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How to Choose the Best Freight Broker Training Program

10 Jun 2014

If you have been seeking to become a freight broker agent, but aren’t sure how to proceed, the first step is to find a reputable company that will offer you a comprehensive freight broker training program. Doing a search on the Internet will result in a wide range of schools and companies that provide freight brokerage training courses, but it can be difficult to figure out which ones may be the best and provide the most thorough training.

Because the shipping industry has been growing consistently larger each and every year, the position of a freight brokerage agent is becoming more popular and sought after. This means that finding the right freight broker training program is more essential than ever, because a strong training program will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to excel at your job as well as gain an edge over competitors in the industry.

What to Look For

Always do a little bit of research before settling on a freight broker training program. You may need to call various companies for more information on their freight brokerage training courses if their information on the website is vague or appears lacking.

It may be a wise decision to apply for a training program with a company that also offers you a job as a freight broker agent after your training is complete. One such company that does this is American Freightways, a reputable and experienced freight brokerage company.

You’ll also want to seek out a training program that offers more than just the basic skills needed to act as the liaison between businesses and shippers. In order to truly excel at your job, you’ll need to have some marketing and sales skills as well. Not every freight broker training program will give you these important skills. Knowing how to network and make contacts is also very important if you want your client list to grow.

Lastly, make sure that the training program will provide you with thorough knowledge of the laws and regulations that must be followed in order to secure a license from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). You cannot operate as a freight brokerage agent without this license, and understanding and adhering to the laws is critical.

For more information about freight brokerage training courses, contact American Freightways at 858.217.3330. You may also send an e-mail to