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Expert tuition for the trade by the trade

As part of our commitment to provide ongoing learning, we hold two globally recognised, week-long residential training courses which are open to our members and non-members involved in all aspects of the global supply chain.

The Introductory course is held annually in early September and is ideal for newcomers to the industry with minimal trade knowledge or experience.  

The Advanced course also takes place in early September every two years and is ideal for individuals with three or more years of trade experience.  

Each course covers key subjects such as FOSFA contracts, supporting documents, dispute resolution, arbitration, shipping, trade finance, technical topics, case studies and group work.

For each course, we welcome keynote speakers from the trade to present the subjects and share their extensive knowledge and experience with delegates.

Each course takes place at The University of Greenwich situated on a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the banks of the River Thames in south-east London. Lectures take place at the Old Royal Naval College campus, which has a lively atmosphere and is surrounded by historical landmarks and near to the centre of London. 

Delegates benefit from the university’s excellent facilities, including accommodation, gym and student union. All meals are provided including a drinks reception and gala dinner.

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Our Residential Courses

Advanced Course – takes place in September (every two years)

Our advanced course is aimed at those who have been working in the industry for at least three years and have experience of the oils, seeds and fats trading environment. Delegates attend lectures and work in groups to share their knowledge. 

The course will cover: 

  • Trade practices and regulations update
  • Case studies
  • Introduction to specialist managerial subjects


Cost for members: £1,200

Cost for non-members: £1,500

(VAT will be charged to UK companies only)

Please note: Registration for this course is now FULL. We are sorry that we are unable to accept any more registrations for the course this year.  Please click below and complete the form if you wish to confirm your interest in attending this course in the future.

Introductory Course - takes place in September (every year)

Our introductory course gives an overview of the international trade in oils, seeds and fats and is ideal for those working in the industry who have minimal knowledge and experience in the trading environment. 

The course will cover: 

  • FOSFA contracts
  • Contract documents
  • Arbitration and dispute resolution
  • Shipping 
  • Trade finance
  • Technical matters


Cost for members: £1,200

Cost for non-members: £1,500

(VAT will be charged to UK companies only)

Please note: Registration for this course is now FULL. We are sorry that we are unable to accept any more registrations for the course.  Please click below and complete the form if you wish to confirm your interest in attending this course in the future.

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The Stuart Logan Bursary

In partnership with The Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers, we provide The Stuart Logan Bursary. This offers four bursaries of £2,500 each every year, which are designed to cover the costs associated with attending one of our residential courses. 

The bursary awards individuals who are in full-time employment with a FOSFA member or non-member company whose main activity is in trading, shipping, dealing, brokering, superintending or the analysis of oilseeds, oils or fats. The purpose of the award is to promote skills and knowledge excellence by enabling applicants to attend one of our courses.

The bursaries are awarded at the end of every March for the courses taking place in June and/or September of that year. To apply, an official application form must be completed. This can be completed online or a hard copy can be requested from us or to The Tallow Chandlers.

Stuart Logan

Stuart Logan was Chief Executive and Secretary of FOSFA for 27 years from 1994 until his retirement in 2020 and only the second person to hold the post since the Federation was founded. Stuart was, and remains, a great advocate of our educational courses, and the bursaries are in recognition of his long and dedicated service to FOSFA and his enthusiastic support for the value of education.

The Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers

Tallow Chandlers is one of the ancient livery companies of the City of London, receiving its first Royal Charter in 1462. It engaged in tallow candle making and the trade of oils. It now uses the networks of trade, business and other associations it has built up over hundreds of years to support educational and charitable efforts, with particular emphasis on education and its strong links with the oil and edible fats industries. Our association with the company goes back prior to the founding of the Federation. 

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