International Commerce & Import/Export Program (LCA.ER)
Prepare to become a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP). Learn import/export laws, regulations, marketing and international business strategy. Graduate in just 14 months, internship included.
What Does it Mean to Study International Trade?
International trade is the business of importing and exporting goods around the world. Globalization and international transportation networks have made it easier than ever to buy and sell products overseas.
Most of the products we buy in Canada have been manufactured in other countries. In fact, Canada imports and exports billions of dollars in goods and services every single year.
When you study international trade, you learn about every aspect of the import/export process, including:
- International trade laws and regulations
- Paperwork and documentation required to import/export goods
- How the global import/export system works
- How to process international payments
- How to analyze global markets to find opportunities and identify risks
- How to create an international business plan
- How to market products to buyers overseas
- How to coordinate the shipment of goods
- Negotiating with producers, suppliers and distributors
Herzing College International Commerce and Import/Export Program
Herzing College is a recognized training partner of the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT). Our International Commerce and Import/Export program is based on their training materials.
Our students have the option to earn the prestigious Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation.
- 14-month diploma program
- 25 class hours per week
- 8-week internship
- Preparation to challenge the FITT exams (some independent study is also required)
- Multiple program start-dates throughout the year
- Financial assistance may be available for student who qualify
- 100% graduate employment rate in 2019 (based on most recent available data)
Note: You are not obligated to take the FITT exams. Students who successfully complete Herzing’s International Commerce program will receive a Herzing diploma. The FITT exams are optional, for students who wish to pursue additional certification.
Meet the instructor and get an inside look at the program: What’s it Really Like to Take Import/Export Training at Herzing?
Obtaining International Certification as a Trade Professional
The Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation is highly respected by employers all over the world. This is a global certification that proves your knowledge and skills as an international trade professional.
Earning the CITP offers a major advantage when trying to break into the import/export business.
Steps to obtain the CITP designation:
- Complete Herzing’s International Commerce and Import/Export program
- Pass the FITT exam to earn your FITT diploma
- Get 12 months of work experience in international trade (this will qualify you to become a CITP)
This is good demand for international trade professionals in Montreal. The Government of Canada Job Bank predicts strong employment growth in this field over the next several years—particularly in entry-level positions like:
- Import/Export Clerk
- Customs Official
- Import/Export Merchant
Graduates of Herzing’s International Commerce and Import/Export program are qualified for careers in:
- government (customs)
- trading companies
- as independent importer/exporters
Who Hires our Graduates?
Graduates of our International Commerce and Import/Export program have been hired by:
The International Commerce and Import/Export program offers a good balance of theory and the practical skills you need to get hired.
In this program, you will learn:
- International trade laws and regulations
- Import/export procedures
- Business and marketing strategy
- International trade ethics
- Computerized accounting
- Global supply chain management
- International trade finance
- Starting an import/export business
Click to see a detailed description of each course:
This course reviews some basic Windows® navigation skills, some Microsoft Word, usage of the Internet for research, and Outlook information manager.
What is an entrepreneur? Learn how to start a business and the personal qualities needed for success. To discover these things the course will take the student through the following areas of interest to the entrepreneur: business planning, study of the market-place, marketing plans, staffing, financial planning, buying a business (or franchise), legal pointers, control systems, and sources of financial assistance. A practical, hands-on approach is used to bring reality to the course
This introductory accounting course provides the practical application of the concepts and principles of the accounting cycle for businesses. Topics include an overview of accounting concepts and procedures; analyzing and recording transactions; beginning the accounting cycle by journalizing, posting, and working with the trial balance; using worksheets, financial statements, and adjusting entries; completing the accounting cycle with adjusting, closing, and post-closing trial balance; working with cash and its control; working with accounting systems, journals, and internal controls; and payroll concepts and procedures.
This course introduces the concepts and principles of electronic commerce as it relates to business. Topics include the foundations of electronic commerce; retailing in e-commerce; Internet consumers and market research; advertising in e-commerce; e-commerce for service industries; business-to-business e-commerce; intranet and extranet structures and applications; electronic payment systems; e-commerce strategy and implementation; public policy regarding legal, privacy, and consumer protection issues; infrastructure requirements for e-commerce; and economic and global issues in e-commerce. Students will learn how to set up their own web page.
