Certificate in Advanced Trade Finance (CATF)

About the Certification

BAFT has developed this on-line training which will fulfill the requirements to earn BAFT’s Certificate in Advanced Trade Finance (CATF). Following the completion of the course, the participant should have a deep understanding of the trade finance business and its various implications across the financial ecosystem.

This is a Level II professional certificate targeted toward individuals who are more advanced in their transaction banking careers or those that have already received BAFT’s Certificate in Introductory Transaction Banking (CITB) and/or BAFT’s Certificate in Transaction Risk for Trade (CTRT).

This certificate is tailored to those working in or looking to learn more about trade finance, supply chain finance, cross-border risk management, and liquidity solutions, with over three years of experience in trade finance. 

Topics Covered: Trade finance, supply chain finance, cross-border risk,  procurement, inventory finance, compliance, financial crime and fraud, sustainable trade finance, digital trade, insurance, deep tier finance, and liquidity. 

Who Should Attend: Trade finance professionals and trade operations practitioners including Trade Compliance Managers, Finance Directors, Credit Controllers, Export Managers, Procurement and Supply Chain Managers, Transaction Bankers, Foreign Exchange Brokers, Compliance and International Operations Staff, Senior Relationship Managers, International Sales Officers, and those involved in treasury services and international banking.

What You Will Learn: In this course, participants will acquire a general overview of the trade finance business, supply chain finance, cross-border risk, and liquidity solutions. It will help to become familiar with managing and mitigating emerging markets and other cross-border risks, understand the links between supply chain finance and procurement, and become familiarized with inventory finance.

Participants will also learn about secondary markets, insurance and asset distribution in trade and supply chain finance. The certification will also cover an overview of financial crime, compliance and fraud; digitalization in the trade industry; and best practices in ESG, sustainable trade finance and deep tier supply chain finance.

Earn Continuing Professional Development Credits (CPDs)

Participants will further demonstrate their understanding and expertise by earning a well-recognized industry certificate. The certification is applicable for bank and non-bank financial institution staff and corporate and commercial trade finance practitioners.

BAFT’s Certificate in Advanced Trade Finance (CATF) has been approved for:

• 5.75 CERP, 3 CRCM and 1.5 CAFP credits from the American Bankers Association •
• 15 CPD hours from the ICC Academy •
• 12 CPD hours from the London Institute of Banking & Finance •


Why This Certification:

  • Interactive study tools and on-demand resources to enhance the curriculum and further your knowledge
  • Demonstrate your advanced understanding of trade finance to your current or potential employer
  • CAFT has global application and is advanced training for trade professionals with existing certifications

Certificate Structure


Comprising 12 courses, the industry-validated certificate was developed by a group of leading trade finance experts from BAFT’s global community. Each course has been tailor-made to develop the skills needed to walk away with an understanding of the core components of the trade finance business and its implications.

Course Overview


CATF Certificate

CATF Instructors

Alexander Malaket

Alexander R. Malaket is a consultant in international trade, trade financing, trade-related international development and sustainability/ESG. President of OPUS Advisory Services International Inc., and co-Founder of ESG Validation Ltd. as well as Prism Global Partners LLP. Alexander is the author of “Financing Trade and International Supply Chains” (UK, 2014). Mr. Malaket advises top- tier financial institutions, government, multilateral and startup clients around the globe, serving on various industry bodies and policy task forces.

Craig Weeks

Craig Weeks is an independent banking consultant, lending his expertise to organizations in trade finance, supply chain, and transacting banking operations. Craig has over 30 years of experience, with a significant portion spent with JPMorgan and Citibank, where he served as head of Global Trade Sales. Craig is the Business Engagement Specialist with the North Carolina State University Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (and a member of the SCRC Advisory Board).


To complete registration and payment you will be taken to the BAFT Learning Management System.

Access: This includes access to all 12 on-demand e-courses and a Certificate in Advanced Trade Finance upon completion of the course and passing the assessment.

Payment: Visa, American Express, Mastercard, Discover. For alternative forms of payment please contact [email protected].

Group Rates: Learn more about our corporate packages for group pricing or license deals and email [email protected] with any inquiries.


Non-members who select BAFT Member pricing are responsible for the remaining balance. Verify your organization is a member of BAFT by viewing the BAFT Member List prior to registering.

Complete Registration

BAFT Member Price: $999 USD
Non-Member Price: $1,199 USD
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