The Certificate provides a thorough understanding of the key international trade procedures, practices and legislation so you can excel in your role as a trade, export and commodity specialist.

The qualification combines the acquisition of technical knowledge with the practical skills for application in real situations. You will develop an understanding of the products, documents, trade terms, roles and responsibilities that underpin international trade and finance.  Through completion of CITF you will attain a qualification which demonstrates expertise and enhances career potential.

CITF develops core knowledge and understanding of the following areas:

  • The trade environment and the role of the ICC
  • ICC international model contracts
  • An introduction to trade terms and Incoterms®
  • The nature of financial, commercial and transport documents used in international trade
  • Risk and mitigation including foreign exchange hedging
  • Methods of payment including open account, collections, documentary credits and bank payment obligations
  • Short, medium and long term trade finance
  • Islamic trade finance
  • Dispute handling, arbitration and resolution
  • Fraud prevention and anti-money laundering


Key Facts:

  • Exams are held in April and October each year
  • Registration fee includes:
    • Detailed study text
    • Study resources
    • Student handbook
    • Downloadable specimen paper
  • Examined in over 40 different countries worldwide


“CITF covers all parts in international trade such as collections, documentary letters of credit, trade finance and export credit insurance. I work in a bank and I value this knowledge very much. I now know the underpinning rules and can complete the work to a much higher level.”

CITF student from China

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