CITP®|FIBP® - Commonly Asked Questions

The elite FITT Certified International Trade Professional (CITP®|FIBP®) designation is the world’s leading professional designation for global business practitioners.

Common Questions about the elite CITP® | FIBP® Designation

Common Questions About The —CITP® Certified International Trade Professional Designation| FIBP® FITT Certified International Business Professional

The CITP®designation is trademarked as FIBP®(FITT International Business Professional) in the United States and Europe. These two appellations represent the exact same designation.

  1. Why Earn the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP®|FIBP®) Designation?
  2. Is CITP®|FIBP® for me?
  3. How do I become a CITP®|FIBP®?
  4. Does my prior education and experience count toward earning my CITP®|FIBP® designation?
  5. How do I maintain the CITP®|FIBP® designation once I’ve earned it? 

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Louei Ali, CITP|FIBP - Director of Business Development, Canada Topp Group.

Why Earn the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP®|FIBP®) Designation?

The Certified International Trade Professional (CITP®|FIBP®) designation is the world’s leading professional designation for the field of international business. So whether you’re new to global trade or have over a decade of direct experience, you’ll find the CITP®|FIBP® designation can help advance your career and build your professional credibility.

The CITP®|FIBP® designation sets you apart in the competitive international business industry because it’s proof you possess the competencies global business experts have identified as being essential for a successful career in international trade.

It also recognizes your commitment to global trade as a profession, dedication to ethical business practices and ongoing professional development—desirable traits for today’s global business practitioners.

Is CITP®|FIBP® for me?

If you buy, sell, source, manufacture or invest in products or services beyond your own borders, or even if you aspire to, the CITP®|FIBP® designation is the right choice for you. And just as international business activities are multi-faceted, so too is the CITP®|FIBP® designation.

Whether you work in import/export, logistics, marketing, law or finance, the CITP®|FIBP® designation is proof you have the competencies needed to compete with global players. What’s common among all CITP®|FIBP®s is that they’re active in international trade in some form, and they recognize the value of professional certification.

How do I become a CITP®|FIBP®?

To qualify for the CITP®|FIBP® designation, you must have successfully completed the FITTskills program, or equivalency thereof, and you must have a minimum of one-year professional international business experience. You’ll also need to agree to the CITP®|FIBP® Standards of Ethical Conduct, commit to ongoing professional development and pay the annual Certified Membership dues. There are multiple paths for meeting the requirements for the CITP®|FIBP® designation. Choose the path that’s right for you based on your level of education and experience in global business.

Does my prior education and experience count toward earning my CITP®|FIBP® designation? 

Yes! You can obtain exemptions from FITTskills course requirements through our Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process. And highly experienced international business professionals with more than 10 years in the field can apply directly for the designation through our Executive Path.

How do I maintain the CITP®|FIBP® designation once I’ve earned it?

To maintain your CITP®|FIBP® designation you must remain a member in good standing by paying your annual FITT Certified Membership dues. We also recommend that all CITP®|FIBP®s undertake at least 30 hours of professional development each year to maintain their industry knowledge and skills.

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. These standards provide direction for CITP®|FIBP® professional-conduct in terms of responsibilities to individuals, organizations, the community and the profession. This guide also addresses issues of conflict of interest.

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