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Trade Education

The WTC-KY provides international business training and networking opportunities through trade education seminars and conferences. 

Trade Education Seminars

Throughout the year, the center hosts seminars on a variety of international business topics such as global sourcing strategies and international distribution agreements. These educational opportunities include 1-hour morning programs as well as half-day and full-day seminars.  

Our most recent seminar presented to the Kentucky League of Cities and sponsored by the Kentucky Export Initiative highlighted Kentucky's ranking of being 2nd in terms of export growth. To see the whole presentation click here.

International Trade Certification Program

World Trade Center Kentucky (WTC-KY) offers a yearly certification program for the international business community. This program, comprised of four individual seminars and taught by experts from banking, tax, legal, academia, customs compliance, market intelligence, freight forwarding, customs brokerage and government, will lead to the certification of International Commerce Specialist. The skills and knowledge gained from this certification program will provide the foundation for effective and efficient management of a company's international trade operations. In addition, the program is designed to develop skilled professionals in international trade that can spearhead the future growth of US trade.
The program attracts participation from the following roles and functions:
  • International sales representatives and managers
  • International marketing analysts and managers
  • International logistics analysts and managers
  • International trade compliance analysts and managers
  • US Customs compliance analysts and managers
  • Credit managers, certified public accountants, economic development specialists

Any and all sectors that are selling products outside the US and/or sourcing internationally are represented in this program.  Last year’s certification program attracted participants from the following sectors:  mining, chemicals, automotive, medical, food/beverage, textile, consumer goods, logistics and industrial machinery among others.

WTC-KY welcomes any participant willing to learn about the facets of international trade.   No previous course work is required. The certification program is comprised of four main topics in three full day seminars (click the links below to view sample presentations):

To receive certification of International Commerce Specialist, participants must attend all three days of the certification program and receive a score of 70% on an online test.

To view our most recent International Trade Certification Programs or learn more information about upcoming International Trade Certification programs, click here.

For inquiries regarding the 2013-14 International Trade Certification Program or with suggestions for our 2014-15 International Trade Certification Program, please contact Sherry Mulkins at or 502.574.1599.