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Being tied to a physical environment for your professional education is a thing of the past. A new mode of study is now available at Brighton: blended learning!

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International Trade and Freight Forwarding Certificate (Blended)


The world’s economy is increasingly global. As a result, demand continues to grow for individuals who understand the global context of business: from the logistics of international trade and cross-border investments to the cultural and ethical issues that are involved in the practice of global business. These skills are increasingly valuable to employers faced with the challenge of opening and integrating multiple markets and increasingly diverse workforces. For these and other reasons, Brighton College strongly believes that International Trade represents free trade which promotes Canadian economic growth; creates jobs, and makes companies more competitive.

The program starts with a Learning Management Systems (LMS) readiness workshop. The LMS readiness workshop will provide and prepare students with a working knowledge of our learning management system prior to delivery of program core courses. The program’s 9 core courses lead to two globally recognized certificates. In order to provide an excellent International Trade program, Brighton College has partnered with two of the most respectful institutions of International Trade and Freight Forwarding in Canada: FITT & CIFFA; creating and exciting and knowledgeable course structure. The structure of the program consists of the two separate certifications that are recognized worldwide: The FITT certification, composed of 6 course modules, all 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.). Responsive to standards and demands of the industry for training in this field, Brighton College has become a platinum accredited partner with FITT (Forum for International Trade Training). The second certification is achieved by the completion of Module 1 of the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) program.

Delivery Method

  • Combined delivery (on-site and distance)

Program Delivery Structure

  • Full-time: 20 hours per week: 10 hours on-site + 10 hours distance

Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma (or equivalent) or mature student status;
  • Domestic students: Grade 10 English or pass college admissions test; International students: IELTS 6.0 proof (or equivalent) or pass college English assessment;
  • Self-assessment of readiness for online/distance learning.

Program Preparation

  • Student must complete a Canvas Readiness Workshop before start the program.

The International Trade Program is Accredited by:


Certification Acquisition

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

  • Brighton International Trade and Freight Forwarding Certificate
  • FITTskills Diploma is received after 6 trade courses and successful completion of 2 FITT skills online exams
  • FITTskills Diploma, with at least one year of work experience, eligible for the Certified International Trade Professional (C.I.T.P.) designation
  • CIFFA certificate is received after successful completion of two CIFFA online exams
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    A Career without Boundaries


  • Entry-level Jobs
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Import/Export Agent
  • Customs Broker Assistant
  • Freight Forwarder Assistant
  • Import Export Sales Clerk
  • Traffic Scheduling - Carrier
  • International Broker / Agent
  • Career Paths
  • Customs Agent (CCRS Training Required)
  • EDC Analyst (MBA Required)
  • Procurement Clerk (Purchasing Course may be Required)
  • International Trade Consultant
  • Logistics Transportation Specialist

Potential Earnings

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22 Week Certificate


FITT100B | Global Value Chain*
The Global Value Chain course examines aspects of the primary activities of Distribution and Inventory Management, and the supporting activities of Document Management and Procurement, which are integral to international trade logistics. Doing business in/with foreign markets requires consideration of different regulatory, financial, geographical and cultural and consumer requirements.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
FITT200B | International Trade Finance*
Currency exchange fluctuations, political instability, and force de majeure events, are integral considerations to international financial management. This course examines how organizations can manage their finances and mitigate financial risk by selecting appropriate transaction methods and tools for their international trade activities. Learners will consider negotiation terms, non-payment dispute resolution and cash flow management.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
FITT300B | International Market Entry Strategies*
The International Market Entry Strategies course examines individuals in organizations need to know and do to ensure the success of new international ventures. International trade practitioners must research entry options, and then select the most effective entry strategies and strategic partnerships for their needs. The organization of the selected market entry strategies will require management of both direct and indirect exports. It may also require development and management of business arrangements such as foreign mergers or acquisitions, or foreign franchising or licensing.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
FITT400B | Feasibility of International Trade*
The course Feasibility of International Trade examines the critical steps and decisions needed to determine the feasibility of potential international trade initiatives. Market research, analysis of organizational readiness, cost analysis, and risk analysis are all required in order to decide if a concept fits with a company’s strategic direction and improves the bottom line of an organization. Risk analysis then leads to the development of strategies to mitigate identified risks.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
FITT500B | International Sales and Marketing *
Marketing is the key in ensuring an organization’s product or service is seen to fit the needs and interests of an international target market. While marketing can create the demand, an effective sales strategy is essential to profit from this demand. This course details considerations an organization must make when promoting and selling products and or services beyond its domestic borders.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
FITT600B | Development of Products and Services for a Global Market *
The course Development of Product and Services for a Global Market addresses the necessity that products and services sold or traded internationally may require modification. This course addresses differences in regulatory, legal, cultural and consumer/client requirements that might in the need to conform to these requirements by adapting products and services.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
CIFF100B | CIFFA International Transportation and Trade 1
This introduction 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 modes of the transport of goods in Canada and abroad.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
CIFF200B | CIFFA Essentials of Freight Forwarding 2
Semester 2 introduces the subjects that are more fundamental to becoming adept at international freight forwarding. This course moves on from semester 1 and covers the aspects of freight forwarding that allows the front line worker to make decisions and be part of the decision making process.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: Semester 1
BUS500 | 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.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: none.

The program has a continuous intake model. Students start the program with any courses indicated with (*) and then complete the remaining lecture courses in any order unless there is a prerequisite. Refer to course description for prerequisite.

**Part-time courses available, talk to an Educational Advisor.

ENHANCE YOUR CAREER International Trade and Freight Forwarding Certificate (Blended)

" The program was intensive and provided me with the opportunity to learn a lot in short period of time. The classes were small and there was a lot of engagement and interaction with the teachers. "
Leon Li Brighton College Alumni

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