IBFD Advanced Professional Certificate in International Taxation (APCIT)

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The IBFD Advanced Professional Certificate in International Taxation (APCIT) is a unique qualification for tax professionals who wish to be able to manage cross-border operations effectively, retain their competitive edge in international taxation and ultimately be recognized globally as professional experts in international taxation. The programme is also a time and cost-effective solution for organizations that wish to equip their employees with expertise in international taxation from a reputable international organization.

Overview and learning objectives

The programme is designed to be followed online over a 6-month period and consists of a selection of IBFD online courses and webinars. Once the programme is completed as a whole, you will receive a professional certificate of acknowledgement from IBFD, a reputable international organization in the international tax community, to acknowledge that you have followed a rigorous learning regime in international taxation.

After following the certificate programme, you will be able to:

  • Meaningfully contribute to a company’s international tax strategy
  • Translate a global or regional tax strategy into domestic jurisdictions where business is conducted
  • Undertake tax planning responsibilities in a wider geographical area and propose tax-effective business structures and operations
  • Identify, address and control tax and transfer pricing risks arising from selected cross-border transactions
  • Understand the implications of recent international tax developments in the post-BEPS era
  • Prepare impact assessments and ensure that a business’s corporate structure, position and transactions are BEPS proof
  • Proactively support the business functions and business line managers from a tax and transfer pricing point of view, and assist CFOs, directors, accountants and other peers in respect to the tax implications of business structures and transactions

The programme will last for 6 months and runs consecutively on 1 April and 1 October.  It consists of the following three phases, guiding you from an introductory to an advanced practical level:

Phase I – Online courses

  • This phase will develop core international tax skills. It will cover the basics of tax treaties, tax planning techniques and the OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines. It will introduce international taxation as well as give a solid foundation on which to base your professional career in this field. 
  • A case study-based assignment will help you put into practice the knowledge gained so far. 

Phase II – Webinars 

  • This phase will cover the most pressing issues of international taxation, related to cross- border tax optimization and anti-abuse rules.
  • The webinars will cover important, evergreen topics that need to be considered by tax professionals in practice, as well as more recent international tax developments. As far as possible, the webinars will have been updated to reflect the most current situation in international taxation.
  • This phase will also feature a live interactive webinar on current issues of international taxation. Participants will have the opportunity to raise questions and interact with the tax experts. 
  • A case study-based assignment will help you put into practice the knowledge gained so far. 

Phase III – Self-Study and Final Assessment 

  • This phase will consist of self-study time, which includes the possibility to take a practice assessment in preparation for the final assessment.
  • The final assessment, an online multiple-choice test, will conclude the programme.

The short case study-based assignments in phases I and II will help you to test your knowledge on what you have studied during each phase. The programme culminates with a final assessment, online.

In order to be awarded the IBFD APCIT, by the end of the programme you will need to have completed the final assessment and obtained a passing grade of at least 60%, as well as submit both case study assignments by the given deadlines. Additional study requirements are also to be respected, see FAQ for more details.

Who should participate

The programme is especially suited to tax professionals who wish to gain a comprehensive and practical understanding of the ever-changing world of international taxation, specifically in the areas of tax treaties, transfer pricing and international tax planning and who:

  • Aim to continually develop and improve their international tax skills
  • Wish to be recognized as an international taxation specialist
  • Endeavour to keep abreast of the most recent developments in the international tax arena
  • Strive to enhance their professional performance 
  • Aspire to have their skills acknowledged by a valued and internationally recognized international organization

Prerequisites (for guidance only)

  • Demonstrated education in tax, international tax, finance, economics, law, accounting or any relevant, related field
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience in tax or fiscal affairs in either the private or governmental sector

The above prerequisites are for guidance only. It is finally up to each prospective participant to decide whether they consider themselves eligible to follow the programme.

Advance preparation

No advance preparation is needed for the programme.

Delivery format


Study time

The entire programme must be completed within 6 months. We recommend dedicating at least 3 hours of study per week to complete the entire programme.

Study materials included in the programme (online courses, all webinars) will be accessible for 6 months only (the duration of the programme).

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

All components of the programme, i.e. online courses and live webinar, are recognized for CPE credits with many accrediting bodies around the world. Based on the hours of study, the programme as a whole will be eligible for at least 40 CPE points/credits. Participants are encouraged to check with their professional and/or national association to determine eligibility in this respect.