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SGS student earns highly sought CGBP credential

David Mutala at the OKC Capital BuildingOklahoma State University School of Global Studies (SGS) graduate student David Mutala took and passed the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) exam and as a result, earned the CGBP credential – a highly sought after global business credential that certifies competency in four domains of global trade.

Mutala is originally from Zambia, a country in southern Africa. Before his decision to continue his education at OSU, Mutala worked for seven years in supply chain management with Halliburton. His past work experience attracted him to the master’s in global studies with a focus in global business and trade at OSU and later toward earning his CGBP credential. 

NASBITE International, a nonprofit organization that is a part of North American Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE), oversees the CGBP credential. The four domains that the exam focuses on include global business management, global marketing, supply chain management and trade finance.

Besides studying on his own, Mutala prepared for the exam by participating in the two-day CGBP prep course offered through the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development (CITD), which was taught by the CITD’s two NASBITE-Certified CGBP Trainers, Director Anthony Cambas, and Rebekah Kidanemariam, the Financial Coordinator.

Mutala described his participation in the CGBP prep course in the spring of 2018 as beneficial and valuable in preparing him to sit for the exam.

“The prep course was insightful and very well-organized, and it was overall instrumental in laying the knowledge foundation for passing the certification exam,” Mutala said. “Coincidentally, the prep course was offered at a time that I was taking one of my focus area courses called Global Competitive Environment. The theoretical framework from the class meshed perfectly with the applied concepts in the prep, which was helpful.”

The spring 2018 CGBP exam prep course was the first one in Oklahoma and took place at the CITD, which is located on the OSU campus. The CITD plans to offer the prep course once per semester, and it will be open to students and business professionals alike. 

Mutala plans to purse a career in supply chain management with a focus on trade facilitation after his graduation in December 2019.

“As a student in the Global Business and Trade focus area, I felt this credential and prep course were right up my alley,” Mutala said. “This will definitely be beneficial in helping me achieve my future career goals.”