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Diploma in World Customs Compliance & Regulations
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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.

This ground breaking education programme leads to a full customs qualification at Level 5 Diploma level.

Our supported approach to online learning gives you the freedom and support to balance your study, work and home commitments, while working towards your career goals.

The learning materials are delivered through our online campus, so you can access them wherever and whenever suits you. You’re not left on your own to study though. You’ll receive full support and lots of contact from tutors and fellow students through online discussion forums, email, online chats and by telephone.

Designed to fit around a full-time career, you have four years to complete the course, although the usual period of study is 15 months.

Students who complete this qualification will be recognised as 'Accredited Customs Professionals', through the UK Customs Academy.

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


Entry Requirements

Candidates must be 19 years of age or over and successful completion of the Level 4 Diploma in International Trade (formerly Advanced Certificate in International Trade/ACIT). Candidates with an existing Degree from a recognised University and / or more than 5 years’ experience in international trade will be considered for direct entry to the Diploma.


The Diploma in World Customs Compliance and Regulations cover three main areas:

This module evaluates customs and trade compliance at a world level and aims to detail the procedures involved in dealing with trade from the UK to outside of the EU. Students will be provided with knowledge of how World trade and customs is organised, practical aspects of international customs procedures, including initiatives on supply-chain security and partnership with trade, international trade facilitation and trade free zones and special economic zones.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand how world customs is organised

2. Understand International Customs procedures


Assessment Criteria

1.1 Explain how world customs is organised

1.2 Explain the structure of the international regulatory and administrative bodies involved in world customs

1.3 Evaluate how the system of world customs operates

1.4 Evaluate the development of international conventions and instruments in world customs

1.5 Assess the impact of world customs measures on an organisation

1.6 Analyse how an organisation manages the impact of world customs measures

2.1 Analyse the structure of tariff and tariff controls in relation to world customs

2.2 Evaluate current guidelines on customs valuation rules, and rules of origin

2.3 Evaluate supply chain security in relation to world customs procedures

This module aims to detail the procedures involved in dealing with EU trade. Students will be provided with knowledge of the European Union (EU) as a Customs Union, EU customs code and developments, EU customs regimes and procedures, import licensing regulations, export licensing controls, Intrastat and Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand how the European Union (EU) operates as a Customs Union

2. Understand the EU Customs Code

3. Understand Authorised Economic Status


Assessment Criteria

1.1 Discuss the development of the EU Customs Union

1.2 Explain how the EU Customs Union is organised

1.3 Evaluate how the EU Customs Code and International Trade Regulations operate in relation to the EU Customs Union

1.4 Evaluate EU systems, tools and documentation controls in relation to the EU Customs Union

2.1 Assess the EU Customs Tariff

2.2 Evaluate Customs Duty Management and Tariff Measures, EU Valuation of Goods for Customs Purposes and EU Preferential Trade Agreements

2.3 Assess the impact of EU Customs Tariff on an organisation

3.1 Explain the purpose and general principles of Authorised Economic Status

3.2 Assess the advantages and disadvantages of Authorised Economic Status

3.3 Evaluate the procedures for applying for Authorised Economic Status

This module aims to detail the procedures involved in dealing with UK to UK trade. Students will be provided with knowledge of HM Revenue and Customs and other UK controlling bodies involved in international trade, Excise Goods and VAT, Customs Declarations, 3rd Country customs procedures in the UK, Non-Fiscal Controls including Export and Import Licensing Controls.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the role of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the UK

2. Understand 3rd Country Customs procedures in the UK

3. Understand how to comply, apply and implement AEO status in the UK


Assessment Criteria

1.1 Discuss the role of HMRC and other authorised bodies in relation to UK trade

1.2 Evaluate the purpose of Customs Declarations, including the maintenance and reporting of required information

1.3 Explain how to declare goods to HMRC

1.4 Analyse the impact of HMRC measures on an organisation

2.1 Analyse the purpose of 3rd Country Customs procedures in the UK

2.2 Evaluate storage procedures, temporary movements and returned goods, and transit procedures and triangulation

2.3 Evaluate the use of non-fiscal controls including Export Licence Controls and Import Licence Controls

3.1 Assess the key areas of a business that need to be involved in applying for, obtaining and maintaining AEO status

3.2 Explain how to assess the company's readiness to apply for AEO status

3.3 Evaluate the UK application process in compliance with HMRC regulation

Drawing from the knowledge, skills and learning gained from previous Level 4 and Level 5 modules, students are required to select and propose a work-based project which involves an international trade and customs compliance issue. With tutor support and self-directed research, students are required to investigate, analyse and provide managerial recommendations in the form of a professional, written report.

Learning Outcomes

1.Demonstrate how to assess an area of International trade and customs compliance

2.Demonstrate how to manage the implementation of an International trade and customs compliance project


Assessment Criteria

1.1 Assessment of an area of international trade and customs compliance using your business, or a business, with which you are familiar

1.2 Collect, record, analyse and interpret data in a logical and informed manner

1.3 Develop and evaluate a range of recommendations and conclusions

2.1 Negotiate, plan, research and carry out a programme of learning and assessment in an area of international trade and customs compliance

2.2 Transfer the appropriate knowledge and skills learnt from a range of trade and customs compliance subject areas

2.3 Work through self-directed study, with minimal supervision to complete a written project report

Study Commitment

As a guide you should expect to study for around 82 hours for each of the three modules and 26 hours for the project based assessment. The course has to be completed within 4 years, but the usual period of study is 15 months. These are recommended hours only, as the completion time will vary from student to student.


Each module is completed by means of an assessment. Assessments usually comprise a 3000 word report linked to the practical application of Customs procedures in the working environment – students have 6 weeks to research and complete the assessment. The project based assessment requires a 4000 word report.


Enrolment fee £2750

Student Registration (two years student membership) £236

Assessment fees £800 (£200 per module).

Alternatively, you can take specific modules individually priced at £775 per module, also subject to membership and assessment fees.


All study is delivered through Supported Distance Learning, with access to tutor support via phone and email. Find out more here.



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