The CDCS designation will remain valid for 3 years following passing the exam or renewal by recertification. To retain the CDCS designation after this period, holders are required to either: participate in the recertification programme or re-take and pass the CDCS examination. Successful recertification or re-passing of the exam will ensure continued inclusion in the international CDCS registry

The Recertification Programme

The Recertification programme is completed by carrying out Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Personal Development Units (PDUs) during the 3 year cycle. The CPD needs to meet the requirements set out in our Recertification Guide. Successful recertification allows you to use the CDCS designation for a further cycle.  

Every CPD / PDU activity carried out towards recertification must:  

  • relate directly to International Trade Finance
  • have content which is designed to improve on the knowledge gained by passing the exam
  • be an activity which lasts for a minimum of 30 minutes concentrated time
  • be measurable by us when you apply for recertification – this can be done by the inclusion of documentation / certificates, which you should keep with your records 

​​CDCS Advocates (CDCSAdv): 

We formally reward those who recertify on a continual basis, with the new designation of CDCS Advocate. This is in recognition of the commitment shown to continuing their professional knowledge in the area of International Trade Finance. You do not need to apply for the CDCS Advocate status as this designation is automatically presented 5 recertification cycles have been completed. The reward includes: an extension of the recertification period to 6 years instead of 3; invitation to our Graduation Ceremony; pin badge and CDCS Advocate certificate. 

Preparing your records for assessment:

  • Ensure your current email address appears under the "myDetails" tab on your myLIBF 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this address to let you know how your submission is progressing and you will not receive our communications if this is out of date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 in your myLIBF account -  you will submit them to us from your myCPD log and we will ask for payment through your log at the time you make your submission to us. We use FLYWIRE for our Bank Transfer payments. 
  • Full instructions on submissions for a 30 April 2017 recertification expiry, are included in the ​Recertification Guide.


The Recertification fee is £200  (an extra "late fee" of £30 is charged for submissions sent more than 1 month after expiry of your recertification).