Foundation Certificate in Freight Forwarding


Program Description


This course will cover the basics of the Freight Forwarding Business. All our courses are online courses.

This course is aimed at a person wishing to enter the Freight Forwarding Industry in an administration role, a new recruit starting in the industry, a receptionist or assistant in the Forwarding industry or someone who wishes to complement or certify their existing knowledge base.

This is a stand-alone certificate course.

Course Outline

  • The Role of Freight Forwarders
  • Early Days of Freight Forwarding
  • Forwarders Business Structure
  • Routes and Transport Modes
  • Intermodal Freight versus Multimodal Freight
  • Export Documents
  • Import Documents

Course Requirements

  • English language, all courses are written in English as this is the primary language of global business.
  • Computer, internet connection, and printer (should you wish to print the course).
  • A valid e-mail address.
  • Time set aside to study as per the course requirements

Course structure

2 weeks part-time or 4 days full time.

Part-time studies - where you study part-time in the evenings and on weekends using our online training program.

Full-time studies - when you take time off work to study full time using our online training program

Recommended study time set aside – we recommend 5 to 7 hours per week for each module/pilot certificate ie the part-time 2-week pilot certificate course will need 10 to 15 hours. The time will vary depending on the students' original knowledge of the course material. A soft copy of your full course module in a PDF format will be available on the e-campus for you to download. You will then be able to print a hard copy for study purposes if you choose. Pass mark = 65%

Learner support

  • Personal e-Tutor - You will be nominated a personal e-Tutor, all communication with your e-Tutor will be done via email. You may contact your e-Tutor at any time regarding your course.

Passing your course On passing your course you will receive an e-certificate via email.

Course Objective With the successful completion of this course you will be able to :

  • Secure a position in the Freight Forwarding industry
  • Be eligible for advancement within your company
  • Be confident that you are professionally trained and equipped for the Freight Forwarding industry

Stand alone certificate courses you can apply for:

1. Clearing and Forwarding Terminology Certificate - USD70

  • Glossary of Industry Terms

2. The Freight Forwarding Business Certificate - USD70

  • The Role of Freight Forwarders
  • Early Days of Freight Forwarding
  • Capitalisation and Assets
  • Forwarders Business Structure
  • The Container Export Transaction in 10 Easy Steps
  • The Container Import Transaction in 10 Easy Steps
  • Relationship between Forwarders and Client
  • FIATA Model Rules for Freight Forwarding Services
  • Information Technology in Forwarding

3. Transport Modes Certificate - USD70

  • Maritime Shipping
  • Airfreight
  • Road Transport
  • Rail Transport
  • Intermodal versus Multimodal Freight
  • Route and Transport Mode selection

4. Shipping Role Players Certificate - USD70

  • Exporter and Importer
  • Ocean Carrier and Ship Owner
  • Shipping Agents
  • International Ocean Freight Forwarders
  • Inland Carriers
  • Ship Brokers
  • Cargo Brokers
  • Customs and Excise
  • Ports, Harbours and Terminal Operators
  • Depots and Warehouses
  • Strategic co-operation between Carriers
  • Marine Insurance
  • Maritime Associations

5. Vessel and Cargo Types Certificate - USD70

  • Vessel Types
  • Cargo Types
  • Break Bulk Shipping
  • Bulk Shipping
  • Tramp Service
  • Liner Service
  • Types of Containers
  • Loading and Unloading Containers
  • Container securing
  • Load securing in containers
  • Container ship categories

6. Goods Classification and Duties Certificate - USD70

  • The Role of Customs and Excise
  • Goods Classification
  • Customs Administrations
  • Customs Bonded Warehouse
  • Duty Calculation for Imports
  • Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade
  • Special Tariffs
  • VAT and International Trade

7. International Customs and Shipping Documents Certificate - USD70

  • Enquiry Documents
  • Instruction Documents
  • Transport Documents
  • Insurance Documents
  • Customs Documents
  • Inspection Documents
  • Finance Documents
  • Standard Operating Procedures

8.International Trade Law and Sales Contracts Certificate - USD70

  • What is International Trade
  • Law in International Trade
  • Preparing and International Sales Contract
  • Model Sales Contract

9.Incoterms Certificate - USD70

  • Introduction to Incoterms
  • Selecting Terms
  • 2010 revision
  • Terminology
  • Rules for any Mode or Modes of Transport
  • Rules for Sea and Inland Waterway Transport

10. International Payments Certificate

  • Methods of Payment
  • Documentary Collection
  • Letters of Credit
  • Uniform Customs and Practice (UCP 600)

11. Forwarding Operations Certificate - USD70

  • Dangerous Goods Overview
  • Groupage
  • Protection and Packaging of Goods
  • Weight to Volume Comparisons
  • Freight Desk Operations
  • Detailing the Freight Costs


I am very proud to be a holder of my Freight Forwarding Foundation Certificate. I have enjoyed the cordiality during my study period with ShippingCollege. I appreciated so much the follow ups and the motivation l got from my College e-Tutor. l would like to take this opportunity to salute my e-Tutor for the followups, updates, motivations as well being an understanding tutor. For online studying, ShippingCollege is the best. Freight Forwarding Foundation Certificate - Wellington Madziva - Zimbabwe

The course content ShippingCollege provides is really comprehensive and satisfying to study. Moreover, you provide these courses at a very affordable price. I really appreciate this opportunity. Freight Forwarding Foundation Certificate - Koray Gondem - Turkey

I found the course material to be really good and I learned a great deal about this industry. Freight Forwarding Foundation Certificate - Andre Cunha - Singapore

Online training is good in the sense that it allows me to study in my own time and at my own pace. This course has added value to my career in Logistics. Freight Forwarding Foundation Certificate - Nancy Tan - Singpore

The instruction of how to take the training and exams is very clear and easy to use which helped me to achieve my study objectives. Freight Forwarding Foundation Certificate - Hazel Cao - Singapore

The best part about ShippingCollege was the quality of the course material and ability to ask question via email. I really enjoyed my course and would highly recommend this to anyone new in the industry as it gives you all the foundation skills needed to perform in your day to day functions in the Forwarding industry. Freight Forwarding Foundation Certificate - Lau Sok Koon - Singapore

Last updated December 2019

About the School

Shipping College is a global college with offices in London. We offer Global Qualifications for Global Positions. Join the exciting world of shipping, freight forwarding, logistics and multinational t ... Read More

Shipping College is a global college with offices in London. We offer Global Qualifications for Global Positions. Join the exciting world of shipping, freight forwarding, logistics and multinational trade through our international web based courses. Our courses provide you with the practical knowledge to further your career or join the world of global trade in the comfort of your home or office. Our specialised tutors are highly qualified in their fields with more than 20 years’ experience. Each student is assigned a personal e-Tutor to guide and assist them with their studies. Read less