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90 Days Online Access
24/7 Access to All Training Material

4-5 Hours Per Week
Self Paced Entirely Online

Online Academy
Delivered Entirely Online

CPE / CPD Points
Approved by Various Bodies

Continual Module Related Exams

€800 (plus VAT total €984)
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The CCRS – Certified Cyber Risk Specialist course equips students with a comprehensive understanding of cyber risk management. The syllabus assumes a non-technical student and covers a range of topics from identification of cyber risks through to risk management options. The course has been designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and confidence they require in order to protect the digital assets of their organisation and support the efforts of or lead the implementation of a cyber risk framework. 

The CCRS (Certified Cyber Risk Specialist) course and certification is completely aligned with the CCRO (Certified Cyber Risk Officer) syllabus. The main difference is in relation to the format. There are no live ILT (Instructor Led Training) sessions or assignments on the CCRS course. Students learn at their own pace over a 90 day period and complete online exams at the end of each module. 

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Video Testimonials

Dr Vince Hughes
Director, Crime Stoppers International
Stephen McCormack 
Head of IT, Maxol

Jennifer O’Brien
Lead in Group Internal Audit, Bank of Ireland

Audrey Barrett
Data Protection Officer, SIPTU

Written Testimonials

Bridget Dervish

"Thank you for creating the self-paced CCRS course. It provided me with a deeper understanding of cyber risks and framework for establishing an appropriate cyber strategy. Mr. Dwyer is an excellent tutor and I especially appreciated all of the real world examples that were provided to give additional perspective. The key term definitions at the back of each module were helpful in understanding the IT jargon as was the case study. I will be recommending the course to my colleagues."

Bridget Dervish
Manager of Operational Due Diligence - State Board of Administration of Florida
Jomarie Thompson

"This course was very comprehensive and the knowledge and insight it provided is beyond invaluable. I would personally recommend that any IT professional, C-Suite, Head of Security and individuals with risk management and other related responsibilities invest in this course."

Jomarie Thompson
IT Manager - Colina FInancial Advisors
Kerry Barber

"Excellent course, very informative and materials which provide a good foundation for implementing cyber risk awareness and frameworks into a business"

Kerry Barber
Head of Compliance & Risk - Barbon Insurance Group Limited

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The Course Covers

This course brings you on a journey and commences with how to analyse the inherent cyber risk of your organisation. That includes areas such as:

  • Organisational Characteristics
  • Governance Structure
  • Technology Structure and Systems
  • Product / Service Delivery Channels
  • External Cyber Threats
We then gain an understanding of the current cyber risk status of the organisation holistically by exploring key control areas such as:
  • Cyber Risk Management and Oversight
  • Cyber Incident Management and Resilience
  • Cybersecurity Controls
  • Threat Intelligence and Collaboration
  • External Dependency – Vendor / Partner Risk

There is a focus on CRQ (Cyber Risk Quantification), meaningful metrics and how to support and develop a cyber strategy that supports your ERM (Enterprise Risk Management) program and business strategy.  Security standards, legal and compliance requirements are addressed throughout the material.  By the end of the course you will have gained the appropriate knowledge to build, implement or support a risk management framework for your organisation. 

The Course is For

The course syllabus has been specifically designed to be collaborative and bring together business leaders of various disciplines within an organisation. They are the key stakeholders in designing, implementing or supporting the cyber risk management program of an organisation. Key cyber risk management stakeholders include:

  • C-Suite
  • Head of IT/Security
  • CCO Chief Compliance Officer
  • Cyber Security/Risk/Compliance Teams
  • Legal
  • Procurement
  • Head of Business Units
  • Technology Leaders / Project Managers
  • Management Professionals / Team Leaders
  • Digital Consultants


Cyber Risk Leader
Develop and Implement Strategy

Cyber Security and Risk Teams
Collaborate and Support Enterprise

Gaining Recognition
Cyber Risk Management Specialist



The course is delivered entirely online. Students are provided with 90 days access to all the training material and exams.  

Training material comprises of rich interactive media such as videos, infographics and course notes. 

There are many opportunities for collaborative learning via the discussion forums and you can leverage the portal to connect to other students around the world. 

