FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding (internationally recognised)

Start date: 24 August 2022

Duration: 10 months (August to June)

Location: Online through posted training manuals + on-demand webinar access

Certificate: FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding (internationally recognised)

Cost: €1,450 (Unsubsidised Programme fee - €1,950)

Course code: 14268

Programme overview

This programme has been created by Freight Forwarders for the Freight Forwarding industry and covers the cornerstones of Freight Forwarding through a combination of academic learning and a mixture of practical and theoretical assignments for completion on a monthly basis.

The aim of this programme is to produce knowledgeable and competent Freight Forwarding Operators who can then function across the key departments of Freight Forwarding service provider businesses.

Over a ten-month period (September – June each year), Participants are posted 10 training manuals on different areas of Freight Forwarding (Air Freight, Sea Freight, Customs Clearance, Dangerous Goods etc.) and are given between 3 – 4 weeks to study each module. Throughout that month study aids in the form of online videos (available to view on-demand) and assignments are also made available via e-mail and IIFA’s Moodle page. At the end of each module Participants then take an online multiple-choice test. At the end of the 10 modules there will be a break of  4 weeks before a Final Examination, which will take the form of a 3-hour written test, held in Dublin.

Course material is updated annually and is validated by FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations. IIFA’s most recent re-validation with FIATA’s International Advisory Body Vocational Training (ABVT) was November 2021.

A more detailed overview of the modules/ subjects can be found through the boxes below along with further information on the format of web delivery.

This training course is delivered and administered by IIFA Staff who have achieved Distinction level qualifications through a QQI Level 6 Training Delivery and Evaluation course.n

Who Is This Course For?

Anyone involved in International Cargo Shipping who wishes to advance their knowledge about the procedures, documentation and regulations which govern and make International Trade happen.

Course Content

There are 10 modules comprising this Diploma:
Freight Forwarding
Sea Freight
Air Freight
Road Transport
Multi-Modal Transport
Customs Clearance
Dangerous Goods
Information & Communication Technologies

Each module covers an academic overview of the topic, educating students of the rules and regulations governing that topic. Practical elements are also incorporated specific to each module in the form of document completion or similar work to be completed as part of an assignment per month. This includes completion of Bills of Lading for an export LCL shipment under Letter of Credit and Sea Freight calculations for both LCL and FCL shipments during Sea Freight, Classification of Goods and Import Duty & VAT calculations during Customs Clearance and similar for each module.

Course Timetable

Timetable Plan for 2022 – 2023 IIFA FIATA Diploma Course

Wednesday 24th August 2022
Registration Evening (IIFA Office in Digital Office Centre Dublin Airport)
Freight Forwarding Notes distributed

Week commencing 5th September 2022
Webinars for Freight Forwarding issued

Tuesday 20th September 2022
Online Test for Freight Forwarding Module (Sea Freight Notes posted out)

Week commencing 3rd October 2022
Webinars for Sea Freight issued

Tuesday 18th October 2022
Online Test for Sea Freight Module (Air Freight Notes posted out)

Tuesday 1st November 2022
Webinars for Air Freight issued

Tuesday 15th November 2022
Online test for Air Freight (Road Transport Notes posted out)

Week commencing 28th November 2022
Webinars for Road Transport issued

Tuesday 13th December 2022
Online test for Road Transport (Multi-Modal Notes posted out)

Christmas Break

Tuesday 17th January 2023
Online Test for Multi-Modal (Customs Clearance Notes posted out)

Week commencing 30th January 2023
Webinars for Customs issued

Wednesday 15th February 2023
Online Test for Customs (Logistics Notes posted out)

Week commencing 27th February 2023
Webinars for Logistics issued

Tuesday 14th March 2023
Online Test for Logistics (Insurance Notes posted out)

Week commencing 27th March 2023
Webinars for Insurance issued

Tuesday 11th April 2023
Online Test for Insurance (Dangerous Goods Notes posted out)

Week commencing 24th April 2023
Webinars for Dangerous Goods issued

Tuesday 9th May 2023
Online Test for Dangerous Goods (ICT Notes posted out)

