IFF Training

The Mechanics of International Trade Finance (Online)

Available dates

This course has no confirmed dates in the future. Subscribe to be notified when it is offered.

About the course

A comprehensive practical guide to the banking products currently used in the world of international trade finance, together with the financing solutions that might be packaged to meet a customer’s needs.

In partnership with Middlesex University Business School, this course has been developed to provide you with a step-bystep guide to international trade products, the impact of the International Chamber of Commerce regulations governing them and the risk factors/potential structures to be considered when financing trade related transactions. Studying this programme offers you the option of receiving a Post Graduate Certificate from the respected Middlesex University. This is the only trade finance course that offers you the chance to get this qualification.

The course takes place over 16 weeks and consists of eight distance learning units. Every two weeks an additional unit will be released with the associated assessment so you can grasp your understanding before moving on to the next unit.


  • Trade finance overview
  • Open account and documentary collection systems
  • Documentary credits
  • Structured letters of credit
  • Factoring and credit insured financing
  • Bank guarantees and standby letters of credit
  • Pre-export financing and countertrade techniques
  • Commodity financing


Through distance learning you can enjoy the benefits of studying, whilst minimising disruption to your existing professional commitments. You can set the pace at which you learn; applying the knowledge, skills and expertise gained from the materials to your work straight away. There’s also the huge savings of cost and time by not having to travel to a training location.

There are two routes of study you can take: the university-validated route and the standard non-validated route. Approaching the topics in a modular format, the course will enable you to grasp the key concepts in a practical way and thus helping you build a firm platform on which to expand your knowledge.

The course will take you step-by-step through the different components of International Trade Finance.

You can study read the units online, save them to your computer or print them out. You can also take advantage of the online forum to meet your fellow participants and share knowledge, ideas and information at any time.

At the end of each unit there is a practical assessment that will allow you to benchmark your growth in knowledge and understanding and will also show you what a tangible ROI distance learning provides.

Trust the experts

Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones is a highly experienced trade finance practitioner with over 40 years of trade finance expertise (35 of which was gained in the corporate banking environment). He has held senior trade positions in Lloyds Bank, NatWest and RBS.Stephen was the first in NatWest Corporate to win, struc...


Course reviews

The Mechanics of International Trade Finance Distance Learning Training Course

Downloadable files