Frequently Asked Questions about study with the Institute of Export
How do the Institute's qualifications compare with other qualifications?
The IOE is an awarding organisation with the Qualifications Credit Framework, and the Qualifications Curriculum Authority. The QCF ‘levels’ allow comparison of IOE qualifications:
Young International Trader (YIT) - NVQ Level 1
Certificate in International Trade (CIT) - NVQ Level 3
Certified International Trade Advisor (CITA) - NVQ Level 3
Level 4 Diploma in International Trade
(formerly Advanced Certificate in International Trade/ACIT) - NVQ Level 4
Level 5 Diploma in International Trade - NVQ Level 5
Foundation Degree (FdA) - NVQ Level 4 to 5.
Are the Institute's qualifications recognised nationally and globally?
IOE is a recognised awarding organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and all IOE qualifications are recognised nationally and globally
Will the Institute consider previous learning and work experience?
Exemption/s may apply. Previous qualifications must cover the same learning outcomes as the syllabus of our subject and be of an equivalent level. Exemptions are decided by the Professional Qualifications Education Board. An exemption application, with all relevant information such as previous certificates, course credits, transcripts, breakdowns and course content, may be included with the student registration form.
Do I need to be a member of the Institute to study for a qualification?
Student membership is the minimum required to study. Existing IOE members are not required to pay separately for a student registration. An existing individual membership (higher membership types recognise international trade experience) makes student level membership unnecessary, Existing IOE members must still have their qualifications and experience checked to confirm that they meet the entry requirements of the qualification.
What are the benefits of becoming a Student member of the Institute?
Student membership allows access to IOE professional qualifications, for four years, and following success in passing leads to higher levels of membership
I'm based overseas; will I still be able to study for one of the Institute's qualifications?
International students are welcome, with two subscription levels for students based in the EU, and outside the EU
What subject areas do the Institute's qualifications cover?
The Certificate in International Trade (CIT) is designed to widen knowledge and awareness of global trade issues and the processes and practicalities of International Trade. The following four modules deliver the CIT learning outcomes:
1. Fundamentals of International Business
2. Introduction to International Trade Management
3. Global Marketplace
4. International Transport and Documentation
The Level 4 Diploma in International Trade (formerly Advanced Certificate in International Trade/ACIT) is based on the practical side of International Trade and the syllabus learning outcomes fall into the following four modules:
1. The Business Environment
2. Finance of International Trade
3. International Marketing
4. International Physical Distribution
The Level 5 Diploma in International Trade examines the students ability to manage the wider areas of International Trade and whether they are capable of making the correct decisions when problems arise. The Diploma consists of the following four subjects:
1. International Marketing Strategy
2. International Logistics and Purchasing
3. Management of International Trade
4. Practical Global Trading
Is there a time limit on how long I take to complete the qualifications?
Is there any financial assistance available?
Can I just study for part of a qualification?
What qualifications do I need for the different grades of membership?
Becoming an Affiliate Member of the Institute is available to those who seek to improve their knowledge and understanding of international trade and export management and administration. They receive the majority of benefits offered to other membership grades. You can join today using this level of membership.
Applicants should be at least 16 years of age. All students of the Institute are required to pass the professional examinations within four years of the date of their registration unless a special extension is granted.
Associate Member AMIEx
By application from any person who has passed the Institute's professional examinations at the level of Level 4 Diploma in International Trade (formerly ACIT). Applications are also considered at this grade from those who have three or more years' relevant experience in international trade.
By application, supported by two referees, from any person who has ten or more years' relevant experience in international trade.
Graduate Member MIEx (Grad)
By application from any person who has passed the Institute's professional examinations at the level of Level 5 Diploma in International Trade.
Are there set start dates for the qualifications?
IOE distance learning is flexible, and is not set to run with enrolment groups achieving the qualification in the same set turnaround. Schedules are individual and students (in agreement with sponsoring employers) decide when to enter as an assessment candidate. Homework assignments help students evaluate when to enter each subject of their qualification. Tuition is available for up to four years as long as membership is renewed, though is not expected to take that long.
What is distance learning? Will I get any support during my studies?
IOE’s distance learning course includes tuition and comprehension notes. Distance Learning reading material is designed to cover the syllabus of the IOE’s qualifications. Distance tutoring allows queries to aid understanding the syllabus, phone calls with tutors may be pre-arranged; special enquiries and homework may be submitted electronically.
Additional revision material is given in the form of specimen answers after each marked homework assignment is returned. Homework is not compulsory it is a benefit offered with the IOE’s distance learning course so that the students interact with the tutors and develop answer techniques to demonstrate their knowledge.
Studying one of the IOE’s qualifications through Distance Learning is flexible not tied to a bulk enrolment group that would prepare individuals to achieve the qualification in the same set turnaround; it is individual to the student
Mature students are encouraged to set targets for when to enter Assessments for each module. A study planner and access to past papers are available. Students (in agreement with sponsoring employers) decide when to enter as an assessment candidate because there is not a set study term.
Homework assignments help students evaluate when they want to enter the end test for each subject of the qualification so that they may achieve the qualification in their desired time scale. Tuition is available for up to four years as long as membership is renewed; we do not expect study to take that long, see suggested hours of study. Committing to realistic turnaround and a plan when to enter exam/assessments will help anticipate what budget is required and control the cost.