This course is given together with Accounting I designed to provide practical application of accounting principles using the accounting software package, Simply Accounting.
This course is a continuation of Accounting I and provides instruction in the concepts and principles of accounting for partnerships and corporations and the analysis of financial statements. Topics include accounting for partnerships, corporate accounting, earnings, distribution, and paid-in capital; accounting for long-term liabilities, capital assets, investments, and international operations; preparing and using the cash flow statement; and the analysis and interpretation of financial statements.
This course introduces the business environment with an overview of various topics that serve as a foundation for further study of management. Topics include the environments that businesses operate in; the organizational structures of businesses; management functions in an enterprise; and the challenges of managing marketing, operations, information technology, finance, and human resources.
The course is designed to deal with specific problems encountered by non-native speakers in spoken and written business communication. Topics included in the course are as follows: The language of business letters e-mails and faxes, the format of business communication. Students will learn meeting tactics and presentations; turning notes into reports; negotiating, agreeing and disagreeing; social language and etiquette; planning, organization and presentation of specialized talks. Students will use PowerPoint and Word as a tool for business presentations.
This course provides instruction in the mathematical operations associated with the retail, banking, and accounting industries. It provides the student with the mathematical foundation required to prepare documentation for investment or financing projects by choosing the appropriate software and building the table of payments. Other topics include decimals, fractions, and percentages; bank services; interest and payment plans; purchase orders and invoices; selling prices and mark-ups; and payroll and inventory procedures, current values and capitalized values of a loan or an investment.
Many businesses use data to make business decisions. Statistics contains the methods and procedures for collecting, structuring and analyzing this data. Knowledge of statistics enables the student to structure and analyze data and to understand the statistical reports that are used in the business world. This course presents the study of basic statistical theory and concepts. Topics include statistical probabilities, measures of central tendency, measures of variation, hypothesis testing, regression, correlation, and quality control applications.
This course provides a study of the legal system and its effect on business and business organizations, as well as an overview of the ethical issues that businesses encounter. Topics include business law and ethics, contracts and sales, consumer protection issues, agency and employment issues, the regulation of business organizations, analyzing risk-bearing devices, and dealing with real property issues.
This course provides a practical and managerial approach to the principles and applications of marketing in organizations and in the marketplace. Topics include the marketing process and strategic planning; the global marketing environment; developing marketing opportunities and strategies; developing the marketing mix through product development, pricing strategies, distribution channels, and promotion techniques; and managing marketing through customer relationships, social responsibility, and marketing ethics.
This course provides the study of the principles and features of a database management system using Microsoft® Access and a spreadsheet package using Microsoft® Excel. Topics include creating and managing databases, data management and integrity, working with queries and forms, managing reports, using tools and macros, database and file management, analyzing and filtering data, relational databases, managing worksheets and workbooks; working with data, formulas, and functions; managing charts and graphics; working with outlines, views, and reports; automating tasks with the macro feature; using auditing tools, collaborative tools, and hyperlinks; and integrating with other programs
The course content for this topic covers the context in which international trade takes place and the opportunities and challenges it represents for business. In addition, you will find a complete discussion on ethical issues businesses face today. Topics such as a code of conduct for international trade professionals, human rights, ethical practices, diversity in the workplace and the environment, will be of particular interest. Cultural aspects of international business and the importance of e-commerce for facilitating international trade are also addressed in this course content.
The course content addresses the importance of well-planned and efficient research for guiding and promoting company activities. The learner will be able to develop research objectives that are compatible with corporate business objectives and select suitable methods of acquiring data. The course also presents material that will expose the learner to methods for analyzing and presenting researched data effectively and, consequently, be able to identify and evaluate international trade opportunities.
The course content covers such topics as the development of marketing plans to achieve business targets and, the implementation and coordination of international marketing activities for products and services. Learners will be exposed to the principles of marketing functions and the distinctions between domestic and international marketing. They will also discuss such activities as adapting and/or developing products and services for the foreign market and the sales and marketing activities to be most successful in the target markets.
