Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about our FITTskills global trade training program or CITP designation? Find answers to our most frequently asked questions below.

 

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

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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 full-time 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 CITP designation 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.

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 international business. So whether you’re new to the industry or have over a decade of experience, the CITP®|FIBP® designation will help you earn a competitive advantage within your industry, build credibility with clients, colleagues and co-workers, and land new jobs and promotions.

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.

How is the CITP®|FIBP® designation recognized in Canada and around the world?

The CITP®|FIBP® designation and FITT’s training have been officially endorsed by the Canadian government, Export Development Canada and the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA).

The CITP®|FIBP® designation is also increasingly listed as an asset or requirement in job listings for a wide range of international positions. Go to the jobs section in our TradeReady blog and view the featured listings at the top of the page to see the latest positions seeking candidates with the CITP®|FIBP® designation.

Is the CITP®|FIBP® designation for me?

If you work in international business in any capacity, or aspire to do so, the CITP®|FIBP® designation is the right choice for you.

Whether you work in import/export, logistics and supply chain management, marketing, business development, sales, law, finance, or other fields, the CITP®|FIBP® designation is proof you have the competencies needed to compete with global players. It’s also equally valuable for professionals at all career stages, whether you’re still only a year or two into your career or an expert with decades of experience.

What’s common among all CITP®|FIBP® designation holders is that they’re active in international trade in some form, and they recognize the value of professional certification for career advancement, credibility and proof of their skills and knowledge.

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 one year of full-time professional international business experience.

There are multiple options to meet the requirements to apply for the CITP®|FIBP® designation. Visit the CITP Certification Process page for more information and choose the option that’s right for you based on your level of education and experience in global business.

You’ll also need to agree to the CITP®|FIBP® Standards of Ethical Conduct, commit to ongoing professional development and pay the annual CITP designation dues.

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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 September 1, 2021.