Freight Broker Training Programs

Freight broker training - at in person or online - can teach you the basics of moving freight, setting prices and anticipating demand. Keep reading to find out about your training options, what you'll learn and the career outlook for freight brokers. Schools offering Global Operations & Supply Chain Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Kind of Training Do I Need to Become a Freight Broker?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there aren't any formal education or training requirements to work as a cargo or freight agent (www.bls.gov). However, you will need a high school diploma or GED, and computer, clerical and record-keeping skills can be imperative to your success.

If you're looking for training after high school, you can take courses through a college or earn a certificate online. Online programs usually require Adobe Acrobat, Flash Player and other software to view online videos or access course materials. Whether you complete your freight broker training online or off, your school might require that you complete course requirements within a certain time frame.

Required Education High school diploma or equivalent, though courses and certificates may be available
Program Topics Licensing, operational, and regulatory requirements, marketing, load safety
Job Outlook (2014 - 2024) 7% growth
Median Salary (2014) $41,870 per year

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Can I Learn in a Training Program?

In a freight broker training program, you'll learn about the licensing, operational and regulatory requirements of the freight industry. Other instruction will cover the basics of marketing your services and generating sales. Overall, the goal of a freight broker training or certificate program is to teach you to build your own brokerage.

Instruction specific to carriers will cover structuring freight loads, special requests, load safety and delivery scheduling. You can expect to learn about dispatching truck drivers and developing a relationship with different freight carriers.

You'll also learn about laws governing advertising, accounting expenses and maintaining delivery or contract records. Customer training instruction will teach you to build a clientele, maintain trust, network within the industry and build your reputation as a broker.

You can expect to learn about the accounting and business aspects of running a freight brokerage. These aspects include billing, setting rates and maintaining a business account. You'll also cover:

  • Cash flow in a freight brokerage
  • Auditing
  • Insurance claims
  • Staffing issues
  • Financial management

What Can I Expect After I Complete My Training?

Although demand for freight brokers is tied to overall economic growth, the BLS reported that jobs for freight and cargo agents were forecast to rise 7% between 2014 and 2024. The BLS also reported that freight and cargo agents earned median annual wages of $41,870 in 2014.

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