Professional Path

We recognize your prior learning and experience and encourage you to use it toward earning your CITP®|FIBP® designation. Professionals and graduates can obtain exemptions from FITTskills courses through our Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process.

Professional Path

International Business Certification—Professional Path to the CITP®global trademark|FIBP®US/EU Trademark  Designation

The Professional Path to the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP®|FIBP®) designation is the ideal solution for you if you already have educational or professional experience in the field of international business. Through FITT’s Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process you can obtain credits toward the FITTskills program.

If you have more than 10 years of professional experience in international business, you may be eligible to apply for the CITP®|FIBP® designation through our Executive path.

Step 1: Submit a Portfolio
Your portfolio must provide a record of your learning gained from education, work experience and/or professional development, as it relates to our international trade competencies (PDF). You can develop and submit your portfolio to earn credit(s) toward the FITTskills program.

Before you begin completing your portfolio, please review the full instructions and guidelines in the following document: Portfolio Development Guide - Introduction and Instructions

Begin your Portfolio Submission

Step 2: Professional Examination
Verify whether or not you need to write the Professional Examination. View our Credentials page, or contact us at

Register for the Professional Examination

Step 3: Complete, or Prove, 12 Months of International Business Experience
The application of your international business knowledge is just as important as acquiring it. So, to apply for your  CITP®|FIBP® designation, you must complete a minimum of 12 months of professional experience in a position where the majority of your responsibilities relate to international trade.

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

Step 4: Prepare Your Application and Apply Online
Once you’ve met the educational and experiential requirements for the CITP®|FIBP® designation, you can prepare your CITP®|FIBP® application. Submit a detailed and up-to-date CV and contact information for two individuals who can attest to your global business experience, such as clients, colleagues or supervisors.

For more information or assistance, please contact us at / 800.561.3488 ext. 111. Or, if you’re ready, apply online today!