Certificate in Supply Chain Finance

CSCF is the new industry certification designed for finance professionals who want to build their knowledge and understanding of the techniques for financing international supply chains.

About the qualification

The Certificate in Supply Chain Finance is relevant if you work or are aspiring to work within an area dealing with Supply Chain Finance (SCF).

You will develop an understanding of the standard definitions for techniques of SCF, how to identify funding gaps as a result of trade cycle analysis, understand clients’ needs and develop your skills in structuring and implementing SCF solutions.

The key characteristic of SCF is that the various techniques available are driven by the nature of the physical supply chain. Analysis of the client’s underlying trade cycle and the accurate identification and application of financing, risk mitigation (including foreign exchange management) and settlement are central to any approach in meeting clients’ needs and expectations. Developing a broad understanding of the available finance options is central to success within this industry.

The wide-ranging scope of this international qualification includes:

  • Supply chain finance environment
  • Role of traditional trade finance products
  • Key components of trade cycle analysis
  • Application and implementation of supply chain finance techniques and associated legal, technological, cost and risk implications
  • Importance of innovation and strategy

The Certificate in Supply Chain Finance is a Level 4 qualification registered with Ofqual in the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Key facts
  • Comprehensive study materials are provided online
  • Registration is open all year round
  • Multiple-choice exam assessment available internationally
  • Upon completion, you are able to use the CSCF designation after your name
Unit - Supply Chain Finance

CSCF consists of one unit. It is recommended that students spend 270 learning hours studying for this qualification.

The unit introduces the importance of supply chain finance by focusing on the needs it fulfils and the variety of financing techniques that are available. It also discusses the importance of analyzing trade cycles and structuring appropriate and innovative Supply Chain Finance


The core text for CSCF has been prepared by John Bugeja and Lionel Taylor of Trade Advisory Network; renowned specialists in the field of supply chain finance. In addition, candidates will have access to the ICC Academy Advanced Supply Chain Finance online module at no extra cost.

The wide-ranging scope of this international qualification includes:

  • the supply chain finance environment;
  • the role of traditional trade finance products;
  • the key components of trade cycle analysis;
  • the application and implementation of standard definitions for techniques of supply chain finance and associated legal, technological, cost and risk implications;
  • the importance of innovation and strategy and;
  • the management of foreign exchange exposures.

CSCF is assessed through a single 2 hour 30-minute objective exam, split into two sections.

Section A

60 multiple choice questions (a total of 60 marks available for section A).

Section B

5 multiple choice questions and 5 multi-response questions (worth 1 mark each); followed by 3 case studies comprising a combination of questions requiring you to evaluate a scenario, including questions requiring you to pair statements from a selection of options, 10 marks will available for each case study (a total of 40 marks available for section B).

You can choose which date to sit your exam at selected centers worldwide, with the result provided on the day.

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Upon completion, your CSCF designation will remain valid for three years. To retain the designation, you are required to participate in the recertification program. Alternatively, you can register for and re-take the exam at the end of the three-year period.

Key Facts:
  • Complete 36 hours of CPD learning within each three-year cycle
  • CPD credit can be earned from a variety of different activities provided the content is relevant to international trade and supply chain finance
  • Recertification fee: £200.00
  • View the Recertification Handbook
Access to core e-course only
  • Registration fee – £650
Access to core e-courses and one elective
  • Resit fee – £350
  • Recertification fee – £200
  • If you are a GTC or CITF holder: – US$949

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