International Trade & Co-op (Diploma)

This program is designed for students with limited work experience or post secondary business training looking for an integrated International trade training program. By using internationally recognized FITT materials, this program fulfills the initial stages of becoming a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP).

Program Benefits

At the end of this program, students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of business operations within the field of international trade, including an understanding of accounting, international marketing, finance and international law.

Partnership with FITT

Canadian College has partnered with FITT to offer the FITTskills program. FITT (Forum for International Trade Training) is an international trade training and professional certification body. As the only organization of its kind in the world, FITT sets the standards and designs the training programs leading to the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation. FITT’s quality training programs impart knowledge and practical skills that provide a competitive advantage to trade practitioners while elevating their position in world markets.

Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma or a high school completion certificate or equivalent.
  • Students must meet one of the following language requirements: Canadian College English Placement test 130; Smrt English 130; IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum score of 5.0 in each section; TOEFL iBT 46-59; CAEL 45.
104 Weeks (2000 Hours / 24 Months)
12 months work experience
*This program has been approved by the Registrar, in accordance with the Ministry of Advanced Education.
Semester 1

Study

12 weeks

Semester 2

Study

12 weeks

Semester 3

Co-op

12 weeks

Semester 4

Co-op

12 weeks

Semester 5

Study

12 weeks

Semester 6

Co-op

12 weeks

Semester 7

Co-op

12 weeks

Semester 8

Study

12 weeks

Note: Each Semester is 12 weeks long, and there is a 1-week holiday after each semester.

Study & Work

As students return to their home country, the combination of a Western Canadian Diploma and Co-op is not only a competitive advantage, but also allows students the opportunity to understand and experience the cultural and business nuances that can only be gained from a prolonged hands-on experience.

Co-op

The International Trade Co-op is an integral component of International Trade Diploma program with Co-op as it provides students with essential real-world work experience in a Canadian English speaking business environment. The Co-op is designed to provide the students with two semesters of solid studies in their initial entry to the college. This is to effectively arm them with soft skill tools necessary for a quality twelve months (1000 Hours) Co-op with a Canadian organization.

Completing the initial first Co-op after six months (500 Hours) will allow the students to return to the college for the next Semester (250 Hours) of study before they enter their next six month (2nd) Co-op Term (500 Hours) prior to returning for their Final semester (250 Hours) of study, graduating and returning to their home countries armed with the necessary tools and training they need for their future careers.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities keep expanding, in virtually every industry, as the global marketplace continues to develop. Graduates will have the opportunity to work in a broad range of International Trade occupations.

  • sales & procurement
  • logistics
  • finance
  • trade & investment
  • international affairs

FITTskills Program

FITTskills is a highly practical, hands-on series of courses that focus on the fundamental aspects of international business. Students may register for these courses as part of our FITT Diploma. Upon successful completion of all eight (8) courses and assessments, students will be awarded a FITT Diploma in International Trade. This diploma fulfills the educational requirement of the CITP designation.

The CITP Designation

The CITP designation is earned by obtaining the FITT diploma and meeting standards and requirements set by FITT. These requirements are: Complete the educational requirement by achieving the FITT diploma.

Curriculum

ACCT 101 - Accounting 1

This course introduces financial accounting concepts. Students learn the double-entry accounting system, including the preparation of financial statements, closing entries, internal controls for cash and payroll accounting.

ACCT 102 - Accounting 2

This course is a continuation of Accounting 1 and offers further insight into the field of accounting and how it serves the needs of the business community. We take an in-depth look at some specific items on the balance sheet, accounts receivable, inventory, capital assets, and current liabilities as well as the use of special journals, subsidiary ledgers, and end with an introduction to corporations. Applications of the principles learned will be applied to the preparation of financial statements, and in-depth problems, which emphasize the importance of accounting in decision making.

BUS 100 - Business Math

This is a fundamental course in business mathematics. Topics covered include mathematics of merchandising, simple interest, compound interest, annuities, loan amortization, and cost-volume-profit analysis. This course is designed to encourage students to develop mathematical skills and abilities by applying them to common business situations. Regardless of his or her prior math experiences, this course will enhance the learner's ability to use mathematics to solve problems and make sound decisions from both a career and personal perspective.

BUS 130 - Operations Management 1

This course introduces the learner to the operations management profession. An operations manager is concerned with the planning, decision-making and actions required to produce and deliver the organization’s goods and/or services, as opposed to marketing its products, managing its human resources or accounting for its finances. Operations managers work in virtually all enterprises – manufacturing, service, government, for-profit and not-for-profit. Operations managers work in many parts of the organization, including Purchasing and Supply Chain, Inventory Management, Quality Management, Scheduling, Transportation and Logistics, and Front-line Supervision to name a few.

BUS 131 - Operations Management 2

This second-level course continues the student’s introduction to the operations management profession and the wide variety of career paths that operations managers can pursue. Participants will continue to develop their awareness of the varied and complex roles that operations managers play in all enterprises – manufacturing, service, government, for-profit and not-for-profit. This course focuses on the analysis and decision-making that operations managers engage in as they strive for efficient, competitive production and delivery of the enterprise’s goods or services. Areas of study include process strategy, capacity planning, design of efficient facilities, and the various levels of planning needed to ensure that an organization can produce and deliver goods and services according to customer demands.

BUS141 Marketing 1

Designed to provide the student with an overview of the marketing concept and how it can be applied to any type of organization or service. Students also learn how key marketing concepts, principles, and theories can help marketers make effective decisions. Specifically the knowledge and understanding which are needed to assess product, price, promotion and distribution options, and to make marketing mix recommendations for specific target markets.

