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Commodity professionals: can you certify your credentials?

One of the world’s leading academic institutions, the University of Liverpool, has joined forces with the International Cotton Association (ICA), to develop a new online course which will lead to a professional certificate for the commodity world.

What is the course? A first for the commodity industry, this unique bespoke course will provide delegates with a broad practical introduction to the key learnings that are needed in today’s commodity management. The first module, Financial Markets and Risk Management, will commence 8 May 2017 and enrolment is now taking place.

Who is the course for? Developed for those currently working, or aspiring to work, in the commodity industry the training provides affordable, easy access through flexible online study. Using a credit based system, the course is made up of six modules that cover fundamental aspects of commodity management.

“This is a ground-breaking initiative,” says Kai Hughes, ICA Managing Director. “There has been a huge gap in the commodity trade for this type of accredited training. We wanted to do something about it and we were delighted when the University of Liverpool agreed to come on board. Our Professional Certificate in Commodity Management will enable delegates to develop their learning and professional career in the commodity arena. It will also formally recognise their hard work and contribution with a professional qualification from a leading university.”

Prof. Sue Bridgewater, Director of Continuing Professional Development, University of Liverpool Management School, who was involved in the project, adds: “Both the ICA and the University of Liverpool are global, internationally focused organisations, so collaboration makes perfect sense.  This unique online programme will enable the commodity industry to professionalise and understand the market conditions in which they operate”.