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Certified Treasury Professional

Grab your spot early - this course typically fills fast. Rice University is 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 skills required to effectively execute critical functions related to corporate liquidity, capital and risk management. Those who successfully complete the course have the opportunity to earn a Rice Certificate of Achievement. Participants can complete this certification in less than four months. Professionals who complete this course leave with the knowledge required to perform competently in today’s complex treasury environment and have a competitive advantage for top positions. Rice's CTP course has a student pass rate of the CTP exam that generally exceeds the national average.

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  • 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)

The Certified Treasury Professional course is offered entirely online, and benefits include:

  • Live instruction
  • Class recordings are made available in video (MP4) format
  • Quality instruction by senior-level banking leaders at one of the world's top universities
  • A history of delivering top-rated AFP programs to a global student audience

Topics include:

  • 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


Study Materials

The 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


Matt Davies, AAP, CTP, CPP is the Payments Outreach Officer for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He has nearly 18 years of experience in the payments industry, more than 15 of those with the Federal Reserve Banks. He has also served as a product manager for a commercial bank and in the bankcard industry. Matt is an Accredited ACH Professional (AAP), a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and a Certified Payments Professional (CPP). He serves on the board of the Dallas Association for Financial Professionals. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Matt graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. He is also an alum of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Ernest L. Smith, CTP, FP&A, M.B.A. 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 M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Karen N. Sasser, CTP is a native Texan from the Houston area. She attended Texas A&M University and studied Civil Engineering. She has been in banking for more years than she’ll admit, the last 19 at Amegy Bank of Texas, where she serves as a Senior Vice President. Sasser is the Product Management Manager for the Corporate Treasury Management division of Zions Bancorporation with primary responsibility for the delivery of commercial financial services for its eight affiliate banks. She speaks at state and local treasury management conferences and is an instructor for AFP's CTP certification program offered Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

Madeline Sprague, CTP is a Texas regional trade specialist for HSBC Bank USA, based in Houston, and works 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.

Mike Sultanik, CPA, CTP is responsible for new business development and middle market portfolio management in the Greater Houston area as a senior vice president in the corporate banking group of Bank of Texas in Houston. A 35-year financial industry veteran, Sultanik previously spent 15 years at Wells Fargo Bank, most recently serving as vice president and senior relationship manager in Commercial Banking. In that position, he was responsible for managing non-energy and non-real estate developers with annual sales in excess of $30 million. Prior to Wells Fargo, Sultanik was director of treasury operations at National Convenience Stores Inc. and Senior Financial Analyst at Tenneco Inc. in Houston. Actively involved in the community, Sultanik is a Board Member of Houston’s Society for the Performing Arts, a member of the Economic Development Committee for the Greater Houston Partnership and was past Chairman and President of the Houston Treasury Management Association. Sultanik is also an instructor for the CTP certification program at Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies and formerly served as adjunct professor at the University of Houston Clear Lake’s Finance Department. Sultanik earned his B.B.A and M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, is a Certified Public Accountant, and a Certified Treasury Professional.

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.

An early registration discount is available for those registering 30 days before the start date.

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

Exam 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.

Required Equipment

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 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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