IIEI Certification History
Prior to the existence of the IIEI Certification there was no standard setting authority for the international trade industry.
1985 – The certification entity’s genesis began in the mid-1980’s. It was at that time one of the founders while in graduate business school found that there was a tremendous need for a single source for information on the practical side of international business, especially the day to day mechanical operation of moving goods and services between countries. While there was some uniformity in segments of the process, such as bank transactions involving letters of credit, the rest of the industry was fragmented.
1993 – A group of business leaders, government officials and educators assembled to discuss the need for a certification program to validate the proficiency of those involved in international trade. A survey was to be conducted to determine the need. The survey results confirmed the need existed.
1994 – A preliminary plan began to emerge from a series of meetings as to what the baseline knowledge requirements for a certification would be.
1995 – The International Export Institute, Inc. incorporated in Arizona in September 1995. It would operate under two the trade names International Import-Export Institute (IIEI) for development of knowledge material and IIEI Certification Board as the certification awarding body.
The 1995 corporate mission was:
In service to the evolving world of international trade, IEI provides leadership in the development of innovative products and services that define, support and enhance the highest professional standards of certification of individuals serving the global business community. Our continued efforts will focus on providing a rich environment that fosters the growth of the global village concept.
Three certifications and their knowledge requirements were established
- Certified Export Specialist*
- Certified Export Professional
- Certified Export Manager
*For the specialist, test takers could choose either: international documentation, logistics or international finance, whichever area was chosen was more heavily weighted on the exam.
Certification standards were set: IIEI Certification is a professional distinction of achievement for individuals serving the international trade community worldwide. It consists of four levels of certification and involves a course of study followed by an examination. Once an applicant has successfully completed the examination, achieved an acceptable grade, and paid the appropriate fees, certification is then awarded for the level of achievement completed. (Retrieved from historical web site)
1996 – IIEI Certification Board began evaluating certification exams results. They found that individuals did not possess the baseline knowledge established to pass any examination. They recommended that raining materials be developed to help individuals prepare for the certification examinations.
1997 – In June 1997 the IEI training went online, and began offering instructor led online courses to help prepare students to take the certification exams.
1998 – IIEI Certification Chapter organizations were started in countries around the world. Formed first volunteer standing groups.
Began Online Registry of:
- Individuals who had passed their exam
- Companies who had employees gain industry certification.
1998 – Existing certifications were individually named and re-titled:
- Certified International Trade Documentation Specialist®
- Certified International Trade Logistics Specialist®
- Certified International Trade Finance Specialist®
- Certified International Trade Professional®
- Certified International Trade Manager®
1999 – Parent company began offering Licensed Customs Broker (LCB) exam prep training online to help people prepare for the LCB exam issued by the US Government.
2000 – Certified Exporter® designation was added to three existing certifications. Also, with input from global advisors increased the knowledge requirements for existing certifications.
2001 – Certified International Trade Marketing Specialist® was added.
2002 – Certified U.S. Export Compliance Officer® designation was added with designed logo.
2003 – Training and test development materials division became an accredited online university, a separate division from IIEI Certification Board, the certification awarding entity.
2004 – Gained formal recognition by U.S. Department of Commerce Under Secretary in letter that “applauded” the standard setting effort of IIEI Certification.
2004 – Incorporated IIEI Certification Board’s volunteer support organization as a separate entity, Certification Board of Governors (CBG) as an Arizona non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, to broaden volunteer base, enabling USG employees to participate directly.
2006 – IIEI Certification Board moved corporate presence of CBG non-profit entity to Delaware.
2008 – IIEI Certification Board dissolved was CBG and moved volunteer organization back in-house as part of IIEI Certification when it was discovered that the functionality had no merit.
2008 – Added Certified ITAR Professional® designation.
2009 – Certification added:
- Certified Import Professional®
- Certified Import Compliance Officer®
2010 – Certified International Freight Forwarder® added
2011 – IIEI Certification became a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In doing so, the IIEI Certification Board reaffirmed its long held policy that it would follow all of the ANSI prescribed rules of organizations certifying individuals.
2012 – IIEI Certification spun off from its parent corporation to become International Trade Compliance Authority Inc., a separate Arizona corporation. The IIEI Certification Board and all of the registered certification marks and examinations became part of the new corporation.
2012 – Launched CertificationWatch newsletter, an online publication published periodically throughout the year.
2013 – October 2013 Launched new website. iiei.org