STEP Certificate and Diploma in International Trust Management – DL+

A distance-learning option for completing these courses. This course has been designed exclusively for those based in small and newly established trust centres where the face-to-face course is not available.

Delivered in association with Alliance Manchester Business School, this qualification is a collaboration between STEP, the International Trust Companies Association (ITCA) and CLT International (CLTI).

What does this qualification cover and how is it delivered?

What does this qualification cover?

The Certificate is an entry-level course that provides a solid foundation to study the full Diploma. To study the Diploma you will need 60 Entry Level credits; the Certificate provides 30 of these Entry Level Credits.

  • The Diploma comprises four Advanced Certificates:
  • Trust Creation: Law and Practice
  • Company Law and Practice
  • Trust Administration and Accounts
  • Trustee Investment and Financial Appraisal.

You can see a more detailed syllabus here

How is it delivered?

This is a fully distance learning route, with each paper taking an average of four to six months to complete. Delegates will study via our online learning platform and will have access to a wide range of resources and support.

What are the benefits to me and my employer?

What are the benefits to me?

On successful completion of the Diploma, you will be able to:

  • advise on the classification, types and uses of trusts, the factors affecting their validity and the circumstances under which they can and cannot be altered;
  • explain the roles, responsibilities, limitations and liabilities of trustees, protectors and enforcers under local and international law;
  • understand money, bond and equity markets, financial appraisal and ratio analysis and options, derivatives and futures markets;
  • explain the duties and responsibilities of trustees in relation to investment matters under local and international legislation;
  • advise on the use of trusts in modern tax planning;
  • advise on the issues surrounding modern reserved powers legislation;
  • identify and advise on the factors affecting a client’s residence and domicile and outline the impact of these on a client’s estate planning needs;
  • analyse the conflict of laws rules (doctrine of renvoi) applicable to multi-jurisdictional trusts and advise clients when these rules may apply;
  • explain the regulatory frameworks that have developed globally to counteract fraud and money laundering;
  • carry out the ‘know your client’ checks that are required for compliance with anti-money laundering regulations in your local jurisdiction;
  • construct and interpret a set of trust accounts;
  • understand the day-to-day affairs of an offshore company including the processes of incorporation and dissolution.

How will my employer benefit?

Successful completion of the STEP Diploma in International Trust Management – DL+:

  • adds value to your business and professional service;
  • enhances your ability to give holistic advice to clients as a ‘trusted advisor’;
  • distinguishes you and your firm from the competition;
  • provides a route to STEP membership and TEP status.

Entry requirements and advice

Who would find this qualification useful?

This course would be useful for practitioners involved in international wealth management using trusts, companies and a variety of other methods, or people who would like to enter into this area of work.

What are the entry requirements?

The Certificate is an open-entry programme; however, applicants should have a good standard of literacy and be aware that the programme is delivered in English.

Entry to the Diploma is subject to applicants having obtained 60 entry level credits, though most delegates will complete the Certificate in International Trust Management, which will meet 30 of these entry level credits. For details see the Qualifications and Membership Framework.

Exemption is possible from a maximum of two Advanced Certificates that make up the Diploma, depending upon prior qualifications.

Where is this course available?

This Distance-Learning Plus (DL+) course has been designed exclusively for those based in small and newly established trust centres where the face-to-face course is not available, DL+ provides delegates with a fully supported online route through their studies.

Further course details

How long will it take to complete?

It is recommended that four-six hours of study per week should be undertaken over a four-six month period, prior to the examination.

How much will it cost?

Each Diploma paper is GBP895 (plus local taxes), which is fully inclusive of all learning resources and the examination.

What are the course dates?

You can view exam dates on the CLTI website

How do I apply?

Register online or download the application forms below:

Help and advice

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