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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Does my prior education and experience count toward earning my CITP®|FIBP® designation?

Yes! You can use your prior learning experience to earn FITTskills course credits to work towards earning the FITT Diploma in International Trade, one of the requirements towards earning the certification. To do so, submit your portfolio for evaluation. If 5 or 6 courses credits are approved, you will need to successfully pass 2 FITTskills exams of your choice in order to achieve the FITT Diploma. If 4 or less credits are approved, any credits not approved must be achieved by completing the courses.

Highly experienced international business professionals with more than 10 years in the field can apply directly for the designation, without having to take any courses or complete any exams.

How do I determine whether my previous work experience counts towards the experience requirement for the CITP®|FIBP®?

Visit the Professional Experience Requirements page for more details on what counts as international trade work experience, and view some examples. If that doesn’t answer your question, please send an email to

How much does it cost to become a CITP®|FIBP®?

There is a cost of $270 CAD included in your CITP®|FIBP® application, which covers your first year of certification. If your CITP®|FIBP® application is not approved, this cost is fully refunded. There may also be additional costs to meet the criteria to apply for the designation before you can submit your application, such as courses or workshops, or submitting a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) portfolio and completing the required assessments and/or courses.

How long does it take once I’ve submitted my CITP®|FIBP® application to learn the status of my application?

Once you have submitted your CITP®|FIBP® application, you should receive an email stating your application has been received, along with an email copy of your receipt. Most applications will be reviewed by FITT staff, while applications by those with 10 or more years of experience are also reviewed by the Certification and Accreditation Committee (CAC), which meets on a monthly basis (except in July).The process to review and finalize your application often takes several weeks, and may be affected by the volume of applications, time needed to speak with your contacts or other factors. You will next be contacted when the review of your application has been completed and its status can be finalized. Please do not be concerned if you have submitted your application and have not received any updates in the weeks since the initial confirmation – this timeline is within normal guidelines and does not reflect negatively on the status of your application in any way.

How do I maintain the CITP®|FIBP® designation once I’ve earned it?

To maintain your CITP®|FIBP® designation you must remain a CITP in good standing by paying your annual FITT CITP®|FIBP® dues. We also recommend that all CITP®|FIBP® designation holders undertake at least 30 hours of professional development each year to maintain their industry knowledge and skills.

CITP®|FIBP® designation holders are required to agree to and comply with the concepts of competency and integrity detailed in our CITP®|FIBP® Standards of Ethical Conduct guide. These standards provide direction for CITP®|FIBP® professional-conduct in terms of responsibilities to individuals, organizations, the community and the profession. This guide also addresses issues of conflict of interest.

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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.