This course presents the basic legal principles of carrying on international business. It covers the legal implications of international business activities, discusses the legal aspects related to intellectual property, competition and antitrust laws, public trade law and legal issues related to E-commerce in international business. Most of the material in this course is presented with an international scope and does not solely approach the issues from a Canadian perspective.
The material presented in this course content provides the learner with the ability to develop an international business plan thus ensuring a comprehension of the scope and breadth and integration of international trade practices. Factors that ensure profitable entry into the import and export business and how corporate resources can be mobilized to capture qualified international business opportunities are discussed.
The course content provides insight into global supply chain activities including production and inventory management processes and regulatory and security requirements. Other topics within the course material are: the key elements of a logistics plan and how it impacts the business plan, the advantages and disadvantages of various transport modes, the roles and value of outside service providers in a supply chain strategy, order processing, inventory management and other points of interest.
This course will cover a comprehensive assessment of international market entry options for the export of products or services and optimal market entry strategies. The learner will be able to assess barriers to market entry, differentiate between market entry strategies, recommend potential international partners through consultations and analysis of strengths and weaknesses and negotiate partnership agreements.
The internship component of the program is the practical application of a student’s knowledge and skills in an industry environment. The industry shall be directly related to the student’s program of study. The internship requires full-time day attendance working in the industry setting. The duration of the internship is two-months during which the student must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 255 hours (2 months) of work experience. Prerequisite: all courses in program.
After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Venezuela, I decided to move to Canada to further pursue my studies in business, where I completed an AEC in Import/Export at Herzing College and a diploma in International Trade from the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT). I was offered a teaching position in the department of Business Marketing and Sales and in International Commerce Import/export at Herzing College shortly after. In my first year as a teacher, I developed the course load and material for the Import/Export program, reflecting the latest standards for training and professional practice.
Teaching has since become a passion of mine. I take pride in what I do because I enjoy helping others watching them succeed. If someone were to ask me today what my favorite class to teach is, I would say Import/Export because it hits close to home for me. I have always been fascinated by the concept of international trade from a young age. Growing up in Venezuela, I used to love exploring the grocery store and picking up imported items from the shelf to read their labels. It baffled me how and why so many products from around the world made it to my local grocery store. All my questions were left unanswered until I completed my studies and now I am gladly here to teach it.
Management, leadership and negotiation skills acquired in many years of practice as corporate lawyer. Goal oriented to design and create valuable educational experience.
“To teach is to learn twice. Joseph Joubert”
Teaching is the most amazing excuse to keep learning every day. Biking and travelling are unequalled discovering experiences.
What you need to get started.
- Quebec issued high school diploma or equivalent
- Minimum of two consecutive terms OR One school year interruption from full-time studies OR Minimum of one year post-secondary education
- Pass a general admissions entrance test
- Meet any additional program specific entrance requirements
SAMPLE AVERAGE SALARY RANGE:
$51,000 to $68,200
Accelerated: 14 Months (25 hours/week)
OR 24 months
Includes 8 week internship
2020 Overall Graduate Employment Rate
89% of available Herzing College Montreal graduates were employed in a related field.
*statistics based on most recent available
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Why Choose this Program?
Our International Commerce and Import/Export program is fast, effective, and recognized by FITT. Here’s why Herzing should be your first choice for international trade training:
- Accelerated program that gets you ready for work in just 14 months
- Recognized training partner of the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT)
- Get a good foundation in FITT skills and knowledge to challenge the exams for international trade certification
- Get real work experience with an 8-week internship
- Learn from experienced instructors with FITT credentials
- Small classes where every student gets step-by-step support
- Get access to the Herzing Open Education Program (HOEP), which lets you take additional courses after you graduate, tuition-free!
- We have an amazing Career Development team, who helps create your resume, prepare for interviews, and apply for international trade jobs
- Herzing has a 55-year track record of effective career training and successful graduates
- Our grads get hired! This program had a 100% graduate employment rate in 2019 (based on available graduates)