as as Chairman of the Commission’s Executive Committee. During his 26-year involvement with the ICC Banking Commission, he served as Co-Chairman of the Bank Payment Obligation Working Group, was a member of the drafting groups for the last two revisions of the Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits (UCP 500 and UCP 600), and Co-Chairman of the ICC Working Group that created the supplement to the Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits for e-commerce (eUCP). 


Joshua Cohen

Managing Director, Mayer & Co

Joshua Cohen is a recognised expert in risk distribution and risk mitigation. With over 25 years of professional experience in Europe and Asia the author has established and led successful distribution teams in bond, loan and trade finance asset classes. The former chair of Bankers Association for Finance and Trade’s Liquidity Working Group, and the Global Head of Liability and RWA Management at Standard Chartered Bank. Mr Cohen is the author of several published articles on trade finance and risk distribution including “Trade Gets Paid” (Global Trade Review 2012), “Promoting South South Trade” (Global Trade Review 2012), “Taking Down Unintended Barriers to International Trade” (Standard Chartered Insights 2013), “Creating a Win Win Opportunity in Trade Distribution” (the Asset 2013). 


Krishnan Ramadurai

Head of Capital Management, HSBC Commercial Banking

Mr Ramadurai has a wealth of experience in banking and risk management and almost 20 years’ of senior leadership experience delivering industry leading results. He has worked in a variety of locations across the globe for HSBC Bank and Fitch Ratings, and has extensive experience in global roles in Trade Finance, General Banking, Credit, Operational & Market Risk; with an expert knowledge of Basel II, III, Capital Requirements Regulations and Regulatory Frameworks.


Michael McKenzie

Senior Partner, anrsource & ex Managing Director, JP Morgan

Michael McKenzie has over 30 years of experience in international banking and financial services sales. He retired from JP Morgan in 2014 but has held positions including Global Head of Network Trade, Regional Head of Latin America for Treasury & Securities Services and Global Head of Trade Sales. Mr. McKenzie has served numerous terms on the board of the Banker’s Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT) and he was the organization’s President and Board Chair in 2000-2001.


Buddy Baker

Vice President, Goldman Sachs

Mr Baker has more than 30 years of experience working with companies to finance and insure their trade receivables. He owns the consulting firm Global Trade Risk Management Strategies, which specializes in both online and on-site educational training, and designed the online training/certification programs used by the Association of International Credit and Trade Finance Professionals (ICTF), the Association of Trade and Forfaiting in the Americas (ATFA) and the Finance, Credit and International Business Group (FCIB) of the National Association of Credit Management (NACM). Mr. Baker has authored numerous magazine articles and the books Users’ Handbook to Documentary Credits under UCP600 (ICC publication no. 694), Documentary Payments & Short-Term Trade Finance, and The Regulatory Environment of Letters of Credit and Trade Finance.


Lorna Strong

Deputy General Counsel, Global Trade and Receivables Finance (GTRF), HSBC

Lorna is a member of the ICC Banking Commission Legal Committee and is Deputy General Counsel for HSBC Global Trade and Receivables Finance (GTRF), acting as primary legal advisor for GTRF globally. Lorna holds degrees in law and in applied science from the University of British Columbia and has been recognized in the areas of banking law, fraud law and international law, including receiving the 2012 Global Counsel Award for Regulatory (Financial Services), Individual of the Year. She also lectures on matters relating to banking, compliance, fraud recovery and risk.


Women in global trade

Sarah Salah
Emirates NBD, Egypt

“The GTC has added value to my resume by demonstrating that I have a specialisation in international trade finance and that I have learned from an industry validated syllabus. It has provided me with solid expertise on trade finance products.”

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Monique Goosen
Director, TLM South Africa

"The GTC gave me peace of mind and more confidence when talking to clients. I needed to know how a facility worked – e.g. what documentation was required, what structure we had in place. The GTC really helped me to explain the process and upgrade my understanding. I can now have a full conversation about finance product offerings where previously I wouldn’t have been able to."

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Sulie Vunibaka
Bank of the Cook Islands

"The GTC enabled me to crystallize my knowledge and experience in trade finance with a formal certification accredited by ICC. This has helped my employer understand the focus of my career and help me with my pathway to advancement."




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Choose from full enrolment, course 'stacking' or purchase for your team.


$ 1450 / OVER 10 PAYMENTS
  • Purchase 9 GTC courses separately at US$150 each
  • Stack up 6 core courses and 3 elective courses of your choice
  • Pay US$100 to take the GTC exam
  • 30+ hours of total learning = US$48 per hour
  • 12 months access to each course, ending at different times
  • **You may not have access to all courses when revising for the exam**


US$1099 / 1 payment
  • Purchase GTC uprfront for $1099 - save $350!
  • Get access to 6 core courses and 3 electives immediately
  • Exam fee is included
  • 30+ hours of total learning = US$37 per hour
  • 12 months access to all courses
  • Access to all courses when revising for the exam


$ Tailored pricing
  • Dedicated service manager
  • Customised integrated programme
  • Personalised dashboard for tracking student progress
  • Post-programme review


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