Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Program

CLFP – Becoming a Certified Lease & Finance Professional 

ISM is proud to announce that we are the first provider in the nation to bring you the Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP). This internationally renowned credential is much sought after as the only leasing industry certification program in the world. In the US it is the leading qualification of all commercial finance professionals, including bankers and brokers.

The course is designed for leading finance professionals who have demonstrated competency through testing of knowledge, continuing education and a commitment to their business practices and dedication to the industry.

Upon course completion with ISM, you will be among a very select few in Australia to call themselves “Certified Lease & Finance Professionals.” You will also be entitled to use the CLFP Logo and Certified Lease & Finance Professional designation(s) on all of your professional literature and correspondence.

For more details on our CLFP course please download our brochure here.

To register, or speak to our team about attaining your CLFP please contact ISM on admin@ism.edu.au or 1300 200 705.



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What is the Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) program?


The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) designation is a certification program for professionals in the leasing and finance industry. It is offered by ISM and endorsed by CAFBA in conjunction with Certified Lease & Finance Professional Foundation (CLFP Foundation.

The CLFP designation is recognised as a standard of excellence in the industry and signifies a high level of knowledge, expertise, and professionalism in the field of equipment leasing and asset finance. The program covers various aspects of leasing, including financial analysis, lease structures, documentation, pricing, and ethics.

To obtain the CLFP designation, individuals must meet certain eligibility criteria and pass a comprehensive exam that tests their knowledge and understanding of the industry. The exam covers topics such as lease accounting, lease structuring, credit analysis, legal aspects, and portfolio management.

By earning the CLFP designation, professionals demonstrate their commitment to ongoing professional development and their dedication to upholding the highest standards of the industry.

Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) FAQ’s

What is a Certified Lease and Finance Professional (CLFP) designation?

The CLFP designation is a professional certification offered in conjunction with ISM, CABFA and the CLFP Foundation. It signifies that an individual has demonstrated expertise and knowledge in the field of equipment leasing and finance.

How can I become a Certified Lease and Finance Professional?

To become a CLFP, you need to complete the CLFP certification process. This typically involves attending an educational program or studying a comprehensive body of knowledge related to equipment leasing and finance, followed by passing a rigorous exam. The CLFP Foundation offers programs and resources to help candidates prepare for the exam.

What are the benefits of obtaining a CLFP certification?

Obtaining a CLFP certification can bring several benefits, including enhanced professional credibility and recognition in the industry. It demonstrates your commitment to continuing education and staying up-to-date with industry best practices. CLFPs often enjoy increased career opportunities, networking prospects, and access to exclusive resources and events.

Are there any prerequisites or requirements for the CLFP certification?

Yes, there are prerequisites for the CLFP certification. Candidates must have a minimum of three years of relevant work experience in the equipment leasing and finance industry or a related field. Additionally, they must fulfill certain educational requirements, which may include attending designated programs or completing self-study courses.

What topics or areas of knowledge are covered in the CLFP exam?
The CLFP exam covers a wide range of topics related to equipment leasing and finance, including lease accounting, documentation, pricing and structuring, credit and underwriting, taxation, legal and regulatory aspects, equipment types and usage, and more. ISM provides a comprehensive study guide that outlines the exam content in detail.


How long does it take to complete the CLFP certification process?

The time required to complete the CLFP certification process can vary depending on individual circumstances. It typically involves a combination of study time, attending educational programs, and preparing for the exam. Some candidates may complete the process within a few months, while others may take longer, depending on their availability and prior knowledge.

Are there any continuing education requirements for maintaining the CLFP certification?

Yes, CLFPs are required to fulfill continuing education requirements to maintain their certification. The CLFP Foundation mandates that CLFPs must earn a certain number of continuing education credits within a specified timeframe. These credits can be earned through participation in approved educational programs, attending conferences, or engaging in industry-related activities.

What career opportunities are available for individuals with a CLFP certification?

CLFP certification can open up various career opportunities in the equipment leasing and finance industry. CLFPs are highly regarded and sought after by employers, including banks, financial institutions, leasing companies, equipment vendors, and manufacturers. Job roles may include leasing consultants, underwriters, account managers, business development professionals, and senior leadership positions within the industry.

How does the CLFP certification differentiate professionals in the lease and finance industry?

The CLFP certification sets professionals apart by validating their expertise and knowledge in equipment leasing and finance. It demonstrates a commitment to professional development, ethical standards, and industry best practices. Employers and clients often prefer working with CLFPs due to their demonstrated competence, credibility, and dedication to maintaining high standards.