SMU Executive Certificate in Transaction Banking (IBF Level 1)

Programme Code: P190226QCV


Be the Critical Link in the Value Chain

Fintech and rapid innovations in digital solutions have emerged to address market gaps in banking and financial services. While platform and delivery channel may change, their fundamental purpose, that of meeting customer’s needs, remains the same.

A deep understanding of corporates’ treasury objectives can provide the critical knowledge to identify and capture opportunities to introduce new ways of meeting corporates’ banking needs.

The SMU Executive Certificate in Transaction Banking (IBF Level 1) course looks at the objectives and applications of treasury solutions, the technology infrastructure, deal sourcing and client management.

Facilitated by seasoned bankers, the certification course aims to provide essential knowledge and competencies to support the development, marketing and implementation of transaction banking solutions.

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5 days


Singapore Management University

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the objectives of corporate treasury management
  • Learn the applications of cash/trade products and services
  • Be familiar with transaction banking technology infrastructure
  • Know relevant regulatory and industry guidelines
  • Manage client relationship to source deals and expand wallet


Transaction Banking – The Big Picture

  • Transaction banking as revenue drivers
  • Regulations on prevention of financial crime
  • Exposure, risk mitigation & control


Cash Management Overview

  • Treasury role & framework
  • Product pyramid
  • Cash flow forecasting


Payment & Collection Solutions

  • Procurement & cash conversion cycles
  • International payments, payment factory
  • Virtue accounts, commercial cards


Liquidity Management

  • Account structure
  • Objectives, principles & challenges
  • Global bank offerings


Working Capital Solutions

  • Working capital management
  • Mechanics of supply chain financing
  • Accounts receivable/payable financing

Trade Finance & Services

  • Payment & settlement of international trade
  • Documentary outsourcing
  • Client integrated structure & solutions


Technology Infrastructure

  • Clearing & settlement
  • SWIFT messaging structure & applications
  • IT architect

Deal Sourcing & Client Management

  • Market segmentation & wallet sizing
  • Deal sourcing process & management
  • Post sales implementation & support

Who Should Attend

  • New hires (fresh graduates/mid-career) in transaction banking
  • Corporate bankers (relationship managers, credit analysts, etc.) keen to learn about transaction banking

Participants are required to have a good foundational knowledge of corporate banking. Participants who have obtained IBF Qualified for Corporate Banking, or have completed the Corporate Banking Common Exam (CBCE) administered by The Institute of Banking & Finance (IBF), may be deemed to have shown proof of competency.


Candidates will be assessed on the following competency units in Transaction Banking (IBF Level 1).

SMU Executive Certificate in Transaction Banking (IBF Level 1)

CU1: Industry Product Knowledge and Application
CU2: Industry Laws and Regulations Knowledge and Application
CU3: Client Management


Format of Assessment

Candidates will be assessed through written tests and case presentation.  


Candidates who are unsuccessful on their first attempt may apply for a re-assessment. Separate assessment fee applies.


If you are not satisfied with your assessment results, you may request that your results be re-tabulated.

The review would only involve checking through the answer scripts to ensure that there were no mistakes in the calculation of marks.

Please note that the decision on your appeal is final. You will not be permitted to re-appeal against the outcome.

Request for re-tabulation must be made in writing within 5 days from the date of release of results. Administrative fee applies for each paper reviewed.

Terms and Conditions

SMU Academy | Financial Services reserves the right to make changes to assessment dates if necessary or due to circumstances beyond our control.


Candidates who pass all assessments, will be awarded the SMU Executive Certificate in Transaction Banking (IBF Level 1) and be conferred the IBF Qualified (IBFQ) certification.

Learning Activities

Classroom Training.

The program is delivered using a combination of lectures, case studies, discussions and presentations. 

Fees and Funding

S$4,000 (excl. GST)

S$1,200 (net of 70% IBF-STS funding, excl. GST)
S$400 (net of 90% IBF-STS funding, excl. GST)

IBF-STS Funding

IBF-STS Funding of 70% is available to eligible institutions and qualified individuals, subject to meeting the attendance requirement and passing of assessment. The IBF-STS funding is subject to a cap of S$7,000 per participant per programme. Singapore Citizens aged 40 years old and above are eligible for 90% co-funding of direct training costs, subject to the existing grant caps

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Intake Information


5 days program

Lessons are held from 9am - 4pm

Speaker/Trainer Bio

Evelyn Chua has over 20 years of banking experience, largely in transaction banking. A career Citibanker, she last held the position of Country Sales Head for Treasury & Trade Solutions, covering a portfolio across all business segments. Evelyn facilitated sales and product training for front office staff, high-potentials and management trainees. She is now actively engaged in training for corporates and banks in Singapore and the region.

Amelia Ching is a financial IT veteran with over 25 years’ experience. Previously the Head of Risk and Control for Citibank’s Treasury and Trade Solutions Group, her role included IT service management, application production, IT outsourcing management, global internet application, and the setup of Global and Regional Application command centre. Amelia now engages in the design, facilitation and deliver of training programs for IT and financial professionals.


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