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Import-Export Certification and Certificate Program Overviews

Many import-export certificate programs are offered through the continuing education and workforce development departments of community colleges and four-year universities.

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Essential Information

Certificate programs are offered for those interested in importing and exporting. Because many business professionals attend these programs, they are often offered through weekend, evening, and online courses. Students in an import-export certificate program learn the basics of international business and trade, importing and exporting regulations, management strategies and international business law.

Instead of educational prerequisites, schools will often examine an applicant's resume and work history. Certificate programs generally only accept students currently employed with international trade industry organizations. Students may also be asked to pass competency examinations.


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Certificate in Importing-Exporting Coursework

Certificate programs in the field of importing and exporting focus primarily on the specific regulations and procedures that constitute the field. Specific examples include:

  • Principles and regulations of international trade
  • Global logistics management
  • Principles of exports and imports
  • Applicable documents and licensure
  • Financial accounting
  • International business law
  • Customs regulations

Popular Career Options

Certificate graduates have the strategic expertise in international business law and regulations for work in business and manufacturing industries. Some specific positions might include:

  • Import-export coordinator
  • Import-export compliance manager
  • Import-export documentation agent
  • Director of regulation compliance
  • Logistics manager

Career Outlook and Salary Info

In 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics posted a median wage for transportation, storage, and distribution managers, which includes logistics managers, of $86,630 per year. Payscale.com reported a median salary for import-export agents of $39,258 as of January 2016.

Certification Options

One organization to offer certification in the field of importing and exporting is the International Import-Export Institute. The institute offers a variety of import and export certifications, as well as a certification program. Graduates must complete a certification exam at a proctored location. Just a few of the certifications available from the International Import-Export Institute include the Certified Exporter and Certified U.S. Import Professional.

Employees of international trade industry organizations may advance their careers by pursuing a certificate in importing-exporting. These programs teach students the basics of international business, trade regulations, management and international business law.

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