IBFD Advanced Professional Certificate in International Taxation (APCIT)

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During the programme, you will acquire comprehensive and practical knowledge on corporate international taxation that will help you understand and overcome the common tax treaty and transfer pricing challenges that you may face in your daily work. The complexity, volume and value of transactions that companies embark on has increased while governments and tax authorities have also increased scrutiny due to tax avoidance. As such, it is increasingly important to keep up to date with the novel business and operational models that multinational enterprises (MNEs) develop and the diverse nature of legislative challenges and regulatory changes that tax professionals are confronted with every day.

Programme start date: 1 October 2024

Overview and Learning Objectives

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

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

  • Contribute effectively to discussions about a company's international tax strategy based on up-to-date knowledge of current international tax developments
  • Evaluate a cross-border corporate tax structuring strategy, provide alternative options for considerations and make recommendations on the localization of a global strategy
  • Have the confidence to undertake tax planning responsibilities in a wider geographical area and propose tax-effective business structures and operations
  • Identify, manage and control tax treaty and transfer pricing risks related to corporate tax structuring
  • 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

Topics Covered

The topics covered in this international taxation certification programme are:

  • Corporate international tax structuring
  • Tax treaty aspects of corporate tax structuring
  • Transfer pricing aspects of corporate tax structuring
  • Controversy management in corporate tax structuring

Components of Training 

The international taxation certificate course is divided into three phases comprised of the following:

  • Phase 1: Three online courses consisting of four modules each. At the end of each module a final assessment will assess understanding of topics covered
  • Phase 2: Webinars and a case study assignment
  • Phase 3: Webinars and live workshop
  • APCIT final assessment
  • Recommended reading material for each phase

The programme must be completed within six months and can be followed and completed by dedicating a minimum of five hours of study per week. Study materials included in the international taxation course will be accessible for six months only (the duration of the programme).

Who should participate

The certification programme is designed for tax professionals from corporates, professional services and governments who wish to gain a practical understanding of the ever-changing world of corporate international tax structuring in the post-BEPS era and be able to identify and deal with tax treaties and transfer pricing issues they face in the context of their daily work.

Prerequisites (for guidance only)

This certificate course in international taxation and transfer pricing is intended for tax professionals with 3 to 7 years of practical experience working in professional services, governments or multinational groups.  Tax professionals who are interested in learning more about the international tax aspects of corporate tax structuring, or those who wish to refresh and update their knowledge given the state of flux in international tax developments in recent years, are also welcome to participate in the programme.

Advance preparation

No advance preparation is needed for the programme.

Delivery format

  • Online (QAS self-study)
  • Group internet-based

Study time

The programme must be completed within 6 months and can be followed and completed by dedicating about 5 hours of study per week.

Study materials included in the programme 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 webinars, are generally recognized for CPE credits with many accrediting bodies around the world. Participants are encouraged to check with their professional and/or national association to determine eligibility in this respect.


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This programme is subject to change