Tuesday 30th May 2023
Online Test for ICT

4 week gap

Tuesday 27th June 2023
Final Examination – Afternoon session

Learning Outcomes

• A solid foundation in operational requirements for International Cargo transport by Land, Sea and Air
• Knowledge of contractual responsibilities in International Trade including full training on Incoterms 2020
• Knowledge of Customs Clearance process including classification of goods and Duty & VAT Calculations
• Practical experience with key documentation used in Freight Forwarding offices
• An understanding of Insurance requirements and responsibilities for the Shipper and Freight Forwarder
• Awareness of the process and considerations needed for the transport of Dangerous Goods via all Modes of Transport
• Firm knowledge of the end to end process for International Cargo Transport
• Confidence with handling Customer queries and International Shipments
• An understanding of Carriers’ Quotations and ability to accurately quote the Customer for all Modes of Transport.

Course Evaluation, Assessment & Grading

Participants are continuously assessed online throughout this course with a final written examination taking place in Dublin in June 2023.

Each monthly Module will conclude with return of a completed Assignment and completion of an online Multiple-Choice test. There will be 10 such monthly assessments which will account for 40% of the overall grade with the balance of 60% coming from the written Final Exam.

Course Requirements

There are no prerequisite requirements to undertake this course. However, there are set dates for assignments to be returned and online tests to be completed throughout the course. Prospective Participants can view these dates via the above Course Timetable data field.

Participants must also be resident within Republic of Ireland.

A personal computer to operate IIFA’s Moodle area (viewing webinars, completing assignments and doing online multiple-choice tests) will be necessary in order to complete the required course work.


Those who successfully complete the monthly tests and Final Examination will be awarded an Internationally recognised FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding from FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Course Testimonials

“I have just completed the IIFA FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding and I have to say I found it to be one of the most fulfilling and less stressful ones I have ever completed. This to me was mainly down to the professional way the IIFA (Grainne and Seamus) delivered the complete course and their engagement throughout. The timing and preparation for each Module’s and its layout was exceptional and made it a lot more manageable especially when one in full time employment where time can be the biggest challenge.


For one primarily involved in Road-freight it has broadened my own knowledge in all aspects of the freight industry from Airfreight Security, ADR Cargo, Insurance, Customs Duty, Calculation of rates and much, much more. The great thing about this course is that there are interesting video links within the modules e.g. “Life at Sea on container ship through the Suez Canal.” This gives you a real insight into this particular journey.


I cannot recommend this Diploma highly enough and would go as far as to say it’s a must for anyone within the industry or to anyone contemplating it as a career.”

Kenneth McEneaney, Cardinal Logistics Ltd, 2020 – 2021 course


“FIATA/IIFA Freight Forwarding course was the most positive education experience of my life: very well organised, with fantastic support from tutors throughout the course and all study materials were delivered in time.  Excellent course content (covers all modes of transport: air, sea, road, dangerous goods, insurance, customs) it gave me a great understanding of the logistics market both in Ireland and globally.


The diploma is well recognized by employers.  There is a visible preference for candidates with this diploma.  It has had a positive impact on my own career.  Fully equipped with the knowledge I gained from the course; I got a job with a global logistics provider.  I firmly see my future development in this dynamic and rewarding industry.”

Oxana Korkunova, A.P Moller – Maersk, 2020 – 2021 course


“I decided to do the FIATA in Freight Forwarding in August 2020. I had started in a new role where I used Freight Forwarders a lot, but I had only a basic idea of what they did, and all of the procedures and terms involved with the different modes of transport confused me.


The information contained in the folders was up to date, valid and written in a way that explained everything simply and clearly. The monthly webinars enhanced the written content and went through all calculations simply and clearly, but they weren’t so long that you would get distracted too easily either.  Assignments were practical and very doable, and the monthly MCQ tests were very fair, especially since they were open book tests.


Grainne was always happy to answer any queries that I had with assignments, and getting the model answers back when the results were issued was handy for seeing where I had gone wrong. She gave feedback to the group when she saw a trend and she always made the effort to provide clear explanations. The office was happy to help when I needed an extension during a module, and I felt, and still feel, like they were genuinely happy to help, encourage and support us.


What I have learned over the last 10 months has made me so much better at my job, and I have created excellent relationships with my Forwarders because I now know what they need from me.

I would highly recommend the FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding to anyone in the industry.

Sinead Cronin – Private Enrolment, 2020 – 2021 Course

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