When does the programme start?
There are two starting dates per year: 1 April and 1 October. The programme will run for 6 months from both dates. The starting dates of the programme are fixed and cannot be deferred. Registration is open until 1 week prior to the start of the programme.
When will I receive sign in details to access the programme?
Once payment is received, you will receive sign in details by email the day before the programme starts.
When do I have to make the payment?
Payment must be made in full at the time of registration, before any material is accessed. You can only pay by credit card or Paypal in the webshop. There is no option for instalments.
Does IBFD offer any scholarships or financial aid?
IBFD does not offer any scholarships or financing programs to participants.
Are any one-off discounts offered on the APCIT programme?
No one-off discounts are offered. Only subscription-based discounts may apply for existing clients.
What kinds of study materials will I be able to access?
Participants will receive access to all webinars and online courses that are part of the curriculum, and also to any additional reading materials and case study assignments.
Will I be able to track my study progress?
While studying the online courses in the programme, you will be able to track your progress and see how far you are with your studying for each course.
To what extent am I free to decide how I work during the programme, or do I have to follow a fixed schedule of times and dates?
You are free to choose how you wish to follow the programme; however, all case study assignment and final assessment dates are fixed. It is important to take note of this before committing to the programme.
During the programme, will I be able to communicate with IBFD tax experts and APCIT participants?
You will be able to interact with the IBFD international tax experts about the assignments during the related feedback webinar sessions. In addition, you will have access to the APCIT Discussion Forum, on which you can interact with your fellow APCIT students.
How can I qualify for the IBFD certificate at the end of the programme?
To be awarded the IBFD APCIT certificate, you need to follow 80% of the programme, which means:
- completing at least 80% of each of the online courses
- following/watching at least 80% of the total number of recorded and live webinars included in the programme (assignment feedback webinars are not included in the total number)
- submitting all case study-based assignments, respecting their specified deadlines
- successfully passing the final assessment (or the re-sit), with a passing grade of at least 60%.
Please note that the case study assignments related to phases I and II, as well as the final assessment, can cover the whole of the course material.
If you fail to qualify for the certificate, you will need to repurchase the programme and successfully complete it again.
Do I have to do all three phases of the programme within the 6-month period?
Yes, the different phases cannot be separated and must be taken consecutively.
What is the final assessment?
A final assessment is incorporated at the end of the programme to ensure that only participants who meet the requisite standards are awarded the certificate. This assessment will take the form of an online test.
When can I take the final assessment?
At the end of the phase III, a week will be selected during which you can choose a specific date and time at which you would like to take the final assessment. The dates for each component of the programme are fixed. Moving the date of the assessment will not be possible.
Can I retake the final assessment if I fail?
Yes, you can retake the final assessment once for free. If you fail both the final assessment and the re-sit, you will need to register again for the programme and successfully complete it to obtain the certificate.
Can I choose to do the programme without the final assessment?
Participants are free to do the programme without the final assessment. However, in that case, participants will not be awarded the certificate.
Will I get a refund if I withdraw from the programme without completing it?
The fees are due at the time of registration, and no refund will be given if participants choose to withdraw from the programme once it has already started. Participants are encouraged to commit to the 6-month time frame to complete the programme.
Can I transfer the registration to another person?
As the certificate provides a personal qualification, once the programme has started and access granted to the original registrant, registration cannot then be transferred to another person.
Can I postpone my registration to a later certificate programme session?
Once the programme has started and access given, registration cannot be postponed or pushed forward to another programme session.
Can I cancel the programme after payment?
Registration can be cancelled in writing. The following fees will apply:
- At least 7 days prior to the starting date, an administration fee of EUR 250 or USD 250 (excluding VAT) will be charged;
- Less than 7 days prior to the starting date, the full fee will be charged.
Once the programme has begun, IBFD will not offer any refunds.
What software/hardware do I need to follow the webinars and online courses included in the programme?
For webinars, please consult FAQ – Webinars. For online courses, please consult FAQ – Online Courses. In order to access the online courses and/or webinars, we strongly recommend using Google Chrome as the preferred browser.
Can I obtain CPE (Continuing Professional Education) credits?
Subsets of the IBFD Advanced Professional Certificate in International Taxation programme are eligible for CPE points with many professional accrediting bodies.
- For Online courses, participants can download a certificate of completion.
- For webinars, participants will automatically be sent a certificate of completion by email, indicating the recommended CPE credits.
Participants should submit these certificates and any other information required to their relevant professional bodies in order to obtain CPE credits.