CGBP Background

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In the early 1980’s, a strong movement began to place international trade education in a more prominent position in colleges, universities, and various public service institutions. Many programs were begun, mostly housed at educational institutions, world trade centers, chambers of commerce, and other trade-related groups. In addition, Small Business Development Centers, funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, were beginning to join the groundswell of activity.  So in the 1990’s NASBITE was gaining considerable momentum and in 2000 we set out to develop a credential that would raise the level of practice in the field, provide professional development goals, and showcase competency.

Over the next several years, Jim Foley, from Bradley University, led the effort to develop the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credential.  NASBITE contracted with Professional Examination Service (PES) in New York to help create the body of knowledge and the test protocol. In cooperation with numerous federal and state government, and corporate partners, as well as the Centers for International Business, Education, and Research (CIBERs), and practitioners, the NASBITE CGBP™ credential was developed and on March 20, 2005, the first credentialing exam was given.  To date, over 2,000 candidates have received the credential.

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