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Level 4 Certificate for Specialists in Demand Guarantees (CSDG®) Details Page


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®) been designed to enable demand guarantee professionals to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise.

CSDG® is a RQF* 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.

ifs University College CSDG qualification Register for CSDG online

Studying CSDG® will enable you to understand:

  • Demand guarantees – including tender, performance and advance payment
  • Indemnities, Suretyships and standby letters of credit and how they compare
  • Scope of industry rules including URDG 758 and ISP98
  • Parties involved in demand guarantees and their roles and obligations
  • Risk issues, including types, control and mitigations
  • Impact of external factors including governing law and force majeure

Why Study CSDG®?

  • Enables you to demonstrate a level of expertise in demand guarantees that is recognised worldwide
  • Improves your knowledge and understanding of the complex issues associated with demand guarantee best practice
  • Helps you develop the skills to apply your knowledge in the workplace and to perform at a high level
  • Gives you the right to add the professional designation 'CSDG' after your name
  • Improves your career and promotion prospects

CSDG® Registry

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

Important Qualification Related Information


Registration fee

£500 GBP

International booking fee*

£55 GBP

Examination resit fee

£310 GBP

Resit international booking fee*

£22 GBP

*Candidates outside of the UK are required to pay the international booking fee. Bursaries are available to eligible students.

The examination registration fee includes the following:

  • Printed study text
  • Online study guide
  • Student handbook and specimen examination paper
  • Registration for examination

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.

More information regarding ifs University College payment and sending fees can be seen here


CSDG® consists of one mandatory unit:

Principles and Practices of Demand Guarantees H/505/9707

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.


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:

  • Section A - 50 multiple-choice questions
  • Section B - 10 multiple-choice questions, one case study, with six linked multiple-choice questions, and six simulation exercises.

CSDG® is examined in over 30 countries each year with examinations given in paper format at designated international centres.

View the examination venues


Registration for the April 2017 examinations is now open and applications must be received on or before 31 January 2017.

The examinations are scheduled to take place on 7 and 8 April 2017.

Register for CSDG online
For further details and any queries, please contact Student and Customer Services on +44 (0) 1227 818609.

A CSDG® registration form can be downloaded here. To view this file you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. This is free and available from the Adobe website.

Completed registration forms should be scanned and emailed to, or sent to Student and Customer Services, ifs House, 4-9 Burgate Lane, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2XJ, United Kingdom.

All candidates should register with the ifs University College unless you fall into the international candidate categories listed below.

Candidates from Bangladesh

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 or or call 880-2862-1942 or 880-29676698.

Candidate from China

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 or call (+8610) 8221 7266 or fax: (+8610) 8221 7272

Candidates from Indonesia

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 or call (+62) 21 29667914 or fax (+62) 21 29667915.

Candidates from Malaysia

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 or call +603 6286 7200 or fax +603 62741266 /7288

Candidates from South Korea

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 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

  • There is a requirement to complete 24 hours of CPD credit within each three-year cycle.
  • One CPD credit is equivalent to a 50-60 minute session.
  • CPD credit can be earned from a variety of different activities.
  • Upon request, a status statement and number of CPD credits completed can be provided. .
  • Automatic inclusion in to the annual international CSDG® registry.

Recertification Guidelines:

A wealth of information regarding the recertification process including dates for submission can be found in our Recertification Guidelines Document. This document is currently under review and a new version will be published here by 30 September 2016. In the meantime you can access the current Recertification Guidelines v 1 2015 here.

Please note changes are being made to enhance the Recertification programme - these changes will all be reflected in the 2016 Recertification Guide - One change is that there are now NO MAXIMUM NUMBER OF CPD learning hours / PDUs you can claim in one year. The previous maximum rule no longer applies.


  • Recertification fee - £200 (in addition a "late fee" of £30 is charged for submissions received more than one month from expiry)
  • Please view - payment details - which also explains acceptable payment methods

Preparing your records for assessment:

  • Ensure your current email address appears under the "myDetails" tab on your myifslearning account as we will use this address to let you know how your submission is progressing and you will not receive our communications if this is out of date.
  • Recertification will only be complete upon receipt of the correct information and payment of the fee.
  • Records of your CPD Learning hours / PDUs should be kept in your "myCPD" log within your myifslearning account.
  • Full instructions on submissions for 30 April 2017 recertification will be published on this page and sent in an email communication to all affected individuals by the end of 2016.
  • Your submission will come directly from your myifslearning account from March 2017.

Your Recertification date will appear under the "myStudies" tab and in the "myCPD" tab on your myifs University Collegelearning account, on your paper certificate and in the letter sent with your latest certificate.

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