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International Trade

In an increasingly global marketplace, business professionals need an international education that gives them the knowledge and skills to keep pace. The intensive International Trade program at Vancouver Career College teaches the fundamental industry skills as per the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), which is a recognized credential in 26 countries.


This program covers key topics such as import/export planning, entry strategies for international markets and cross-cultural business practices. The program also covers trade regulations, negotiation strategies, marketing techniques, and global trade trends. Students will develop a skills portfolio and business plan as part of this course. Students will put their classroom skills into real-world practice as part of a practicum placement.


NAFTA, APEC & the new WTO agreements are revolutionizing international trade and creating millions of new import and export trade opportunities. Responsive to standards and demands of industry for training in this field, Vancouver Career College has partnered with FITT (Forum for International Trade Training), Canada's national professional organization, to deliver the FITT skills program. The FITT skills program focuses on the practical aspects of international business, including logistics, nation-by-nation marketing opportunities, trade finance, market entry strategies, and international management techniques.

Admissions Requirements

  • High school graduation or equivalent, or mature student status.
  • Pass college's admissions test.

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

  • International Research     
  • International Marketing     
  • International Buying     
  • International Banking     
  • International Sales     
  • International Contract Management     
  • Freight Forwarding     
  • Brokerage Management     
  • Customs Agents     
  • Government Trade Officers


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Program Courses
B1178-4 / International Trade Management
This course will help to manage international trade activities more effectively with an eye to competitive advantage. Content coverage will include managing the export process, international business planning, the global economy and international companies, benchmarking the competition, managing for competitive advantage, and managing cultural diversity, international innovation, assets, and risks.
B1174-4 / International Trade Research
True marketing success in international trade depends greatly upon developing an in-depth understanding of target markets. This can only be accomplished through research. This course will cover the research process, step by step. Topics covered include planning the research process, defining research objectives, evaluating import and export opportunities, data collection and analysis, management information systems for international trade, sources of marketing information, and apply trade research.
B1176-4 / Legal Aspects of International Trade
International trade law is a complex area that can directly affect success in international trade. This course will provide a management perspective in order to become fully aware of all the international legal implications of expansion into the global marketplace. Content coverage will include an introduction to business law, Canadian contract law, international business agreements and conduct, dispute resolution, anti-trust law, product liability, and technology and intellectual property.
SSS4 / Student Success Strategies
Students will gain a better understanding of themselves through an exploration of their personal attributes, transferable skills and learning styles. This course will introduce techniques for time, conflict, and stress management and develop interpersonal communication skills. Fundamental study and motivation skills will be covered, preparing students to excel in their program of choice.
PSK4 / Professional Skills
This course is designed to equip students with interpersonal skills identified by employers as essential for success in the professional world. Using a variety of instructional methods including case studies, group exercises, and discussion, students learn and practice key communication skills.
INT199 / Practicum
This module is for course credits but has no grade. Students will be placed in actual work places related to their field of study and will be expected to act as a regular employee in order to gain the valuable real-world experience that so many employers seek. Students are encouraged to find their own work experience placement; however, once placed, continuation in that placement is mandatory.
CES4 / Career & Employment Strategies
This course builds on the skills learned in the Student Success Strategies course. It provides information on how to use the communication skills learned in order to make a successful presentation to a prospective employer. Students also learn how to uncover the hidden job market and identify employment opportunities. Self-assessment during this course allows students to identify their personal skills that are transferable to the workplace and to describe these skills to a prospective employer. Students are videotaped during a mock interview and participate in the analysis of their performance in the “interview”.
B1156-4 / Global Business Environment
As global trade barriers come down, Canadian companies must learn to compete internationally. This course introduces the fundamentals of international trade. Students will learn to apply the skills and knowledge needed to perform export/import readiness diagnostics and initiate a variety of export/import planning process for companies involved in international trade.
B1168-4 / Global Supply Chain Management
Logistics involve the steps taken to get your product to market. This course will teach the crucial interplay of the export team, documents, preparation, and transportation in getting the goods from the seller to the buyer. Topic coverage includes: preparing a logistics plan, transportation management and analysis, order processing, shipment preparation, import and export process and documentation, delivery and distribution, and clearing Canada Customs.
B1172-4 / International Market Entry and Distribution
This course will help chart a course to international markets and negotiate any obstacle. It will cover defining strategic needs, barriers to entry, distribution issues, product representatives, finding the right partner, negotiating partner agreements, managing joint ventures, and exit strategies.
B1158-4 / International Marketing
Marketing is the part of a business that focuses on the customer. Nowhere is marketing more important than in the global marketplace where competition is fierce. This course will provide knowledge on how to outdistance the competition. Topics covered will include principles of marketing, international marketing plan development, promotional strategies, pricing, and international marketing management. By the end of this course, students will demonstrate the skills and knowledge needed for effective marketing in international trade.
B1166-4 / International Trade Finance
Financing plays an essential role in international trade. This course provides examples of complex ventures and will show you how to secure financing for them. Topics covered include trade finance risk analysis and management, forms of financing, cash flow planning, and official sources of trade finance.
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