Certified Trade Finance Professional (CTFP)

The advanced, all-in-one trade finance certification from the ICC

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Authored by experts from the ICC Banking Commission

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An internationally-accredited certification

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Open up senior trade finance positions


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The CTFP is our advanced trade finance certification split over 9 courses, covering a range of trade finance techniques, and the final exam, all taken online. It will benefit new managers, product specialists, as well as senior transactional bankers.

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, case studies and transaction flow diagrams to help you grasp key concepts easily.

The curriculum is split between 5 core courses, that everyone must complete, and 6 elective courses, of which you must choose 4 (5 core courses and 4 electives = a total of 9 courses). You will be able to select your elective courses once you have purchased the CTFP and logged in to your account. You can see the full list of courses below.

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

Core Courses

Complete all 5 core courses.

Elective Courses

Choose 4 elective courses.



Matheus Gomes da Silva

Gustavo Henrique Dienstmann

Chi Zhou

Hui Li

Bianor da Silva Teodósio Neto

Hui Ling Lim

Lidia Yumiko Kusumoto

mahjabeen Mahmood

Marcelo Jora de Vargas

Claudia Panini Mello

Koji Mizuno

Sristi Nanda

Bruna Ono


Karina Eguchi Ferreira Isola

Janny Oliveira

Ishtiak Ahmed


Zabir Muhammad Taqui

Chu Yun Cher


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


Anand Pande

Founder GPP, ex Global Head of Trade, RBS & ex Managing Director, Transaction Banking, Citi

Anand has worked in senior corporate and transaction banking roles in Citi, Royal Bank of Scotland and ANZ. He has worked in India, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia and in a U.K. role based out of Singapore in country, regional and global leadership assignments in the trade finance and transaction banking space. In February 2015, Anand has recently set-up his own independent advisory firm: The Growth Paradigm Partnership (GPP) in Singapore. Anand was awarded the Asset Asia Trade Finance Banker of the Year Award in 2013. He has been a speaker at ICC, Doha Forum, BAFT and SIBOS. 


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.


Kim Fui Liew

Senior Vice President, Global Transaction Services, DBS Bank

Kim Fui Liew has almost 25 years of banking experience with specific expertise in trade finance activities. He is currently the Senior Vice-President of Global Transaction Services at DBS Bank. Mr Liew holds the position of Regional Trade Advisor in the same department and is involved in the management of the technicalities and training of trade finance, especially in the area of commodity and structured trade finance. Before his time at DBS Bank, he worked at Credit Agricole Indosuez, ABN AMRO Bank and the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. 


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.


Henri D'Ambrieres

Advisory Services - Export, Trade and Project Finance, HDA Conseil

Mr D'Ambrieres has held several positions in Project & Export Finance or in Corporate Finance. He was appointed Global Head of Export and Multilateral Finance in 2002 at Crédit Lyonnais. He was Global Head of Export Finance of Calyon then Credit Agricole CIB from 2004 to 2012. He also managed the commercial activities in Trade Finance from 2008 to 2012. He chaired the Export Credit Group of the European Banking Federation from 2008 to 2013. Since 2013 with HDA Conseil, he has advised companies, banks, ECAs or the OECD in Structured Finance and in the financing of international development. He is also Technical Advisor for the Trade Register of the ICC.


John Bugeja

Managing Director, Trade Advisory Network

John Bugeja is a highly-experienced trade, supply chain and invoice finance specialist with 40+ years of professional experience in senior leadership roles with HSBC, NatWest, RBS, Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group. Now Managing Director of Trade Advisory Network Ltd, an advisory and training solution provider delivering product development, operating model design and implementation, and training solutions to banks, non-bank finance providers, FinTechs, corporates and technology service providers. He has held roles including Head of Training and Management Development, Global Head of Trade Services, Head of Sales and Head of Open Account Products. John was a member of the drafting group that wrote the ICC rules for the Bank Payment Obligation (URBPO) and is currently a member of the BPO Commercialisation Group. 


