THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE CHALLENGE
The increasing globalization of business is exciting and filled with opportunity. With decreasing trade barriers, and increasing productivity and technology, there are international opportunities previously limited to only the largest and most experienced international companies.
But these opportunities are also challenging. Individuals working in the profession of global business must be knowledgeable in a wide range of competencies. From understanding how to avoid financial loss in even a simple international transaction to selecting the most appropriate foreign markets - ours is a profession highly varied and detailed. It is also a profession in which individuals are often isolated in only one or two aspects of international trade, with inadequate knowledge of other equally important areas of global trade. Companies rely on the expertise of individuals handling their international activities and are seeking proof of competency.
PROVING GLOBAL BUSINESS COMPETENCE
The NASBITE CGBP provides a benchmark for competency in global commerce. The CGBP designation demonstrates an individual’s ability to conduct global business including
- Global Business Management
- Global Marketing
- Supply Chain Management
- Trade Finance.
For candidates experienced in international trade, the certification confirms that knowledge. For candidates just beginning, it establishes a professional development goal to ensure a full understanding of the profession. For companies, it assures that employees are able to practice global business at the professional level required in today’s competitive environment.
NORTH AMERICAN SMALL BUSINESS INTERNATIONAL TRADE EDUCATORS (NASBITE)
The role of NASBITE is to facilitate and coordinate the certification process, not to provide training for the certification exam. Instead, academic, private, non-profit, and NGOs involved in international trade education and training will provide these services. This pioneering initiative will benefit both the primary stakeholders (exam takers) and the supporting stakeholders (trainers and employers) by:
· Recognizing international trade practitioners who demonstrate competence
· Advancing the viability of the international trade professional
· Raising the level of practice by encouraging professional growth in the field of international trade
· Providing a means for employers to select competent trade specialists
· Guiding and strengthening the academic international trade curriculum
How to Become a Certified Global Business Professional
The NASBITE CGBP credential is awarded to candidates that have:
1) Passed the NASBITE CGBP Exam - and -
2) Completed a minimum of two-years of college-level classes – OR –
Have worked in international trade for a minimum of two years.
College Level Studies
Besides passing the NASBITE CGBP Exam, candidates must also qualify through either college-level studies or work experience. For college-level studies, the candidate must complete and earn credit for two years of college-level courses. These may be in any field. A degree does not have to have been earned. Candidates that have received any two, four, or post graduate degree would automatically qualify for the CGBP designation assuming they have passed the exam.
For candidates that have not received a degree, they must indicate on their application where they have studied and how many hours (credits) of college credit has been received. For most colleges and universities using the credit-hour system, this would mean at least 32 hours of classes must have been successfully completed.
International Trade Experience
Alternatively, candidates may elect to receive the credential by passing the exam and evidencing two years of work experience in the field of international trade. This work experience must be directly related to international trade in any of the four domains. Relevant work experience would include international sales, international freight forwarding, international banking, or international customer support.
For more information visit: www.nasbite.org
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