Advanced Certificate in Trust Creation: Law and Practice

For any professional that needs to understand the legal and practical realities of creating and administering trusts

This course is one of four Advanced Certificates that can be used to gain a STEP Diploma in International Trust Management, for those who intend to be full trustees. It can also be taken as a standalone course for frontline staff that introduce the trust concept to new clients, or trust administrators that need to understand why various procedures are in place. 

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What does this qualification cover and how is it delivered?

What does this qualification cover?

  • Review of the Trust Concept
  • Marketing Trust Services and Accepting New Business
  • Anti-Money Laundering: The Proceeds of Crime
  • Anti-Money Laundering: Countering Terrorist Financing, Tax Evasion and Civil Liability
  • The Trust Instrument (double module)
  • Choice of Law to Govern the Trust (double module)
  • The Role and Status of a Protector
  • Estate Planning and Forced Heirship Issues (double module)
  • Asset Protection Trusts
  • Purpose Trusts
  • Private Foundations

You can see a more detailed syllabus here in the combined STEP Diploma in International Trust Management syllabus.

How is it delivered?

The Advanced Certificate is delivered through a blend of distance-learning. In some jurisdictions a 4-day revision workshop is available immediately before the exam date. All students have access to online support resources.

What are the benefits to me and my employer?

How will this course benefit me?

Successful completion of this course will enhance your ability to:

  • Interpret trust instruments
  • Identify the powers of any parties to a trust, based on the trust instrument
  • Take effective instructions, or know when you have received effective instructions, regarding the drafting of a trust instrument
  • Identify the proper law of the trust

How will this benefit my employer?

The Advanced Certificate is designed to support employers by training practitioners to:

  • Ensure clients understand the differences between a trust, contract, will or foundation
  • Market or discuss the trust concept using the correct terminology
  • Be aware of forced heirship jurisdictions and interactions between different legal systems
  • Identify good AML practices, such as getting to know your client and being aware of potential issues

Entry advice and requirements

Who would find this qualification useful?

This Advanced Certificate and the Diploma that it is included in, is suitable for a wide range of practitioners. Past graduates have included members of the accountancy, banking, legal and trust professions (at all levels); tax advisors and independent financial advisors. 

What are the entry requirements?

Admission depends on meeting the Entry Level requirements, outlined in the Qualifications and Membership Framework.

Further course details

How long will it take to complete

This Advanced Certificate takes six months to complete, from enrolling to sitting the examination.

How much will it cost?

The course fees for Advanced Certificates can be found on the CLTI website.

Where is it available?

This course is available worldwide, either online or face-to-face in some jurisdictions. For full details visit the CLTI website

What are the course dates?

For a full list of face-to-face courses, or the option to study online, please see the CLTI website

How do I apply?

Register online or download and return the enrolment form (PDF 136KB)

Help and advice

If you have any queries and would like to speak to someone you can either call CLTI on +44 (0)121 362 7733 or email pd@step.org