CITP Certification

The CITP designation is achieved through a combination of education and work experience. The process is tailored to different stages in your academic or professional life.

CITP Application Notice of Temporary Closing Period 

(December 1, 2022-January 6, 2023)  
As of January 1, 2023, all applicants for the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP|FIBP) designation must meet new ISO 17024-compliant certification program requirements. As such, all applications for the CITP designation must be received by FITT on or before November 30, 2022. The application process will reopen under the new certification program requirements as of January 6, 2023.  

For applications submitted on or prior to November 30, 2022, those that are not approved will need to reapply for the designation in 2023 under the new application requirements.  
Learn more about ISO 17024 and changes in effect as of January 1, 2023. Questions? Contact

CITP Certification Process

How to get CITP Certified:

Earn your
FITT Diploma


  • Complete the FITTskills program online (courses and/or combination of workshops)
  • Complete the FITTskills program through one of our partner schools
  • Complete a FITT-accredited international business program through one of our partner colleges or universities and complete the required FITT assessments
  • Use your prior learning experience to earn FITTskills course credits. Review the requirements and instructions, and submit your portfolio for evaluation. If 5 or 6 courses credits are approved, you will need to successfully pass 2 FITTskills exams of your choice in order to achieve the FITT Diploma. If 4 or less credits are approved, any credits not approved must be achieved by completing the courses.
Prove your
work experience

Show us you’ve completed a minimum of 12 months of professional experience in a position where the majority of your responsibilities relate to international trade by submitting relevant professional references and a detailed CV.

To see if your experience qualifies, review our professional experience requirements, or contact us at

Keep your designation
up to date
  • CITP dues
    To maintain your CITP®|FIBP®* designation you must remain a CITP in good standing by paying your annual FITT CITP dues.
  • Continual learning
    As recognized trade experts, all CITP®|FIBP®s agree to undertake at least 30 hours of professional development each year to maintain their industry knowledge and skills.
  • Ethical integrity
    CITP®|FIBP®s are required to agree to and comply with the concepts of competency and integrity detailed in our CITP®|FIBP® Standards of Ethical Conduct guide.

FITT Seeking ISO Accreditation for CITP Designation

We are excited to announce that FITT will be applying for ISO 17024 Accreditation. Through this accreditation, FITT’s certified program – the CITP designation – is validated by an independent, unbiased accreditation body – the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) through the Standards Council of Canada. Learn more about ISO 17024 and changes in effect as of January 1, 2023.

Ready to get CITP certified?


Are you an executive with more than 10 years of experience?

Apply for the CITP|FIBP designation without taking courses or exams.


Not ready for the CITP yet?

Complete only three FITTskills courses and/or workshop equivalents and earn the FITT Certificate in International Trade.


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Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) is trademarked for use within Canada. FITT International Business Professional (FIBP) is trademarked for use internationally. Both reflect the same FITT certified designation.



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