Certified Global Business Professional

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...

12 Months / 160 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES203

What you will learn

  • Evaluate the internal and external environment to identify potential marketing threats and opportunities
  • Develop and implement a global marketing plan
  • Optimize supply-chain solutions to meet the requirements of the international business plan
  • Evaluate and select potential intermediaries to support the international business plan
  • Complete documents required for the international movement of product and services
  • Assess political and economic risks and cultural issues of the target country to establish financial costs and viability
  • Research and analyze credit history and payment capacity of the potential buyers or partners to assess the commercial risk
  • Select appropriate methods, terms, and currency of payment to agents, sales representatives, distributors, suppliers, and international joint ventures
  • Develop a short-, medium-, and long-term financial plan

How you will benefit

  • Work toward receiving your Global Business Professional certification
  • Develop leadership skills that will enable you to succeed in an international market
  • Master an understanding of best practices for supply chain management
  • Gain confidence in managing international financial deals

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 160 course hours
  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

This is not an instructor facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.


This course 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.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Office (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

The NASBITE CGBP certifies that a candidate is competent in four primary areas:

  • Global business management
  • Global marketing
  • Supply-chain management
  • Trade finance

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. 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. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

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.

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.

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.

National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE)
The National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) is a nonprofit organization with a simple mission: provide professional development, create a way for professionals to showcase their skills, and raise the standards in the field. NASBITE administers the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credential, which is recognized in the global commerce industry as the leading way for career-minded professionals to demonstrate their competency. Establish your commitment to professional development and enroll in a NASBITE-certified course today.