Professional Experience Requirements

Depending on your job and responsibilities, you may be closer than you think to attaining your CITP®|FIBP®* designation

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

Professional Experience Requirements

CITP®| FIBP® - You may be closer than you think...

To attain the CITP®| FIBP® designation, one of the requirements is to have a minimum of 12 month international trade work experience. And, depending on your job and responsibilities, you may be closer than you think to attaining your CITP®| FIBP® designation.

What qualifies as international trade work experience?

  • A position where the majority of your responsibilities include activities that deal with or support the company’s importing and/or exporting activities.
  • A position where your responsibilities may provide support to importers and exporters, such as an association or crown corporation.
  • Your position does not necessarily need to have ’importing’ or ’exporting’ in the title.
  • A position with a company that does importing or exporting activities, but where you do not have any responsibilities in that area does not qualify as work experience.

These examples are intended to provide CITP* applicants with a general guideline of the type of positions and responsibilites that could fulfill the international trade work requirement. Applicants are by no means limited to these roles and are encouraged to review their work experience with these guidelines in mind.

Customer Service Representative
In your role as Customer Service Representative at a major bank, you assist your clients in the completion of their international business financial transactions such as letters of credit.

Shipping Administrator
Whether you work for a customs broker or a transportation company, your responsibilities could include involvement in the coordination of the shipment of goods across borders and preparation of all customs documentation on behalf of exporters, such as bills of lading.

Marketing Manager
Marketing, as with many other aspects of international trade, encompasses a large number of areas. In your role, you may be involved in preparing market entry strategies, developing marketing initiatives, attending trade shows, or assisting in the implementation of an international marketing plan.

If you have questions regarding your work experience, please contact

Please note: The above are guidelines only. Your CITP®| FIBP® application is subject to review and approval.  

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 as of January 1, 2023.




Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) is trademarked for use within Canada. FITT International Business Professional (FIBP) is trademarked for use internationally. Both reflect the same FITT certified designation.