Note: This program is unavailable until further notice. Current students should contact the Academic Program Manager for more information. Thank you.

Information Session

Students are invited to attend an information session.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to apply international research, marketing, finance, legal and business planning skills to a variety of complex global market situations. Your well developed skills in digital and intercultural communications, networking, negotiation and teamwork skills will support you as you lead integrative trade initiatives.

Graduates of this program enter the workforce with the aim of moving into leading managerial positions in a broad range of private and public international business environments, including regulatory bodies, professional organizations and international non-government organizations (NGOs). You will be employed in many sectors, including goods and services exporting and importing companies, trading houses, banks, multinational corporations, international research, trade development, sales and marketing companies, governments and international institutions.

Entry Requirements

To be accepted into this Post-Graduate certificate program, eligible students are invited to apply by submitting copies online of documents demonstrating one (or both) of the entry requirements outlined below:

  • University or three-year Diploma College graduates


  • Mature students with three to five years related work experience


  • English proficiency at the college level

Please note that once accepted into the program, you will be required to bring in the original documents to the Continuing Education office, as they need to be validated by the Academic Program Manager or designated representative of the Business Studies area.

Original transcripts from an accredited Canada institution or the original WES transcript assessment are the only valid credentials accepted for this program.

To validate mature student work experience, original recommendation letter in employer's letter head is required, in addition to any supporting documentation.

If you have any questions prior to applying to this program, please contact the program area via the Program Contacts link above.


Note: This program is unavailable until further notice. Current students should contact the Academic Program Manager for more information. Thank you.

Program Outcomes

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Conduct an environmental scan to evaluate the impact of world issues on an organization's international business opportunities.
  • Conduct, evaluate and present market research to support an organization's international business decision-making.
  • Manage the preparation of documents and the application of procedures to support the movement of products and services in the organization's global supply chain.
  • Evaluate the impact of statutory and regulatory compliance on an organization's integrative trade initiatives.
  • Develop and implement strategies to negotiate effectively within various cultural environments and to address the impact of cultural differences on an organization's integrative trade initiatives.
  • Develop and present an international marketing plan, and evaluate sales strategies that support an organization's integrative trade initiatives.
  • Identify and interpret relevant international financial documents, and evaluate financial strategies that support an organization's integrative trade initiatives.
  • Analyze the impact of an organization's integrative trade initiatives on its human resources management strategies, policies, and practices.
  • Develop and present an international business plan.
  • Manage the implementation and evaluation of team projects by applying project management principles.
  • Recommend strategies to support principles of corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility and ethics associated with an organization's integrative trade initiatives and evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Select and apply current technologies to support an organization's integrative trade initiatives.

OSAP Funding Available

This program is eligible for OSAP funding.

Course load is used by OSAP to determine funding options for programs.

If you are taking 1 - 2 courses at the same time, you may be considered for part-time student grants and loans.

  • 1 course (20%)
  • 2 courses (40%)

If you are taking 3 or more courses at the same time, you may be considered for full-time student grants and loans.

  • 3 courses (60%)
  • 4 courses (80%)
  • 5 courses (100%)

To find out if you qualify and to learn how to apply, please visit the OSAP website.

For information on other awards and financial assistance, please see Financial Aid.


When you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a certificate, diploma, or degree, you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the graduation and alumni fee. Certificates, diplomas, and applied degrees are issued twice a year in the Fall (October) and Spring (June).

For further information including deadlines and fees, please visit the  Convocation website or contact the Convocation Office at 416-491-5050 ext. 77461.


Graduates will have the required knowledge to pursue several key industry designations including the following:

  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • Certified International Trade Professional (CITP)


Seneca College & FITT Equivalence Chart

The Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) recognizes Seneca College courses as educational equivalents to FITT's industry-validated FITTskills courses. Application for equivalent status may be made to FITT after the completion of all eight courses.

Please contact FITT at 1-888-561-3488 or refer to their website for information about the transfer of credits.

FITT Accredited Program

Our FITT accredited program is a highly practical, hands-on series of courses that focuses on the fundamental aspects of international business. Upon successful completion of our program, including completing two (2) FITT assessments, students will be able to transfer their credits to FITT to receive a FITT Diploma in International Trade. This Diploma fulfills the educational requirement for obtaining the CITP designation.

