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NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) & the new WTO (World Trade Organization) agreements are revolutionizing international trade and creating millions of new business opportunities. Responsive to standards and demands of industry for training in this field, Brighton College has partnered with FITT (Forum for International Trade Training) and the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (Ciffa), to deliver the program. The structure of the program will consist of two separate certifications that are recognized worldwide. The first certification is from completion of the 8 FITT modules required by FITT for the Forum for International Trade Diploma and the initial, educational requirements for the Certified International Trade Professional designation (C.I.T.P.). The second certification is achieved by the completion of Module 1 of the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (Ciffa) program.

This program imparts knowledge and skills required for exporting goods and services from Canada (FITT), and also develops skills and knowledge of inland, air and marine movement of goods and services from the point of view of importation into Canada (Ciffa). The Enterprise Resource Planning course gives an overview of the software products that companies are now relying on to advance their international business management systems and integrate all aspects of their organization. In addition, the program also includes work experience (practicum) at various trade businesses. The purpose of the practicum is to apply the theory and skills learnt throughout the program and observe professionals in practical situations. The students also acquire situational-specific skills and identify areas that may need to be developed further. Students receive feedback and evaluation of their performance and gain valuable contacts in this diverse field. The successful completion of all courses (including a 4-week practicum) is required for program graduation.

This program is 39 weeks in duration:
35 weeks instruction and 4 weeks of practicum.

Admission Requirements

At least 18 years old; high school graduation or equivalent; pass college admission test; proof of IELTS level 5.5 or equivalent.

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  • Entry-level Jobs
  • Assistant Marketing Manager
  • Import/Export Coordinator
  • Production Coordinator
  • Procurement Clerk / Manager
  • Customs Broker Assistant
  • Freight Forwarder
  • Import-Export Sales Clerk
  • Export Sales
  • Traffic Scheduling - Carrier
  • International Broker / Agent
  • International Trade Consultant
  • Multinational Warehouse Manager
  • Distribution Transportation Manager
  • DFAIT Researcher
  • Career Paths
  • Customs Agent (CCRS Training Required)
  • EDC Analyst (MBA Required)
  • Procurement Clerk (Purchasing Course may be Required)
  • Multinational Warehouse Manager (Corporate Training may be Required)
  • Legal Contract Assistant (Legal Assistant Training may be Required)
  • DFAIT Researcher (Research Diploma may be Required)
  • DFAIT Country Desk Officer (Call Centre Training may be Required)

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This International Trade and Freight Forwarding program imparts knowledge and skills required for exporting goods and services from Canada (FITT). It also develops skills and knowledge with CIFFA's focus on inland, air and marine movement of goods and services from the point of view of importation into Canada.

BUS 100, 2 Weeks | Business Communications
Students will practice business writing skills, applying the mechanics of style, developing proofreading and editing skills and using words effectively. They will apply verbal and non-verbal styles to a variety of business communications. The students will also practice career and interpersonal skills necessary for success in the workplace, such as conflict resolution and business etiquette. They will work in teams to examine administrative, ergonomic and efficiency functions of a business office.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Writing, Editing, Teamwork, Presentation Skills
FITT 150, 2 Weeks | Global Business Environment
This course provides a comprehensive overview of key aspects of global business in the 21st century. Whether the participant is looking for general information, is seriously considering getting involved or is already participating in global trade, this course provides important information on the key elements of the global business environment.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Planning, Forward Thinking, Advising
FITT 250, 2 Weeks | Global Supply Chain Management
This course describes the essential basics of global supply chain management. It explains the importance of supply chain management in the success of all international trade ventures, including the exporting and importing of raw materials and finished products. Standard trade documentation and Incoterms are also covered. Additional topics include the principles for managing production, inventory, delivery and returns as well as methods to reduce supply chain risk and enhance performance

