Education and Training

Our educational and training programs provide professionals with the foundational knowledge necessary to succeed in the world of transaction banking and help develop the global financial system.

Learning and Development

Throughout the year, BAFT offers our members webinars, training, workshops, conferences, on-demand learning and development programs covering best practices and industry issues in the risk, trade and payments space.

Learn how our education and training opportunities can position you and your organization as global leaders in trade finance, compliance, supply chain finance, trade credit management and more. 

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.

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.

CTRT is highly relevant for professionals involved in assessing and managing various risks associated with trade transactions. This risk certificate is also helpful for trade professionals and bankers with 3 or less years of experience, who have not yet received training in trade and trade products, specifically related to risk management.

BAFT’s Certificate for Respondent's Playbook (CRP)

BAFT developed the BAFT Respondent’s Playbook: Guide to Obtaining and Maintaining a Correspondent Banking Relationship to train respondent banks on international anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) standards and to recommended actions that may improve their ability to obtain and maintain a correspondent banking relationship. 

This certification is geared toward private sector banks, primarily compliance, risk management, and transaction banking business line staff as well as credit officers.

Certified Documentary Credit Specialist (CDCS®)

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BAFT offers the CDCS® certification to any North American professionals based in Canada, Mexico, or the United States looking to attain 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 [email protected] for information regarding registration or CPDs.

Affiliate Credentials

BAFT partners with affiliate organizations to provide world-class online training for the transaction banking community. BAFT members may find a carefully curated list of trade, payments, compliance, and regulatory courses offered by our partners including the ICC Academy, LIBF and the SWIFT Institute. Members are encouraged to register through BAFT.

Webinars

Access upcoming and past webinars, anytime, free with membership.  All on-demand recordings are available to members.  Select webinars are available to non-members complimentary.

Leadership and Development

Future Leaders Program

Launched in 2015, BAFT created a program to support the identification and development of the next generation of leadership in transaction banking. The BAFT Future Leaders Program demonstrates that a collaborative industry approach to talent recognition and development provides individual, organizational and industry value. Learn more about how your organization can get involved.

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.