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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 trades, 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) the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA), to deliver the certification education.

This certificate program is instructor-driven, allowing students to navigate quickly through theory and office/accounting software. The curriculum includes experiential lectures and courses facilitated by specialized industry experts.

This program is 12 weeks in duration:
12 weeks instruction and 4 week optional practicum (16 weeks).

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:


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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  • Entry-level Jobs
  • Assistant Marketing Manager
  • Import/Export Coordinator
  • Production Coordinator
  • Procurement Clerk / Manager
  • Customs Broker Assistant
  • Freight Forwarder
  • Export Sales
  • Traffic Scheduling - Carrier
  • International Broker / Agent
  • International Trade Consultant
  • Multinational Warehouse Manager
  • 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

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The structure of the program will consist of two separate certifications that are recognized worldwide. The first certification is from completion of the 4 FITT modules required by FITT for the Forum for International Trade Certificate. Core Courses (Elective – Any 4 FITT Courses). Core Courses (CIFF Required).

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
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 - Comprehension, Analytical Skills, Communication
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 - Comprehension, Analytical Skills, Communication
OFF 500, 4 Weeks | Work Experience/Practicum (Optional)
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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