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Managing, Coordinating, Organizing
FITT 350, 2 Weeks | International Trade Finance
This course provides an introduction to an important but poorly understood element of international commerce: trade finance. Payment, risk mitigation and financing, as well as access to timely information-about both the financial flow and the flow of goods and services-are all areas of concern for both importers and exporters. In addition to understanding the financial elements of international trade, providing or gaining access to competitive trade finance is a critical element in enabling and facilitating the successful conclusion of international trade transactions.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Analytical Skills, Critical Analysis, Financing
FITT 450, 2 Weeks | International Market Entry Strategies
This course familiarizes students with a range of international marketing strategies and describes the research and planning process that companies use to assess and implement these strategies.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Strategizing, Planning, Negotiating
FITT 550, 2 Weeks | International Marketing
This course introduces an essential component of international trade: effectively marketing products and services in the global market. Students will become familiar with advances in technology, such as the Internet and telecommunications that now allow small- to medium-sized businesses to successfully pursue international marketing.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Promotion, Planning, Decision Making
FITT 650, 2 Weeks | International Trade Research
This course introduces an essential component of conducting international trade: researching international markets. International trade research enables companies to identify and gather the information they need to make effective decisions about when to engage in international trade and which markets will be the most profitable. It also enables companies to avoid potentially costly trade and investment mistakes.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Research, Risk Analysis, Data Analysis
FITT 750, 2 Weeks | Legal Aspects of International Trade
This course introduces students to the intricate international legal framework that enables individuals, businesses and governments to successfully and legally exchange goods and services across borders. Students will gain an understanding of the cooperation between private enterprises and intergovernmental organizations, and ways in which the international community has lowered trade barriers around the world. Special attention will be given to treaties, conventions, agreements, model laws and effective methods for dispute resolution continue.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Contracting, Negotiating, Dispute Resolution
FITT 850, 2 Weeks | International Trade Management
This course provides an introduction to the issues, strategies and techniques that are essential to the management of companies operating in a global economy. Technological, economic and political changes have created a new, increasingly integrated, rapidly changing and highly competitive international environment. Such conditions require diverse and adaptable skills from those who direct the fortunes of today's firms.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Managing, Leadership, Decision Making
CIFF 100, 2 Weeks | Ciffa Freight Forwarding Module 1 Semester 1
This introductory course in freight forwarding is designed to provide the participant with a general knowledge in freight forwarding methods and procedures that serve as the foundation for semester 2. The course focuses on understanding freight forwarding and the four primary transport modes of goods in Canada and abroad.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Transportation, Logistics, Transport Analysis
CIFF 200, 2 Weeks | Ciffa Freight Forwarding Module 1 Semester 2
This course builds on what was learned in CIFF100. Students will gain an understanding of the knowledge and skills required to carry out the duties of a front line worker in the freight forwarding industry. Prerequisite: Semester 1

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Documenting, Planning, Thinking of Alternatives
BAF 140, 2 Weeks | Introduction to Accounting
This course introduces the students to the construction and interpretation of financial systems, records, reports and statements, including how vital accurate and complete financial data is a business to ensure its ongoing success. This course is the first in a series of courses to build a solid base in accounting from both a practical and a theoretical perspective.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Calculations, Reporting, Problem Solving, Analytical Skills
BAF 150, 3 Weeks | Financial Accounting
This course is a continuation of the work begun in the course of Introduction to Accounting. This course provides the students with the introduction to the construction and interpretation of financial systems, records, reports, statements including how vital accurate and complete financial data is a business to ensure its ongoing success.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Calculations, Reporting, Problem Solving, Analytical Skills
ERP 100, 3 Weeks | Enterprise Resource Planning
This course provides an overview of several ERP software systems that are used by companies in all sectors of international trade to integrate their operations internally and externally to suppliers and distribution companies. Aspects of company operations like, financial accounting, customer relationship management (CRM), manufacturing, inventory management, and raw materials sourcing, warehousing and shipping become seamlessly integrated into one large enterprise software package. Exploring these products will enable prospective employees to be familiar with the varied products in use by SME’s and large enterprises throughout the international trade sector.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - ERP Software Systems, Customer Relationship Management, Inventory Management Systems
COM 200, 3 Weeks | Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
COM200 introduces students to the most widely used office productivity software: Microsoft Office 2007. This course explores three of the four major components of Office. In this particular module, students learn about: using Word to create, edit, format, and manipulate documents in a professional manner; using Excel to create spreadsheets, perform calculations and print results; and using PowerPoint to deliver presentations in a professional manner.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Computer Software Skills, Creativity, Calculations
COM 300, 1 Week | Microsoft Access
COM300 introduces students to the most widely used office database software: Microsoft Access 2007. This course explores the major components of Access. In particular students learn about: using Access to create, edit, format, and manipulate data in a relational database: importing data into the database, creating forms, queries and reports.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Reporting, Data Management, Calculations
BUS 500, 1 Week | Job Search
This course familiarizes students with a variety of effective job searching strategies. Students will learn advanced methods of using online job seeking resources. They will also discover other means of finding work, including job fairs, email and telephone inquiries, and networking.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Job Search Skills, Presentation Skills, Writing, Sales Skills
OFF 500, 4 Weeks | Work Experience/Practicum
Students will apply academic and practical knowledge and skills through relevant experience in the workplace or through the completion of a comprehensive project.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Communication, Workplace Skills, Situational Problem Solving
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