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Why CIFFA Certification is Essential for a Supply Chain and Logistics Graduate

By August 25, 2023August 28th, 2023No Comments

As you embark on an in-demand, fast-paced, ever-expanding career as a supply chain and logistics professional, it is essential that you have the credentials that give you the competitive edge.

The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) supply chain management certification offers, precisely, that. The supply chain management courses and supply chain and logistics training you select must include an eligibility to receive this CIFFA certification – recognized as a symbol of excellence by Canadian importers and exporters nationwide – if you are to thrive in your profession.

Anderson College is proud to not only align its Supply Chain & Logistics program curriculum with the highest industry standards recognized by CIFFA, and employ field-expert instructors, but in addition to CIFFA certification eligibility Anderson graduates also receive membership to the Supply Chain Management Association.

What is CIFFA Really and Why Does it Matter to YOU?


What is CIFFA?

The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association was founded September 1948 in Montreal. It was started by a small group of freight forwarders who saw a need to create an industry association to meet the professional demands of its members. Their goals, to this very day, are:

  • To support and protect the industry and its workers with uniform trade practices and regulations,
  • To establish rules for proper arbitration between members and others,
  • To deal with all questions affecting the interests of foreign freight forwarders at large,
  • To represent the industry in Parliament.”

CIFFA is a world-class brand with international strength and a track record for high standards, success and strong relationships with leading-edge freight forwarders, load brokers and myriad companies and governing bodies. A CIFFA certification, as a supply chain and logistics professional, is synonymous with quality and excellence.

Why is CIFFA Relevant to a Career in Supply Chain & Logistics?

Whatever role you play in the movement of goods, you need to be able to effectively and efficiently plan and execute shipments, understand transportation and freight operations, accurately quote and arrange shipments and manage transportation documentation, and so much more. A professional in this field has a complex job indeed.

Supply chain management programs recognized by CIFFA as offering training of the highest standards, thus making you eligible for certification, give you access to this renowned brand and association. CIFFA not only opens doors, but advocates on your behalf and provides ongoing career support and training, so you’re always in the know when it comes to industry advancements.

What Are the Practical Benefits of Becoming CIFFA Certified?

As an Anderson College graduate, with this certification, as well as membership to Supply Chain Canada, you have the credentials and connections to those who can empower you to perpetually enhance your career and service within a thriving industry. With CIFFA certification you will reap the benefits of global recognition right out of the ‘graduation gate’, prove that you received a superior education and can tap the top-level and relevant resources and ongoing training CIFFA offers, as well as know you’ve got an association powerhouse advocating for your best interests.

What Are the Opportunities for Continuous Learning with CIFFA?

The top-level education and resources are vast, from International Freight Forwarding Courses complete with standardized exams that allow you to demonstrate your new knowledge base, CIFFA workshops and dangerous goods training, to eligibility to receive your CIFFA Professional Freight Forwarder (PFF) professional designation in partnership with Schulich School of Business.

How Do You Get Launched in This Thrilling Career?

With Anderson College’s Supply Chain & Logistics program, you can be well on your way within approximately 46 weeks (depending on slight program variations campus to campus), and this includes a 16-week practicum of on-the-job training, offsite with potential employers.

  • You will be introduced to the modern practices and concepts of logistics and supply chain management as a vital part of corporate success in the local and global marketplace.
  • You will gain professional competencies needed for entry-level careers in purchasing, logistics and supply chain management in various industries, public sector, retail, freight forwarding, import/export and other areas of the economy.
  • Graduates will be equipped to plan and support decision making processes related to sourcing, supplier selection, purchasing, transportation, warehousing, inventory management, quality assurance and disposition of goods and materials.
  • Potential employers range from traditional manufacturers and retailers to supply chain specialists like consulting firms and transportation service providers.

All you have to do now, is reach out.

It’s true, we are deeply proud of our history of providing excellence in training but what sets us apart for students, is our supportive, caring, and compassionate community – that’s the Anderson College difference. We’d like to have you as a member of our Anderson family as we help you achieve your career goals.

If you’re still determining how your unique interests can align with a your career choice, you can always take our “Business Career Discovery Quiz”. But if you’re ready to start your Supply Chain and Logistics career, book a virtual appointment. Our Admissions team is here and ready to help you, step by step, as you navigate your way.

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