CIFFA Certificate in International Freight Forwarding

Freight forwarders plan and execute shipments by all modes of transport. They are responsible for researching routes, rates, and carriers, providing quotes to customers, making arrangements for shipments, monitoring shipments, and managing transportation documentation. Freight forwarders work closely with shippers, consignees, carriers, warehouses, packaging companies, financial institutions, and government agencies. Freight forwarders collaborate with these parties to ensure that freight is delivered in accordance with the contract and applicable country regulations.

To acquire and maintain the knowledge and skill required to execute such tasks, CIFFA offers the following programs:

CIFFA Certificate in International Freight Forwarding 

Course Outline Virtual Classroom Registration Online On Demand Registration
International Transportation and Trade Start Sep 2020 Start at any time
Essentials of Freight Forwarding Start Jan 2021 Start at any time

NEW learning environment offers learners an improved and enhanced experience with simple navigation and accessible from all devices.

The improvements made to the course will benefit the learner in many ways, including:

  • Competency-based case studies, that prepare the learner for real freight forwarding situations
  • Animated and narrated explanations of complicated topics
  • Updated content in both the e-textbook and online lessons
  • A comprehensive glossary of logistics definitions
  • Interactive exercises to test your knowledge

Who should enroll…These courses are designed to meet the education needs of two main groups:  Individuals who are new to the international transportation, trade, logistics and supply chain industries and need to acquire new skills and knowledge to become more employable; and those who are currently working in the international transportation, trade, logistics and supply chain industries, but wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge to advance their career.

Completion of this program contributes towards achieving the CIFFA Certificate in International Freight Forwarding.

Bundle and Save for the FIATA Diploma

Start with CIFFA Certificate courses and achieve international recognition after completing the FIATA Diploma. Save 10% when you register for the FIATA Diploma Bundle Offer comprised of the CIFFA Certificate program courses and the FIATA Diploma course. Contact for full details.

All CIFFA Freight Forwarding Courses:

-are FIATA accredited

-are written and taught by industry professionals with real-world knowledge and experience

-combine theory, practical exercises, and case studies relevant in  day-to-day operations.

For your added convenience, CIFFA offers flexible study options to suit your schedule – Online On Demand and the Virtual Classroom.


Online On Demand

Virtual Classroom

How do I study? Independently, at your own pace. Follow a weekly schedule (provided by CIFFA).
Do I have an instructor? Yes, once a month you will have access to a live instructor during the monthly On Demand Support session. Yes, during the scheduled live sessions you can interact with fellow classmates and instructors while taking part in quizzes, break-out groups, and other interactive activities.
When do I start? Anytime! Students are given 4 months to complete the program. Register today, start tomorrow! Scheduled start in September and January, each year.
What kind of support do I get?
  • Access to downloadable e-textbook
  • Access to online lessons, exercises, and exams
  • Recorded lectures led by industry subject matter experts
  • Monthly instructor-led On Demand Support session
  • Access to downloadable e-textbook
  • Access to online lessons, exercises, and exams
  • Recorded lectures led by industry subject matter experts
  • Live scheduled interactive sessions led by instructors with specialized knowledge and experience

The Professional Freight Forwarder (PFF):  Combine your experience as a Freight Forwarder and your desire to continue to learn and educate yourself in the industry and achieve your Professional Freight Forwarder designation.  Click here to learn more.

If you would like to know more about your educational career options or about the CIFFA freight forwarding courses, feel free to contact CIFFA at