IBFD Advanced Professional Certificate in International Taxation (APCIT) 

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.

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, as a reputable international organization, that you have followed a rigorous learning regime in international taxation and hence recognition by the international tax community.

The programme will last for 6 months and will begin on 1 April 2022.  It consists of the following 3 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 2017 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. 
  • The case study-based assignment will help 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. As far as possible, the webinars will be updated to reflect the most current situation in international taxation.
  • This phase will feature a live interactive webinar on current issues of international taxation. Participants will have the opportunity to raise questions on tax-technical issues that have arisen during the programme 
  • The case study-based assignment will help 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.

There will be short case study-based assignments to complete during phases I and II. These will help you to test your knowledge on what you have studied during each phase. At the end of the programme, you will complete a final assessment, online.

In order to be awarded the IBFD Advanced Professional Certificate in International Taxation, by the end of the programme you will need to complete the final assessment and obtain a passing grade of at least 60%, as well as submit both case study assignments on 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 2 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 or not they consider themselves eligible to follow the programme.

Advance preparation

No advance preparation is needed for the programme.

Delivery format


Study time

The programme must be completed within 6 months and can be followed and completed by dedicating at least 3 hours of study per week.

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.

In addition, IBFD International Online Tax Courses and Webinars, in many cases, qualify for CPE credits pursuant to the rules of a number of professional associations other than those listed above. Participants are encouraged to check with their professional and/or national associations to determine eligibility in this respect.


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