International Credit & Risk Management Online Course


Mon, January 15, 2018 - Sun, April 15, 2018
Online Courses


General Information

Cost: FCIB Members - *$850
NACM Members: *$950
Non-Members - *$1,500

*Early Bird rate

Cost within 30 days of course start date

Cost: FCIB Members - $1050
NACM Members: $1,150
Non-Members - $1,800


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SPECIAL OFFER: If you are not an FCIB member and pay the full non-member course rate, you will receive a free one-year FCIB membership with your paid registration. A $840 value. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, January 14, 2019 - Friday, April 19, 2019
Early Registration Deadline: Friday, December 14, 2018

Monday, May 13, 2018 - Friday, August 16, 2019
Early Registration Deadline: Friday, April 12, 2019

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - Friday, December 6, 2019
Early Registration Deadline: Friday, August 2, 2019


The Course History

Recognizing that there were no stand-alone academic courses that addressed the basic elements of conducting global credit operations, FCIB led the way in designing a course to address this educational need.

In 2004, in partnership with Michigan State University and the US Department of Commerce, FCIB developed, designed and launched the first course of its kind – the International Credit & Risk Management online course (ICRM).

About The Course

Our International Credit & Risk Management online course (ICRM) is a comprehensive, in-depth 14-week course designed to educate entry-level professionals as well as senior-level executives about the intricacies of global credit and risk management.

The course offers vital, up-to-date knowledge in a collaborative, 24 hours/day-accessible learning environment. Peer-to-peer interaction will build, diversify and strengthen a reliable network of professionals while helping you gain an all-encompassing view of credit and risk management.

Drawing from multiple perspectives, the knowledge and hands-on experience provides you a more balanced view of how to better understand, manage and mitigate the credit risks associated with doing business internationally. In simple terms – know the risks of getting paid, and get paid on time.

By understanding the needs and challenges of credit and risk managers, this cost-effective, comprehensive and in-depth course was designed for you, the practitioner, to add value to your own professional development while making you an even more valuable asset to your company.

The 14-Week Course Consists of 12 Modules

Module 1: Introduction - Concepts for Successful International Credit Management

Module 2: International Trade and the Law

  • Critical Concerns for the International Risk Manager
  • Documentation Requirements
  • Legal Aspects of International Finance and Lending

Module 3: Analyzing International Risk & Setting Credit lines

  • Credit and Collection Policies
  • Credit Investigation
  • Financial Statements for the International Credit Decision Process
  • Key Financial Analysis Ratios
  • Credit for Global Customers
  • Credit scoring

Module 4: International Risk Assessment - Key Considerations

  • Country Risk
  • Currency Risk
  • Foreign Exchange
  • Tools for Reducing FX Risk
  • Culture Risk

Module 5: International Risk Protection & Mitigation

  • Methods of Payment
  • Mechanics of Trade Finance
  • Documentary Collection
  • Commercial Letters of Credit
  • Guarantees, Standby and Performance Letters of Credit

Module 6: Accounts Receivable - Reporting, Monitoring and Forecasting

  • Analyzing A/R

Module 7: Structured Trade Finance

  • Principal Financing Techniques
  • Export Financing

Module 8: Monitoring Trade Loans

  • Loan Decisions and Risk Management

Module 9: Cash and Treasury Management - Bank systems & controls

  • Internal Systems and Controls
  • Cash and FX Management

Module 10: Cash and Treasury Management - Financing International Trade

  • Principles of Financing International Trade
  • Pre-Export vs. Post-Export Financing

Module 11: Export Credit Insurance

  • Understanding Credit Insurance
  • Defining Credit Insurance Policy Coverage

Module 12: The Future of the International Credit Risk Manager

  • Tools for E-Commerce
  • Ethics and the International Credit Manager

Why Take the ICRM Course?

    • Gain a powerful network of fellow credit professionals to exchange ideas, knowledge and processes.
    • Peer-to-peer interaction and collaboration through a cohort model (regular communication with other students and instructor(s)).
    • Earn the industry’s most recognized and prestigious lifetime designation – Certified International Credit Professional (CICP). Improving your skills, expanding your knowledge and learning will always get you noticed as part of the “A team.”
    • Professional certification will show your employer and clients that you are committed to your profession and are well-trained. Certification makes you more valuable to employers and so you may be able to:
      o    Enjoy better employment and advancement opportunities
      o    Have a competitive advantage over other professionals without certification
      o    Earn higher wages
    • Upon achieving the CICP designation, the Education Department of the National Association of Credit Management may award five NACM Career Roadmap points for those pursuing a CBF or CCE designation. CCE designation holders may be awarded two Education Points towards their recertification.