Faculty who teach within this program are well-respected professionals in their field and bring a wealth of expertise to the classroom setting. Each represents the private or public sectors including: entrepreneurs, representatives from business, government or private consultants.

For more information about the FITT program, contact Emiliano.Introcaso@senecacollege.ca

The CITP Designation:

The CITP designation is the world's leading professional designation for the field of international business. It is earned by obtaining the FITT Diploma and meeting standards and requirements as set by FITT. For more information of the CITP designation, visit FITT website.

Credit Transfer Program

FITT Diploma Requirements

  1. Completion of the program, which includes 8 Seneca courses:IBS605, IBS805, IBS801, IBS806, IBS850, IBS820, IBS602 and IBS630.
  2. Submission to FITT of a project from 2 (two) of the following courses: IBS805, IBS630, IBS602 or IBS820. These projects must meet the criteria specified by FITT and identified by your instructor.
    How do you apply?
    1. Complete entire program.
    2. Complete the Standard Accredited Partner – student registration form. Students will be assigned a FITT ID after they've completed the registration form, which they must include on their project cover pages.
    3. Mail an official Seneca transcript to FITT (The Forum for International Trade Training, 116 Lisgar Street Suite 300, Ottawa, ON K2P 0C2)
    4. Upload two (2) projects to your FITT account using your FITT ID login OR email to info@fitt.ca.

Next Steps

FITT will mark your 2 (two) projects. Provided you have completed all steps successfully, you will qualify for a FITT Diploma and will have met the educational requirements for the CITP designation. Minimum passing grade for FITT Assessments is 65%.

Once you have successfully met the educational requirements, your next step is to obtain 1 (one) year of work experience in international trade. If you already have a year or more of work experience you are ready to apply for the CITP designation directly through FITT. For complete information on obtaining and maintaining the CITP designation, please visit FITT website.

What are the fees?*

The complete cost is $575+tax. This fee includes a complete set of FITTskills eBooks, all credit transfer and two (2) assessments, as well as a FITT ID and account login.

Note: *Fees are set by FITT and are subject to change without notice. The fees noted are accurate as of August 2013.

The Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) recognizes Seneca College courses as educational equivalents to their FITTskills courses. Application for equivalent status may be made to FITT after the completion of all courses.
IBS605 - Business in the Global Economy Module 1 - Global Business Environment
IBS805 - Global Marketing Module 2 - International Marketing
IBS801 - International Banking and Finance Module 3 - International Trade Finance
IBS806 - Global Supply Chain Management Module 4 - Global Supply Chain Management
IBS602 - Global Market Entry and International Distribution Module 5 - International Market Entry Strategies
IBS630 - Trade Research and Market Analysis Module 6 - International Trade Research
IBS850 - International Business Law Module 7 - Legal Aspects of International Trade
IBS820 - International Business Planning Module 8 - International Trade Management

Faculty Profiles

Hamid Shirazi, MBA, BSc

Hamid is an Economic Development Professional with the Ontario Government. Since 2008, 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. Prior to that, Hamid was engaged in different aspects of international 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 a specialization in international business, a graduate diploma in international business, and a Bachelor of Science in medical technology. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in business administration.

Hamid has been teaching global market entry and distribution, global marketing, international trade management, and international trade finance at Seneca since 2014.


Emiliano Introcaso, CITP, P.Log, MBA (Cand.)

With nearly two decades of experience, Emiliano Introcaso has helped manufacturers and exporters increase their global growth by providing them with the necessary support and guidance needed to operate in the supply chain industry.

His strategy not only focuses on navigating companies through the complexities of global supply chains, but also in the smaller details that can affect an international trade transaction.

Since 2011, Emiliano has taught in several part-time international trade and supply chain management programs. He is a Seneca College graduate and has earned designations as a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) and a Professional Logistician (P.Log.).

Emiliano is currently completing his MBA in global leadership through the University of Fredericton and is one of the export help advisors at Export Development Canada (EDC).

Program Contacts

Emiliano Introcaso
Part-Time Academic Program Manager
416-491-5050 ext.24043

Information Session

Students are invited to attend an information session.