CITP®| FIBP® - You may be closer than you think...
Work experience requirements for candidates applying through Pathway 1 - FITT Diploma OR Pathway 2 - Specialized Credential Holders
To attain the CITP®| FIBP® designation, one of the requirements is to have a minimum of 1 year full-time work experience in a role that is primarily focused on international trade and is related to one or more of the 15 CITP competency categories. 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 your international trade experience is related to one or more of the 15 CITP competency categories.
- 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.
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, 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.
Work experience requirements for candidates applying through Pathway 3 - Executive Path
To attain the CITP®| FIBP® designation, one of the requirements is to have a minimum of 10 years of full-time work experience related to the 15 CITP competency categories in executive level roles. And, depending on your experience, you may be closer than you think to attaining your CITP®| FIBP® designation.
Executive level roles which are described as follows:
- Leadership roles, and/or
- Management roles in the practical or policy areas of international trade, and/or
- Oversight roles associated with an organization’s international trade activities
If you have questions regarding your work experience, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: The above are guidelines only. Your CITP®| FIBP® application will be reviewed to confirm eligibility before you are authorized to take the CITP Professional Exam.
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.