Certified Trade Finance Professional (CTFP)

Increase your career options or your team's capabilities with the ICC’s advanced, wide-ranging trade finance certification

  • US$1499

  • 12 months access

  • 50+ hours of interactive learning

  • 60 minute exam

  • Downloadable ICC certificate

  • 100% online

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Why take the ctfp?

Develop a well-rounded trade finance skillset

Unlike other trade finance certifications, the CTFP has a broad, comprehensive curriculum that will help you develop a wide range of  expertise. Go beyond documentary credits to give yourself the freedom and flexibility to move between different roles and departments during your career (including front-office positions).

Core Courses

You must complete all 5 core courses.

Elective Courses

You must complete 4 elective courses of your choice.


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Why take the ctfp?

Earn automatic credibility with clients

Earn automatic credibility with clients and colleagues with a credential from the ICC, the organisation that produces the rules and guidelines for the trade finance industry. The CTFP is an advanced, internationally accredited qualification that will help clients and colleagues see you on a different level. Trusted by alumni in more than 50 countries.

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Houssam Hoteit

Houssam Hoteit
Senior Trade Finance Specialist
Royal Bank of Canada

"I see the CTFP as a perfect way for any trade finance person to have a certification that highlights your expertise and automatically puts you at a certain level that is respected in the industry.”

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Ling Fong Tay
Head of Transaction Services, Product Management
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. 


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Why take the ctfp?

Develop deep, practical expertise

The courses in the CTFP include case studies, assessment questions and downloadable study guides. All of these are designed to give you the deep, practical knowledge needed to feel comfortable and confident during discussions and negotiations with clients.


The CTFP courses are authored by 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.

Kheng Leong Lee

Kheng Leong Lee

Asia Pacific Representative, HPD Lendscape and former Asia Chapter Director for Factors Chain International

Kheng Leong Lee acquired his factoring knowledge through training in the US and UK in 1975. Upon his return to Singapore, he set up DBS factor, which was absorbed by the DBS Bank and in 2001 Mr Lee became the Head of DBS Regional Factoring. He was involved in providing factoring services to a range of companies, from MSMEs to large corporates.

In 2012, Mr Lee became the Managing Director of Bibby Financial Services, Singapore, a subsidiary of Bibby Financial, UK, the world’s largest independent factoring group. In 2015 he became the Asia Chapter Director of FCI and travelled widely in Asia to promote international factoring as well as to conduct training on factoring in the emerging markets. He is currently the Asia Pacific Representative of HPD Lendscape, the world’s leading digital Factoring, SCF and asset-based lending platform provider.

Why take the ctfp?

Global alumni network

Join CTFP alumni from more than 50 countries around the world, on every continent. Our alumni database will show you other CTFP graduates in your region who you can connect with via LinkedIn.



Swati Panji

Flora Mansour


Shokhrukhbek Avulchaev

Ronald Lumbuye Kizito

Arjun Jayakumar

Probal Kumar Sarkar


Abdulrahman Alshareef

Saud Al-Mendeel


Khaled Al-Subhi


Kuldip Sarvaiya


Chinenye Atanda

Tomoko Ito

Xiaowei Lin


Rakan Al-Tayyash

Waleed Alderbas

Mohammed Al-Hazza

Bakir Bakirli

Juma Segujja


Bashar Odah

Wesley Williamson


Faisal Abdul Karim

Andi Veshi

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Why take the ctfp?

Earn an ICC qualification without leaving home

The CTFP is 100% online, including the exam so you can fit learning in around a busy schedule. No classroom sessions to attend. No travel required. Study anytime, anywhere.


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


$ 1900 / OVER 10 PAYMENTS
  • Purchase 9 CTFP courses separately at US$200 each
  • Stack up 5 core courses and 4 elective courses of your choice
  • Pay US$100 to take the CTFP exam
  • 50+ hours of total learning = US$38 per hour
  • 12 months access to each course, ending on different dates
  • **You may not have access to all courses when revising for the exam**


US$1499 / 1 payment
  • Purchase CTFP uprfront for $1499 - save $400!
  • Get access to 5 core courses and 4 electives immediately
  • Exam fee is included
  • 50+ hours of total learning = US$30 per hour
  • 12 months access to all courses, ending on the same date
  • 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


Jahanzeb Khalid CTFP

Jahanzeb Khalid
Customer Service Manager, Trade Specialist
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."

Nirupa Gupta CTFP

Nirupa Gupta
Deputy Director, Underwriting Credit & Surety
AXA, Singapore

“When people see your credentials, 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.”


Muyiwa Esan
Global Trade, 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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