Overheard at the NASBITE April 2012 Conference: “I wanted to get the CGBP certification because I wanted to get a trade promotion job with a federal agency.” And from another, “I realized that I didn’t have what it took to equip students to do international business.”
“The NASBITE International Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) provides a benchmark for competency in global commerce. It demonstrates an individual’s ability to conduct global business surrounding four domains:
- Global Business Management
- Global Marketing
- Supply Chain Management
- Trade Finance
Other topics that are addressed include: documentation, intercultural awareness, resources in support of global trade, legal and regulatory compliance, and technology.
Why should one pursue this certification? In this profession, professionals are often experts in one or two aspects of international trade only. But more and more, trade professionals need to be aware of and competent in many areas of trade… “from understanding how to avoid financial loss in even a simple international transaction to selecting the most appropriate foreign markets”. This certification is based on 5 years of research and testing for reliability and validity. Laurie Wolff, now President of NASBITE, says there are many other bogus “certification” offerings out there that are not reliable or comprehensive. Business schools do not teach everything that is needed to be successful in this field. NASBITE is the only organization who has done this right.”
Who should pursue this certification? Anyone working in the profession or studying for a career related to global commerce: those in small or large companies, students in college programs, those working in trade assistance or promotion organizations, as well as educational institutions.
The exam for certification consists of 150 multiple choice questions offered by Prometric. Questions were developed by experts in the four domains listed above. Candidates must have completed either two years of college or worked in global commerce for two years.
Jim Foley took on the development of the CGBP when NASBITE committed itself to this goal at the 2000 Conference in Boston. He says that the CGBP finally gives respect for international trade, because there is a standard and people can say that they know best practices. It is truly a global standard as the 500th person to acquire the certification was from Russia and the 1000th is from China. Jim states that he hears from those who have achieved the certification that it has made a huge difference in their getting a job.
Bottom Line: CGBP helps you get a job.