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Starting 27 September 2023

Delivered by distance learning over 16 weeks

Starting 27 September 2023

Delivered by distance learning over 16 weeks

A Postgraduate Certificate International Trade Finance Course

In Partnership with Middlesex University


We can customise it to meet your specific training requirements. Contact Ted Bailey or call +44 (0) 20 8052 2090.

The Mechanics of International Trade Finance

Core modules

Unit 1 - Introduction to International Trade Finance

Unit 2 - Collections, aval and forfaiting

Unit 3 - Documentary credits

Unit 4 - Specialist types of credit 

Unit 5 - Demand guarantees and standby credits

Unit 6 - Structured trade finance

Unit 7 - Open account payments and their financing 

Unit 8 - Commodity finance

What you’ll learn

  • The conflicting needs of exporter and importer and how trade finance provides an essential risk mitigation and funding tool to bridge this gap
  • The different types and examples of trade documentation; the drive and challenges towards digitalisation
  • The financing of collections and how to optimally structure bank aval for the exporter, importer, avalising bank and financier
  • How to structure letters of credit, standby credits and demand guarantees to mitigate risk
  • The use and operation of specialist types of letters of credit to include transferable, back to back, revolving, synthetic, red and green clause, reinstateable, sustainable shipment and non-back issuer credits
  • How to determine the extent and nature of structured trade finance (self-liquidating and partially structured facilities) and the use of trade loans to fund different types of risk exposure
  • The financing of invoice receiveables supported by credit insurance and standby credits
  • The techniques of payables finance to include approved trade payables finance, (also known as supply chain finance or reverse factoring), pre-shipment and goods in transit finance
  • The risk evaluation and financing of commodities: pre-export finance, warehouse finance and borrowing base

Postgraduate certificate option

You have the option to receive a postgraduate certificate validated by Middlesex University Business School.

You will need to submit an additional marked assignment of 5000 words, based on a continuing case study that runs throughout the duration of the course.

How you’ll learn

  • A new module is released every two weeks
  • Read the units online, save them to your computer or print them out
  • Study at your own pace
  • Efficient and cost effective - no need to travel or take time off work
  • Apply new skills and expertise to your work straight away

Is this the International Trade Finance training for you?

Watch expert trainer Stephen Jones to find out more.

L. Da Silva

Past delegate

I invested in this course when I was out of work during the pandemic. The trainer, Stephen, was great and gave helpful feedback.