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Freight Broker/Agent Training

Learn Freight Brokerage Online

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 course 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

George Mason University

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Learning Method

Instructor-led

Self-Paced. Study on your own schedule

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Freight Broker/Agent Training

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES703

What 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
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 180 course hours
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.

Outline

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I. The Basics of Freight Brokering
        Job duties, qualities, and skills of an effective freight broker and a freight broker agent

II. Setting Up Your Business and Office
        Steps needed to launch a business and set up an office

III. Setting Goals and Developing Your Corporate Identity
        Evaluate business goals and mission statements

IV. Setting Up Your Shipper Packet and Your Carrier Packet
        Documents to send to shippers and carriers

V. 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

VI. Types of Freight and Exploring Niche Markets
        Differentiate between the types of freight and the types of niche markets available

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

VIII. Broker-Carrier Contracts
        How contracts protect brokers and carriers

IX. Broker-Shipper Agreements
        Components of an effective broker-shipper agreement

X. Insurance for Carriers and Brokers
        Insurance policies and forms essential for carriers and brokers

XI. Recordkeeping, Accounting, and Financial Management
        Different processes and records encountered as a broker freight

XII. Determining Your Rate Quotes
        Rate quotes that are based on relevant information

XIII. Carrier Relations and Solutions for Success
        Situations from a carrier's point of view

XIV. Sales and Profitability
        Sales techniques and results as part of sales success

XV. Advanced Marketing
        Marketing efforts that will be beneficial for business

XVI. Develop Your Negotiation Skills
        Negotiation skills from first real sales calls

Instructors & Support

Jan Roach

Jan Roach entered the transportation field and became a partner in a freight brokerage operation in 1995. For over 10 years, she ran a brokerage/freight agency, overseeing sales, marketing, accounting and claims, and day-to-day operations. Roach holds a Bachelor of Science from Baylor University and has provided training for the freight industry since 2001.

Jeff Roach

Jeff Roach has been in the transportation and freight brokerage industry since 1986. He founded operating his own freight brokerage in 1995, after working as the vice president of national accounts for a major truckload carrier with an air freight division. He grew his brokerage into a multimillion-dollar business and began developing freight broker courses in 2001. Roach is a graduate of Abilene Christian University, holding a Bachelor of Science.

Requirements

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

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

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

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

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

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

More About

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.

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FAQs

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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

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

Does this course prepare for a certification?

The freight broker course 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).

When can I start the course?

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.

How long does it take to complete this course?

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 six (6) months to complete the course.

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

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.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) 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.

What happens when I complete the course?

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

Am I guaranteed a job?

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.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do 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: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE CHAT or by calling us at (855) 520-6806. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the Contact Us form.

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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