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International Trade and Freight Forwarding Diploma


 

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.

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.

The 40-week diploma provides students with the background knowledge in Accounting needed to develop and interpret financial systems, records, reports and statements. This foundation of accounting will familiarize students with how vital accurate and complete financial data is for a business to ensure its ongoing success.

Admission Requirements

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

The International Trade Program is Accredited by:

FITT and CIFFA

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

  • Brighton International Trade and Freight Forwarding Diploma
  • FITTskills Diploma is received after 6 trade courses and 2 FITTskills online exams successful completion
  • 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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    Knowledge that Crosses Borders
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    A Career without Boundaries

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • 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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PROGRAM DURATION

40 Week Diploma, 4 Week Practicum Included

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

BUS100 | 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.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
COM200 | 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.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: none.
COM210 | 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.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
FITT100 | 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.
FITT200 | 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: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
FITT300 | 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.
FITT400 | 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.
FITT500 | 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 consideration and organization must make when promoting and selling products and or services beyond its domestic borders.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
FITT600 | Development of Product 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.
CIFF100 | CIFFA-International Transportation & Trade*
This program introduces the student to truck, rail, air and ocean transportation and the geography over which goods move. Incoterms® 2010 rules outline the transfer of cost and risk to these goods as they are transported from seller to buyer.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
CIFF200 | CIFFA-Essentials of Freight Forwarding
Understanding how buyers and sellers manage risk with a variety of international payments, cargo insurance, properly completed commercial documents, export packaging, knowledge of cargo security, dangerous goods and proper costing and quoting leads students to where they can offer alternative solutions to their clients.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: CIFF100.
BAF140 | 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 for 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.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
BAF150 | Financial Accounting
This course is a continuation of the work stated in Introduction to Accounting. This course provides students’ introductory knowledge about the construction and interpretation of financial systems, records, reports, and statements. It also shows how vital accurate and complete financial data is for a business to ensure its ongoing success.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
ERP100 | 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.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
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.
WEP150 | 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.

Duration: 150 hours, 4 weeks.

The program is delivered in an in-class instruction method. 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.

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