International Trade Program

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International Trade graduates compile, verify, record and process forms and documents, such as applications, licenses, permits, contracts, registrations and requisitions, in accordance with established procedures, guidelines and schedules. They are employed throughout the private and public sectors.

FITT equips individuals and businesses with the practical skills they need to succeed in today’s competitive global marketplace. As Canada’s international trade training and professional certification body – and the leading membership-based organization of its kind in the world – FITT sets the standards and designs the training programs for the professional designation. FITTs quality training programs impart knowledge and practical skills that trade practitioners can apply immediately – providing competitive advantage and elevating their position in world markets. FITT: strengthening your hand in international trade.

FITT international trade training makes good business sense. Employers will know you have solid international business skills and experience, with the credentials to prove it. FITT has tapped into years of proven trade expertise and packaged it in a comprehensive, step-by-step training program which gives participants the confidence and know-how to succeed in international trade.

This program gives the student the necessary skills to be competitive.

Sprott Shaw College has partnered with FITT to offer the FITTskills program. FITT (Forum for International Trade Training) is an international trade training and professional certification body. As the only organization of its kind in the world, FITT sets the standards and designs the training programs leading to the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation.

FITTskills is a highly practical, hands-on series of courses that focus on the fundamental aspects of international business. Students may register for these courses as part of our International Trade programs. Upon successful completion of each of the six (6) courses, students can elect to write an exam administered by the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) in pursuit of an additional FITT Diploma in International Trade, which fulfills the educational requirement of the CITP designation.

The CITP designation is earned by obtaining the FITT diploma and meeting standards and requirements set by FITT. These requirements are:

  • Complete the educational requirement by achieving the FITT diploma
  • Complete or prove a minimum of one year, full-time, international trade work experience
  • Agree to the Standards of Ethical Conduct
  • Pay the annual dues and maintain the membership in good standing
  • Engage in ongoing professional development

For more information, please visit www.fitt.ca or contact info@fitt.ca

Learning Objectives

  • Prepare and process import/export documents and other forms
  • Adhere to customs regulations, laws and procedures
  • Arrange for the payment of fees associated with transporting, storing and importing goods
  • Provide advice to clients on export and import restrictions, tariff systems, letters of credit, insurance requirements and other customs-related matters
  • Productively use MS Office, including Word, Excel and Access
  • Communicate effectively using various communication channels

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
500 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
25 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Career Opportunities

Account Manager
Business Development Coordinator
Business Development Officer
Business Manager
Corporations
Freight Forwarder
Import/Export Broker Assistant
International Marketing Consultant
Project Manager
Purchasing Agent
Sales Professional
Admission Requirements:
  • Grade 12 / GED or mature student status (all transcripts must
    be “true certified copies” or originals).
  • Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and entrance assessments with a minimum score of 20/40 in the English Assessment and a minimum score of 20/40 in the Math Assessment (with a minimum composite score of 42/80).

Note: English level assessment will be required for international students (with a minimum score of 20/40 in language).

Domestic Students:
  • Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of English 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the English Entrance Assessment.
  • Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of Math 10, 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the Math Entrance Assessment.
International Students:
  • International students can meet the Math Entrance Assessment requirement by providing an equivalent to Canadian High School Math 10, 11 or 12 with a passing grade of ‘C’. The credential must be evaluated and verified.
  • International students can meet the English requirement by completing or demonstrating one of the following three options:
    • Sprott Shaw’s English Language Assessment, OR
    • Minimum IELTS Score 5.5 overall or iBT TOFEL Score of 46, OR
    • Completion of an ESL program from one of SSC’s
      partnered ESL schools.
Diploma Requirements:
  • 60% average upon successful completion of all courses, including courses given a complete
University Transfer Programs

Through our pathway programs, students can complete an International Trade diploma in the first 6 months at Sprott Shaw and then pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Management at City University in Canada. Contact an advisor to learn more.

Learn more about our other Pathway Programs here.

* International Trade Program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Students can expect to complete one to three hours of homework per day.

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Courses List

This 25 week Diploma program requires the student to complete the following courses.

Feasibility of International Trade

  • Conduct thorough research and analysis to determine the viability of a prospective international initiative and its possible components
  • Assess organizational readiness for new international trade initiatives
  • Conduct cost-benefit analysis for importing and/or exporting potential products and services

International Market Entry Strategies

  • Select the most advantageous market entry strategy based on research and analysis of options and potential issues
  • Develop an international business plan, including key business strategies with metrics to monitor success
  • Develop, implement and monitor an organizational code of ethics/ conduct to support professionalism and organizational decision making in international trade activities

Products and Services for a Global Market

  • Consider design options and implement good development and testing processes in order to establish a competitive advantage when developing or adapting products for international target markets
  • Develop products for the international market based on customer specifications and regulations to maximize output and minimize costs and risks
  • Develop well-defined and/or customized service offerings to maximize the competitive advantage for the organization while addressing target market needs, as well as regulatory, legal and cultural requirements

Global Value Chain

  • Prepare and manage all necessary documentation for exporting and importing goods and services
  • Determine requirements and make arrangements for efficient and effective transportation of goods in a timely manner, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Ensure preparation of goods for transportation in a manner that minimizes risk, maintains condition of the goods and complies with regulations

International Sales and Marketing

  • Adapt products and services for the specific international market being targeted
  • Promote the brand and its identified products and services to create demand in the designated market
  • Establish effective sales channels, pricing strategy and sales agreements within legal and regulatory requirements to minimize risks while ensuring benefits to all parties

International Trade Finance

  • Describe types of commercial, currency and other financial risks involved in international trade transactions and describe methods available to minimize them
  • Negotiate payment method as a part of the terms and conditions of a contract for an international venture
  • Describe bonds and types of guarantees and how banks and international financial institutions support international trade finance

  • Computer basics/file management
  • Goal setting, note-taking, problem-solving, teamwork
  • Overview of policies & procedures
  • Demonstrate the ability to use MS Word and MS PowerPoint

  • Interview techniques
  • Create a Career Development Marketing Plan
  • Apply aspects of professionalism
  • Identify target markets and employment resources

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