Certificate in International Trade and Finance (CITF)

CITF is an industry recognized credential across the world. It will enhance your credibility with clients and give them the trust and comfort that you can do your job effectively. Qualify yourself for senior trade finance positions at leading banks and financial institutions where the CITF is often a pre-requisite for the job.

About the Qualification

The Certificate in International Trade and Finance (CITF) has been developed by The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF) and industry experts. It is endorsed by the SWIFT Institute* and is supported by BAFT.

This program provides you, as a trade, export and commodity specialist, with a thorough understanding of international trade procedures, practices and legislation.

CITF® develops the appropriate technical knowledge and skills required to enable you to apply that knowledge to situations within the workplace. The qualification provides a core understanding of the products, documents, trade terms, roles and responsibilities that underpin international trade and finance.

In addition to this core knowledge, CITF® helps you to develop a basic understanding of fraud prevention and risk in terms of trade finance. The qualification also develops an understanding of contemporary international trade and finance topics such as sustainability, digital disruption, and innovation, ensuring that students have relevant and up-to-date knowledge for the industry.

To register for the CITF program, click the button below.

*Link will redirect you to LIBF to complete registration and payment.

The Certificate in International Trade and Finance is a Level 3 qualification. 

*SWIFT Institute has not contributed to nor is responsible for the course content. 

Key Facts


CITF consists of one unit. 

Unit 1 – The International Trade and Finance Environment (ITFE)

  • This unit highlights the importance of world trade. You will be introduced to the international trade environment by focusing on commonly used documents, trade terms, trade methods, and exchange risk. 
  • You will understand the products available to find satisfactory solutions to the problems faced in international trade and finance. 
  • This unit will also provide you with an understanding of the impact and significance of sanctions, corruption, money laundering, and fraud on international trade.
  • The unit will also equip you with knowledge about some of the challenges facing the international trade and finance industry including the impact of global crises and digital disruption and innovation.
  • You will also be introduced to sustainability in trade finance. Studying ITFE will also require you to interpret the knowledge gained in a variety of scenarios, applying the correct rules and products as necessary. 


Online access to study texts is available immediately after registration has been completed. The study text contains review questions and activities to support your learning. A specimen paper is also provided to test your learning. A hardcopy version of the textbook can be purchased for £40 + postage and will be available from the end of May.

200 study hours are recommended. Typically the course will take around 26 weeks to complete, studying up to 7 hours a week.

Level 3 CITF is a distance learning qualification and will typically be completed in six months. 

Study texts are included in your registration fee and you will have access to online study texts immediately after payment. Study texts contain review questions and activities to support your learning. 

The following study materials are also included in your registration fee and are available immediately after registration:

  • A unit syllabus
  • Specimen paper
  • A student-led forum


Two-hour objective exam

CITF is assessed through a single two-hour examination split into two sections, consisting of a combination of multiple-choice questions (Part A) and case study exercises (Part B). A total of 100 marks are available in the examination where you will be assessed on all areas of the syllabus. The pass mark for the examination is 70%.

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

Once you register you will have 12 months to complete and sit the exam. Your first exam is included in the registration fee. If you need to retake an exam, a resit fee will be payable. 



*Link will redirect you to LIBF to complete registration & payment