Executive Path to the CITP|FIBP

Have at least 10 years of executive-level experience in international trade? Apply to earn the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP®) designation through the executive path without completing FITTskills courses or exams if you meet all requirements. 

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 thew new application requirements.  
Learn more about ISO 17024 and changes in effect as of January 1, 2023. Questions? Contact certification@fitt.ca

Executive Path

Get CITP certified faster through the Executive Path

If you’re a successful and experienced professional in international business looking to showcase your credibility and expertise to your network, the executive path to the CITP® designation may be the fastest method to earning this prestigious designation. 

Eligibility for the Executive Path 

You may be eligible to apply* directly for the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation via the Executive Path without completing FITTskills courses or exams, if you have experience related to all of the CITP competency categories

*All Executive Path CITP®|FIBP® applications are subject to approval by our Certification and Accreditation Committee (CAC). 

Requirements Checklist: 

  • At least 10 years of experience at the executive level in international trade 
  • International business experience related to each of the 13 CITP competency categories to be eligible to apply  
  • Ability to demonstrate/provide evidence of leadership and/or management in the practical or policy areas of international trade (in each of the 13 CITP competency categories), and/or prove oversight experience associated with an organization’s international trade activities. 

Ready to apply? Here’s what you’ll need: 

Gather the following information to be ready to submit your CITP application:   

As part of the application process, you must select the checkbox on the form, acknowledging your commitment to: 

  • Adhere to the CITP®|FIBP® Standards of Ethical Conduct 
  • Engage in annual professional development 
  • Be an ambassador of FITT and the CITP®|FIBP® designation. CITP®|FIBP® ambassadorship involves: 
    • Using the CITP®|FIBP® designation on business cards, email signatures, correspondence, by-lines, etc. as appropriate 
    • Encouraging and supporting the pursuit of the CITP®|FIBP® designation by employees through the allocation of time and resources 
    • Using "CITP®|FIBP® preferred" or "CITP®|FIBP® candidate preferred” in job-opportunity announcements, as relevant 
    • Supporting employee attendance at FITT events 
    • Highlighting the value of the designation whenever possible 

If you’re now ready to apply for the CITP®|FIBP® designation through FITT’s Executive Path, please visit the

CITP®|FIBP® Executive Path Application

**To purchase a copy of the complete CITP®|FIBP® Competency Profile, priced at $30, please send an email to info@fitt.ca

What’s next? 

  • Await review: FITT’s Certification and Accreditation Committee (CAC) will review your cover letter, resume and letters of recommendation to determine approval, denial, or whether more information is required. The CAC reviews applications once a month. 
  • Receive approval: In 2 to 6 weeks, you will receive an email indicating whether or not you have been approved or denied. If approved, you will be confirmed as a CITP and no further steps will be required.
  • If you have been denied: 
    • You will be contacted by FITT to discuss the best options for you, such as providing new evidence/sponsors, applying for the CITP through another pathway, completing training etc. 

Not quite ready to apply for the CITP through the Executive Path? 

If your experience doesn’t meet the requirements above, see what the next best path to CITP certification is for you. Take the FITT Next Step Connector Quiz: CITP Edition

Questions? Book a 1:1 virtual appointment with a FITT Certification Specialist or email certification@fitt.ca 



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.

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