Overview

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.

All Canadian 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 manufacturers, exporters, shippers, consignees, carriers, warehouses, packaging companies, financial institutions, and government agencies. These CIFFA courses will prepare students to collaborate effectively with these parties and to ensure that freight is delivered in accordance with the contract and applicable country regulations.

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Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Entry Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent OR 19 years of age or older.


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Courses

CIFFA Level 1 Requirements

INB345
International Transportation
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None.

The physical movement of goods across national boundaries will be the major focus of this course. Students will learn how to determine the cost of moving cargo by various modes and routes of transportation, how to incorporate the cost into the export quotation and/or the import costing. The topic of supply chain management is introduced. The student will learn how to deal with trucking companies, railway companies, ocean carriers, airlines, freight forwarders and agents.




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INB445
Freight Forwarding for Supply Chain Management
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Understanding how buyers and sellers manage risk with a variety of international payments and cargo insurance, the knowledge of commercial documents and their completion, export packaging, cargo security, dangerous goods and alternative transport solutions enable students to properly cost and quote on a shipment.




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CIFFA Level 2 Requirements

INB455
Advanced Cargo Freight Services
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Moving beyond the ordinary, Advanced Cargo Freight Services course explores the subjects 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 CIFFA's Standard Trading Conditions.




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INB465
International Logistics, Sales and Marketing
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This course in logistics, sales & marketing in supply chain management concepts includes discussions on technology, the increasingly important green logistics as well as basic concepts of sales and marketing.




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CIFFA

To acquire and maintain the knowledge and skill required to execute such tasks, Seneca College is offering the International Freight Forwarder courses – CIFFA Program.

All CIFFA Freight Forwarding Courses:

  • are FIATA accredited
  • are accredited by the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council
  • 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.

Students can write the following exams directly with CIFFA once the different set of courses are completed:

CIFFA Certificate exam

  • To be elegible for this exam, students are required to complete the two CIFFA Level 1 courses (INB345 & INB445)
  • Students must schedule their Level 1 "Certificate Exam" directly with CIFFA by emailing education@ciffa.com.
  • You must submit a copy of your transcript showing both Level 1 courses. To request Seneca Transcripts, please visit the Official Transcripts website for detail information.
  • Exams fee costs for Level 1: $800.00 (payable directly to CIFFA).
  • Passing grade for the Level 1 exam is 70% or higher.

CIFFA Advanced Certificate exam

  • To be elegible for this exam, students are required to complete the two CIFFA Level 2 courses (INB455 & INB465)
  • Students must schedule their Level 2 "Advanced Certificate Exam" directly with CIFFA by emailing education@ciffa.com.
  • You must submit a copy of your transcript showing both Level 1 & Level 2 courses. To request Seneca Transcripts, please visit the Official Transcripts website for detail information.
  • Exams fee costs for Level 2: $800.00 (payable directly to CIFFA).
  • Passing grade for the Level 2 exam is 70% or higher.

Please note that students achieving a grade between 60% to 69% in any of the CIFFA exams, might qualify to write a makeup exam for an additional fee of $125.00 payable to CIFFA.

Once students complete both of the CIFFA exams they will be eligible to apply for the FIATA Diploma. For students looking to pursue the Professional Freight Forwarder (PFF) Designation, the CIFFA Advanced Certificate is the first step in the pathway to certification. Please note that additional courses and industry experience is required. For more information visit:

Faculty Profile

Hamid Shirazi, MBA, BSc

Hamid is an Economic Development Professional with the Ontario Government. He has held a number of managerial and senior advisory roles to enable the growth of Ontario's key industry sectors, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) attraction, and job creation since 2008. Prior to that, Hamid was engaged in different aspects of Int'l Business and Export Development while working at an International medical device company (Tehran - Iran), The U.S. Foreign Commercial Service (Toronto), Toronto Export Development Initiative (Toronto), and Swedish Trade Council (Toronto).

Hamid's educational background includes an MBA with specialization in Int'l Business, a graduate diploma in Int'l Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA).

Hamid has been teaching Global Market Entry and Distribution, Global Marketing, Int'l Trade Management, and Int'l Trade Finance at Seneca since 2014.

Hamid enjoys fly fishing, reading, and watching documentaries.

Maggie Weaver

Maggie Weaver has been a business librarian, self-employed and traditional, all her working life. In the past 20 years, she has focussed on international trade, both import and export. She was Secretariat for the Canada-Ontario Export Forum from 2002 to 2016, and worked on contract for the Canadian Society of Importers & Exporters, the Toronto Region Board of Trade. Maggie's forte is curating business information resources and presenting them to SMEs in a simple and engaging manner, and in the order that makes sense to the entrepreneur. Her regular workshops, given at small business centres across Ontario, are First Steps in Exporting, First Steps in Importing, and International Market Research. She recently published "Research for Europe: A resources toolbox for Ontario exporters".

Program Contacts

Alice (Xiaolai) Yu
Part-time Program Coordinator
Xiaolai.Yu@senecacollege.ca


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.