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International Trade Diploma


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) and an accredited partner with the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (Ciffa), to deliver our 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 course 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.

Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma (or equivalent) or mature student status;
  • Pass College mathematic assessment or Math 10 and above
  • 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:


Students will receive the following certifications upon successful completion of program and required exams:

  • Brighton International Trade and Freight Forwarding Diploma
  • FITTskills Diploma, with at least one year of work experience, eligible for the Certified International Trade Professional (C.I.T.P.) designation
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    A Career without Boundaries


  • Entry-level Jobs
  • Assistant Marketing Manager
  • Import/Export Coordinator
  • Customs Broker Assistant
  • Freight Forwarder
  • Import Export Sales Clerk
  • Traffic Scheduling - Carrier
  • International Broker / Agent
  • Distribution Transportation 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)

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BUS100, 60 Hours, 3 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. Students will also learn about using PowerPoint to deliver demonstrations, training, and presentations in a professional manner.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Writing, Editing, Teamwork, Presentation Skills
COM200, 20 Hours, 1 Week | Microsoft Word
COM200 & 210 introduces students to the most widely used office productivity software – Microsoft Office. Those courses explore three of the two major components of Office. In this particular module students learn about: using Word to create, edit, format, and manipulate documents in a professional manner as well as using Excel to create spreadsheets, perform calculations and print results.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Communication, Writing, Editing
COM210, 60 Hours, 3 Week | Microsoft Excel
COM200 & 210 introduces students to the most widely used office productivity software – Microsoft Office. Those courses explore three of the two major components of Office. In this particular module students learn about: using Word to create, edit, format, and manipulate documents in a professional manner as well as using Excel to create spreadsheets, perform calculations and print results.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Communication, Reporting, Calculating
FITT150, 40 Hours, 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
FITT250, 40 Hours, 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
FITT350, 40 Hours, 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
FITT450, 40 Hours, 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. Students will become familiar with the techniques of effective ways to getting a product or service into the target market.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Strategizing, Planning, Negotiating
FITT550, 40 Hours, 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
FITT650, 40 Hours, 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
FITT750, 40 Hours, 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.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Contracting, Negotiating, Dispute Resolution
FITT850, 40 Hours, 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
CIFF100, 40 Hours, 2 Weeks | Ciffa-International Transportation & Trade 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 CIFF200. 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
CIFF200, 40 Hours, 2 Weeks | Ciffa-Essentials of Freight Forwarding 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: CIFF100

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Documenting, Planning, Thinking of Alternatives
ERP100, 40 Hours, 2 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
BUS500, 20 Hours, 1 Week | Employment Readiness/Job Search
This course helps students prepare the required job search skills and knowledge they need to become employed. Students will learn the best known job search techniques to find viable opportunities, strategies to differentiate themselves from the competition and how they will add value to prospective employers in today’s competitive global economy.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Job Search Skills, Presentation Skills, Sales Skills
WEP150, 150 Hours, 4 Weeks | Practicum
The student will have the opportunity to integrate competencies developed during the lectures into industry-specific experiences. This opportunity ensures students are able to practice and refine their skills and to obtain practical field experience to further strengthen their ability to obtain employment after completing the program. To ensure a high quality practical experience, the institution will monitor both the student’s and the employer’s performance throughout the practicum. At the conclusion of the practicum, students and employers jointly complete a written evaluation of the student’s performance to direct the future career development of the student.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Communication, Workplace Skills, Situational Problem Solving
ENHANCE YOUR CAREER International Trade Diploma

" My experience at Brighton College was wonderful. My instructor, Terry, proved to be outstandingly knowledgeable and patient. I was strongly motivated to attend the classes as they were full of fun. "
Yina Xu Brighton College Alumni

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