PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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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 become a platinum accredited partner with FITT (Forum for International Trade Training) to deliver our program.

The structure of the program will consist of an industry certification that is recognized worldwide. This certification is from the completion of the 8 course modules required by FITT for the Forum for International Trade Training Diploma and the initial, educational requirements for the Certified International Trade Professional designation (C.I.T.P.). 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 selected courses (including an optional 4-week practicum) is required for program graduation.

Graduates will also be qualified to work in the areas of international research, international marketing, international buying, international banking, international sales, international contract management, freight forwarding and brokerage management. This program would also be an asset for those students applying for positions as customs agents, consulate officers and government trade officers.

This program is 16 weeks in duration:
16 weeks instruction and 4 week optional practicum.

The theory class is 20 hours per week:
20 hours lecture & discussion

Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma (or equivalent) or mature student status;
  • Domestic: Grade 10 English or pass College English assessment; International student: IELTS 6.0 proof (or equivalent) or pass College English assessment

The International Trade Program is Accredited by:

FITT and CIFFA

Being a Platinum Accredited Partner means offering an international business program that has been validated by FITT as meeting our high standard of industry excellence. Students at these institutions have a direct link to FITT and our full range of global trade credentials.

When students successfully complete the accredited program and required assessment(s), not only will they receive credentials from their own institutions, but they’ll also automatically receive the FITT Certificate in International Trade for completing the equivalency of 4 FITTskills courses, and the FITT Diploma in International Trade for completing the equivalency of all 8 FITTskills courses.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

The structure of the program will consist of an industry certification that is recognized worldwide. This certification is from the completion of the 8 course modules required by FITT for the Forum for International Trade Training Diploma and the initial, educational requirements for the Certified International Trade Professional designation (C.I.T.P.).

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 - Comprehension, Critical thinking, Writing
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 - Comprehension, Critical Thinking, Writing
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 - Comprehension, Analytical Skills, Calculations
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 - Comprehension, Critical Thinking, Communication
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 - Comprehension, Situation Analysis, Critical Thinking
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, Situation Analysis, Comprehension
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 - Comprehension, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving
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 todayӳ firms.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Research, Intercultural Communication, Situation Analysis
OFF 500, 4 Weeks (Optional) | 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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