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Freight Broker/Agent Training

Become part of the exciting trucking, freight logistics, and transportation industries as a licensed freight broker or as a freight broker agent. Freight broker training will help you learn the skills you need to be a successful Freight Broker/Agent. From licensing and operations, to sales and marketing, you'll learn the basics of how to run a domestic freight brokerage or agency in the United States.

Freight brokerage is a growing, service-based industry. As a freight agent or broker, you connect shippers and manufacturers with transportation companies and manage those shipments. Entrepreneur magazine has rated the freight brokerage business as one of the top home-based businesses to own, and a Wall Street Journal article cited freight brokering and logistics as the largest growing sector of the transportation industry.

Written by freight brokerage specialists, our freight broker program will provide you with the knowledge and resources needed to break into the shipping industry. From transportation law, contracts, and insurance, to setting up and running your own business, this is the best online freight broker training available.

6 Months / 180 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

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Freight Broker/Agent Training

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study at your own schedule

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Freight Broker/Agent Training Reviews

Freight Broker/Agent Training Details + Objective

Course Code: GES703

You Will Learn
  • The basics of freight brokering.
  • How to use the documents and software common to the industry.
  • All about transportation law, insurance, and agreements and contracts.
  • How to set up and run your business, including recordkeeping, determining quotes, and negotiation and marketing techniques.
How the course is taught
  • Upon registering, you're given six months to complete the program.
  • All materials for this program are available online.
How you will benefit
  • Freight broker school can provide you with the resources you need to obtain your brokerage licensing/authority from the federal government.
  • Graduates will be able to participate in our weekly job opportunity event called Resource Friday—read more about it below.
Freight Broker/Agent Training Outline
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Lesson 1: The Basics of Freight Brokering

Job duties, qualities, and skills of an effective freight broker and a freight broker agent.

Lesson 2: Setting Up Your Business and Office

Steps needed to launch a business and set up an office

Lesson 3: Setting Goals and Developing Your Corporate Identity

Evaluate business goals and mission statements

Lesson 4: Setting Up Your Shipper Packet and Your Carrier Packet

Documents to send to shippers and carriers

Lesson 5: Operations and Using Operations Software

Forms, logs, and broker software that work best for business; how to avoid or manage day-to-day problems that freight brokers face

Lesson 6: Types of Freight and Exploring Niche Markets

Differentiate between the types of freight and the types of niche markets available

Lesson 7: Transportation Law

Transportation law most affect business as a broker or agent, and why they are important to operations

Lesson 8: Broker-Carrier Contracts

How contracts protect brokers and carriers

Lesson 9: Broker-Shipper Agreements

Components of an effective broker-shipper agreement

Lesson 10: Insurance for Carriers and Brokers

Insurance policies and forms essential for carriers and brokers

Lesson 11: Recordkeeping, Accounting, and Financial Management

Different processes and records encountered as a broker freight

Lesson 12: Determining Your Rate Quotes

Rate quotes that are based on relevant information

Lesson 13: Carrier Relations and Solutions for Success

Situations from a carrier's point of view

Lesson 14: Sales and Profitability

Sales techniques and results as part of sales success

Lesson 15: Advanced Marketing

Marketing efforts that will be beneficial for business

Lesson 16: Develop Your Negotiation Skills

Negotiation skills from first real sales calls

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Freight Broker/Agent Training Instructors
Jan Roach

Jan Roach graduated with BS from Baylor University in 1982. She entered the transportation field in 1995 when she became a partner in a freight brokerage operation. She has over 10 years of experience in running a brokerage/agency including sales, marketing, accounting and claims, and day-to-day operations inside of a brokerage. She has also provided training in the industry since 2001.

Jeff Roach

Jeff Roach graduated with a BS from Abilene Christian University in 1986 and has been in the transportation and freight brokerage industry ever since. After working as the vice president of national accounts for a major truckload carrier with an air freight division, he began operating his own freight brokerage in 1995. He grew that into a multimillion-dollar business. He began developing freight broker courses in 2001.

Freight Broker/Agent Training Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no specific prerequisites for this program. Because the program focuses solely on U.S. domestic freight brokering, it is recommended for students who are interested in doing business in the United States.

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

Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program.

Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.

Click here to download the Flash Player.

This program can be taken on either a Mac or a PC. All materials for this program are available online.

More About Freight Broker/Agent Training

Job Opportunity and Resource Friday!

Brooke Transportation Training Solutions hosts a weekly event called Resource Friday. This virtual event is held every Friday, exclusively for their graduates. During this virtual event, all graduates have the opportunity to meet and discuss agent positions with participating freight brokerages. Additionally, the best businesses and brokers in the industry talk with graduates about starting their own brokerage, working as an agent for another firm, and other career opportunities. Brooke Transportation is the only training provider currently offering this excellent resource.

Freight Broker/Agent Training Frequently Asked Questions
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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.

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.  When you register, you’ll receive six (6) months to complete the program. 

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 may be charged for an extension.

Do I have to buy additional materials?

No.

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. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements.

What happens when I complete the program?

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

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.

Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

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 the best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Can I use a Mac?

Yes

How can I get more information about this program?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button above). 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 1-877-221-5151. We will answer your questions promptly.

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.

Does this program prepare for a certification?

The freight broker program will provide you with the requirements and resources needed to obtain your brokerage licensing/authority from the federal government (Additional fees and paperwork are required from the government for brokerage but not if you become a freight agent).

What are the technical requirements for this program?
  • This program is compatible with Windows XP and later operating systems.
  • It is compatible with IE 7 and later browsers.
  • This program can be taken on either a Mac or a PC.
  • Adobe Flash Player (download here).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (download here).
What is a freight brokerage company?

Freight brokerage companies act as a liaison between a “shipper,” or a business with goods to move, and a “carrier,” or the business that has the ability to move those goods. They help the shipping industry run efficiently and smoothly.

What does a freight broker do?

The freight broker works within the company to manage the day-to-day tasks required to move goods from place to place. They hire carriers and monitor financial aspects such as invoicing, paying agents, and monitoring credit. The government may require additional fees and paperwork for a brokerage license, but not for becoming a freight agent.

How do you get your freight broker license?

First, it is recommended that you enroll in a freight broker course to fully prepare for the position. Freight broker licenses are issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). You will fill out an application and pay a one-time fee. Once your application is approved, there is a 10-day waiting period before you are granted full license.

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