Online Freight Broker Course

Learn How to Start a Freight Brokerage
Kauai is a key logistic hub in Hawaii, with an ever-present need for skilled freight brokers. This 100% online course will teach you how to start a successful freight brokerage in this competitive market. You’ll learn everything from earning your broker license to marketing your business.

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.
  • In Kauai County, freight brokers make an average salary of $41,000 annually.

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.

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

Freight Brokering FAQs

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.


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

Steps needed to launch a brokerage and set up an office

Evaluate business goals and mission statements

Documents to send to shippers and carriers

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

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

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

How contracts protect brokers and carriers

Components of an effective broker-shipper agreement

Insurance policies and forms essential for carriers and brokers

Different processes and records encountered as a broker freight

Rate quotes that are based on relevant information

Situations from a carrier’s point of view

Sales techniques and results as part of sales success

Marketing efforts that will be beneficial for business

Negotiation skills from first real sales calls


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.

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