There are 8 modules with an online exam at the end of each module. The pass score for each module is 80% and you have to obtain an average score of 80% or higher across all modules to be successfully certified. 

You can re-sit each of the module exams three times if required during your 90  days. 



Head Tutor
Subject Expert

Course Manager
One to One Student Support

Technical Support
Available to Solve Tech Issues

Social Learning
Student Network Collaboration

Extended Network of Material
Recommended External Material

Core Module Videos Have Captions



We explore the cyber threat landscape and gain an understanding of the key threat actors, their motivations and techniques. We review a number of high profile cyber attacks with a view to understanding why they were attacked and what could have been done to prevent the breach.  We outline a key “Case Study” example that is referenced through the rest of the course.

Module 1
  • Explore the cyber threat landscape
  • Cyber Threat Actors and Motivators
  • Categories of Cyber Threats
  • Underground Economy of Cybercrime
  • Crimeware and Examples
  • Cyber Warfare and Geopolitics
  • Attacks on Critical National Infrastructure including the Financial Sector
  • The Dark Web from Money Laundering to CaaS (Crime as a Service)
  • Anatomy of a Cyber Attack
  • Cyber Terrorism
  • Conclusion – We all Play a Part in Protecting Society from Cyber Threats
  • Case Study Video: The Cyber Attack on the US 2016 Elections – What We Can Learn
Video Tutorial: 01:11:00
Video Case Study: 00:42:12
Casebook: 85 Pages
Video Tutorial: 01:11:00
Video Case Study: 00:42:12
Casebook: 85 Pages
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We outline the importance and the anatomy of a cyber strategy. How a cyber risk framework operates and how it integrates with the organisation. Understand the differences between standards, policies, procedures, legal and regulatory controls.  We outline how to identify the business value chain of an organisation and the importance of business systems, assets and entities that support that channel. 

Module 2
  • Outline the importance and the anatomy of a cyber strategy.
  • Principles of Cyber Security
  • Understanding Documents and Types
  • Asset VS Data VS Document VS Information Classification
  • Cyber Strategy Defined
  • Risk Management
  • Cyber Risk and the Board
  • Cyber DNA – Business Value Chain
  • Cyber Strategy Requirements
  • Regulatory, Legal and Business Drivers
  • Understanding Risk Language
  • Risk Management Options
  • Inherent Cyber Risk
  • Meaningful Metrics
  • Aligning Cyber Strategy with Business Strategy
  • The Cyber Strategy Challenge
  • Anatomy of a Cyber Strategy for Celtic Bank (Fictitious Global Bank)
  • Developing a Maturity Roadmap
  • Characteristics of a Cyber Assessment
  • Case Study Video: Cyber Risk Management in the Aviation Sector
Video Tutorial: 01:35:03
Video Case Study: 00:35:25
Casebook: 98 Pages
Video Tutorial: 01:35:03
Video Case Study: 00:35:25
Casebook: 98 Pages
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We explore the traditional cyber metrics organisations leverage in relation to cyber security and risk and discuss “Meaningful Metrics” that empower the business. Calculating inherent cyber risk, residual cyber risk and aligning those metrics with business objectives. Informing and supporting the business with KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) and KRI’s (Key Risk Indicators). Leveraging those metrics to develop appropriate maturity roadmaps and report and alert the business. 

Module 3
  • Understanding Risk and CRQ Cyber Risk Quantification
  • Quantitative vs Qualitative Risk
  • KRI Key Risk Indicators vs KPI’s Key Performance Indicators
  • Assessing Risk with Formulas
  • Risk Leverage – Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Examples of Real-Life Scenarios
  • Benefits of Measuring Cyber Risk
  • Understanding “Techie Metrics”
  • Vulnerability Scans – Understanding Reports
  • Environmental Scores – Relating it to Your Organisation
  • Establishing Metrics
  • Aligning Cyber Metrics to Business Strategy
  • Identifying What is Important to the Business
  • Measuring Inherent Risk
  • Measuring Maturity
  • Aligning with Guidance from FFIEC Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council
  • Metrics and the Cyber DNA of Your Business Model
  • Geopolitics and Influential Factors
  • Getting Started with Metrics and Empowering the Business
  • Case Study Video: Bank Heist – Stealing $45m from a Bank
Video Tutorial: 01:16:40
Video Case Study: 00:14:27
Casebook: 81 Pages
Video Tutorial: 01:16:40 Video Case Study: 00:14:27 Casebook: 81 Pages
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The role of leadership, the governance structure and supporting processes are outlined. The challenge of resourcing, attracting new and developing in-house talent.  Establishing a culture of loyalty and business protection.  Identifying gaps in leadership and supporting  a meritocracy based on talent and ability.  Converging the physical security efforts with cyber to deliver a holistic program of protection for your organisation.

