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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;
  • 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 Diploma
  • FITTskills Diploma is received after 6 Trade courses and 2 FITT skills and successful completion of 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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    Knowledge that Crosses Borders
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    Global Learning Opportunities
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    An Education without Borders
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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

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35 Week Diploma, 4 Week Practicum Included


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.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Writing, Editing, Teamwork, Presentation Skills
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.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Communication, Writing, Editing
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.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Communication, Reporting, Calculating
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.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Planning, Forward Thinking, Advising
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.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Managing, Coordinating, Organizing
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.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Analytical Skills, Critical Analysis, Financing
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.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Strategizing, Planning, Negotiating
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.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Promotion, Planning, Decision Making
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.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Research, Risk Analysis, Data Analysis
CIFF100 | Ciffa-International Transportation & Trade 1
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.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Transportation, Logistics, Transport Analysis
CIFF200 | Ciffa-Essentials of Freight Forwarding 2
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.Prerequisite: CIFF100

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Documenting, Planning, Thinking of Alternatives
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.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - ERP Software Systems, Customer Relationship Management, Inventory Management Systems
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.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Job Search Skills, Presentation Skills, Sales Skills
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.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Communication, Workplace Skills, Situational Problem Solving
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" Smaller class sizes helped me to participate more in the class activities and I had more opportunities to interact with the teacher and the classmates. "
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