Switzerland ranks among the most important commodity trading hubs in the world.
On this website, you will find answers to the following questions:
What is the content of this continuing education programme?
Commodity specialists acquire profound knowledge of the commodity industry and its environment in a relaxed learning environment. Highly renowned guest lecturers share specific knowledge and skills relating to their everyday professional practice, combining theoretical knowledge with essential learning experiences. The language of instruction is English. (Link to the German version) Moreover, you will learn to better understand complex environments, partners and customers. This course lays the foundation for a specialist or management position in the commodity industry, both in Switzerland and internationally. Core topics include commodity trading, investment and extraction as well as energy, oil trading, risk management, shipping, transport, trade financing, strategies, value chain and geopolitical dynamics.
This practical commodity programme is a cooperation between the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU), the Commodity Club Switzerland (CC), the Lugano Commodity Trading Association (LCTA), the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA) and the Zug Commodity Association (ZCA).
What kind of certificate will you get?
Upon completion of the course, you will obtain the Commodity Professional Certificate of Advanced Studies Hochschule Luzern/FHZ.
What is the target group of this CAS programme?
With this future-oriented programme is primarily aimed at
- specialists and executives from commodity companies wishing to expand their industry-specific knowledge
- employees and managers from service companies within the commodity sector, including auditing, law, transportation, risk and insurance firms
What are the goals of the CAS programme?
The main goals of the programme are
to give you in-depth knowledge of the commodity sector and its characteristics and to give you the skills to better understand your clients and to effectively use your knowledge and experience.
What are the admission criteria?
You have a university or university-level degree (BA/BSc or higher), a Federal Diploma of Higher Education or a professional certificate as well as several years of professional experience in the commodity industry. Should you have a different educational career and several years of work experience (finance, business, management), we will decide on your admission “sur dossier”. The language of instruction is English. For this reason, it is essential that your language skills be at a level that allows you to follow the classes, to read and understand the course material and to converse in English. If you have any questions concerning admission to the programme or other course-related issues, please get in touch with one of the heads of programme - Prof. Dr. Martin Spillmann or Mr Marco Passalia
What is the structure of the programme?
The programme consists of six modules
- Fundamentals of commodity trading and of the geopolitical dynamics
- Commodities in the value chain
- Shipping and transport
- Trade financing
- Fundamentals of risk management
- Legal aspects of risk management
Where does the course take place?
The Commodity Professional CAS programme takes place in Rotkreuz, Lugano and on Mount Gotthard.
The Institute of Financial Services Zug IFZ is located in immediate proximity of Rotkreuz train station in the Canton of Zug.
Lucerne School of Business
Institute of Financial Services Zug IFZ
Campus Zug-Rotkreuz, Suurstoffi 1
Phone: +41 41 757 67 67
The IFZ is easy to reach by public transport. We schedule our course hours around the train arrival and departure times. Trains operate all day between Zurich and Lucerne. It takes less than a minute to walk from Rotkrez train station to the IFZ. Find your train connections here.
What are the course dates and times?
There are three days of classes per month
- Thursday: 09:45 to 18:00
- Friday: 08:20 to 17:50
- Saturday: 08:20 to 12:35
What is the duration of the continuing education programme?
The duration of the programme is six months.
When does the Certificate of Advanced Studies programme start?
The programme starts on 6 May 2021. Register here now or until 26 March 2021.