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Level 4 Customs Practitioner Award
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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. 

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 level 4 qualification can be achieved by completing six of our world-renowned customs training courses and completing two x 3000 word written assessments.

No formal qualifications are required for entry on this course.

The Customs Practitioner Award currently qualifies for HMRC grant funding so greatly reducing the cost to you and your business of achieving this award. Hurry though - applications for the grants will close on 5 April 2019, or earlier once all the funding is allocated. 


Entry Requirements

No formal qualifications are required for this course.


The Level 4 Customs Practitioner Award consists of six 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 gives an introduction to excise duties and procedures which apply both internationally and domestically on products such as alcohol, tobacco and hydrocarbon oils. It outlines the structural elements of excise duty including HM Revenue & Customs requirements for registration of production premises and duty suspended (“bonded”) warehouses, and the calculation and payment of excise duty.

    Learning Outcomes

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

  • 1. Understand excise duties, procedures and regulations

    Assessment Criteria

  • 1.1 Discuss the customs and excise environment at an international and UK level, and how taxes and duties are formulated
  • 1.2 Explain import and export processes relevant to excise goods
  • 1.3 Discuss how compliance with excise regulations can be ensured

    This unit looks at the very important area of Export Controls on goods leaving the United Kingdom. It covers the export of both military and dual-use goods plus software and technology. The procedures for getting a licence and the different types will be explained. Also, what the categories for licences are and the compliance with shipments to different export regions.

    Learning Outcomes

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

  • 1. Knowledge of export licensing controls and the different types of export license

    Assessment Criteria

  • 1.1 Review UK, European Union and International rules and requirements for Military and Dual-Use goods
  • 1.2 Evaluate how to check product requirements for an Export Licence
  • 1.3 Compare the different types of Export Licence in operation, and how to apply for the appropriate licence
  • 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 six 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 two x 3000 word written assessments.

    The First Assessment will be based on the the first three units:

    • Customs Procedures and Documentation
    • Customs Classification and Tariff Codes
    • Understanding Rules of Origin, Free Trade Agreeements and Export Preference

    The Second Assessment will be based on the second three units:

    • Export Licensing Controls
    • Excise Duties and Procedures
    • Post Brexit Documentation and Compliance

    Learners will have six weeks to complete the assessment from the date of issuance.


    Enrolment fee £2,054

    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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