International Trade Operations and Procedures (ITOPS) Training

The ITOPS qualification is a practical and relevant qualification designed to prove that candidates have the necessary skills to accurately operate the administration procedures in an international trade administration environment. This four day course is delivered in partnership with East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) and Fidelitas Training.

Delegates will learn how to avoid costly mistakes and improve their international trade procedures. Some previous delegates have saved their employers thousands of pounds. Successful candidates will be awarded the ITOPS Qualification. The course is suitable for anyone employed in an international trade environment – whether that of a manufacturer/supplier or freight forwarder.

Course Duration and Dates:

The course consists of four days
Day 1: 18th Feb 2020
Day 2: 3rd March 2020
Day 3: 17th March 2020
Day 4: 31st March 2020

Course Delivery

ITOPS is a recognised International Trade Qualification covering the main elements of Export Administration. The course runs over four separate workshops, followed by an assessment. This course is now BCC accredited and successful candidates will receive the BCC Foundation Award in International Trade.

The course covers the five main elements of export administration:

Administration Procedures
Export Documentation
Customs and Excise and other legal requirements
Export Payments
Dispatch and Shipping

Delegates attend four formal training workshops – usually once a fortnight/every three weeks. A formal assessment takes place approximately one month after the tuition ends. The evidence is then Internally Verified by an experienced assessor at the Chamber who decides if the required standards have been met.

Candidates have the opportunity to attend an airport visit at the DHL East Midlands Hub. Although optional, the feedback from this visit has proved that the experience is an invaluable part of the qualification.

The price includes training for four workshops, course folders and printed notes, full trainer support during the course of the programme, final assessment day, portfolio assessment and verification. Successful candidates also receive the BCC Foundation Award in International Trade.

“Throughout my time on the ITOPS course I was permanently learning and developing new skills. All 4 workshops were so productive and well thought out. The program has helped me put many administrative changes within my workplace that have benefitted my company due to the new skills I have learnt.

The ITOPS course offered great facilities varying from brilliant hard copies of materials in the workshops through to offering us visits such as to East Midlands Airport to visit DHL. The Chamber of Commerce team and my lecturer were all very helpful and supportive throughout my time studying ITOPS and they are only a phone call away when I need some help and advice. I would recommend the ITOPS course to anybody involved in exports it’s so worthwhile and I thoroughly every aspect of it.”

If you feel this would be something you would like to discuss further please do not hesitate to contact international@lincs-chamber.co.uk  01522 846929

Grants available – how to apply

You can apply for a grant to help your business complete customs declarations, in preparation for the UK leaving the EU.

You can apply to get funding for:

  • Training that helps your business to complete customs declarations and processes
  • IT improvements to help your business complete customs declarations more efficiently

You can use the funding to reimburse what your business has spent on relevant IT improvements and training since 31 July 2019, as well as in the future.

How much is available?

Training grant

The grant will give you up to 100% of the cost of training for your employees, up to a limit of £2,250 for each course.

It will also cover the cost of training you run internally, up to a limit of £250 for each employee on the course.

IT improvements

The grant will give you up to €200,000 (the maximum amount of state aid available).

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