Online Freight Broker/Agent Training
Learn How to Start Your Freight Brokerage
Become part of the exciting trucking, freight logistics, and transportation industries as a licensed freight broker or as a freight broker agent. Freight broker training will help you learn the skills you need to be a successful Freight Broker/Agent. From licensing and operations to sales and marketing, learn how to get your broker license and start a successful freight brokerage – 100% online and at your own pace!
Freight brokerage is a growing, service-based industry. As a freight agent or broker, you connect shippers and manufacturers with transportation companies and manage those shipments. 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. Prerequisites and Requirements: There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, this course focuses solely on U.S. domestic freight brokering, so it’s only recommended if you plan to do business in the United States. Online, self-paced, 180 course hours, 6 months access. Find additional program information!
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- Learn the ins and outs of the industry from experienced freight brokers.
- Gain the knowledge and resources you need to register with the FMCSA, get a surety bond and break into the shipping industry.
- The basics of freight brokering
- Setting up your business and office
- Setting goals and developing your corporate identity
- Setting up your shipper packet and your carrier packet
- Operations and using operations software
- Types of freight and exploring niche markets
- Transportation law
- Broker-carrier contracts
- Broker-shipper agreements
- Insurance for carriers and brokers
- Record keeping, accounting, and financial management
- Determining your rate quotes
- Carrier relations and solutions for success
- Sales and profitability
- Advanced marketing
- Develop your negotiation skills
Job Outlook for Freight Brokers
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) lists freight broker/agent as “Bright Outlook” career area, with over 30% job growth expected in the next five years.
According to the US Bureau of Transportation (USDOT), over 11 billion tons of freight move by truck each year. This number will grow, so skilled brokers are needed to keep the industry moving.
FAQs about Freight Brokers
- WHAT DO FREIGHT BROKERS DO?
Freight brokers find carriers for shippers to haul their freight. They also assume financial responsibility in the shipping process by invoicing shippers, paying carriers and agents, extending credit and more.
- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FREIGHT BROKER AND AN AGENT?
A freight agent acts as an independent salesperson for a freight brokerage or independent broker. Freight agents may work on commission bringing in new customers.
- HOW MUCH DO FREIGHT BROKERS MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, freight brokers make an average of $45,000 annually. Depending on your experience level, top brokers can make over $66,600 per year.
- WHAT KIND OF HOURS DO FREIGHT BROKERS WORK?
Freight brokers can set their own hours — deciding when and how much they work. Many work from home, so they create their own work/life balance around shipping and carrier schedules.
- WHAT IS THE FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (FMCSA)?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates and provides safety oversite for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).
“This course used real life examples and different learning materials that still help us operate a business,” Kay P., United Tribe Logistics