FITTskills Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Find answers to our more frequently asked questions below

FITTskills FAQ

Have a question about our FITTskills global trade training program or the individual courses? Find answers to our more frequently asked questions below. If you don’t see an answer to your question, send it to us at and we’ll be more than happy to answer it!


Are the FITTskills online courses led by an online instructor, or is it a self-led course?

The FITTskills online courses are completely self-led; you are not taught by an instructor. You will use your course eBook and online learning resources to complete the course at your own pace and in the way that works best with your schedule.

What’s the difference between the FITTskills courses and the workshops?

Our FITTskills series of comprehensive international business courses teaches you the competencies you need for a competitive career in global trade. The competencies developed by completing the entire FITTskills program meet the educational requirement for the elite Certified International Trade Professional (CITP®|FIBP®) designation. The workshops cover the same material as the courses, but are divided into smaller sections for those interested in completing specific sections on their own or to focus on learning the material one topic at a time.

Are certificates or diplomas awarded for the FITTskills international business courses?

Yes! We recognize your development in our FITTskills program with the following global trade credentials:

  • FITT Certificate in International Trade
  • FITT Diploma in International Trade

Can I use other international business courses or experience to earn FITTskills course credits?

Yes, depending on the courses you've taken and the type and amount of experience you've gained. You can earn FITTskills credits through our Accredited Partner programs or through our Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process. Individuals with more than 10 years of professional experience in international trade may also be eligible to apply directly for the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP®|FIBP®) designation through our Executive Path. The FITTskills program meets the educational requirement for the elite CITP®|FIBP® designation.

Will I be a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP®|FIBP®) after I finish the six FITTskills courses?

No, but you'll have completed the educational requirement! You'll need to earn a minimum of one year of international trade work experience before applying for the designation. This elite designation proves an individual's level of competency and experience in international trade. Established in 1998, the CITP®|FIBP® designation continues to gain recognition as the standard for international business practitioners around the world! The CITP® is referred to as the FIBP® (FITT International Business Professional) in the USA and Europe. Consult the CITP Certification Process page to learn more about how you can become a CITP®|FIBP®

How do I become a CITP®|FIBP®?

To qualify for the CITP®|FIBP® designation, you must meet the educational requirements and have a minimum one-year of 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. Visit the CITP Certification Process page and choose the path that’s right for you based on your level of education and experience in global business.

Can I order FITTskills international business textbooks without taking the courses?

Of course! Please send us an email to to order hard copy textbooks, or use the available online order forms to order eBook copies. For more information on pricing or ordering, please visit our Textbooks & eBooks page.

FITTskills online courses come with ebooks, but can I also purchase hardcopy textbooks?

Yes, you can! To order a FITTskills textbook(s) in hardcopy just send us an email to with your name, shipping address, telephone number, and the title of the textbook(s) you’d like to order. We’ll reply to confirm your order and complete the payment process. FITTskills hardcopy textbooks can be purchased using prepayment by credit card. Please allow 2-5 business days for your order to be processed. Visit our Textbooks & eBooks page for more information.

How much do FITTskills online courses cost?

Each course is priced at $600 plus provincial taxes for those within Canada. We offer a discounted price of $550 to all of our General Members – find out more about becoming a member on our Membership page.

Bundle pricing is also available for those interested in taking 3 or more FITTskills online courses or workshops. You can save 15% by signing up for 3 courses or workshops at in one checkout, or receive 30% off by signing up for all 6 at the checkout! For more details, head to our Bundle Pricing page.

How much do FITTskills international business courses cost at FITT’s Educational Partner Institutions?

Our Educational Partners set their own course fees and schedules. Please visit the website for the educational institution you’d like to attend to learn more.

Should I complete the FITTskills program online or in-class through one of FITT’s Educational Partners?

Whatever works for you! If you prefer to receive your training in-person with other students, and if your schedule permits you to attend in-class courses, then the programs offered by our FITTskills Delivery and FITT-accredited Partners are a great option.

However, if you’re a busy working professional and you need a more flexible global business training solution that enables you to learn from anywhere and at your own pace, then our popular online courses might be just what you’re looking for.

I’m taking a course through one of FITT’s educational partners. Who should I contact if I have questions? 

Your first point of contact is your school’s FITT Coordinator. Visit our Instructor-Led Courses page to see who the FITT Coordinator is at your institution. If they are unable to help you, you can also contact

I registered for a FITTskills online course. When is the deadline for taking my final assessment?

You can check the date of your assessment deadline by logging into your FITT Student account. Visit and enter your FITT ID and password to log in. Select FITT Students from your account menu and then My Student Records from the dropdown menu. Here, you’ll be able to review your current and past courses, assessment deadline(s) and your final grades!

What is considered a passing grade for FITTskills courses?

The passing grade for a FITTskills course is 65%.

When will I receive my final grade?

If you write your exam online, your mark will be posted immediately. If you complete the project, your mark will be posted within 3 to 4 weeks.

Where can I find my final grade?

If you take a FITTskills course online through FITT or through one of our Delivery Partner institutions, your mark will be posted on your Student Account in the secure student-section of the FITT website. Simply log in using your FITT ID and password. If you take a FITT-accredited course at one of our Accredited Partner institutions, you’ll need to consult your instructor for information on how to find your final grade.

What if I fail my FITTskills assessment?

You are eligible to re-write a failed FITTskills assessment within 90 days of the original exam date. There is no limit to the number of times an assessment can be re-written. However, each re-write must take place within 90 days of the previous re-written assessment, and there is a fee of $100 plus applicable taxes per re-write. You can request to re-take an assessment by filling out an Assessment Registration Form.

Can I get an extension on my FITTskills course or workshop deadline?

Yes. You can receive up to three 30 day deferrals for a single course or workshop. Your first deferral for a specific course or workshop will be complimentary, and a second or third deferral for that same course will be $50 each.

For your first complimentary deferral, please send an email to For your second or third deferrals for a specific course or workshop, please use the Assessment Deferral Request form.

Can I still receive deferrals if COVID-19 is affecting my ability to study and/or take an online course or workshop exam?

We offer one free 30 day deferral per course or workshop to any online students who request it by emailing Any further deferral requests related to COVID-19 will be handled on a case by case basis. To submit a COVID-19-related deferral request, please email

Is FITT's service impacted in any way by COVID-19?

All FITT staff are currently working remotely until further notice due to COVID-19, and are still available to help. Any phone calls will be directed via voicemail to our email inboxes and responded to as soon as possible, but may mean longer than usual wait times for responses. You can also contact us via our email, our online chat, or our Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter pages.

Where can I find help, support or resources for my business affected by COVID-19?

Visit our COVID-19 Resources page for a full list of helpful resources, including a COVID-19 update from FITT President and CEO Caroline Tompkins, CITP.