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CIDEF Accredited Course

(CDFA Membership Level)

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Qualification Criterion


To be admitted to the program, an applicant MUST have either (a)  A minimum of honours (or 4-year degree), Postgraduate Diploma, Master's or MBA (excluding Master's in Development Finance)  in Finance, Accounting Economics, banking or insurance. Full internationally recognised assessment-based membership of professional bodies in Accounting, Finance, Banking, Insurance or Economics (e.g. CIMA, ACCA, CFA, Chartered Banker, Actuary etc.) will also be considered.

Course Aims


The aim of the course is to provide participants with an opportunity to understand the risk-return character of limited recourse projects in project finance from multiple perspectives. At the end of the course participants will be able to do the following:

(1) Critically analyse and evaluate the processes involved in international trade transactions;
(2) Manage and minimize trade implementation and settlements risk; and
(3) Analyse complex case studies on international trade finance and implementation.
Course Overview


The CIDEF Advanced Certificate in International Trade Finance is aimed at professionals who are looking to develop and strengthen their knowledge on core activities which drive the financing of international trade. The course will provide students with a detailed understanding of the products, documents, trade terms, roles and responsibilities that underscores trade finance. This advanced certificate is ideal for professional bankers (working in the commercial, investment and central banking spaces), economists, accountants and insurance practitioners  who want to acquire  the Chartered Development Finance Analyst (CDFA) status  from the Chartered Institute of Development Finance.

Session will Include


  • Remittances, Official Development Aid (ODA) and Innovative Sources of Development Finance
  • Overview of international trade architecture
  • Participants of international trade and finance and their specific responsibilities
  • Key documents used in international trade
  • Understanding trade contracts
  • Identifying and minimising trade-linked financial crime and attributes used to enforce compliance
  • Principles of supply chain finance
  • Other forms of finance
  • Export credit insurance
  • Foreign exchange risk management
  • Digital disruption and innovation
  • Trade settlements Methods
  • Documentary collections
  • Documentary credits
  • Guarantees and standby letters of credit
Who Should Attend


The course will be valuable to professionals in the following areas:
  • Development Finance Institutions
  • Development Finance Institutions
  • Commercial and Investment Bankers
  • Financial Advisors
  • Project Developers
  • Government/PPP Agencies
  • Public Sector Managers
  • Accountants/Taxation Advisers
  • Share Market Analysts/Brokers
  • Privatization Executives
  • Company Treasurers/Directors
  • Credit Committee Staff
  • Rating Agencies
  • Project Managers/Engineers
Value of Course


On successfully completing the course, each successful participant will receive an internationally accredited certificate of the Chartered Institute of Development Finance.  In addition, you will qualify as a Chartered Development Finance Analyst (CDFA) through a conversion process by completing 3 courses. See for more information.



Online Class Exam
Individual Assignment


USD 1500

Duration of Course


6 Contact days



Tel: +27 21-914 6778
Fax: +27 21-914 4438