Certified Documentary Credit Specialists (CDCS)

Certified Documentary Credit Specialists (CDCS)

The Certificate for Documentary Credit Specialists (CDCS®) is a professional qualification that is recognized worldwide as a benchmark of competence for international practitioners. It enables documentary credit practitioners to demonstrate practical knowledge and understanding of the complex issues associated with documentary credit practice.
CDCS® was developed in partnership by ifs University College and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). This qualification has been designed in consultation with industry experts, who continually evaluate the qualification to ensure that it reflects current best practice.


  • Documentary credits – types, characteristics and uses, including standby credits
  • Rules and trade terms, including ISBP 745, ISP 98, UCP 600,
  • URR 725 and Incoterms 2010®
  • Parties to documentary credit transactions and their roles and obligations
  • Types and methods of payment / credit used in documentary credit transactions, including the concept of autonomy
  • Types of transport, commercial and financial documents used in documentary credit transactions
  • Risk issues, including types of risk, control and mitigations
  • Related products, including letters of indemnity, Air Way Releases and Steamship Guarantees
  • Implications of breaching rules including money laundering and terrorist financing

Why Study CDCS®?

  • It enables you to demonstrate a level of expertise in documentary credits that is recognized worldwide
  • It improves your knowledge and understanding of the complex issues associated with documentary credit best practice
  • It helps you develop the skills to apply your knowledge in the workplace and to perform at a high level
  • It gives you the right to add the professional designation ‘CDCS’ after your name
  • It improves your career and promotion prospects

Attendees from

  • Banks,
  • Credit department,
  • Trade Finance & services,
  • Accounts & Finance Managers,
  • Import/ Export Team.
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