Broaden your understanding of customs procedures and documentation and jump start your career in exporting, importing, transport or freight forwarding operational environments.

The new Customs Practitioner Award has been launched to meet the growing demand for customs professionals. Businesses involved in all aspects of international trade have an increasing need to comply with complex customs regulations, especially in an environment which has been subject to several years of change and uncertainty.

The four units will ensure the customs practitioner has a comprehensive understanding of the core compliance areas; classification, origin and valuation. In addition the units will cover import and export declaration procedures, including content required and accuracy.

By the end of the award, the customs practitioner will feel confident working in an international trade environment, with an understanding of the resources available to effectively manage customs risk. 

This introductory level qualification can be achieved by completing four of our world-renowned customs training courses. Students are able to book their preferred dates of attendance giving them the ability to pace their own learning.

No formal qualifications are required for entry on this course.

We also offer a Level 4 Customs Practitioner Award, find out more.

No formal qualifications are required for this course.

The Level 3 Customs Practitioner Award consists of four units:

This unit offers a very detailed and comprehensive look at the information that is required to be submitted to customs to enable goods to be imported and exported. It also looks at the differences between EU and non EU trade.

Learning Outcomes

By the time you have finished this unit you will be able to:

  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the role and application of Customs Procedures and Documentation

Assessment Criteria

  • 1.1 Discuss the role of Customs arrangements at a World, European and UK level
  • 1.2 Provide an explanation of UK customs procedures and customs declarations
  • 1.3 Outline the role of export and import documentation

This unit highlights the commercial implications of the correct use of the Tariff/Commodity code and why it is so important to have a good understanding of them, which will help towards successful and efficient global business.

Learning Outcomes

By the time you have finished this module you will be able to:

  • 1. Explain the operation of Customs Classification and Tariff Codes

Assessment Criteria

  • 1.1 Explain the importance of the Tariff/Commodity code and how to determine the correct code
  • 1.2 Discuss Tariff application within Trade Agreements, including compliance with rules of origin
  • 1.3 Identify the 'landed cost' for products in the international trade transaction

This unit will explain all aspects of the Rules of Origin and Trade agreements and how to understand and comply with them to help companies be more competitive in export markets.

Learning Outcomes

By the time you have finished this module you will be able to:

  • 1. Know how origin is established and how to complete trade documentation to secure export preference

Assessment Criteria

  • 1.1 Define preferential and non-preferential trade, free trade agreements and how international trade rules apply, including rules of origin
  • 1.2 Discuss trade documentation required to secure preferential trade
  • 1.3 Outline internal documentation and procedures required to support origination declaration

This unit looks at the requirements that businesses must now follow when trading good to Europe arising from the UK:EU Trade Cooperation Agreement (TCA).

Learning Outcomes

By the time you have finished this module you will have:

  • 1. Knowledge of customs and trade requirements in 2021 post transition period in order to ensure documentation fulfilment and compliance

Assessment Criteria

  • 1.1 Analyse UK customs procedures and documentation that apply from 2021, and illustrate how traders evidence proof of export from the UK
  • 1.2 Appraise the importance of UK Tariff classifications
  • 1.3 Evaluate compliance with Rules of Origin and Methods of Valuation
  • 1.4 Evaluate the benefits of Customs Special Procedures and being an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

The learning content is delivered through attendance at four live training events which students access remotely via video call. Each module of learning is covered in a one-day session starting at 10am and finishing by 4:30pm.

The Courses

  1. Customs Procedures & Documentation
  2. How to Classify your Goods
  3. Rules of Origin
  4. Trading with the EU

Students have a maximum of two years to complete this qualification.

You are required to complete an online multiple choice assessment after you have completed all four units.

Enrolment fee: £1,192.00

Registration fee: £118.00 (one year of IOE&IT Student Membership (if not an Associate or Full Member already)

*Please note that you will need to renew your IOE&IT student membership if your qualification study period exceeds one year. 

All course content is delivered through our training courses, which are virtual classroom events and accessed by video call.

Students will also have access to our online learning campus Canvas, through which the multiple choice assessment is administered.

To apply for the Level 3 Customs Practitioner Award, please use the 'Apply now' button or send an email requesting an application form to 

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