Education & Training

Our educational and training programs provide professionals with the foundational knowledge necessary to succeed in the world of international transaction banking, trade finance, payments, supply chain finance and trade credit management. Throughout the year, BAFT offers our members webinars, training, workshops, educational opportunities and conferences covering topics including compliance, risk, case studies and best practices, hot issues in the trade and payments space.

BAFT Certificates

BAFT’s Certificate in Introductory Transaction Banking (CITB)

BAFT’s Certificate in Introductory Transaction Banking (CITB) is targeted at individuals who are new to transaction banking products and services. This certificate is tailored to those that are either joining a bank directly from college, from a separate line of business and/or industry, as well as those junior level employees looking to have a broader knowledge of their role in transaction banking. The target candidate has under 3 years of transaction banking experience, or has only had exposure to parts of transaction banking. Find out more

BAFT's Certificate in Transaction Risk for Trade Professionals (CTRT)

BAFT's Certificate in Transaction Risk for Trade Professionals (CTRT) is targeted towards sales and other trade professionals to help in identifying prospect companies and determine which trade products are appropriate for each of them. The CTRT is also highly relevant for other professionals involved in assessing and managing various risks associated with trade transactions. This risk certificate is also helpful for trade professionals and bankers with under 3 years of experience who have not yet received training in trade and trade products specifically related to risk management Find out more

Professional Qualifications

Certified Documentary Credit Specialist (CDCS®)

BAFT offers the CDCS® certification to any North American professionals based in Canada, Mexico, or the United States looking to gain this qualification. CDCS® is the global standard used by trade practitioners and is recognized around the world.

Learn more about CDCS® and how to become a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist! Candidates in Canada, Mexico, and the United States can contact BAFT at

Already a CDCS® holder? Check out how to maintain your certification.


CertPAY enables professionals working in the global payments industry to attain an internationally recognized qualification. It will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of payments, from terminology to the mechanics of moving money across the globe, as well as compliance, risk, regulation, and strategy. Find out more

The Certificate in Trade Finance Compliance (CTFC)*

The CTFC gives you the technical knowledge to succeed in trade finance compliance and the ability to apply expertise in a professional setting. Find out more

The Certificate in Supply Chain Finance (CSCF)*

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. Find out more

The Certificate in International Trade & Finance (CITF)*

CITF enhances your knowledge of the products, documents, trade terms, roles and responsibilities that underpin international trade and finance. The CITF qualification also helps you develop a basic understanding of fraud prevention and risk in trade finance. Find out more

The Certificate for Specialists in Demand Guarantees (CSDG)*

The CSDG qualification will develop your understanding in the use of guarantees, industry rules, legislation and the challenges relating to demand guarantees and standby credits. Find out more

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Online Certifications

In partnership with the ICC Academy, BAFT is pleased to offer our members a wide range of specialized e-learning courses and online certifications for trade professionals worldwide.

The Global Trade Certificate (GTC)

The GTC is an introductory-level certification designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of trade finance products – from letters of credit through to supply chain financing techniques. It is is a front and middle office focused certification. Find out more

Certified Trade Finance Professional (CTFP)

The CTFP qualification provides an in-depth knowledge of trade finance products. Using detailed case studies and an emphasis on real-world scenarios, this online program focuses on key trade finance products, techniques and compliance issues. Find out more

Incoterms® 2020 Certificate (INCO)

The Incoterms® 2020 Certificate (INCO) provides a comprehensive working knowledge of ICC’s globally recognised commercial trade terms, which offer specific guidance for those participating in the import and export of global trade. Find out more

Executive Education

Global Bankers Program

The Global Bankers Program equips future leaders to thrive through decision-making skills training, leadership development, and hands-on problem-solving of industry challenges.The program will equip participants with tools to better understand the financial services industry, international markets, risk management, strategy, and leadership. Find out more


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