Certified Global Business Professional

The Global Business Professional certification is a prestigious acknowledgment of international business expertise, including management, marketing, supply-chain management, and trade finance. The Certified Global Business Professional Online Program will prepare you for the certification exam. This online certificate program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.


  • After completing this program, you'll be familiar with material included in the Certified Global Business Professional examination, including:
  • Evaluating the internal and external environment to identify potential marketing threats and opportunities
  • Developing and implementing a global marketing plan
  • Optimizing supply-chain solutions to meet the requirements of the international business plan
  • Evaluating and selecting potential intermediaries to support the international business plan
  • Completing documents required for the international movement of product and services
  • Assessing political and economic risks and cultural issues of the target country to establish financial costs and viability
  • Researching and analyzing credit history and payment capacity of the potential buyers or partners to assess the commercial risk
  • Selecting appropriate methods, terms, and currency of payment to agents, sales representatives, distributors, suppliers, and international joint ventures
  • Developing a short-, medium-, and long-term financial plan


The North American Small Business International Trade Educators Association (NASBITE) Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) Credential provides a benchmark for competency in global commerce. The CGBP designation demonstrates your ability to conduct global business. If you're experienced in international trade, the certification provides recognition of your knowledge. If you're just beginning a career in international business, the certification establishes your commitment to professional development.

The Certified Global Professional Online Program was created by academics, industry practitioners, and professionals who assisted in the development of the credential, and it's facilitated by instructors with extensive backgrounds related to the material. The Certified Global Business Professional Program prepares you for the credential exam by educating you in four areas: global management, global marketing, supply chain management, and trade finance.

Global Management

Review essential management skills in an international business context. You'll learn about setting a mission and vision for a global business enterprise; developing a global business plan; conducting research in an international environment; understanding the nuances of cultural, legal, political, and regulatory differences; and using technology to support global trade.

Global Marketing

This module focuses on marketing, including: assessing the external environment, performing strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats (SWOT) analyses, conducting international market research, developing a marketing plan and budget, determining the global marketing mix (product, price, placement, and promotional strategies), and conducting competitor analyses.

Supply-chain Management

This module delves into all aspects of managing supply-chain logistics, including: transportation modes; taxes, duties, and quotas; trade agreements; packaging requirements; use of intermediaries; documentation requirements; legal and regulatory requirements; insurance; trade conventions; and the offshore procurement process.

Trade Finance

This module will provide you with an overview of essential skills for managing financial transactions in international trade. Topics covered include political and economic risks, foreign exchange tactics and risks, credit and payment risks, optimal terms of payment, arranging financing, and setting the business's overall financial plan.

Upon registering, you're given twelve months to complete this program.

  • Registration + Fees

    Begins: Open enrollment | REGISTER

    Course: GBPX800.01

    Tuition: $2,795 | Prospective students of this program may be eligible for full or partial federal tuition assistance under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

  • Outline

    1. Global Management

    1. Management Challenge of International Trade
    2. Aspects of the Global Business Planning Process
    3. Factors Affecting Management of International Trade
    4. Information Sources for Global Business Planning
    5. Sources of Assistance for Global Business Planning
    6. Practical Tools for International Trade
    7. The Management Context of Global Business

    2. Global Marketing

    1. Evaluating the Internal and External Environment
    2. Developing and Implementing the Global Marketing Plan
    3. Coordinating the Marketing Mix

    3. Global Trade Finance

    1. Political Economic and Cultural Risks
    2. Foreign Exchange Risk and Mitigation
    3. Researching, Analyzing, and Mitigating Credit Risk
    4. Optimizing Methods of Payment and Documentation
    5. Payment Terms
    6. Developing the Short-, Medium-, and Long-term Financial Plan

    4. Global Supply-Chain Management

    1. Optimizing Supply-Chain Solutions
    2. Evaluating and Selecting Potential Intermediaries
    3. Completing Documents for International Movement of Products and Services
    4. Calculating Costs, Benefits, and Risks of International Transactions
    5. Facilitating Offshore Procurement Processes
  • Requirements

    This program is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers.

    IBM or PC computers or Mac computers can access this course with high-speed Internet or dial-up via a 56.6K modem or better. Microsoft Office and Macromedia's Shockwave and Flash applications (available via free download) are also required. There are no required textbooks. All material is contained in the program and can be printed for future reference.


    This program is for you if you're a NASBITE member, an employee at a large or small company with global interests, or a practitioner, an educator, or a student engaged in international trade and global commerce. The credential is also suitable for individuals working in trade-assistance organizations, trade-promotion agencies, and related educational institutions.

  • Instructor

    This is not an instructor facilitated program. Certified Global Business Professional does offer students an Ask the Experts feature which will provide them with access to industry experts.

  • FAQs

    1. What trade skills are certified and at what depth?

    The NASBITE CGBP certifies that a candidate is competent in four primary areas:
    Global business management
    Global marketing
    Supply-chain management
    Trade finance

    Within each area are the following five "threads," which are topics that cross all four areas:

    Legal and regulatory compliance
    Intercultural awareness

    Within each of these areas and threads, there are tasks and knowledge statements tested through the CGBP exam.

    The NASBITE CGBP doesn't certify that a candidate is an expert in each of the four domains. It certifies that a candidate is proficient in the tasks and knowledge generally associated with a practitioner who's worked in global trade for two years.

    2. What are the benefits of the CGBP certification?

    Candidates who receive the NASBITE CGBP designation may use the credential logo and word mark on resumes and business cards, which will identify them to employers and the public as individuals proficient in global commerce. For companies, the certification establishes a professional development goal for current and future employees. The credential also helps individuals diversify their skills in global commerce and assures they understand a broad range of topics rather than just the specific field they have experienced within international trade.

    3. What’s required to achieve certification?

    To receive the NASBITE CGBP designation, a candidate must pass the CGBP exam and have completed either two years of college-level study or have worked in global commerce for two years.

    4. What is the CGBP exam and when is it offered? What is the cost?

    The CGBP exam is a multiple-choice exam covering the four areas and five threads. The exam is offered in major U.S. cities at various times during the year. Locations and dates are posted on www.nasbite.org under Exam Locations.

    5. How long does it take to complete a program?

    All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment. You can start and finish the program at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given twelve months to complete this program.

    6. Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

    Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

    7. How long does it take to complete a program?

    All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Each of the four courses contained in this program will take an average of forty hours to complete. If you need more time, extensions are available.

    8. Do I have to buy additional materials?

    All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.

    9. Can I get financial assistance?

    ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

    10. What happens when I complete the program?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

    11. Am I guaranteed a job?

    ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

    12. Who will be my instructor?

    There is no facilitator for this program. Certified Global Business Professional does provide students an Ask the Experts feature which will provide them access to industry experts who will respond to all student questions within twenty-four to forty-eight hours. All of the experts are successful working professionals in the fields in which they represent.

    13. What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

    In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

    14. Can I use a Mac?

    Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

    15. How can I get more information about the program?

    If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at 1-855-520-6806. We will answer your questions promptly.

    16. When can I start the program?

    Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

    Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

    17. What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

    The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee will be charged for an extension.

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