The job of the freight broker is a very responsible one. Everything we have in our homes was likely brought by a truck at some point and a freight broker played an important part in the whole shipping process.That’s why freight broker training programs are so important.
Sometimes a freight broker’s job is confused with that of a shipper or a carrier, but he’s in fact the one who’s connecting shippers and carriers. A freight broker is also different from a freight forwarder, the latter being responsible for the goods and organizing the way in which various shipments will be transported. Now that we have that cleared up, and assuming you are thinking about a career in the field, let’s have a look at the top 5 freight broker training schools in the US.
Transport Training International
The Transport Training International (TTI) is a very flexible school, offering classes with a different focus, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs and budget. The in-depth freight broker course, offered on several dates in Dallas and Georgia, is a comprehensive 5-day class, aimed at beginners. Graduating from the course will give you everything you need to start your freight broker business from scratch (and from the comfort of your home), but TTI also offers placement opportunities with a licensed freight brokerage upon graduation. Due to the recession, a class like this will cost you $2250 and an additional discount is available if you already went through a freight broker training elsewhere, but are displeased with it. The good thing is that if the location or the budget are inconvenient for you, you can take an online course, covering all the necessary basics, and at a much lower price.
Brooke Transportation Training Solutions, LLC
The Brooke Transportation Training Solutions (BTTS) is another esteemed freight broker training school that offers classes in four locations – Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX; Ontario, California; Jacksonville, Florida, and Charlotte, North Carolina. For $2495 you get an intensive 5-day course, during which you will learn not just practical specifics of the freight broker business, but a lot of the skills it takes to succeed in the field – “sales, marketing, goal development, personal growth, and the power of positive thinking”. Classes are small (with a typical ratio of 1:10) and all of them are taught by qualified professionals with many years of experience. Perhaps the strongest argument in favor of BTTS is their founder Jeff Roach, who established a multi-million dollar business after starting the company from his own garage.
American Broker Academy
The American Broker Academy (ABA) is a reputable training institution, based in Seattle, Washington, that offers classes for truckers, brokers & agents and entrepreneurs. ABA works through the so-called immersion method, i.e. taking a class with them resembles the actual workday of a freight broker or agent. The school has an agreement with an actual freight brokerage, so you will spend 1 or 2 days of your training going through all the specifics, not only related to moving loads, but also other important aspects, such as negotiating rates, communicating with clients, finding the most suitable carriers and staying on top of trends in sales, marketing and trucking software. The full 5-day course is only available in ABA’s Seattle location. However, numerous classes and seminars are offered at other cities year-round, so be sure to check their calendar.
Load Training is another freight broker training institution with an inspirational story. Its founder, David Dwindle, started doing trucking jobs because he needed the money to support his education in Wisconsin State College-Whitewater. Gradually, he fell in love with the trucking industry. That was back in 1967 when training resources weren’t as readily available as they are today, so David Dwindle had to learn everything the hard way. That’s the reason why he designed his program in such a way as to help his students avoid the common pitfalls of the industry, using textbooks he wrote himself. Classes are offered in 5-day or 7-day seminars and big discounts are available if you register before September 30th. A low-budget self-study option is also available for $799.
JPL Enterprises International, Inc.
JPL Enterprises is a consulting company, based in New York, helping future freight brokers not just learn the tricks of the trade but also to get them through the whole process of obtaining a license and setting up a business of their own. Their freight broker training is divided into three phases and promises to get your freight brokerage rolling in just 3 weeks. The first phase is a one-day seminar, introducing participants to freight brokering and it’s available in cities throughout the US. A pre-recorded program, however, is also available. During phase two, JPL will take you through the process of getting a freight broker license, freight broker surety bonds and everything else that’s required. You can sign up for phase three, which is called the Broker Assistance Plan. For $99/month, JPL will work closely with your business to “help you navigate the bumps in the road”. That option is also available for freight brokers who are already operating.
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