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1. Create your account

Learn everything about this programme

If you’re a service bureau providing third-party connectivity to SWIFT, you’ll need to register under our Shared Infrastructure Programme.

The Shared Infrastructure Programme is governed by a legal framework that consists of the Shared Infrastructure Programme Policy  and the Shared Infrastructure Programme Terms and Conditions

It governs the relationship between SWIFT, the Service Bureaux and the end-user of a Service Bureau and sets out the eligibility criteria for admission, roles and responsibilities, and legal, financial and operational requirements.

2. Register your organisation

How to register?

Complete and submit the registration form.

The first step for a legal entity wishing to register as a SWIFT service bureau is to complete and submit the Service bureau registration for operational level.

If you are an existing service bureau fully owned by one or several SWIFT Shareholders and you are only offering the shared connectivity to your shareholder’s group of companies, please register using this form.

3. Start the normal swift application

Compliance checks done by SWIFT

Upon receipt of the application form, SWIFT will make some compliance checks:

a. Compliance check against business eligibility criteria

The first assessment of compliance is the business eligibility criteria, as defined in the Shared Infrastructure Programme Terms and Conditions.

b. Compliance check against legal and financial criteria

Following a positive first assessment, SWIFT will invite the applicant to submit the required additional documentation for legal and financial compliance checks.

c. Compliance check against operational criteria

Following a positive assessment of the legal and financial criteria, an operational compliance check will be completed.

4. Provide data and legal documents

Certification of SWIFT skills

The Shared Infrastructure Programme specifies that a SWIFT service bureau must have at least two service bureau on-boarding specialists, and two service bureau connectivity specialists. (They may, if preferred, be the same individuals).

a. Service Bureau specialist, on-boarding

To provide guidance to customers wanting to connect to SWIFT, it is important that the service bureaustaff  has proven knowledge of the SWIFT’s membership processes, and fully understands its own role and responsibilities in these processes.

b. Service Bureau specialist, connectivity

The Service Bureau, Connectivity exam comprises questions about connectivity products (Alliance Gateway, Alliance Web Platform, SWIFTNet Link, Alliance Connect) and security awareness.

Both exams are a multiple choice examination and open book, for more information please refer to this document.

Skills Certification - Service bureau Connectivity specialist - exam information

 The specialists have to maintain their certification by passing exam within 3 years after there has been  significant changes to the examinations (i.e. new major product release)

c. Skills certification process steps

1. The service bureau should provide SWIFT with details of the individuals to be enrolled for skills certification by sending an email to

2. SWIFT will create unique eligibility keys which are used to confirm the eligibility of the candidate and the specific exam to be taken. We will distribute these keys to the candidates via email.

3. Using the eligibility key, the candidate must register and schedule an examination appointment with our external testing provider, Prometric. The candidate can select a preferred date and location for the examination. The cost of registering for each exam is USD 200 per person.

4. The candidate will then take the examination at a Prometric testing centre as per the prearranged confirmation. Candidates must bring the required identification and confirmation printout to the examination. SWIFT will communicate the exam results to the candidate.

5. Should the candidate fail the exam the first time, he or she will be provided an additional eligibility key for retake.

A selection of sample exam questions is available for reference.