Established in 1996 as a Section 21 (‘not for gain’) company, the International Trade Institute of Southern Africa (ITRISA) NPC specialises in assisting organisations and individuals to develop the knowledge and competencies needed to succeed in today’s highly competitive international trade arena.
ITRISA runs a comprehensive distance learning programme in international trade, comprising the 1-year Higher Certificate in International Trade (NQF Level 5), the 2-year Advanced Certificate in International Trade (Exports or Imports) (NQF Level 6), and the 3-year Diploma in International Trade Management (Exports or Imports) (NQF Level 6).
Each course affords participants valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities associated with doing business internationally, and successful candidates receive a qualification which is both nationally and internationally accredited. ITRISA’s Advanced Certificate is also a Financial Services Board (FAIS) Recognised Qualification (List 1 for Category 1).
ITRISA also conducts short courses and workshops in Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Sandton, Johannesburg, as well as tailored in-house training across all provinces (on request). Content covers a wide range of international trade-related topics, e.g. international transport modes, shipping logistics, customs procedures, warehousing, costing and pricing, payment methods and risk management, documentation, market access requirements, market research and international contractual issues.
In addition, ITRISA consults to public and private sector concerns on various trade-related matters, and over the years has partnered with entities such as the dti, Wesgro, seda, the City of Cape Town, the City of Tshwane, GGDA, SAAFF, DAFF, TIKZN, the UCT Graduate School of Business, North-West University, and the Transport Education & Training Authority (TETA) in specific projects aimed at identifying stumbling blocks to effective international trade performance and/or building expertise and capacity amongst targeted groups of people.
ITRISA is also frequently called upon to participate in trade-focused forums, working groups, technical committees and foreign international trade advisory boards, and to contribute articles to industry journals and other publications.