FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding

Start date: 25 August 2021

Duration: 1 Year (September to June)

Location: Blended programme - Distance and Online Learning

Certificate: FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding

Cost: €1,450 (Unsubsidised Programme fee - €1,950)

Course code: 14268

Programme overview

This programme has been created by Freight Forwarders for the Freight Forwarding industry and covers the cornerstones of Freight Forwarding through a combination of academic learning and a mixture of practical and theoretical assignments for completion on a monthly basis.

Over a ten-month period (September – June each year), students are posted 10 printed training manuals on different topics of Freight Forwarding (Air Freight, Sea Freight, Customs Clearance, Insurance and Dangerous Goods etc.) and are given between 3 – 4 weeks to study each module. Throughout each month study aids in the form of online webinars and assignments are also made available via e-mail. Over 300 minutes of learning is available to view on demand and is released on a phased basis during individual modules.

Assignments take the form of document completion or practical exercise, reflecting and preparing for the work of Freight Forwarding (Bills of Lading, Air Waybills, Sea Freight rates calculations, Customs Duty & Vat calculations, Hazardous Labels identification etc). At the end of each month, students then take an online multiple-choice test based on the module they just studied. All programme material is centrally stored and accessible via a user-friendly Moodle interface. Finally, at the end of the 10 modules, there is a break of one month before a Final Examination, which consists of a 3-hour written test, held in Dublin.

Help and support are available throughout the course via e-mail and telephone.

Programme material is updated annually by experienced Freight Forwarders with many years in the industry and is validated by FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations. The most recent re-validation was March of 2017 and will next go before FIATA’s International Advisory Body Vocational Training (ABVT) for revalidation in 2021.

This training programme is delivered and administered by the Irish International Freight Forwarding Association (IIFA). IIFA is the National Representative body for Freight Forwarding service provider Businesses in the Republic of Ireland. All tutors hold Distinction level training qualifications through a QQI Level 6 Training Delivery and Evaluation course. Tutors are highly experienced in the overall activities and day to day functions of the Freight Forwarding business, having worked for many years in the fast-paced and challenging area of deep-sea operations.

Should you have any queries regarding this programme, please get in touch and we will arrange a call with the training provider.

Unsubsidised Programme fee - €1,950

Who Is This Course For?

Those with a role or interest in the work of managing International Trade.

The programme will prepare those who wish to work in a Freight Forwarding office and for those in a similar role already. The content of the programme covers all modules of the Industry, giving a solid foundation for the different departments of international cargo transport.

For Importers and Exporters, this programme can offer a solid insight into the work of managing international cargo transport, the various procedures involved and the often complex and diverse level of knowledge required.

Learning Outcomes

  1. A solid foundation in operational requirements for International Cargo transport by Land, Sea and Air
  2. Knowledge of contractual responsibilities in International Trade including full training on Incoterms 2020
  3. Knowledge of Customs Clearance process including classification of goods and Duty & VAT Calculations
  4. Practical experience with key documentation used in Freight Forwarding offices
  5. An understanding of Insurance requirements and responsibilities for the Shipper and Freight Forwarder
  6. Awareness of the process and considerations needed for the transport of Dangerous Goods via all Modes of Transport
  7. Firm knowledge of the end to end process for International Cargo Transport
  8. Confidence with handling Customer queries and International Shipments
  9. An understanding of Carriers’ Quotations and ability to accurately quote the Customer for all Modes of Transport

Course Content

There are 10 modules comprising this Diploma:

  • Freight Forwarding
  • Sea Freight
  • Air Freight
  • Road Transport
  • Multi-Modal Transport
  • Customs Clearance
  • Logistics
  • Insurance
  • Dangerous Goods
  • Information & Communication Technologies

Each module covers an academic overview of the topic, educating students of the rules and regulations governing that topic. Practical elements are also incorporated specific to each module in the form of document completion or similar work to be completed as part of an assignment per month. This includes completion of Bills of Lading for an export LCL shipment under Letter of Credit and Sea Freight calculations for both LCL and FCL shipments during Sea Freight, Classification of Goods and Import Duty & VAT calculations during Customs Clearance and similar for each module.


