Certified Treasury Professional Certificate Program

The Certified Treasury Professional® certificate program is designed to develop the skills required by treasury professionals to execute critical functions related to corporate liquidity, capital and risk management. The Northwestern program utilizes the CTP Exam Prep Platform™ in academic partnership with the Association for Financial Professionals.

This course is offered in the Spring and Fall.

Spring 2023 Registration opens:
CRT_TRES 331-0 Certified Treasury Professional February 20, 2023


About Certified Treasury Professional

Program Goals for Certified Treasury Professional

Certified Treasury Professional Program Courses

This course is offered in the Spring and Fall quarters. Explore the Certified Treasury Professional Program Courses for detail on the program's offerings.

Association for Financial Professionals Partner Program

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AFP is also the sponsor of the prestigious Certified Treasury Professional® (CTP®) designation, a globally recognized certification that indicates excellence in treasury and finance and sets the standards used in the industry. With the national focus on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and ongoing reviews of mutual fund and corporate financial irregularities, the role of Treasury professionals is changing and AFP is on the forefront of finding ways to prepare their members for these new standards.

Certificate Requirements for Certified Treasury Professional

The CTP® program is a single course of study.  To earn a certificate from Northwestern University, students must successfully complete the 36-hour Certified Treasury Professional® Certificate Program. The program is offered remotely, online during the Spring and Fall quarters (see course offering and schedule notes for course dates and times). CTP® certification is awarded by examination from the Association for Financial Professionals.  More information on the benefits of certification, the exam itself, and Eligibility Requirements can be found on AFP's website.

All students interested in taking the CTP® exam must review the Eligibility Requirements (Work Experience, Education, Teaching Experience) which must be met in order to be eligible to take the CTP® exam. The experience requirement must be fulfilled by the application deadline, not the start of the testing window. Applicants who submit their application before they have fully satisfied the education and/or experience requirement will be determined ineligible.

Students are also strongly encouraged to request a Certification Candidate Guide (you will need to create a login for access) from AFP which details vital information such as the exam format, locations, dates and fees, preparing for and taking the exam, the exam application, and an Exam Candidate Checklist, among other topics. Exam candidates should also review the Rules and Regulations for all policies and procedures regarding the CTP® examination.

For students who have already earned their CTP® certification and are interested in recertification, please visit the AFP website for more information about earning and reporting credits.

Tuition and Financial Aid for Certified Treasury Professional

Complete details about tuition can be found on the Tuition and Financial Aid for Certified Treasury Professional page.

Certified Treasury Professional Faculty

Instructors for this program have a range of expertise, specializations and work experience. Read about their qualifications on our Certified Treasury Professional Faculty page.

Certified Treasury Professional Career Options

Read more on the Certified Treasury Professional Career Options page.

Find out more about Northwestern's Certified Treasury Professional Program

Contact Professional Development Team

The Professional Development Team at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies can be a resource to you for inquiries regarding our certificate programs.

Core Courses for Certified Treasury Professional

Core Courses:Course Detail
Certified Treasury Professional CRT_TRES 331-0

Course modules include:
Module One: Introduction to Treasury Management
Module Two: The Treasury Management Environment
Module Three: Financial Reporting and Analysis
Module Four: Working Capital Management
Module Five: Risk Management
Module Six: Financial Management 

In this program students will learn how to:

  • Maintain corporate liquidity required to meet current and future obligations in a timely and cost effective manner.
  • Manage optimal cash positioning through forecasting and short-term investing and borrowing activities.
  • Employ working capital strategies and tools to efficiently manage current assets and liabilities.
  • Utilize various types of payment systems and Internet technologies to transfer monetary value and business documents between parties.
  • Monitor and control corporate exposure to financial and operational risks.
  • Optimize capital structure, manage costs of long-term capital and quantitatively evaluate capital resource investments.
  • Manage cross-border funds movement and utilize international trade financing methods.
  • Coordinate financial functions and sharing of financial information with other internal departments.
  • Delineate appropriate ethical behaviors expected in business activities.
  • Recognize corporate governance issues that arise from the separation of corporate ownership and control.
  • Build cost effective relationships with financial services providers.


Important Exam Information

A new version of the Certified Treasury Professional certification exam will be released for the June 2023 - July 2023 testing window. The last exam window on the current material (known as CTP6) will be the December 2022 – January 2023 testing window.

Students who enroll in the Fall 2022 course will be given access to study materials for both the current exam (CTP6) as well as the updated materials for CTP7. Candidates who wish to enroll in the June 2023 - July 2023 exam window will be tested on the new material.

Please refer to the Association for Financial Professionals website for more information on exam eligibility and application requirements.


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