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Tuesday, September 6, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Aneta Spilman
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Contact: Aneta Spilman, CAE   
ICTF President  

Baltimore, MD - The leading association of International Credit and Trade Finance Professionals, ICTF has partnered with Thunderbird Online, a professional development division of Thunderbird School of Global Management, ranked #1 in the world for international business, to deliver two new online courses and an executive certificate that will advance the field of international credit management worldwide.

"Our goal is to take international credit management professionals to the next level,” said Aneta Spilman, CAE, president of ICTF. "Leveraging the unmatched expertise and breadth of experience of ICTF’s leadership and Thunderbird faculty, ICTF and Thunderbird provide the best educational offerings in the field of international trade credit and A/R management, enabling business professionals to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills in order to advance their career, while supporting their companies’ global market expansion and protecting the companies’ largest asset, Accounts Receivable.”

"We look forward to further collaboration on educational initiatives with ICTF,” said Joe Patterson, Assistant Vice President & Executive Director of Thunderbird Online. "Companies are in dire need of talented professionals who can thrive in an increasingly connected global economy. Online education can prove to be an invaluable training ground for collaboration and communication across borders and time zones.” 

The Executive Certificate in International Credit and Trade Finance developed by Thunderbird School of Global Management and ICTF requires students to have completed both the Essentials of International Credit & Trade Finance and the Advanced International Credit & Trade Finance online courses in addition to a Thunderbird Online elective course in the global business field. 

The Essentials of International Credit and Trade Finance online course launches September 12, 2011 and will introduce students to the concepts, processes and mechanics of international credit and trade finance.

To earn the ICTF Registered Global Credit Professional (RGCP™) designation, candidates must successfully complete the Essentials of International Credit & Trade Finance course in 8-weeks, including a comprehensive RGCP™ certification exam.

Additionally, the 8-week Advanced International Credit and Trade Finance online course will commence January 9, 2012 and focus on advanced concepts in international credit management. To earn the ICTF Certified Global Credit Executive (CGCE™) designation, candidates must complete the Advanced International Credit & Trade Finance Course, and complete the CGCE™ comprehensive online exam.

Designed and taught by ICTF’s most experienced international credit and trade finance executives and Thunderbird’s world-class faculty, these online courses will provide global interaction and networking, convenient 24-hour web-based access, and professional development and advancement for professionals seeking to broaden their knowledge, gain expertise and skills necessary to excel in today’s complex global business environment.

ICTF and Thunderbird are presently taking student registrations at

The Association of International Credit and Trade Finance Professionals (ICTF) is an independent, member-led organization whose mission is to advance the profession of international credit management by providing unmatched expertise, leadership, powerful connections, leading-edge educational programs and resources, and an unparalleled forum for the exchange of information and best practices. For more information or to become a member, visit

Thunderbird is the world’s No. 1-ranked school of international business with more than 60 years of experience in developing leaders with the global mindset, business skills and social responsibility necessary to create real, sustainable value for their organizations, communities and the world.   Thunderbird Online, a professional development division of Thunderbird School of Global Management, provides online courses and executive certificates to busy professionals seeking to continue learning throughout their professional career. Thunderbird Online develops and delivers innovative continuing education programs designed specifically for working professionals looking to improve their marketability and gain a leading edge over their competition. These programs are also ideal for experienced executives seeking to gain expertise in a global business focus area, and take their organization to the next level with enhanced knowledge and skills in today’s dynamic global marketplace. For more information, visit

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