Module 4
  • Understanding Cyber Culture
  • The Role of Leadership
  • Policy and Trust
  • Converging Security Worlds
  • CISO Function Responsibilities
  • Attracting Talent
  • Understanding CISO and Cyber Leader Grades
  • Effective Cyber Security Training
  • Mentoring
  • Effective Communication
  • Trust Signals
  • Trust in Today’s World – Financial Sector
  • The Role of Compliance
  • Learning by Example – Lessons Learnt
  • HFT – High Frequency Trading and Geopolitics
  • Living in the Age of Accelerated Trust – Algorithms
  • Evolution of Trust – The “Trust Stack”
  • The Recipe – Components of a Cyber Risk Culture
  • Baking it In – Developing an Appropriate Cyber Risk Culture
  • Case Study Video: Cyber Insiders
Video Tutorial: 01:42:00
Video Case Study: 00:32:00
Casebook: 93 Pages
Video Tutorial: 01:42:00 Video Case Study: 00:32:00 Casebook: 93 Pages
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Understanding the complex myriad of cyber related laws, regulations and business requirements is a challenge. In this module, we outline International landscape of key laws and regulations including GDPR and the NIS Directive. Developing an approach to understanding how to identify what is relevant and may impact your current or future business model. We outline key approaches to identifying the nexus of control requirements and driving efficiency by aligning business, legal and regulatory drivers with business drivers.

Module 5
  • Computer Misuse Legislation
  • Cyber Strategy Requirements and Legal Components
  • Transatlantic Cyber Security
  • Budapest Convention of Cybercrime
  • Directors Responsibility
  • Impact of Brexit
  • Polices, Acts, Laws and Regulations
  • Types of Legal Systems
  • Trade Secret Law
  • Employee and Contractor Privacy Challenges
  • Due Care and Due Diligence
  • Liabilities and Ramifications
  • Ethics and Moral Compass
  • The Compliance Cog
  • Different Jurisdictions
  • California vs Ohio – Notice of Security Breach Regulation
  • NY Department of Financial Services – Cyber Security Regulations
  • HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • GLBA Gramm Leach-Bliley Act
  • FISMA Federal Information Security Management Act
  • Cyber Security Laws in Emerging Economies
  • Non-Regulatory: PCI DSS Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards
  • ISO27001 Information Security Management System
  • NIS Directive – EU Operators of Essential Services
  • NIST Cyber Security Framework
  • G7 Cyber Fundamentals
  • The Cyber Legal Challenge
  • How to Mitigate
  • Mandatory Breach Notification
  • Case Study Video: Cyber Ethics
Video Tutorial: 01:11:00
Video Case Study: 00:42:12
Casebook: 85 Pages
Video Tutorial: 01:29:14 Video Case Study: 00:34:23 Casebook: 101 Pages
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We outline the minimum expectations of regulators when it comes to establishing cyber resilience.  Understanding preventative, detective and responsive controls. Best practices in aligning business continuity, disaster recovery and incident response with a program of cyber resilience. We outline the appropriate response to a breach. We focus on key aspects such as detection, communication and containment. We leverage the case study to outline the key aspects and learning points such as proactive strategies to detect an incident and containment strategies to mitigate the impact. 

