Frequently Asked Questions about study with the Institute of Export
The IOE is an awarding body 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
COAST Introduction - NVQ Level 2
COAST Intermediate - NVQ Level 3
Certificate in International Trade (CIT) - NVQ Level 3
Certified International Trade Advisor (CITA) - NVQ Level 3
Advanced Certificate in International Trade (ACIT) - NVQ Level 4
Diploma in International Trade (DIT) - NVQ Level 5
Foundation Degree (FdA) - NVQ Level 6.
IOE is a recognised awarding body, regulated by Ofqual, and all IOE qualifications are recognised nationally and globally
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.
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.
Student membership allows access to IOE professional qualifications, for four years, and following success in passing leads to higher levels of membership
International students are welcome, with two subscription levels for students based in the EU, and outside the EU
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 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 Diploma in International Trade (DIT) 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
Affiliation to 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 Advanced Certificate in International Trade (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 Diploma in International Trade (DIT).
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.
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.
Working in Collaboration with the Institute of Export and delivered by ITS Training Ltd.,
International trade and logistics involves the buying and selling of goods internationally. This qualification introduces you to the different aspects of trade and focuses on shipping – the process that enables goods to travel from 'A to B'.
This qualification is designed to introduce you to selected key concepts of international trade and the shipping process (i.e. importing and exporting, shipping documentation, methods of payment,the roles of the different parties involved and basic shipping law), and to help you develop learning skills, which will provide a sound basis for further work. It will give you an opportunity,whatever your plans, to learn ways of thinking that allow a better understanding of shipping and the shipping process as a whole.
The qualification materials have been produced with the needs of new learners in mind. They assume no special knowledge and no experience of studying. Taking examples from every aspect of the shipping process, they enable you to build up a picture of how shipping works and how different jobs in the industry connect together to make up the whole shipping process. Features of the qualification include:
*Examinations are optional, but are required if you wish to achieve the full COAST Level 2 Qualification. By sitting an online examination you will achieve the COAST Level 2 Certificate. By sitting an invigilated paper-based exam at one of registered centres (contact us for details) you will achieve the COAST Level 2 Diploma.
Subjects covered in this course include:-
By completing assignments and a 60-minute examination, you can achieve the COAST Introduction Qualification. This qualification is an excellent base on which to build your knowledge, and will help you enter the International Trade and Logistics Operations NVQ Level 2 or the COAST Intermediate (Level 3) Qualification.
An assessment score is used to determine whether or not you achieve the qualification. Your assessment score is based on two components:
ITS Training Limited, Cliff House, Hamilton Gardens, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 7EJ
Tel: 08456 12 33 44
COAST Level 2 Certificate £499.00 + VAT
COAST Level 2 Diploma £749.00 + VAT
The Institute of Export's Professional Qualifications are widely recognised as providing both employers and employees with the necessary international business practice linked to satisfying career planning and development. They enhance the reputation of the employer both in the eyes of participating staff and the commercial world in general
The Professional Qualifications can provide quantifiable benchmarks for measuring employee performance and structuring career expectations.
Graduates can be found working initially in Export Sales, Marketing and Support Administration functions and are usually better able to transfer easily to other Export functions.
For many of the professions such as Law, Finance and Human Resources, the Institute's qualifications provide the essential foundations for international business careers.
Staff can undertake formal tuition conveniently at a local college or through the Distance Learning Programme.
For our Business Members the Institute offers guidance on the structure and content of education and training programmes geared towards improving international business competence and, ultimately, commercial performance.
"Studying with the Institute of Export and International Trade has been valuable in increasing my knowledge and understanding of the complexities of international trade. Modules cover all important aspects of trading internationally and cover key facts in detail while putting them into context using real-life examples. These are qualifications that employers recognise and value and obtaining these qualifications has greatly assisted my career."
"I found the knowledge that I gained was of immediate use when a company asked me about how they should handle their currency transactions, to enable them to make a competitive bid for a European Contract. I was able to provide some insight as to their options, and they were both grateful for the advice and surprised at the level of specific knowledge available from my organisation."
"Having recently graduated at Credit level in the Advanced Certificate in International Trade, I have to comment on how helpful and informative I found the Institute of Export's online learning site. An excellent site is a must when studying remotely and a great channel too for comparing notes with others in the same learning environment".
"The Advanced Certificate in International Trade qualification has been a great platform in order for me to enhance my skills and update my knowledge. This has been incredibly important for maintaining my credibility for assisting and supporting our companies with their international ambitions"
The IOE Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme supports its mission “to enhance the international performance of the United Kingdom by setting and raising professional standards in International Trade Management practice”
The CPD programme allows members of the IOE to maintain and develop their knowledge, skills and competence, systematically throughout their career within international trade. In addition to recognising the development of a member’s technical knowledge, the IOE CPD programme takes into account the enhancement of the practical skills, which are required to operate effectively and professionally within the International trade arena
You can secure CPD points through a wide range of activities associated with International Trade but there are some limits on the type of activity that you can earn credits towards your CPD. These are set out below
Your CPD activity may involve developing your knowledge and skills in other fields (e.g. insurance, finance etc.) In order to claim the correct level of points towards your CPD from courses or International Trade Events that are not run by the IOE or do not have any CPD points allocated please contact Export House for guidance on the number of points that you can claim as this will depend on the Level of the course or event that you have attended and can range from 7.5 points per day to 20 points per day