COMM 140 - Communications

This introductory communications course emphasizes the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking business communication skills at a college level. Students write for various purposes and audiences and deliver short presentations to small groups. Students research, analyze, summarize and document information. Students self and peer evaluate written documents and oral presentations. Through reading, media response and discussion exercises, students improve their communication skills. Communicating in diverse teams and across cultures is emphasized.

FITT 205 - Global Entrepreneurship

Global Entrepreneurship will introduce students to the fundamentals of International Trade. The student will learn to understand the context in which international trade takes place and recognizes the opportunities and challenges it represents for business. Students will learn to apply this knowledge to operate successfully in the international business environment.

FITT 210 - Legal Aspects of International Law

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.

FITT 215 - International Trade Management

The emergence of a global economy has challenged traditional assumptions about management. International Trade Management will help students manage international trade activities more effectively, with an eye to competitive advantage. The student will have the ability to develop an international business and implementation plan by understanding the scope and breadth and integration of international trade practices.

FITT 220 - Trade Finance

This course addresses financial methods and tools used to conduct international business transactions successfully. Risks such as commercial and country are discussed as are risk-mitigating techniques, their use and legal implications. Learners will acquire a broad overview of the nature and scope of trade finance—in particular, the 'Four Pillars' of trade finance, i.e., payment facilitation, risk management, financing and provision of information related to a transaction.

FITT 260 - International Marketing

International Marketing will teach students how to outdistance the competition by introducing students to the role of marketing in the pursuit of international business opportunities. Learn the potential challenges and the various factors that could affect a successful outcome. Participants will be provided with the basic knowledge and skills to develop an international marketing and implementation of plans to achieve business targets. Students learn to appreciate the implementation and coordination of the international marketing activities of products and services.

FITT 265 - International Market Entry

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.

FITT 270 - Global Supply Chain Management

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.

FITT 275 - 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. International Trade Research will take the student through applying comprehensive research methodologies, step by step. Students will learn that adequate and timely information supports sound international business decision making. Students will have the opportunity to conduct a comprehensive assessment of international market entry options for the export of products or services and recommend the optimal market entry strategy.

Five of the following elective courses depending upon availability.

BUS 105 - Small Business

Students learn the challenges of starting a new business. Topics include strategic approaches to small business, small business startups, funding sources, market feasibility, buying a small business and franchising. Students begin to develop skills in financial management, market management, operations, human resource management and general small business management. Preparation of a business plan is a key experiential exercise.

BUS 142 - Marketing 2

This course focuses on the marketing mix, a collection of variables that marketers control and manipulate in changing market conditions. Once marketing objectives have been developed, companies must decide on specific pricing, products/services, distribution and marketing communication strategies. Students study each of these four marketing mix variables in depth and in the context of a marketing plan.

BUS 230 - Human Resource Management 1

This course deals mainly with the factors that affect the overall workplace atmosphere. Topics include the strategic importance of human resource management, demographic challenges, job analysis and design, human resources planning, recruitment and selection, training and orientation, government and legal challenges, and problem-solving techniques.

BUS 231 - Human Resource Management 2

This advanced course gives students an appreciation of the technical aspects of human resources. Topics include performance appraisal, compensation management, financial incentives, employee benefits and services, employee relations practices, the union/management framework, and health and safety. Students who successfully complete this course and HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT I (HRM 1200) with an average B standing receive a full credit toward the Human Resources Administration course from the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario.

BUS 501 - Business Law

This course presents the basic legal principles of carrying out international business. It covers the legal implications of international business activities, discusses the legal aspects related to intellectual property, contract liability and responsibility, competition and antitrust laws, public trade law and legal issues related to E-commerce in international business. This is course that will bridge the gap between government systems, civil liability and profits.

ECON 120 - Economics

This introductory course emphasizes macroeconomics. Topics include economic principles such as opportunity cost; the law of diminishing returns; market price setting; price elasticity; and government price controls. Students also learn about unemployment, inflation, gross domestic product, money, banking and stabilization policies.

ECOM 125 - e-Commerce 1

This course provides students with the fundamental principles of planning and developing a successful on-line business. It covers issues like key challenges to for IT managers, opportunity analysis and business model development.

ECOM 126 - e-Commerce 2

In this follow up to CC125, students will be introduced to the comprehensive user-centered design process to create easy to use, and user centric websites. They will learn to conduct in-depth user research & requirements gathering sessions and then be able to analyze this research data & apply this to a website strategy.

COMM 502 - Speaking and Presenting

Speaking and presenting will help students in every phase of their careers from the first interview when they have to respond to questions, to the middle years when they have to represent their companies on the telephone or in face to face interactions with clients, to later in their careers when they have to make speeches in front of hundreds of people. The purpose of this course is to help the student sharpen presentation skills, both informal and formal. It will also teach techniques to build self-confidence when placed in front of a crowd.

SMM100 Introduction to Digital Marketing

This foundational course is designed to introduce students to digital marketing principles and tools, and how to leverage these tools in order to engage customers and create growth business growth.

COMP 150 - Business Computers 1

This course is the first part of an introduction to the computer skills required in business today. It provides the student with an introduction to computer file management and Microsoft Word.

COMP 151 - Business Computers 2

This course will introduce and further develop Microsoft Excel skills that the student will need use in subsequent semesters and in the business world. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to prepare tables and graphs, use input fields, understand and be able to use Microsoft Excel insert functions and specialized functions. These functions include goal seeking, solver and data analysis.

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