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Certified File Transfer Professional (CFTP)

A Pro2col brand since 2017


The only vendor-independent file transfer certification for IT professionals

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File transfer is a continually evolving landscape of new compliance requirements, changing security standards and enhanced product features. It’s also notoriously difficult to prove your knowledge to current or future employers.

The CFTP is the only vendor-independent file transfer training programme that will enhance and certify your knowledge.

It is ideal for IT professionals wanting to learn more about secure file transfer, or those wanting to certify existing knowledge ahead of their next promotion or job move.

This low cost user-friendly e-learning programme will have a big impact on your IT career.

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    CFTP benefits

    Become more employable

    Leading companies in finance, insurance, consulting and many other industries hire CFTP qualified staff around the world. Hundreds of people across four continents have been trained on file transfer concepts and technology though the CFTP programme.

    CPD certified

    The CFTP course is CPD accredited (Continuing Professional Development). This means it has been independently assessed by the CPD Certification Service, and meets their rigorous standards. You’ll be able to add at least seven hours to your CPD record.

    Update your knowledge

    Data protection law and file transfer technology continually evolves. CFTP knowledge can contribute towards key areas of compliance and standards such as GDPR or FIPS 140-2. Plus it’s vendor-independent, so knowledge is transferable across different products.

    Online course

    This is easy to consume online training. Work through the course materials at your own pace, then take the open book exam when you’re ready. It is completely flexible around you, whatever time of the day or night. 

    Created by experts

    The CFTP certification programme was created with the help of well renowned experts within the file transfer industry. Contributors include file transfer solution vendors as well as consultancies and professionals.

    Quick and cost-effective

    There are no lengthy modules or waiting for results. We estimate that most data transfer professionals can complete the CFTP programme within eight hours. It is a low cost way to improve and certify your knowledge.

    “Welcome to the home of the CFTP training programme. Our aim is to give IT professionals the file transfer training they need to implement secure file transfer in their organisations, whilst giving a professional certification to the learner. Focus on file transfer is becoming more and more important with compliance standards such as GDPR. The secure transfer of files and personally identifiable data needs to be processed correctly. An understanding of the technology and its capabilities will help organisations to stay compliant, improve efficiency and save time. We hope you find the course useful and look forward to welcoming you to the CFTP community.”

    James Lewis

    Managing Director, Pro2col Ltd and Programme Lead, CFTP

    Getting started is simple:

    STEP 1 : Purchase the course

    STEP 2 : Work through course content


    STEP 3 : Take the open book exam

    STEP 4 : Download your certification

    Programme overview


    • Online self-paced training
    • Learn via videos and study guide
    • Usually completed in 5-7 hours


    • 90-minute open book exam
    • 60 randomly generated questions
    • Passmark of 80% (3 attempts)


    • Downloadable study guide
    • 8 accompanying video lessons
    • Full lifetime access to resources


    • Downloadable certificate of achievement
    • CPD certificate can be requested
    • Digital badge for CVs, LinkedIn etc

    Course Content

    Lesson 1: Managed File Transfer (MFT) Concepts

    Module includes the following:

    • When to use and when not to use MFT
    • Clients and servers – what are the differences?
    • How different protocols provide data at rest and data in motion
    • Introduction into encryption, hashing and PKI, with practical examples
    • Overview of IPv4 and IPv6 and how changes may affect MFT

      Lesson 2: Basic Protocols

      Explains how the commonly used file transfer protocols operate:

      • FTP and FTPS – what they are, how they work
      • Active versus Passive mode
      • Implicit versus Explicit mode
      • How SFTP works and why you might want to use it
      • Key and certificate authentication

          Lesson 3: Advanced Protocols

          Examines other protocols that may be used:

          • HTTP, HTTPS, advanced web-based file transfers and WebDAV – how and where you would use each one
          • Email protocols
          • NDM (Connect:DIRECT)

              Lesson 4: Applicability Statement Protocols

              Takes the mystique out of the AS* protocols:

              • Detailed review of AS1, AS2 & AS3
              • Synchronous versus Asynchronous
              • MDNs

                    Lesson 5: Accelerated File Transfer

                    Covers UDP-based file acceleration and related techniques for transferring large files quickly:

                    • Why UDP is preferable over TCP for large transfers
                    • Multi-threading

                          Lesson 6: File Synchronization and Sharing

                          A look at this fast-growing segment of MFT:

                          • End-user transfers with email plugins
                          • Collaboration spaces in MFT systems

                                Lesson 7: “At Rest” Encryption

                                Covers UDP-based file acceleration and related techniques for transferring large files quickly:

                                • Why UDP is preferable over TCP for large transfers
                                • Multi-threading

                                      Lesson 8: File Transfer Operations

                                      Exploration of the less well defined areas of MFT

                                      • Troubleshooting transfer
                                      • Service level agreements
                                      • Workflows
                                      • Scheduling and triggers

                                              CFTP advisors and contributors

                                              An expert panel has contributed to the CFTP course content, reviews and updates. This includes developers of JSCAPE, South River Technologies, Coviant, Ipswitch (now Progress), Serv-U, SolarWinds and other products. We would like to thank all our consultants, vendors and other experts for their valued input.

                                              CFTP Pricing options

                                              Up to 4 users - $299 per student

                                              Purchase the online CFTP course for yourself or your colleagues. Upon purchase, we will contact you to set up your colleagues’ access.

                                              Five users or more - Prices depend on the number of users

                                              Organisations who want to purchase five or more places for CFTP training are offered discounted pricing and bespoke course delivery options.