Module 6
  • The Reality – Cyber Attacks are Inevitable
  • Cyber Resilience Defined
  • Understanding the Components of Incident Response and Cyber Resilience
  • Cyber Intelligence
  • Understanding Incident Response Management
  • 10 Steps to Incident Response Management
  • Prevention – Assessments and Risk Management
  • Planning – Documentation – IR Teams and Communication Plans
  • Preparation – Reporting Mechanisms – Documentation – Testing
  • Detection – Identification – Tools – Analysis – Categorization – Documentation
  • Analysis – Situational Awareness – Categorization – Documentation
  • Containment – Stopping the Spread – Evidence – Forensics
  • Communication – Key Stakeholders – Internal – External
  • Eradication – Root Cause Identification – Verification
  • Recovery – Testing – Monitoring
  • Post Incident Analysis – Lessons Learned – Improvement Feedback Loop
  • Case Study Video: Covid 19 Impact – Cyber Resilience
Video Tutorial: 01:41:59
Video Case Study: 00:44:26
Casebook: 126 Pages
Video Tutorial: 01:41:59 Video Case Study: 00:44:26 Casebook: 126 Pages
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Every business is comprised of a business value chain. That is the various “links” or parts of the business that support the delivery of a particular service or channel. These links are often provided by third party partners, vendors or remote workers. We explore, how to identify, analyse, manage and report the associated risk to the business. The impact of the paradigm shift in the legal landscape including GDPR and how that factors into your approach. 

Module 7
  • Understanding the Supply Chain
  • C-SCRM Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management
  • Business Value Chain and Business Strategy
  • Supply Chain Risks – Interconnectedness and Interdependencies
  • Understanding Digital Assets
  • Traditional Approach – Broken Process and Not Appropriate
  • Analyzing Your Business Value Chain
  • Key Risk Indicators – Understanding Metrics
  • Aggregated Risk Across the Supply Chain
  • Key Principles
  • Assets – The Importance
  • KYS – Know Your Supplier
  • Risk Assessing Third Parties
  • Communicating with Suppliers and Business Partners
  • Define Minimum Standards
  • Supplier Contracts
  • Meeting the Challenge and Criteria in the Chain
  • Spread the Word – Collective Responsibility
  • Reporting – Defining the Process
  • Assurance – Right to Audit – Evidence – KPI’s
  • Improve – Continuous Journey
  • Build Trust – Partner – Shared Mission
  • Review Real-Life Examples of Attacks in the Supply Chain
  • Remote Workers – WFH – The Risk Reality – Steps to Take
  • Legal and Compliance Exposure of the Supply Chain
  • Risk Team and Procurement
  • Case Study Video: Supply Chain Attack – TalkTalk
Video Tutorial: 01:21:36
Video Case Study: 01:11:40
Casebook: 115 Pages
Video Tutorial: 01:21:36 Video Case Study: 01:11:40 Casebook: 115 Pages
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In this module, we outline how to put everything you have learned together. Students leverage the case study or their own organisations to develop a complete cyber risk strategy. Dissecting the Cyber DNA of the business, establishing key metrics and a maturity roadmap. Aligning with the business strategy and establishing a board level reporting process. Developing processes to measure and manage the implementation of the cyber risk strategy and report the RoI to the business. 

Module 8
  • Putting it Together – Case Study Celtic Bank
  • Cyber Strategy
  • Business Value Chain
  • Cyber DNA
  • Cyber Requirement Drivers – Legal – Business – Regulatory
  • Risk Matrix
  • SMART Metrics
  • Status Check: Performing a Cyber Assessment of Framework
  • NIST CSF Cyber Security Framework
  • Context and Benefits of NIST CSF
  • Framework Core – Anatomy of NIST CSF
  • Informative References
  • Identify
  • Protect
  • Detect
  • Respond
  • Recover
  • Implementation Tiers
  • Tier 1 – Partial
  • Tier 2 – Risk Informed
  • Tier 3 – Repeatable
  • Tier 4 – Adaptive
  • Current State vs Target State
  • Coordination of Implementation
  • Lifecycle of Digital Transformation
  • Establishing a Cyber Risk Program
  • Prioritize and Scope
  • Orient and Contextualize
  • Current Status – Create a Profile
  • Conducting a Risk Assessment
  • Create a Target Profile
  • Determine, Analyze and Prioritize Gaps
  • Implement Action Plan
  • Communicating with Stakeholders
  • Financial Services Profile – Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council
  • Case Study Video: Cyber Evil – Why We Must Work Together to Defeat Cyber Threats
Video Tutorial: 01:12:17
Video Case Study: 01:02:40
Casebook: 107 Pages
Video Tutorial:01:12:17 Video Case Study:01:02:40 Casebook:107 Pages
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Paul C Dwyer – President of the ICTTF International Cyber Threat Task Force