Who Benefits from This Course?

Some commonly-held professional titles represented at the ICRM Course:

Credit Manager * Accounts Receivable Specialist * Assistant Credit Manager * Assistant Vice President * Business Development Manager * Chief Financial Officer, Controller, Corporate Credit Manager * Corporate Risk Manager * Director of Credit * Director Credit and Accounts Receivable * Senior Manager Credit and Collections * Global Sales Manager * North American Credit Manager * Senior Credit Analyst * Director of Global Credit

How Can I Get My Course Tuition Paid?

Sample Funding Request Letter

Need help getting funding to attend the International Credit & Risk Management Online Course?  The key to having your employer pay for your education is to convince them of the benefits to the company that result from your new skills. There are a variety of direct benefits of employer-funded education that you should point out to your HR/boss manager if they are not already aware of them. These include increased loyalty, reduced employee turnover, increased productivity, ability to take on new projects and the opportunity to show leadership skills. Use the Sample Letter.

NACM Scholarship Program

The National Scholarship Foundation was established to provide financial assistance to business credit professionals striving to continue their education.

Scholarship assistance is available for the ICRM Course, as well as other select programs. Greater consideration is given to first-time applicants, unemployed applicants, those without corporate financial support for education and applicants with less than ten years of experience in credit. View scholarship details.


Craig Schurr
International Banker and Educator

craig schurrCraig Schurr is a retired international banker and adjunct professor of international business at Thunderbird’s School of Global Management, a volunteer for the Financial Services Volunteer Corp and a frequent speaker at regional and national trade association conferences.

Craig retired in April 2016 after completing a 48-year career in banking—36 of which were focused on international business. Immediately prior to his retirement, he served as a FirstMerit Bank senior vice president and manager responsible for the overall international activities of the bank. Previously, Craig worked for National City Bank, Bank One, Mellon Bank and Equibank, where he held senior management positions in audit, treasury management and international banking services.

He formerly served on the board of directors for BAFT, where he also served as co-chair of the association’s North American Council and was a member of its education and membership committees. He also was a member of the Thunderbird Global Council and the Northern Ohio District Export Council, and chairman and president of the Miami Valley International Trade Association.

Over his career, Craig assisted hundreds of companies with their global business activities. He previously co-developed and taught an all-day seminar, Inside Trade Finance, which provided exporters with financing tools to improve the profitability of international sales, while enhancing global business relationships.


Over 1,900 credit professionals have earned the prestigious CICP designation since its inception, proudly displaying their CICP credential in signature lines and on business cards. The visibility and recognition of the CICP designation grows in popularity as holders talk about their positive experiences, share and impart knowledge gained through the course. View the list of current CICP holders.

Course Testimonials

Read about the journey of an ICRM student going through the process of getting his CICP designation.

CICP Road Diary

“Having employees who are professionally certified has increasingly become a symbol of quality that can provide companies with a competitive advantage. Give your company a competitive advantage and sign up for the International Credit & Risk Management course.”  - FoodOne, Division of Seafax, Inc.

“The CICP program offered by FCIB exceeded my expectation. It is very engaging and challenging. If you are interested in or currently managing international credit, the CICP program is an indispensable and invaluable program to add to your arsenal”. - BASF East Asia Regional Headquarters Ltd

Withdrawal Policy

ICRM students that withdraw before the end of week four are eligible for 50% of their tuition fee to be applied to any FCIB event or education course; including, but not limited to a future ICRM course. This credit must be used within 12 months of the original course start date.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Registration fees, less a $50 processing fee, will be refunded for written cancellations received 21 days before the course start date. No refunds for cancellations within 21 days of the course start date. Substitutions are permitted.

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our frequently asked questions for answers to questions including login instructions, participation hours, course materials and CICP exam information.

Accreditation Points

Upon achieving the CICP designation, the Education Department of the National Association of Credit Management may award five NACM Career Roadmap points for those pursuing a CBF or CCE designation. CCE designation holders may be awarded two Education Points towards their recertification. For NACM certification questions, please contact NACM Education Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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