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.



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

No, but you'll have earned the FITT Diploma which meets one of the eligibility requirements for the CITP|FIBP* designation for those applying through Pathway 1 (FITT Diploma Pathway)! You'll need to earn a minimum of one year of full-time experience in a role that is primarily focused on international trade and is related to one or more of the 15 CITP competency categories 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®?

There are 3 pathways to eligibility: earning a FITT Diploma, either through FITTskills courses, FITT-accredited programs or through Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR); achieving a specialized credential pre-approved by FITT; or by meeting the experience requirements of the executive pathway. All applicants, regardless of pathway, must confirm their work experience, agree to abide by the CITP Standards of Ethical Conduct, and pass the CITP Professional Exam. Visit the CITP Certification Process page and choose the pathway that’s right for you based on your level of education and/or 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.

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