CDCS consists of one mandatory unit:

Principles and Practices of Documentary Credit Transactions - K/506/0499

The unit is designed to enable documentary credit specialists to understand documentary credits, the products, parties, processes and rules that underpin documentary credit transactions. As well as the ability to manage documentary credit transactions, the unit will also enable students to identify irregularities, apply knowledge of processes, ICC rules and trade terms. 


CDCS is an online qualification where students are expected to learn through self-study.  Preparation for the examination usually takes six months with comprehensive learning materials provided.  Upon registration students will be sent a detailed study text which they study from independently.  In addition to the study text, a mock paper is also available to download.

Please note: that in order to reflect any changes to syllabus, the study resources are normally updated annually. It is a student’s responsibility to make sure they are studying from the most up-to-date materials that will be assessed.