Certified Treasury Professional® (CTP)

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Rice University has partnered with the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) to offer a live, instructor-led online Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) program that helps prepare you for the CTP exam and to earn the CTP credential. Certified Treasury Professional is the leading credential in corporate treasury worldwide that signifies you have demonstrated the knowledge and skills required to effectively execute critical functions related to corporate liquidity, capital and risk management. The process is turnkey: we will ship the books to you. 

Participants who score 70 percent or higher on each online module test and the online post test will earn a Rice University Certificate of Achievement with commensurate re-certification hours.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
PCTP3001.S19.1 Madeline Sprague, Raymond Vines, Ernest L. Smith Online 6-9 p.m. Central time Monday, February 25, 2019

Instructor: Madeline Sprague

Madeline Sprague, CTP, is the owner of Trade Savvy LLC. She previously worked as a Texas regional trade specialist for HSBC Bank USA, based in Houston, and worked closely with local and multinational companies with trade needs, such as trade risk management, letters of credit, bank guarantees, export-import related working capital, receivables finance and supply chain solutions. She has more than 32 years of trade and international experience across all industry sectors. Prior to joining HSBC, she handled global sales/business development in Texas for JPMorgan, Wells Fargo HSBC Trade Bank and Bank One and also managed international trade operations for both CoreStates’ and Bankers Trust’s Houston branches. Sprague is a Certified Treasury Professional and has a bachelor’s degree in languages and linguistics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has conducted many seminars on International and Standby Letters of Credit, Trade Finance, International Treasury Management, and Regulatory Compliance on both regional and national levels, for the bank’s clients and for various credit and treasury management professional organizations. She is a member of the Association of Financial Professionals, an instructor for AFP’s CTP certification program at Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, and also teaches trade related classed for the University of Houston and Houston Community College. Originally from Buffalo, NY, she relocated to Texas, married a cattle rancher, and in her words, is completely “defrosted." In her spare time, Madeline makes balloon animals and evil chocolate desserts for fun and for stress management.

Raymond Vines, CPA, CTP,  is the director of treasury for Dean Foods in Dallas, Texas where he is responsible for treasury management, banking relationship management and process improvement. He previously spent 20 years at RadioShack as director of treasury operations. Ray is an active participant in enhancing the role of treasury management as an industry and a career through his participation on industry roundtables and his leadership of the Dallas AFP, including his current role as president of the organization. Ray is co-chairing the award-winning TEXPO conference when it returns to Dallas in 2018. Ray holds a BBA in finance and MS in accounting from University of North Texas and lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Ernest L. Smith, CTP, FP&A, MBA, is senior vice president North Texas Regional Sales Manager at BBVA Compass. Smith is responsible for a staff of 10 TM professionals, providing TM product Sales and Support to clients in the North Texas region. Before joining BBVA Compass, Smith spent 16 years at JPMorgan Chase, including six years as a commercial banker and three years as a private client advisor. Prior to Chase, he spent three years at South Main Bank as credit officer and compliance officer. Smith has 23 years of banking experience and 15 years of treasury management experience. Smith is an instructor of the CTP program at Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. He received his B.S.B.A. in Finance from the University of Arizona and his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Term: Spring/Summer 2019

Start Date: Feb. 25, 2019

End Date: May 20, 2019

Schedule: 6-9 p.m. Central time

Length: 12 Mondays (no class April 8)

Fee: $1,725 (fee includes the most recent edition of the AFP Treasury Learning System®)

Early Registration Fee: $1,553 if registering by Jan. 21, 2019

CEUs: 3.6

CPEs: 43

  • Corporate practitioners executing finance, treasury or accounting functions 
  • Bankers and other financial services providers developing and implementing products and services for corporate finance organizations 
  • Technical and administrative staff supporting the corporate finance function 
  • Students with an interest in finance or treasury-related fields 
  • Individuals preparing for the CTP examination 
  • Individuals needing CTP recertification credits (this course qualifies for 36 credits)


Benefits of CTP program:

  • Offered entirely online
  • Live instruction, quality instruction by senior-level banking leaders
  • Class recordings are made available in video (MP4) format
  • A history of delivering top-rated AFP programs to a global student audience
  • Complete in less than four months with a convenient schedule
  • Demonstrate that you have the knowledge and skills required to perform competently in today’s complex treasury environment 
  • Become more marketable when you compete for top positions 
  • Boost your professional confidence among your staff and peers 
  • Increase your chances of success the first time you take the CTP exam – Rice University student pass rates generally exceed the national average

Topics Covered

  • Using corporate cash efficiently and ensuring a company's ability to meet financial obligations 
  • Establishing systems to reduce non-earning cash balances while providing adequate liquidity 
  • Optimizing "cash conversion cycles" and "float" 
  • Obtaining short- and long-term borrowed funds in a timely and cost-effective manner 
  • Using credit facilities to fund corporate cash shortages 
  • Monitoring and controlling exposure to interest rate risk and foreign exchange risk 
  • Employing technology to streamline the cash management process 
  • Building domestic and international banking relationships to support global business objectives 
  • Understanding the impact external variables have on cash management


CTP Exam Window and Application Dates

Exam window date: December 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019
Early application deadline: September 21, 2018
Final application deadline: October 31, 2018


Study Materials

Course fee includes the most recent printed edition of and online access to the AFP Treasury Learning System. Cost of study materials is non-refundable once the materials are distributed.

Whatever your learning style, you'll find ways to test your knowledge and build confidence with the AFP Treasury Learning System. The learning modules (available in print or e-reader format) provide an in-depth exploration of the complete content of the Body of Knowledge tested on the CTP exam in a concise, easy-to-understand format. Plus, visit the online learning center for a wealth of supplemental study materials:

  • Quickstarts – guided overviews for each module highlight key topics
  • Assessment – identifies topics a participant already knows and those areas that require more time and attention
  • SmartStudy tool – create a personalized study plan based on experience and pre-test score
  • Tests – more than 850 questions for continually testing knowledge and comprehension
  • Case study – featuring real-life scenarios and questions to apply your knowledge
  • Practice exam – presented with a timing feature and other functionality to emulate the CTP certification exam
  • Online Resource Center – includes only or printable flashcards, related links, additional resources and a feedback feature


Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the CTP exam, you must have two or more years of full-time professional experience in a career-based cash/treasury management or corporate finance-related position.

Note: If you have less than two years of professional experience, a graduate-level degree in finance, business or accountancy, or two years of full-time, university-level teaching in a finance-related topic is each equivalent to one year of work experience.

Visit AFP's Eligibility Requirements page for more information.

Students in most professional development programs must have access to a computer and the Internet to complete the coursework required to earn the Certificate of Achievement.


Minimum System Requirements for Online Courses

The online courses are delivered through Blackboard Collaborate. Before you get started in a Blackboard Collaborate session, you should ensure that your computer is able to support the needs of the collaboration environment. As a first-time user, to test whether your computer is ready to access Blackboard Collaborate, visit https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Participant and click on “How do I get started”.


Connecting to Blackboard Ultra

Students in online format courses must have the following:

  • Headset or earbuds with a microphone attached to your computer
  • High-speed Internet connection (Ethernet preferable)
  • Google Chrome or FireFox (versions 49+) installed on your computer*

Blackboard Ultra can be accessed on a mobile device. The Blackboard app is available on iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices. Join the webinar directly from your session link in Canvas — the app will open automatically. Please be sure to use your earbuds or headphones, as your built-in speakers may cause echoes during the recorded session.



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Financial assistance information can be found on Rice Financial Aid's Visiting and Continuing Education Students page.

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