The Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA) Programme offers independent certification of the competence of individuals that are involved in international trade.
GTP certification is based on the candidate demonstrating the fulfilment of a minimum number competence standards.
The GTPA Programme fulfils the relevant requirements of ISO/IEC 17024, Conformity assessment - General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons which is the recognised international standard for the certification of persons.
Individuals that are GTP certified will be able to undertake their trade related responsibilities in a competent and effective manner.
Successful demonstration that Certification Requirements are fulfilled results in the granting of certification, permission to use the post nominals ‘GTP’, ‘GTM’ or ‘GTE’, and promotion of that individual as being competent within their scope of certification.
To become certified under the GTPA Programme the candidate must:
a) undertake prescribed training and/or demonstrate recognised prior learning and experience;
b) apply for certification;
c) successfully complete assessment and examination of their competence;
d) uphold a code of ethics;
e) pay annual memberships fees; and
f) maintain their competency through continuing professional development each year.
Applications to be certified as a GTP are open to all experts in the field of global trade across the following domain specialisations:
- Trade Management * available now
- Trade Regulation and Compliance * launching in 2018
- Risk Analysis and Mitigation * launching in 2019
- Market Development * launching in 2018
- Trade Finance and Supply Chain Finance * launching in 2018
- Trade Research and Economics * launching in 2019
- International Affairs & Trade Policy * launching in 2018
- Trade Law * launching in 2019
Certification of individuals under the GTPA Programme is available at the following levels:
- Practitioner (GTP)
- Manager (GTM)
- Executive (GTE)
Additionally, there is a non-certified Foundation (F) level of recognition for persons who wish to progress to GTP, GTM or GTE certification levels.
The diversity of the GTP Programme provides an opportunity for experts in trade across all levels from those embarking on a career in trade to seasoned experts.
Our goal is to bring people together to:
- build professional capabilities in trade
- elevate the profile of trade
- advocate the benefits and opportunities of trade
- facilitate networking
- improve the performance and success of companies in global trade
- boost the efficiency of trade processes.
Featured GTPA Member
Ziyaad Ebrahim, GTP
Ziyaad has close to fifteen years of experience in international trade and development.He joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) after serving 12 years in various positions within the Government of Seychelles, where he comes from.
During his time in the Government of Seychelles, he was directly involved in trade, investment and general economic policy formulation and implementation.He also has experience on WTO accession and was involved in FTA negotiations with the European Union and within the Eastern and Southern African region. He has also worked with international organisations such as the IMF, World Bank and the African Development Bank on Structural Adjustment Programmes, private sector and MSME development initiatives including gender empowerment projects.
In his current role with the WTO, he coordinates the work of the WTO LDC Group in the ongoing trade negotiations.He also monitors and assists LDC participation in specific areas of the negotiations which include Special and Differential Treatment (S&DT), fisheries subsidies, trade facilitation and LDC accession negotiations.
He is fluent in English and has working knowledge of French.
Ziyaad was one of the first people globally to be certified as a Global Trade Professional in the area of Trade Management.