Paul has been certified an industry professional by the International Information Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) and the Information System Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and selected for the IT Governance Expert Panel.
Paul is an honorary fellow of the ICS Irish Computer Society, approved by the National Crime Faculty and the HTCN High Tech Crime Network.
Paul has worked extensively around the world and his diverse career spans more than 25 years working with military, law enforcement, and the commercial sector. His roles have included:

  • President of the ICTTF International Cyber Threat Task Force
  • Co Chairman of the UK NCA National Crime Agency Industry Group
  • Advisor to NaCTSO (National Counter Terrorism Security Office)
  • Advisor to NATO on Countering Hybrid Cyber Threats
  • Advisor to UK Defence Committee DEFCOM in Parliament
  • Deputy Chair – Organised Crime Task Force Industry Group – NI
  • Interim Global CISO for numerous multi national organisations
  • Advisor to numerous governments and intelligence agencies

A prolific contributor to the industry and media, Paul is a professional public speaker and industry evangelist. He has also authored a number of industry works including a book aimed at boards of director entitled – “The Art of Cyber Risk Oversight”.
As an industry networker Paul is a member of a number of distinct groups including the IoD (Institute of Directors), IIEA (Institute of International and European Affairs) and the IRM (Institute of Risk Management).
As an accomplished serial entrepreneur he has successfully built a number of security practices in the UK & Ireland and in 2016 was identified by Business and Finance as one of Ireland’s Top 100 CEOs.
Paul started his career as a technical networking specialist, he then specialised, trained and qualified in a number of disciplines including but not limited to ethical hacking, forensics, international management systems, risk management, business continuity, international governance frameworks, financial service regulations, cyber laws and project management.

Paul is a native of Dublin, Ireland, lives there with his wife, daughter and Bernese mountain dog children

Paul C Dwyer CEO - BIO

“An eye opening course bringing to life exactly what a CISO is and maybe more importantly what is isn’t. Many lightbulb moments that will help refocus how to better align security with the business, and what it takes to be successful.” Mark Conabeare – CISO Debenhams

“An eye opener giving a global picture backed up with real world examples, Great Knowledge.” Shane O’Reilly – Head of IT – Total Produce

“Quality course content explained in easy to connect real life situations. Highly knowledgeable professionals in the world of cyber and reality.” Gerard Clear – Head of IT – Cabot Financial

About The ICTTF

The ICTTF – International Cyber Threat Task Force was established in 2010 as a not for profit initiative promoting the ecosystem of an international independent non-partisan cyber security community.  We have been committed to fostering collaboration, networking and knowledge sharing for almost ten years now.

Over that decade, we have constantly innovated on how best to achieve our mission. From online community portals, apps, local membership chapters and International events we have strived to work with our thousands of members from around the world.

Our mantra is “It Takes a Network to Defeat a Network” and our primary objective to foster collaboration and networking has been immensely successful, with our events culminating every year with our annual EU Cyber Summit.

The “bad guys” are strong, highly organised and well trained. Knowledge is power and power is strength. The ICTTF was born in Ireland and when launched used the slogan “Ní neart go cur le chéile” which in English translates to “There is no Strength Without Unity”. To be strong we all need knowledge and that is why we have developed this online training academy, so organisations can get their staff cyber strong and unified.

We will continue to work with our cadre of global cyber security, risk and privacy experts to develop the world’s best cyber academy.  Our first offering is our CCRO (Certified Cyber Risk Officer) course and is designed as a non-technical syllabus for business leaders. The success of the CCRO course has led to the development of our second training syllabus AKA the CCRS. The CCRS – Certified Cyber Risk Specialist course is completely aligned with the format and material of the CCRO course. The main difference is in the CCRS course, you do not partake in the live ILT (Instructor Led Training) sessions, assignments or have access to the bonus training material modules.’


