Accessibility Skip to Content Section
Skip to Footer Section
Freight Broker/Agent Training

Freight truck on the highway

Learn How to Start Your Freight Brokerage

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!

 

This course used real life examples and different learning materials that still help us operate a business,” Kay P., United Tribe Logistics

 

Enroll Now

 

 

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.

 

Course Objectives

  • 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.

 

 

Enroll Now

 

 

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.

 

Curriculum

THE BASICS OF FREIGHT BROKERING

 Job duties, qualities and skills of an effective freight broker and a freight broker agent

 

SETTING UP YOUR BUSINESS AND OFFICE

Steps needed to launch a brokerage and set up an office

 

SETTING GOALS AND DEVELOPING YOUR CORPORATE IDENTITY

Evaluate business goals and mission statements

 

SETTING UP YOUR SHIPPER PACKET AND YOUR CARRIER PACKET

Documents to send to shippers and carriers

 

OPERATIONS AND USING OPERATIONS SOFTWARE

Forms, logs, and broker software that work best for business; how to avoid or manage day-to-day problems that freight brokers face

 

TYPES OF FREIGHT AND EXPLORING NICHE MARKETS

Differentiate between the types of freight and the types of niche markets available

 

TRANSPORTATION LAW

Transportation law most affect business as a broker or agent, and why they are important to operations

 

BROKER-CARRIER CONTRACTS

How contracts protect brokers and carriers

 

BROKER-SHIPPER AGREEMENTS

Components of an effective broker-shipper agreement

 

INSURANCE FOR CARRIERS AND BROKERS

Insurance policies and forms essential for carriers and brokers

 

RECORDKEEPING, ACCOUNTING, AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Different processes and records encountered as a broker freight

 

DETERMINING YOUR RATE QUOTES

Rate quotes that are based on relevant information

 

CARRIER RELATIONS AND SOLUTIONS FOR SUCCESS

Situations from a carrier's point of view

 

SALES AND PROFITABILITY

Sales techniques and results as part of sales success

 

ADVANCED MARKETING

Marketing efforts that will be beneficial for business

 

DEVELOP YOUR NEGOTIATION SKILLS

Negotiation skills from first real sales calls

FAQs about Freight Brokers

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates and provides safety oversite for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).

Instructors

Jan Roach

Jan Roach has been a partner in a freight brokerage operation since 1995. For over 10 years, she ran a freight brokerage, overseeing sales, marketing, accounting and day-to-day operations. Roach holds a Bachelor of Science from Baylor University and has provided training for the freight industry since 2001.

 

Jeff Roach

Jeff Roach has been in the transportation industry since 1986. He founded his own freight brokerage in 1995, after working as the vice president of national accounts for a major truckload carrier. He grew his brokerage into a multimillion-dollar business and began developing freight broker courses in 2001. Roach holds a Bachelor of Science from Abilene Christian University.

 

Registration and Enrollment

This course is 100% online. Start anytime with 6 months to complete.

Enroll Now