Registration for the CDCS exam is now open. Please click here to register. We are pleased to announce an exciting change for CDCS – registered candidates may now take the exam on any date online at a Pearson VUE center (per availability). This is a change from the CDCS exam only being offered twice a year.

What is CDCS® 

The Certified Documentary Credit Specialists (CDCS®) is a professional qualification recognized worldwide as a benchmark of competence for international trade practitioners. It enables documentary credit practitioners to demonstrate practical knowledge and understanding of the complex issues associated with documentary credit practice.

The CDCS® program has been developed and is continually reviewed by BAFT and The London Institute of Banking & Finance and industry experts to ensure that the certification reflects industry standards and best practices. CDCS® is the international standard for documentary credit specialists, based on the ICC rules.

CDCS® develops core knowledge and understanding of the following areas:

  • 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. Types of transport, commercial and financial documents used in documentary credits
  • Risk issues, including types of risk, control and mitigants
  • Related products, including letters of indemnity, air way releases and steamship guarantees
  • Implications of breaching rules related to financial crime including money laundering and terrorist financing

Why Study CDCS®?
The benefits of continuing professional development include the following:

  • It enables you to demonstrate a level of expertise in documentary credits recognized worldwide
  • It improves your knowledge and understanding of the complex issues associated with documentary credit best practice
  • It helps you develop the skills needed to apply your knowledge in the workplace and maximize your performance
  • It helps you to learn how to comply with regulatory requirements
  • It fosters innovation in customer service and improves your customer relationships
Achieving CDCS® allows you to add the professional designation ‘CDCS’ after your name, improving your career and promotion prospects.

BAFT offers the CDCS® Exam - to candidates in Canada, Mexico, and the United States*.

*The BAFT CDCS® Exam is for candidates in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. If you are a CDCS® Exam candidate outside of these countries, please contact LIBF at

BAFT registration for the CDCS exam is now open and can be found here. The exam will take place at Pearson VUE test centers, on dates and times of the candidate’s choosing (per availability). Registered candidates will be able to access CDCS exam booking instructions, and venue fees are included in the registration fee.