Step one, is to apply for the course.

Successful certification depends on a number of factors. Your application includes an evaluation of your professional experience and if you are accepted you are enrolled for the online course.

The online course includes continual evaluation of your performance and competency.

If you meet all the certification requirements which includes the professional experience prerequisite, adoption of the ICTTF Code of Ethics and successful performance on the required curriculum and competency evaluation, you will be certified and entitled to all of the rights and privileges associated with the designation. You need to re-certify every three years.

Certification is by the board of the ICTTF International Cyber Threat Task Force and accredited by the ICA International Compliance Association.

The Cyber Risk Specialist course equips students with a comprehensive understanding of cyber risk management. The syllabus assumes a nontechnical student and covers a range of topics from identification of cyber risks through to risk management options. The course has been designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and confidence they require in order to protect the digital assets of their organisation and support the efforts of or lead the implementation of a cyber risk framework.

There is a Global IT security skills shortages and it has now surpassed four million according to a recent industry survey.

The number of unfilled positions now stands at 4.07 million professionals, up from 2.93 million this time last year. This includes 561,000 in North America and a staggering 2.6 million shortfall in APAC. The shortage of skilled workers in the industry in Europe has soared by more than 100% over the same period, from 142,000 to 291,000.

The global security workforce needs to increase by a staggering 145% to cope with a surge in hiring demand. In Europe, this has come particularly in smaller companies with one-99 employees, as well as those with over 500 employees.

In the report, over half (51%) of cybersecurity professionals said their organisation is at moderate or extreme risk due to staff shortages.

No. The syllabus has been developed for a non-technical audience. When technical concepts are referenced in any way, they are fully explained.

It is assumed that you have very limited IT technical knowledge. This course is for business leaders and provides them with the knowledge, skill and confidence to liaise with technical subject matter experts by demystifying the jargon and concepts.

Certification lasts for three years from the date awarded. Form June 2023 a recertification exam will be available online at www.icttf.org

There will be a fee of €500 for the recertification exam or any resits required. 

If students elect to recertify by reenrolling in the course, they have that option and will receive €500 discount off the cost of the course.  

CCRS (Certified Cyber Risk Specialist) course is delivered entirely online, recorded videos, downloadable case books and interactive material.

Course Overview

It is a 3 month course with 24/7 access to all training material.

Certified Cyber Risk Specialist course is completely aligned with the format and material of the CCRO course. The main difference is in the CCRS course, you do not partake in the live ILT (Instructor Led Training) sessions, assignments or have access to the bonus training material modules.

It is advised  for the student to make an estimated commitment of 4-5 hours for each module. 

Successful Certification and Scoring

There are 8 modules with an online exam at the end of each module.

The pass score for each module is 80% and you have to obtain an average score of 80% or higher across all modules to be successfully certified.

The CCRS course does not have set dates to start, you may begin shortly from when you purchase.


A booking online reserves your place, this does not guarantee your place.

Only payment in full of the course fees will guarantee your place.

You will be sent a registration email to complete your profile once payment in full has been received.

Course Cancellation

Due to unforeseen circumstances, ICTTF Ltd may be compelled to cancel the course at short notice. In such circumstances, registrants will be entitled to a full refund of their course fee, or the course fee can be credited towards a future course.


Notice of a registrant’s intention to cancel their registration must be made in writing ([email protected] ) to ICTTF Ltd.

In such cases, registrants will have the following options:

·       Nominate a replacement to attend in their place. Such notice must be made in writing at least 5 days before the commencement of the course

·       Defer to a course commencing at a later date. Such notice must be made within 10 days of the commencement of the course and is subject to availability.

·       Registrants who fail to attend the course  will be charged 100% of the full fee.

Substitutions/ Replacements

Where a registrant who has to cancel nominates a suitable replacement to attend in their place, no cancellation penalty will be incurred. The suitable replacement must meet the Entry Requirements for the course.


Participants wishing to transfer to a later date will be billed a 10% administration fee plus any increase in the price of the course.

Changes to course

ICTTF reserves the right to change course content, structure, lecturers and dates


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