Singapore, 30 November: The year 2020 witnessed its fair share of world-shifting historic events, however; nothing quite prepared any of us for the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic. With the spread of Covid-19 still raging on and waves of social change swelling around the globe, uncertainty still looms large on both lives and livelihoods of people around the world.
In spite of all the pressures and challenges faced, we at the ICC Academy, have strived to support our community as best as possible. As we come to the end of 2020, we are reflecting on another year that was both challenging and full of uncertainty. Nevertheless, we strive towards helping businesses use this time to upskill and benefit in every way possible.
Here is a brief round-up of some of our key highlights this year:
- Enhanced version of Certified Trade Finance Professional (CTFP)
To ensure we continue to provide top-tier, streamlined professional learning to trade professionals, we launched the enhanced version of the globally recognised trade finance programme, the Certified Trade Finance Professional (CTFP). New features of the flagship trade finance programme include refreshed interface and visuals, integrated and a printable course glossary, search function, assessment dashboard, pre-assessment games and study guides for core courses.
- New edition catalogue and Learning Management System (LMS)
We also unveiled a new edition catalogue and Learning Management System (LMS) for our certificate programmes in trade finance, international business and regulation and compliance. The brand-new catalogue offer customers information on product categories, product previews, advanced filters, description, optimised for mobile and tablet making it user friendly.
The upgraded LMS offers an intuitive navigation and enhanced features, all within a centralised account for a seamless learning experience.
- Free training video in combating corruption
In partnership with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), we launched a free training video titled, ‘Principles on Combating Corruption’. The 20-minute session highlights the need to implement anti-corruption compliance and detect and mitigate corruption risks.
Revised fee and programme structure for trade finance programmes
We announced a revised fee and programme structure for our flagship trade finance programmes.
The introductory-level Global Trade Certificate (GTC) is now available at US$1,099 (reduced from US$1,499) and is inclusive of nine e-courses (six core and three electives).
In addition, the advanced-level Certified Trade Finance Professional (CTFP) is now available at US$1,499 (reduced from US$1,799) and includes nine online e-courses (five core and four electives).
ISO/IEC 17024 certification across all our programmes
In partnership with Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA), we are now offering businesses and trade professionals ISO/IEC 17024 certified training programmes, the only global standard for certifying trade professionals. Individuals who take our trade finance, international business and regulation & compliance certificate programmes, can now attain the relevant competency standards for ISO/IEC 17024 certification.
Renewed strategic partnerships
We have once again renewed our strategic partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), enabling both development banks to continue to offer our professional trade finance programmes, the Global Trade Certificate (GTC) and the Certified Trade Finance Professional (CTFP), to their partner banks.
We also signed a five-year partnership with Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), integrating our Export/Import Certificate (EIC) programme as a compulsory component of the university’s International Trade Management minor. In just over three months, the first undergraduate group has achieved a 100% exam pass rate and scored high percentages overall.
Delivered COVID-19 webinar series
In an effort to combat the global health crisis and help businesses respond accordingly, the ICC Academy and ICC co-hosted a series of special edition ‘COVID-19 Briefings’ webinars. Led by industry leaders and covering a wide range of topics – from the force majeure in commercial contracts clause to how science is fighting the virus to ethical marketing in the era of COVID-19 and the impact of COVID-19 on trade finance – these live sessions discussed practical ways of managing these unprecedented circumstances. The webinars were free of charge.
Awarded dedicated scholarship programme
Last year, we rolled out a dedicated scholarship programme for students and professionals worldwide. The initiative offers an 80% bursary on the cost of our Global Trade Certificate , Certified Trade Finance Professional and Export/Import Certificate. We are delighted to announce that, as of today, we have awarded scholarships to 60 candidates from all over the world.
Global Alumni Network launch
In order to help graduates expand their professional network, stay connected and keep informed on global trade industry trends, we are inviting former graduates to sign up to the Alumni directory. By completing the registration form, candidates will be listed as a confirmed ICC graduate, making it convenient to share their achievements with clients, colleagues and prospective employers.
‘Save our SMEs’ campaign
To coincide with the ICC “Save our SMEs” campaign this year, we launched a promo campaign offering a 50% reduction on our certificate programmes on international business. To further help SMEs realise the potential of adopting digitalisation, especially during this pandemic, our E-Invoicing Solutions Certificate (ESC) was offered free of charge until October 2020. The programme provides practical steps to improve efficiency, tax reporting, working capital and supplier relations by going digital.
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