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Customs Professional Pathway
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The Institute's new Customs Professional Pathway offers progression opportunities for customs professionals wishing to build upon their knowledge, experience and skills.

Gain a competitive advantage in the challenging and complex world of export, import and international trade with official recognition of your skills and expertise.

By following the steps set out below, you can systematically build your Customs knowledge and skills from novice to full expertise.

How to complete a Customs Declaration

Are you a customs agent? Or does your company use customs agents and intermediaries to help you trade with the EU?

If so, you need to know how to meet customs requirements fast and efficiently after the UK leaves the EU. There will be new processes to follow and new forms to complete.

Our new online training will highlight what you need to know to complete customs declarations accurately and efficiently.

Choose from either a 5 hour e-learning course, or a 3 hour e-learning course plus face-to-face training.

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Step by step guidance on completing Customs Declarations

One day face-to-face training course

Our new one-day training course will highlight what you need to know to complete customs declarations accurately and efficiently both import and export of goods, including taking you through step-by-step guidance on completing the SAD C88 form.

Part two of the training will detail many of the common pitfalls and makes attendees aware of some of the mistakes made by newcomers to customs declarations.

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Customs Procedures and Documentation

One day face-to-face training course

This training course 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. 

Delays, fines and inspections are things that no company wants to endure, hence this course will equip attendees with the information to be able to understand what is required to comply with customs and if at any time an audit by HMRC was required, then to be able to be prepared.

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We have several level 3 qualifications available to you at this stage of your Customs Pathway and you should choose the pathway that best reflects your business needs or personal interests.


Customs Practitioner Award

Level 3

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.

You can achieve a Level 3 Customs Practitioner Award by completing four of our world-renowned customs training courses and sitting a multiple choice assessment (online) for each unit:

1. Customs Procedures and Documentation

2. Customs Classification and Tariff Codes

3. Understanding Rules of Origin, Free Trade Agreements and Export Preference

4. Post Brexit Documentation and Compliance

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Certificate in Customs Legislation and Procedures

Level 3

This introductory level qualification is designed to get people started in the Customs profession.

The Certificate in Customs Legislation and Procedures consists of seven modules.

  • Customs Legislation and Regulation
  • Entry of Goods
  • Release for Free Circulation
  • Special Procedures
  • Customs transit
  • Export and exit
  • AEO, Authorisation and Customs Compliance

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Certificate in Customs Duty Calculation

Level 3

This introductory level qualification is designed to provide people with the basic skills required to calculate the amount of customs duty that is payable on imported goods.

The Certificate in Customs Duty Calculation consists of six modules.

  • Customs Legislation and Regulation
  • Tariff Classification
  • Customs Valuation
  • International Terms of Trade
  • Origin of Goods
  • Customs Debt, Guarantees and Payment

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Customs Practitioner Award

Level 4

The advanced option of our Customs Practitioner Award looks at the four units covered in the Level 3, with two additional units looking at Export Licensing Controls and Excise Duties and Procedures

You can achieve a Level 4 Customs Practitioner Award by completing all six of our world-renowned customs training courses and completing two x 3000 written assessments. Learners will have six weeks to complete the assessment from date of the question being issued. 

1. Customs Procedures and Documentation

2. Customs Classification and Tariff Codes

3. Understanding Rules of Origin, Free Trade Agreements and Export Preference

4. Excise Duties and Procedures

5. Export Licensing Controls

6. Post Brexit Compliance and Documentation

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Diploma in World Customs Compliance & Regulations

Level 5

This qualification from the Institute of Export & International Trade covers a comprehensive and in-depth range of topics in customs and trade compliance and regulation.

The online education programme leads to a full customs qualification at Level 5 Diploma level and is designed to fit around a full-time career, with online study supported by contact with tutors, webinars, video sessions and podcasts.

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