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Over recent years, there has seen a significant increase in the use and importance of demand guarantees worldwide. The Certificate for Specialists in Demand Guarantees (CSDG®) has been designed to enable demand guarantee professionals to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise.
CSDG® is a QCF Level 4 qualification that aims to develop students' knowledge and expertise in the use of guarantees, industry rules, legislation and the challenges relating to demand guarantees and standby credits.
CSDG® was developed by ifs University College in partnership with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). This qualification has been designed with input from leading industry experts to keep the contents relevant in an ever-changing sector.
Studying CSDG® will enable you to understand:
Why Study CSDG®?
The international CSDG® registry contains the names of individuals that have met the qualification or recertification requirements to achieve the CSDG® designation. Names are removed from the registry after three years if an individual has not successfully recertified.
Click here to view the latest CSDG Registry
*Candidates outside of the UK are required to pay the international booking fee. The examination registration fee includes the following:
Please note: The examination resit fee only includes online access to the study guide, student handbook, specimen paper and registration for the exam. A copy of the printed text is available separately but at an additional cost.
CSDG® consists of one mandatory unit:
This unit will enable demand guarantee specialists to understand guarantees, the products, processes, parties and the rules and regulations that underpin demand guarantees. As well as the ability to manage demand guarantees and identify risks by applying knowledge of processes and rules, and by checking the accuracy of demand guarantee and standby credit presentations.
View the CSDG learning outcomes and assessment criteria
CSDG® has been designed to be studied through self-study. Upon registration you will be sent a detailed study text which you will study from independently.
In addition to the printed study text, a study guide and specimen paper will be available for you to download.
Please note that in order to reflect any changes to syllabuses, study materials are updated periodically. It is your responsibility to ensure you are studying from the most up-to-date materials.
Assessment for CSDG® consists of a 3 hour multiple-choice examination, designed to test knowledge and its application to practical situations. The examination paper consists of 66 multiple-choice questions and six simulations; the paper is split in to two sections:
CSDG® is examined in over 30 countries each year with examinations given in paper format at designated international centres. View the examination venues
The next examination will take place 10 April 2015 (please note: students sitting examinations in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and South Korea will be examined on 11 April 2015).
Registrations are now open for the April 2015 examination and must be received on or before 31 January 2015
The CSDG® registration form can be downloaded here. To view this file you need to have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. This is free and available from the Adobe website.
Completed registration forms should be sent either via email to email@example.com or posted to: Customer and Student Services, ifs University College, ifs House, 4-9 Burgate Lane, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2XJ United Kingdom.
For further details and any queries, please contact Customer and Student Services on +44 (0) 1227 818609 (option 1). All candidates should register with the ifs University College unless you fall into the international candidate categories listed below.
Candidates from Bangladesh should send their registration forms to The Secretary General, ICC Bangladesh, Suvastu Tower (56th Floor), 69/1, Pantha Path, Dhaka-1205, Bangladesh. If you have any queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 880-2862-1942 or 880-29676698.
Candidates from China should send registration forms to Mr Yan Jun, China Chamber of International Commerce, No. 2 Huapichang Hutong, Xicheng District, Bejing, 100035, China. If you have any queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (+8610) 8221 7266 or fax: (+8610) 8221 7272
Candidates from India should send their registration forms to International Chamber of Commerce India, Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi 110 001. If you have any queries, please email email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org or call (+91) 11 23322472 (Direct), 23738760 - 70, Extn 375/210.
Candidates from Indonesia should send their registration forms and payment to ICC Indonesia, Tempo Pavilion 1 building 8th Floor, Jl. HR. Rasuna Said Kav. 11, Jakarta 12950 Indonesia, please email email@example.com or call (+62) 21 29667914 or fax (+62) 21 29667915.
Candidates from Malaysia should send their registration forms to ICC Malaysia, Wisma FMM, No. 3 Persiaran Dagang PJU 9, Bandar Sri Damansara, 52200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For any queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +603 6286 7200 or fax +603 62741266 /7288
Candidates from Korea should send their registration forms to Ms Sangkyung Kim, Korea International Finance Institute, KIFI Building, 50-8, Toegyero 20 Gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-042, South Korea. If you have any queries, please email email@example.com or call (+82) 2 778 0808.
When you have successfully completed the CSDG® qualification, there are two study pathways available to students.
One option is to study the Certificate for Documentary Credit Specialists (CDCS®). This professional certification enables documentary credit practitioners to demonstrate specialist knowledge and practical application. CDCS® is the international benchmark of competence of documentary credit practitioners.
The second qualification available is the Certificate in International Trade and Finance (CITF®), designed to enable trade, export and commodity executives to gain a thorough understanding of key procedures, practices and legislation in trade finance on an international level.
When the CSDG® qualification has been successfully passed, the CSDG® designation will remain valid for three years. To retain the CSDG® designation, holders are required to participate in the recertification programme. Alternatively, you can register for and re-take the CSDG® examination at the end of the three-year period to recertify the CSDG® designation. Key facts about CSDG Recertification
ifs University College recommends that the CSDG® Continuing Professional Development (CPD) logging spreadsheet be completed as each CPD credit activity is undertaken. Once completed, the spreadsheet and evidence needs to be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further details can be found in the recertification handbook. General CPD categories:
The cost of recertification is £195.00 please view the payment details for all methods of payment accepted by ifs University College.
All CPD activities must have taken place by the 30 April 2014 to be considered. The deadline for submission of the CPD logging spreadsheet and evidence is 30 June 2014.
Submissions received after the deadline, but before 30 September 2014, will be accepted but a late fee will be payable.
Please send any recertification queries or reporting forms to email@example.com. You should allow 10 working days for a reply. (Please do not send any duplicate emails or reminders)
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