Freight Broker/Agent Training

Start your career as a freight broker or agent with our online freight agent and freight broker training! The course provides you with the comprehensive skills needed to build a successful freight brokerage or begin working for a broker. Learn the foundational aspects of brokering shipments—from laws and terminology to valuable tools and software. You will also learn how to set up your freight brokerage business and manage contracts and forms, as well as how to find shippers and do ratings.

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6 Months / 100 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES703

What you will learn

  • The basics of freight brokering, and qualifications needed for freight brokers and freight agents
  • How to set up an office, goals, and a corporate identity for a freight brokering business
  • How to set up a shipper and carrier packet for a freight brokering business
  • Software used for accounting and operations and how the transportation law affects a freight brokering business
  • The terms, insurance requirements, liabilities, policies, and recordkeeping best practices involved in contracts between the broker, carrier, and shipper
  • Ways to determine rate quotes between your freight brokerage, the shipper, and the carrier using negotiation and sales techniques

How you will benefit

  • Obtain insight into the industry to determine which avenue fits you best and will give you guidance to obtain the highest ratios for success
  • Understand why great software, quality contracts, and correct documentation are the backbone of your business
  • Review transportation laws and how they affect your business
  • Learn the workings of the industry and how to translate that into your relations with your shippers and carriers
  • Fine-tune your ability to find a fair but profitable balance in rate quotes to keep your clients satisfied and coming back

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 100 course hours
  1. The Basics of Freight Brokering
  2. Setting Up Your Business
  3. Setting Goals for Your Business
  4. Setting Up Your Shipper Packet and Your Carrier Packet
  5. Operations and Using Operations Software
  6. Types of Freight and Exploring Niche Markets
  7. Transportation Law
  8. Broker-Carrier Contracts
  9. Broker-Shipper Contracts
  10. Insurance for Carriers and Brokers
  11. Recordkeeping, Accounting, and Financial Management
  12. Determining Your Rate Quotes
  13. Carrier Relations and Solutions for Success
  14. Sales and Profitability
  15. Advanced Marketing
  16. Develop Your Negotiation Skills

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.

Prerequisites:

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

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • 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.

According to Indeed.com, the average freight broker salary is $66,144 per year with top earners making over $158,000 per year.

According to Indeed.com, freight agents earn $75,775 per year. This salary can vary depending on whether one starts their own brokerage or joins an existing brokerage.

The difference between a freight broker and a freight agent is the licensure. A freight broker will be licensed through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and a freight broker is legally liable for the cargo. A freight broker agent is not licensed or liable. The freight agent is more on the sales side of this field and will often sell for the freight broker.

This online freight agent and freight broker training course will go into detail about the differences between a career as a freight agent or a freight broker to help you decide what direction is best for you.

Freight brokers arrange and make provisions for the transportation of shipments, but they do not actually provide the transportation. Instead, they help the shipper and the motor carrier company, negotiate on both sides and earn a fee for their work. They are essential to freight agents as they are needed to operate a brokerage.

Freight brokers use their expertise to set up the shipment, negotiate the terms of the transaction, and manage the shipment from its origin to its destination.

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.

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.

It does not take long to set up your business as freight broker. The longer time is actually building up your business. As with almost any new startup business, it'll take time to build your client database before your income starts to increase. When you're just starting out, it can take an average of three to six months or longer to establish relationships and start building your client database.

No. While this course does not include a certification (outside of a certification of completion), one is not required to start a career in this field.

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 six (6) months to complete the course.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

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

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 the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

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.

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