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Accredited by the Council on Higher Education and registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a local, private, higher education institution, the Institute offers a number of qualifications at National Qualification Framework (NQF) Levels 5 and 6. Courses preparing candidates for these qualifications are delivered via the distance education medium.

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    Established in 1996 as a Section 21 (‘not for gain’) company, the International Trade Institute of Southern Africa (ITRISA) NPC specialises in assisting organisations and individuals to develop the knowledge and competencies needed to succeed in today’s highly competitive international trade arena.

    ITRISA’s core business activities are:

    • Education. ITRISA runs a comprehensive distance learning programme in international trade, comprising:
      • the 1-year Higher Certificate in International Trade (NQF Level 5)
      • the 3-year Diploma in International Trade Management (Exports or Imports) (NQF Level 6)

    Each course affords participants valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities associated with doing business internationally, and successful candidates receive a qualification which is both nationally and internationally accredited.

    • Training. ITRISA conducts short courses and workshops in Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Sandton, Johannesburg, as well as tailored in-house training across all provinces (on request). Content covers a wide range of international trade-related topics, e.g. international transport modes, shipping logistics, customs procedures, warehousing, costing and pricing, payment methods and risk management, documentation, market access requirements, market research and international contractual issues.
    • Consulting. ITRISA also consults to public and private sector concerns on various trade-related matters, and over the years has partnered with entities such as the dti, Wesgro, seda, the City of Cape Town, the City of Tshwane, GGDA, SAAFF, DAFF, TIKZN, the UCT Graduate School of Business, North-West University, and the Transport Education & Training Authority (TETA) in specific projects aimed at identifying stumbling blocks to effective international trade performance and/or building expertise and capacity amongst targeted groups of people.

    ITRISA is also frequently called upon to participate in trade-focused forums, working groups, technical committees and foreign international trade advisory boards, and to contribute articles to industry journals and other publications.

    By remaining in regular contact with its extensive network of trade practitioners, service providers to the trade community, government officials and training/education specialists, ITRISA ensures that its products and services remain relevant and quality-driven, and offer practical solutions to all businesses looking to expand internationally.

    ITRISA is registered in South Africa with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a private higher education institution and is fully accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE). At an international level, ITRISA currently hosts the Secretariat of the UK-registered International Association of Trade Training Organisations (IATTO), and its executive director is the IATTO Board director responsible for the Association’s Accreditation, Certification and Professional Designation System. ITRISA has been an accredited IATTO training provider since 1998 and holds the IATTO agency for southern Africa.


    Despite being a small, non-profit company, ITRISA has always been aware of its social responsibility, both as an education institution and as a South Africa-based business.  The Institute/its directors has/have thus over the years funded the schooling of certain employee dependants at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, and supported various charities.

    The Institute’s tutors also allocate time after-hours and over weekends to coaching ITRISA students on a one-on-one basis, both telephonically and in contact sessions.

    Legal Status & BEE Level

    The International Trade Institute of Southern Africa (ITRISA) is a non-profit company (NPC) that was originally registered in 1996 as a company ‘not for gain’ under Section 21 of the South African Companies Act (Registration no: 1996/011678/08).  Under the Companies Act 2008, ITRISA’s status changed from a Section 21 company to an NPC.

    Since 2002, ITRISA has also been registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a private provider of higher education under the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Registration no:  2002/HE08/001).  No provider of higher education may operate in South Africa without this registration.


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