Lionel Taylor

Managing Director, Trade Advisory Network

Lionel Taylor is a trade, supply chain and invoice finance business leader having over 30+ years’ experience at senior management and director level with major financial institutions including RBS, Rabobank, Citibank and Lloyds Banking Group and with nonbank independents. Now Managing Director of Trade Advisory Network Limited, which specialises in the strategic development of global supply chain, trade and invoice finance with a client base of regional banks independent finance providers, fintechs and technology providers. Lionel also has extensive factoring and international experience with a specific understanding of Asia and China, having opened, managed and successfully developed business and operations in that region. 


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.


Jean-François Lambert

Founder and Managing Partner at Lambert Commodities

Jean-Francois is Founding Partner of Lambert Commodities, providing bespoke commodity trade and structured finance solutions to produces, traders and investors. Capitalising on his 34-year international experience, he is also advisor on industry trends, strategic positioning and regulatory issues.

Prior to this, Jean-Francois was Managing Director, Global Head of Commodity and Structured Trade Finance for HSBC Group. Under his leadership, HSBC became one of the major financial players supporting commodity supply chains. Jean-Francois was notably instrumental in in expanding HSBCs geographical presence to over 15 countries with a team of 160+ frontline specialists.


Robert Bugg

Former Chief Operations Officer for Prudential Assurance, Vietnam and Senior Vice President, Wachovia Bank

Robert has been involved with trade services in a variety of roles for the past 35+ years, both on the information technology and operations fronts. He was involved in early trade automation efforts at Citibank, and managed Citibank’s Regional Trade Processing Centre in Penang, Malaysia. He later moved to Wachovia Bank in a similar capacity, managing their offshore trade processing In 2008, he reprised the regional trade head role for JPMorgan in Singapore and Hong Kong as they strengthened their offshore processing capabilities before retiring to the US after a stint as COO for a leading UK Insurance company in Vietnam.


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Muyiwa Esan
Access Bank, Nigeria

"The CTFP course has boosted my career prospects. Apart from earning a promotion late last year, I now possess the knowledge and expertise required to function effectively in all the key aspects of the trade finance business (operations, product development and sales).

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Ling Fong Tay
SEB, Singapore

“I enrolled in the CTFP because this certification is authored by leading trade finance experts from the ICC’s Banking Commission, making it one of the most credible programmes available in the market. Each course is structured to ensure the essentials of global trade finance have been sufficiently covered.”

Houssam Hoteit

Houssam Hoteit
Royal Bank of Canada

“I see the CTFP as a perfect way for any trade finance person to (a) be part of a global community and (b) have a certification that highlights your expertise and automatically puts you at a certain level that is respected in the industry.”

Nirupa Gupta CTFP

Nirupa Gupta
AXA, Singapore

“When you talk to people, and people see your credentials when you go out for conversations, the CTFP from the ICC certainly helps. They recognise that you know your stuff and understand trade finance. The ICC brings with it its own brand which is very easily recognised.”

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Nuria Reveco
BNP Paribas, Spain

“The use of case studies within the course helped me actively engage in identifying the trade finance principles and theories. The course is comprehensive and by the end of it, anyone can have a good understanding of key trade finance products, techniques and compliance issues.”

Jahanzeb Khalid CTFP

Jahanzeb Khalid
Mashreq Bank, UAE

“Passing the CTFP was a big factor in helping me secure a new job. It’s focus on the full range of trade finance techniques was very important and has given me a much more well-rounded understanding of the options we can offer our clients. The CTFP should act as a benchmark for advanced trade finance professionals.”



USD $1499
  • 12-months access to 9 courses, 35+ lessons and 16 case studies
  • 60-minute final exam (online)
  • 50+ hours of total learning = $30 per hour of learning
  • Online and interactive - learn at your own pace
  • Downloadable study guide for offline reference


Tailored pricing
  • All features of individual purchases, plus...
  • Dedicated service manager
  • Customised, integrated programme
  • Personalised dashboard for tracking student progress
  • Post-programme review


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