Detailed module descriptions can be viewed HERE

Course Timetable

Detailed course timetable for 2021/2022

Wednesday 25th August 2021

Registration Evening (Dublin Location or Online – TBC)

Freight Forwarding Notes distributed


Week commencing 6th September 2021            

Webinars for Freight Forwarding issued


Tuesday 21st September 2021

Online Test for Freight Forwarding Module (Sea Freight Notes posted out)


Week commencing 4th October 2021

Webinars for Sea Freight issued


Tuesday 19th October 2021

Online Test for Sea Freight Module (Air Freight Notes posted out)


Monday 1st November 2021

Webinars for Air Freight issued


Tuesday 16th November 2021

Online test for Air Freight (Road Transport Notes posted out)


Week commencing 29th November 2021

Webinars for Road Transport issued


Tuesday 14th December 2021

Online test for Road Transport (Multi-Modal Notes posted out)


Christmas Break


Tuesday 11th January 2022

Online Test for Multi-Modal (Customs Clearance Notes posted out)


Week commencing 24th January 2022

Webinars for Customs issued


Tuesday 8th February 2022

Online Test for Customs (Logistics Notes posted out)


Week commencing 21st February 2022

Webinars for Logistics issued


Tuesday 8th March 2022

Online Test for Logistics (Insurance Notes posted out)


Week commencing 21st March 2022

Webinars for Insurance issued


Tuesday 5th April 2022

Online Test for Insurance (Dangerous Goods Notes posted out)


Week commencing 18th April 2022

Webinars for Dangerous Goods issued


Tuesday 3rd May 2022

Online Test for Dangerous Goods (ICT Notes posted out)


Week commencing 9th May 2022

Webinars for ICT issued


Tuesday 24th May 2022

Online Test for ICT


4 week gap


Tuesday 21st June 2022

Final Examination – Afternoon session


Course Evaluation, Assessment & Grading

With a Final Examination at the close of the course, students are continuously assessed per month throughout the course. Each monthly module will be concluded with the submission of an assignment and an online Multiple-Choice test. Upon completion of all ten modules, there is a break of one month before sitting the final examination which consists of a 3-hour written test.

The breakdown of the final grade is as follows: 40% from the monthly Assessments + Online Tests and 60% from the Final Examination.

Course Requirements

There are no prerequisite requirements for entry on this programme.


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded an Internationally recognised FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding, from FIATA (the International Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations), based in Switzerland.


Group 2018/2019

“The IIFA FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding is one of the best courses I have ever undertaken.

I cannot recommend the course highly enough, especially for anyone wishing to get a start in the industry or just looking to improve on their general industry knowledge. The course covers all aspects of our industry in sufficient detail to give participants a higher level of confidence when advising their clients and managing those complex shipments and operation issues we encounter from time to time.

The modules on Customs, Dangerous Goods and Insurance were of particular interest in that regard.

Our clients rely on our guidance and expertise as Freight Forwarders to protect their cargo interests, having the knowledge to advise them correctly is critical to service delivery and Client retention. 

In my opinion, this course, delivered professionally by the IIFA on behalf of FIATA, establishes a high standard for our industry worldwide.”

Conor Ward – Wells Cargo Logistics Ltd


“I chose the Freight Forwarding Diploma as I am interested in international transportation, however, even if I am working in the related industry I felt that I needed education in this area to be able to plan my career and know more about industry and different directions to grow.

I was pretty committed to this course. I planned to do it 2 years prior. I dedicated a year of most of my time to take as much from this course as possible. This is an internationally recognized Diploma, and is surprisingly inexpensive given the quality of content and the accreditation itself. I chose it as it offers working knowledge into different modes, international legislation, conventions which otherwise is difficult to find on your own, online. It’s a very condensed and fast-paced distance learning course. We had multiple-choice tests and small practical projects at 4-week intervals, and I feel like after finishing it that it gave me the same amount of knowledge or more than the full-time bachelors degree which I completed a few years previous.

I am already using the knowledge from this course in my work and it makes me more professional and confident about it. I would recommend this course to anyone involved in shipping or logistics in any way shape or form as it offers a complete understanding of the processes involved start to finish. It will give you a broad understanding of the freight industry and open doors to a lot of different career paths that you may have never considered.”

Agnieszka Labocha – private enrolment, currently working in the Logistics sector

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