Certificate for Documentary Credit Specialists (CDCS)


About the CDCS

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

CDCS was developed by ifs University College in partnership with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and was designed in consultation with industry experts to ensure that the qualification reflects best documentary credit practice.

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CDCS develops core knowledge and understanding of the following areas:

  • Documentary credits - types, characteristics and uses, including standby credits
  • Rules and trade terms, including UCP600, ISP98, Incoterms 2010 and URR725
  • Parties to documentary credit transactions and their roles and obligations
  • Types and methods of payment/ credit used in documentary credittransactions, including the concept of autonomy
  • Types of transport, commercial and financial documents used in documentary credit transactions
  • Risk issues, including types of risks, control and mitigations
  • Related products, including letter of indemnity, Air Way Releases and Steamship Guarantees
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Why Study CDCS?

Studying CDCS will enable you to demonstrate a level of expertise in documentary credits that is recognized worldwide as well as improve your knowledge and understanding of the complex issues associated with documentary credit best practice. In addition, this will help to develop the skills to apply your knowledge in the workplace and to perform at optimum levels. Obtaining this certification will give you the right to add the professional designation ‘CDCS’ after your name and work to improve your career and promotion prospects.


To register for CDCS send a completed registration form to ifs University College . A electronic copy of the registration form is available to download from the link below.

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About the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)


The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) - the World Business Organization - is the largest, most representative business organization in the world. With hundreds of thousands of member companies in +130 countries have interests spanning every sector of private enterprise.

The ICC Banking Commission is a leading global rule-making body for the banking industry. It produces universally accepted rules and guidelines for international banking practice and has rightly gained a reputation of the most authoritative voice in the field of trade finance.

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About the Institute of Financial Services

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ifs University College is the university for financial education. London-based, it is a registered charity incorporated by Royal Charter that exists to ensure a flow of talented individuals into the financial services industry and related sectors. Its qualifications enable individuals to reach their full professional potential and encourage appropriate and ethical practice. It also works to enhance the financial wellbeing of future generations through its unique personal finance qualifications and wider financial capability initiatives.

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