Lugano Commodity Trading Association,
ALMA Impact

October 11, 2024 – January 11, 2025

Venue: hybrid (Executive Center, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano & online)

Registration deadline:
Please register by October 4, 2024 (Early booking: June 1, 2024)

Standard fee: CHF 4’900
LCTA members: CHF 4’410
Companies that register more than 5 employees will benefit from an additional 5% discount.
Early booking: -10%

register here

The Certified Commodity Trading Specialist (CCTS) is a SAQ certification in the commodity trading sector and aims to be recognized as a quality benchmark for professionals active in this field.

Who will benefit

  • Traders or operators early in their careers as commodity trading employees, who wish to receive a comprehensive overview of commodity trading;
  • Other specialists in commodity companies who wish to complete their knowledge about processes of other functions and be more prepared to step up as senior within the organisation;
  • Employees or managers of companies that provide services to the commodity sector, such as banks, auditing, legal, transportation, risk management, insurance companies, etc., who wish to better understand the industry in which their clients operate;
  • Entrepreneurs, directors, finance managers, sector managers, etc., who are active in small and medium-sized companies that have foreign dealings and wish to learn more about commodity trading.
  • Graduates aiming to begin their career in the industry.


At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the fundamentals of commodity trade and interpret geopolitical dynamics;
  • Correctly place the importance and role of raw materials in their business value chain;
  • Recognize the most important and/or critical aspects related to the supply and transportation of raw materials and be able to identify the right solutions;
  • List the parameters and operations of trade finance in commodity trading and know how to apply them to one’s own business reality;
  • Identify and manage the major risks associated with commodity trading;
  • Correctly apply laws and regulations related to the commodities industry;
  • Recognize the need to apply the principle of sustainability in the commodity trading business and the respective critical issues.


The training is structured in 5 modules:

  • Module 1: Commodities: geopolitical dynamics, value chain and sustainability (12 hours)
  • Module 2: Shipping & Transport (8 hours)
  • Module 3: Legal & Compliance (12 hours)
  • Module 4: Trade finance (20 hours)
  • Module 5: Risk management (8 hours)

For further information download the Brochure.


LCTA awards annually two scholarships to non-LCTA-affiliated students enrolled in the CCTS training. For further information download the CCTS Scholarship Regulations.