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Level 3 Customs Practitioner Award
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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 and sitting a multiple choice assessment (online).

No formal qualifications are required for entry on this course.

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

You can now claim government grant funding to cover the full cost of this qualification. Find out more

Entry Requirements

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 potential changes in export documentation that Brexit may bring.

    Learning Outcomes

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

  • 1. Knowledge of customs and trade requirements post Brexit which ensure documentation fulfilment and compliance

    Assessment Criteria

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

    Students have two years to complete all four units of this Award. The training courses are one-day sessions, starting at 9.30am and finishing by 4.30pm


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


    Enrolment fee £1,192

    One year student membership (if not an Associate or Full member already) £118


    All study is delivered through face to face training. Our training courses are held at venues throughout the UK.

    Students will also have access to an online learning campus, with presentations, podcasts, magazines and journals.





    Once you have purchased the Customs Practitioner Award, please contact us at or on 01733 404400 to book your place on the training courses.


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