FITTskills FAQ

International Business Program—FITTskills Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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 textbook in PDF format and the video lectures from subject-matter experts to guide you through the course at your own pace and to fit your schedule.

What’s the difference between the FITTskills courses and the Going Global 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 Going Global series of workshops are introductory lessons on topics of trade. They offer basic industry-validated information and resources, but they do not lead to or meet the educational requirements for the CITP®|FIBP® designation.

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 eight 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. Now in its fifteenth year, the CITP®|FIBP® designation continues to gain recognition as the standard for international business practitioners around the world! The CITP® is called the FIBP® (FITT International Business Professional) in the USA and Europe. Consult the Different Pathways 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 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. Visit 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! To order textbooks in hardcopy or in eBook format, please send us an email to Tell us which textbook(s) you’d like to order and we’ll get right back to you! More information.

FITTskills online courses come with PDF textbooks, 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 for pricing info.

If you’re a member of FITT, make sure you ask about our special member-pricing for textbooks!

How much do FITTskills Online international business courses cost?

Each course costs $600 plus applicable taxes. We offer a discounted price of $550 to all of our General Members. Become a member.

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 if you don’t know who your FITT Coordinator is. If they are unable to help you then you can also contact

I registered for an online FITTskills 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/email and Password near the sign in button. Select FITT Students and then Student Information from the top navigation bar. Here, you’ll be able to review your current and past courses, your 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 last re-write deadline, and there’s 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 at Assessment Registration Form.