CIFFA Certificate and FIATA Diploma Courses

Understand freight forwarding and how to move freight efficiently to satisfy your clients.

What Freight Forwarders need to know

We work in a complex industry. Freight Forwarders need to plan and execute shipments by land, air and ocean, understand routes, rates and carrier options. They also need to be able to accurately quote, arrange shipments and manage transportation documentation. Our courses will teach you all of these skills, including how to work with shippers, consignees, carriers, warehouses, packaging companies, financial institutions and government agencies.

FIATA diploma and CIFFA certificate Bundle

The FIATA Diploma Bundle provides you savings and access to International Transportation and Trade, Essentials of Freight Forwarding, and the FIATA Diploma Course – Advanced Freight Services. Successful completion of all three courses will grant you a CIFFA Certificate, and offers eligibility to apply for the FIATA diploma. Choose to complete the courses at your own pace, or with a scheduled virtual class and instructor. Contact education@ciffa.com to learn more and register.

CIFFA Certificate and FIATA Diploma Courses

Skill Level: Novice, Intermediate
Time: 180-210 hours
Outcome: CIFFA Certificate and FIATA Diploma
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International Transportation and Trade

Learn the foundations of freight forwarding in the context of international trade, how to manage risks by selecting the appropriate Incoterm® for a shipment, how to calculate freight charges and load shipments, and the types of equipment and documentation used to move goods by land, air and ocean modes of transport. We recommend that you consider completing this course first, before registering for the Essentials of Freight Forwarding course, if you don’t already have an understanding of the above topics.
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Essentials of Freight Forwarding

Learn about commercial documents and regulatory compliance, export packaging, transportation of dangerous goods, how to devise alternative transport solutions for clients, and properly cost and quote on a shipment, and how buyers and sellers manage risk with a variety of international payment methods and cargo insurance. We recommend that you consider registering for this course after you have completed the International Transportation and Trade course.
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FIATA Diploma Course - Advanced Freight Services

CIFFA is a member of FIATA - International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association and is authorized to offer the FIATA international diploma. This course is the third and final course required to complete the FIATA International Diploma. This diploma is recognized by FIATA members in over 100 countries, and FIATA represents an industry of 40,000 logistics firms worldwide.

CIFFA Exam Challenge

The CIFFA Exam Challenge is only available to the employees of our regular members, who have at least 15 years of industry experience. The online exam takes three hours to complete and covers all topics contained in the CIFFA Certificate and FIATA Diploma - Advanced Freight Services courses.

The successful completion of the Exam Challenge grants the CIFFA Certificate, the eligibility to receive the FIATA Diploma, and a $590 credit towards one of the three CIFFA/Schulich Management courses - all of which lead to achieving the Professional Freight Forwarder (PFF) designation. If a student fails, $590 is applied toward the CIFFA Certificate.

FAQs

What learning materials are provided?

  • Access to e-book, which is readable on smartphones, tablets and computers
  • Access to online lessons, exercises and exams

When do I start my course?

If you choose On Demand, you can start immediately; you are granted four months to complete each course. If you choose a Virtual Classroom, your courses will start in either September or January.

Do I have an instructor if I choose On Demand courses?

No, on-demand courses are not supported by an instructor. If you want more interaction, Virtual Classrooms let you interact with fellow classmates and instructors while taking part in quizzes, group discussion and other activities.

About Our Courses

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Created by Freight Forwarding experts

Our course content is created by specialized experts in all areas of freight forwarding, and is designed to help the learner take advantage of this expertise through lectures, exercises and case studies.
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FIATA accredited

Every course we offer is accredited by the International Federation of Freight Forwarding Associations, and works toward a FIATA Diploma and CIFFA Professional Freight Forwarder (PFF) designation.
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Convenient and flexible

We offer two options to suit your schedule. For independent learning at your own pace, we have Online On Demand, which is not supported by an instructor. For a weekly scheduled workshop and interaction with peers, we have our Virtual Classroom, which is taught by a subject matter expert.

What people say

The CIFFA education programs provided me with the knowledge I needed to excel in my job and progress my career.  Working in Sales you need to understand everything from ocean, air and land transportation, customs, terms of trade, so you can make informed decisions for your clients.
Bradley Davis
Director, Route Development, Transpacific Canada - Kuehne + Nagel.
CIFFA’s certificate program covers a wide range of topics and has helped me to identify and understand the various cogs at work with any given shipment. Completing the coursework has helped demonstrate to my employer my commitment to the industry, and has given me the knowledge and skills to identify new opportunities and revenue streams.
Kevin Soyatt
Logistics Coordinator - Cole International Inc.
As a financial analyst, the courses helped me to better understand the logistics business and its challenges, and have been very useful to have better communications and discussions with operations. The training material is very clear, and the instructors were very knowledgeable.
Djamel Budin
Financial Analyst - Bolloré Logistics Canada Inc.
Our commitment to growth and innovation in supply chain and logistics is shared through every level of DSV Canada. Through our partnership with CIFFA, we have built a comprehensive 2-Year Trainee program that develops talent from colleges and university logistics programs across Canada.
Flavia A. Iuston-Blair
Senior Manager, Human Resources, DSV Air & Sea Inc, Canada

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