Trade Management & Co-op (Certificate)

This program is designed for students pursuing a career within the field of trade management. The coursework gives students an understanding of the activities required to manage the operations of a company within the industry and 6-month Co-op provides valuable work experience in the field. By using internationally recognized FITT materials, this program fulfills the initial stages of becoming a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP).

Program Benefits

This program is intended to prepare a student for a career in trade management. At the end of this program, students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of management operations in the trade industry; including business computer applications, international law and marketing.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma, High School Completion Certificate, or equivalent.
  • Students must meet one of the following language requirements: Canadian College English Placement test 125; Smrt English 125; IELTS 5.0 overall with a minimum score of 4.5 in each section; TOEFL iBT 45; CAEL 40.
52 Weeks(1000 Hours, 12 Months)
6 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

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 Certificate or 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 TMC Co-op is an integral component of the Trade Management Certificate program as it provides students with essential real-world work experience in a Canadian English-speaking 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 six months (500 hrs) Co-op within a Canadian organization.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

Two of the following elective courses depending upon availability.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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