Experts Agree that Global Certification is Needed

As globalization becomes the norm for large and small companies, the demand for international business skills continues to increase.  However, according to a survey of business leaders and educators, there is a significant gap in the practical knowledge needed to successfully operate in the global arena.

International businesses find it difficult to recruit qualified professionals because of the uncertainty in what constitutes “qualified.”

In response to this widening gap, the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE)™ established the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP)™, the first nationally accepted qualification for global commerce which certifies baseline knowledge and experience needed to conduct business internationally.

A CGBP certification, earned by passing a national exam, is a criterion that more global companies are seeking on professionals’ resumes.

Phil Minard, international trade specialist with the U.S. Commercial Service in the U.S. Department of Commerce, believes that a NASBITE CGBP™ is the gold seal for competency in global business.  “The CGBP certificate raises the bar and establishes a standard of understanding in this field that companies can now use to confidently recruit their international business development staff,” says Minard.

If you are interested in working as a professional in global commerce and international trade, a CGBP certification verifies your understanding of management, marketing, supply chain, distribution and trade finance on a global scale.

By passing the national exam and earning the NASBITE CGBP credential, it confirms with hiring managers that you possess the working knowledge and skills to be a valuable asset in a global business.

The School of Business ranks #1 in the world with the most NASBITE CGBPs on faculty.  It is also the region’s only accredited training center for the NASBITE CGBP exam.

Dr. Rene Mueller, director of the Global Business Resource Center and International Business Program

“The CGBP accreditation has positioned us at the forefront of international business education,” says Dr. Rene Mueller, a CGBP professor and director of the international business program and the Global Business Resource Center in the School of Business.
“It demonstrates that not only can our faculty teach the content, but they have the skills needed to professionally work in global commerce.  Both undergraduate and graduate courses are designed around the CGBP content,” explains Dr. Mueller.

School of Business Offers NASBITE CGBP Training

The next NASBITE CGBP online exam window will be April 25 – May 7, 2011, at Prometric Testing Centers.  If you are in the Charleston region, the nearest Center is located at 1954 Ashley River Rd., Suite F1, Charleston, S.C., 29402.

The Global Business Resource Center in the School of Business offers NASBITE CGBP training for those seeking to enhance their resumes with this nationally-recognized credential. The two-day training session, taught by the School’s own CGBP-certified professors, cover the tested areas in global business management, global supply chain management, global marketing and international trade finance.  The spring training dates at the School of Business are Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19.  In addition, the Center expects to launch an online training program in the Spring 2011.

For more information on the spring training session, contact Kathryn Banks, associate director of the Global Business Resource Center, at 843.953.6621 or

Visit to learn more on the NASBITE organization, national exam and how the CGBP certification can benefit you.

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