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FITTskills Part-time 6065nobcit

Forum for international Trade Training

Note: The BCIT FITTskills training is currently under review. Please see FITT directly for FITT training options.

For International Trade Training alternatives at BCIT, please contact BCIT Program Advising.

Note: Certification offered by the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT)

In partnership with the Forum for International Trade Training, the Peter Thomson Centre for Venture Development offers the FITTskills program for working professionals who want to increase their skills and knowledge in key topics of international trade.

To become effective players in the international economy, organizations need to adapt to new realities and adopt a global outlook. Statistics show that increased involvement in international trade will contribute to economic development and job creation. In addition, today’s knowledge intensive economies demand more flexible, multi-skilled business professionals and managers on site and in the boardroom. Meeting these skills requirements is possible through the FITTskills program.

The Program

The FITTskills program consists of eight courses that focus on the practical aspects of international business. It is an essential toolkit, based on everyday, real-life examples of what works and what doesn't in the field of international trade.

Course topics include:

  • Global Business Environment
  • International Trade Research
  • International Trade Finance
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • International Market Entry Strategies
  • International Marketing
  • Legal Aspects of International Trade
  • International Trade Management

Who Should Register?

The FITTskills program is specifically designed for:

  • Business professionals interested in improving their expertise in international trade
  • Individuals who are new to exporting or importing and wish to further explore global market opportunities
  • Organizations seeking a strategic competitive advantage by training their staff with highly practical international trade skills

Program Entry

How do I apply?

There is no requirement to submit a formal application for the FITTskills program. Students can go ahead and register for upcoming courses offered through part-time studies.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

The FITTskills program is designed to start in September and end in August. However, students are welcome to register for courses on an individual basis at any time during the year.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is a process that involves the identification, documentation, and recognition acquired through formal and informal study. The objective of assessing prior learning is to formally recognize an individual's knowledge and skills. For more information about PLAR for this program, please contact FITT directly at 1-800-561-3488 or email info@fitt.ca.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Students pay on a course-by-course basis.

Books and supplies

No textbook required. An eBook will be provided on the first day of class.

Courses

Do I have to take the courses in order?

FITTskills courses can be taken as a comprehensive package or individually, and in any order. FITT recommends that students planning to complete the entire program complete Global Business Environment first and finish with International Trade Management.

Class hours

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Monday and Friday.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Complete one or more of the following: Credits
  FITT 0100 Global Business Environment 0.0
  FITT 0105 International Trade Research 0.0
  FITT 0110 International Trade Finance 0.0
  FITT 0115 Global Supply Chain Management 0.0
  FITT 0120 International Market Entry Strategies 0.0
  FITT 0125 International Marketing 0.0
  FITT 0130 Legal Aspects of International Trade 0.0
  FITT 0135 International Trade Management 0.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

One year, part-time

Each course is six weeks long.

Grading

Grades and transcripts are issued by the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT). BCIT does not issue grades or transcripts for this program.

65% = Pass
85% = Pass with Distinction

The following FITTskills courses are evaluated by a three-hour online exam:

  • FITT 0100 Global Business Environment
  • FITT 0110 International Trade Finance
  • FITT 0115 Global Supply Chain Management
  • FITT 0120 International Market Entry Strategies
  • FITT 0130 Legal Aspects of International Trade

The following FITTskills courses are evaluated by a written project:

  • FITT 0105 International Trade Research
  • FITT 0125 International Marketing
  • FITT 0135 International Trade Management

Accreditation

Credentials are issued by FITT (not BCIT)

Certificate of International Trade

  • Successful completion of any four FITTskills courses
Diploma of International Trade
  • Successful completion of all eight FITTskills courses

The Diploma of International Trade satisfies the educational requirement for the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation, the highest level of professional accreditation available to international business and trade professionals in Canada.

The Certificate and Diploma of International Trade are internationally recognized and accredited by the International Association of Trade Training Organizations (IATTO), which promotes excellence in the field of international trade training and education worldwide.

Program location

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Graduates can put their expertise to valuable use as employees of corporations involved in global markets, as individuals committed to exploring global opportunities, or as business and operations professionals working with firms venturing into the global economy.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Who will I learn from?

Our instructors are working international trade professionals in the Greater Vancouver area and most have been teaching the FITT courses for a number of years. Each course is taught by a different instructor based on his or her area of expertise, bringing real-world knowledge and experience into the classroom.

Contact Us

Simonetta Mezzomo
Program Assistant - Peter Thomson Centre for Venture Development
604-432-8298 | Simonetta_Mezzomo@bcit.ca

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  • Declaring your program
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  • Laddering options
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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