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Certificates in Freight Forwarding, Supply Chain Management, Dangerous Goods and Other Online Courses and Webinars

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Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Toronto, the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) was established in Montreal by a small group of freight forwarders who saw a need to create an industry association to meet the professional demands of its members. The association’s members, as required by the by-laws, adhere to recognized standard trading conditions, have forwarder’s liability insurance including errors and omissions, and have access to a training program through the CIFFA education system to ensure the professional quality of their staff.

As a freight forwarder, the association provides you with the opportunity to share the stature of the CIFFA brand, recognized as a symbol of excellence by Canadian importers and exporters. To a shipper or importer, the association provides a source of freight forwarding companies all of whom are registered in our directory and all of whom participate from a level playing field of Standard Trading Conditions. To the providers of goods and services and to carriers in all modes, the association facilitates access to some 250 freight forwarding companies.

CIFFA also focuses on delivering education and training programs through online virtual classrooms and webinar formats. Employees of CIFFA member firms, importers, exporters and those looking to start a new career in freight forwarding will benefit from industry leading education programs. CIFFA is a certified training provider for FIATA, IATA, ICAO, CSCSC and the courses include all IMO and Transport Canada regulations as required. Course materials are updated regularly and are recognized nationally and worldwide.

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Education & Training Programs


International Freight Forwarding Courses

  • CIFFA Certificate in International Freight Forwarding: A CIFFA Certificate in International Freight Forwarding is awarded after successful completion of International Transportation and Trade and Essentials of Freight Forwarding.
  • International Transportation and Trade (online): This course introduces the student to air, ocean, truck and rail transportation and to the world geography over which goods move. Incoterms ®2010 outlines the transfer of cost and risk between the seller and buyer.
  • Essentials of Freight Forwarding (online): Understanding how buyers and sellers manage risk with a variety of international payments, cargo insurance, properly completed commercial documents and export packaging leads students to where they can offer professional costing and quoting and alternative solutions to their clients.

International Freight Forwarding Advanced Courses

  • CIFFA Advanced Certificate in International Freight Forwarding: The CIFFA Advanced Certificate in International Freight Forwarding will awarded to candidates with the CIFFA Certificate who successfully complete Specialized Freight Services and Supply Chain Management and Marketing within 3 calendar years.
  • Specialized Freight Services (Online): Moving beyond the ordinary, Specialized Freight Services explores the details of project cargo and air and ocean chartering.  Extensive portion is devoted to customs and regulatory compliance leading students to the topic of transportation law and legal liability, including standard trading conditions.
  • Supply Chain Management and Marketing (online):  This program introduces the student to the basic concepts of supply chain management and sales and marketing.

CIFFA Dangerous Goods Training

  • Ocean Dangerous Goods Freight Forwarder Course (online): Transporting dangerous goods by ship is a unique situation.  Due to the large quantities that are involved, the lengthy travel times, and other transportation factors (heat, humidity, exposure to water, severe movement, etc. The International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Dangerous Goods Code specifies the requirements that must be followed. A thorough knowledge of dangerous goods must be obtained before you move dangerous goods by ship. A current edition of the IMDG Code is required to complete this training.

CIFFA Online Workshops

  • Canada-European Union (online): The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) (online): This workshop covers the contents of Canada’s most important free trade agreement since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and its impact on various parties involved in international trade.

CIFFA Webinars

  • Letters of Credit: This webinar highlights & clarifies the basic terminology & procedures involved with different methods of payment used in international trade.
  • Essentials of Exporting: This webinar highlights & clarifies the regulations governing exports from Canada, guides participants through export reporting procedures, documents and data requirements and timing, reviews existing regulations and compliance requirements.
  • Incoterms 2010: This webinar fully explores and explains the new Incoterms 2010, clarifies obligations of buyers and sellers, and,  provides practical examples of cost and risk transfer.
  • Cargo Insurance: This program clarifies the differences between carrier liability and cargo insurance, outlines various types of cargo insurance coverage available, provides clear, step-by-step procedures for handling cargo insurance claims, and highlights practical tips and tools in small group workshops using real life examples and case studies.
  • Transborder - Shipping to the USA: This three hour workshop (1.5 hours over two days), will discuss the differences between Canada and the United States with respect to items like tariff classification, Incoterms, custom bond requirements etc. This course will also introduce you to the documentation required, the parties involved and any significant rules as instituted by NAFTA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs, the USDA and other important agencies.

Other Courses and Webinars

  • Air Dangerous Goods Initial Classroom
  • Air Dangerous Goods Online
  • Air DG Recurrent Classroom
  • Road Dangerous Goods
  • Shipping Lithium Batteries by Air
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS 2015) - For Managers and Supervisors
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS 2015) - For Workers
  • Authorized Cargo Representative (ACR)
  • Cargo Security Co-ordinator (CSC) Initial
  • What The Non-Financial Manager Needs To Know About Financial And Managerial Accounting
  • Building a Strong Customer Service Culture for Your Organization

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