Freight Broker/Agent Training
Freight Broker/Agent Training
Join the fast-growing and exciting trucking and transportation industries as a freight broker or agent with Mississippi State University's self-paced, online program designed for busy professionals. Written by freight brokerage specialists, this freight broker course will provide you with the knowledge and resources needed to break into the shipping industry. From transportation law, contracts, and insurance, to setting up and running your own business, this is the best online freight broker training available.
Program At a Glance
Career Area: Transportation Industry
Ideal for: Ambitious, disciplined, personable individuals seeing to enter a fast-paced and rewarding field
Average Salary in Mississippi: $45,000+ annually
Average Salary in U.S.: $45,000+ annually
Job Outlook: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the freight broker/agent profession is a “Bright Outlook” career area, with over 30% job growth expected in the next five years! Entrepreneur magazine has rated the freight brokerage business as one of the top home-based businesses to own, and a Wall Street Journal article cited freight brokering and logistics as the largest growing sector of the transportation industry.
Program Format: Online via partnership with ed2go
Program Length: Self-paced; students have 6-months to complete the course after enrolling
Tuition Cost: $1,895 - Financial assistance is available
What Does a Freight Broker/Agent Do?
As a freight broker, your job is to manage shipments on behalf of your clients. This involves arranging for transportation, helping to negotiate better rates, and getting information so your clients can track each shipment. Most shippers do not have the time to find and monitor hauling companies, so freight brokers manage this work on their behalf. One of the most important roles of this job is generating "spread," which is the difference between what the client is willing to pay for shipping the product and what you can convince a hauling company to accept. Freight brokers get to keep the spread, so bigger discounts offer you better pay.
About the Freight Broker/Agent Training Program
When you complete Mississippi State University's online Freight Broker/Agent Training Program you'll be qualified to become a part of the exciting trucking, freight logistics, and transportation industries as a licensed freight broker or as a freight broker agent. From licensing and operations to sales and marketing, you'll learn the basics of how to run a domestic freight brokerage or agency in the United States. Written by freight brokerage specialists, this freight broker course will provide you with the knowledge and resources needed to break into the shipping industry. From transportation law, contracts, and insurance, to setting up and running your own business, this is the best online freight broker training available.
Build Your Own Business
Upon completion of the program, graduates have opened their own successful freight agencies and others have chosen to become freight broker agents operating under the umbrella of a licensed broker. Regardless of which career path you choose, Mississippi State University will provide you with the support and guidance you need to succeed in your profession.
What You Will Learn
- The basics of freight brokering.
- How to use the documents and software common to the industry.
- All about transportation law, insurance, and agreements and contracts.
- How to set up and run your business, including recordkeeping, determining quotes, and negotiation and marketing techniques.
How You Will Benefit
- Freight broker school can provide you with the resources you need to obtain your brokerage licensing/authority from the federal government.
- You will gain the knowledge and resources you need to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), get a surety bond and break into the shipping industry.
- Graduates will be able to participate in our weekly job opportunity event called Resource Friday. Resource Friday is a virtual event that is held every Friday, exclusively for Freight Broker/Agent Training program graduates. During this virtual event, all graduates have the opportunity to meet and discuss agent positions with participating freight brokerages. Additionally, the best businesses and brokers in the industry talk with graduates about starting their own brokerage, working as an agent for another firm, and other career opportunities.
“This course used real life examples and
different learning materials that still help us operate a business,”
Kay P., United Tribe Logistics
Freight Broker/Agent Training Certificate RequirementsFreight Broker BasicsOverview of the JobIndustry OverviewBroker Laws and Requirements by the FMCSAMarketing and SalesMarket Trends and StrategiesCustomer Relations and Customer ProfileOvercoming ChallengesSuccess and the Broker/AgentGetting StartedStarting Your BusinessThe Next StepsPreparing Your Initial Marketing MaterialsShipper/Carrier Marketing and DynamicsSetting Up Your Shipper PacketSetting Up Your Carrier PacketSetting Your RatesFinding Your ShippersLoad Dynamics and OperationsBuilding the LoadMatching the CarrierThe Process ContinuedCarrier Relations (Your Carrier Profile)Conclusion and AppendicesConclusionFinancial ManagementInsurance Claims
What You Receive When You Complete the Program?
Upon successfully completing the Freight Broker/Agent Training program, you'll be awarded a certificate of completion from Mississippi State University.
Ready to Enroll
Admission to the Freight Broker/Agent Training Certificate Program is open to any interested student. There are no prerequisites for this program. Since the program focuses solely on U.S. domestic freight brokering, it is recommended you be interested in doing business in the United States.
Mississippi State University's Freight Broker/Agent Training program is an open enrollment program. You can enroll and start the program at any time.
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA or Pell Grant. Financing is available through other private, military, and government funding options. Learn more about financial assistance.