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Certification & Specialist Programs in Customs & Export, and Continuing Education Training for Customs and Import / Export Professionals

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Established in 1897 and headquartered in Washington, DC, the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) represents more than 970 member companies with 110,000 employees in international trade - the nation's leading freight forwarders, customs brokers, ocean transportation intermediaries (OTIs), NVOCCs and air cargo agents, serving more than 250,000 importers and exporters.

The NCBFAA Educational Institute is dedicated to providing educational opportunities to the members of NCBFAA & the larger trade community in the areas of international trade, supply chain management, global logistics, customs brokerage, export transactions, transportation, attendant government regulation, and those areas of knowledge necessary to manage or advance a career path in a business providing services to those sectors. The NCBFAA Educational Institute is licensed in the District of Columbia by the Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC) to offer online vocational training in the areas of international trade.

Certification & Training Programs

Specialist & Certification Programs


  • Certified Customs Specialist (CCS): The NCBFAA CCS Certification Program is designed to assist trade professionals involved in the import industry to become experts in the current import regulations. Whether you have a broker’s license or you have just a year or two of related experience, this course will provide you with a solid foundation for you to increase your industry knowledge. The CCS Course is a six month, self-paced online offering with scheduled testing and a proctored final exam. Students are required to provide their own proctor. Eligibility includes a minimum of one year practical experience in the U.S. conduction U.S. Customs and Border Protection business. A Customs broker's license is not required to become a CCS; or a current Canadian CCS Designate.
  • Certified Export Specialist (CES): The NCBFAA CES certification program is designed to help trade professionals involved in the export industry to become competent and knowledgeable in the current export regulations. You will find that participation in the CES program will provide you numerous venues for honing your professional skills while continuing to keep up with the rapidly changing marketplace within which OTI/Freight Forwarders function. The CES Course is a completely one-year, self-paced online offering with a proctored final exam (also Online). Eligibility includes at least one year of experience in the U.S. export business.
  • Master Export Specialist (MES): Designed for a broad audience that includes shippers, carriers, freight forwarders, bankers, government employees, insurance professionals and students alike, this certificate program introduces an even higher level of excellence to the NEI's outstanding continuing education program with the addition of its newest credential; a 60-hour online export certification program entitled the Master Export Specialist (MES).

Continuing Education (Case Studies & Web Based)

    • Ocean Transportation Intermediaries (OTIs)
    • U.S. Goods Returned (USGR)
    • HTSUS General Rules of Interpretation (GRIs)
    • Introduction to the U.S. Customs Tariff
    • Math Used in Trade and Cargo
    • HTSUS Classification Post Evaluation; Learning by Practice and Simulation
    • Working with Incoterms Including Practical Concerns & Forwarder Issues at Time of Shipment
    • U.S. Foreign Trade Zone (FTA) Overview
    • Introduction to Cargo Risk Management and Insurance
    • Introduction to U.S. Customs Brokerage, Part 1: The Players, Functions and Business of
    • Introduction to U.S. Customs Brokerage, Part 2: Customs Broker Transactions, Supervision
    • Introduction to U.S. Customs Brokerage, Part 3: Cargo Release Processing; Surety Bonds
    • Introduction to U.S. Customs Brokerage, Part 4: Documentation & Admissibility; Product Compliance & Marking Requirements
    • Introduction to U.S. Customs Brokerage, Part 5: Basic HTSUS Classification
    • Introduction to U.S. Customs Brokerage, Part 6: Transaction Value; ABI Entry Processing
    • Basic NAFTA for Customs Brokers
    • C-TPAT Employee Training for Customs Brokers
    • C-TPAT Employee Training for Transportation Intermediaries
    • C-TPAT Security Training and Threat Awareness for Transportation Intermediaries
    • U.S. Reconciliation Entry Program
    • U.S. Country of Origin Marking Requirements
    • ATA Carnets Benefits and Procedures
    • ATA Carnets Benefits and Procedures (U.S.)
    • C-TPAT Employee Training for Importers
    • Customs Broker's Licensure Exam Preparation Learning by Practice and Simulation
    • Destination Country Import & Transit Requirements
    • Export-Import Payment Terms, Collections, Letters of Credit
    • Export-Import Transaction Fundamentals; Using Incoterms (2011)
    • FMC Regulatory Compliance for Ocean Forwarders and NVOs Serving U.S. Ports
    • Fraud Awareness and Detection
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • HTSUS Classification Gap Analysis Skill Evaluation (Multiple Session)
    • HTSUS Classification Gap Analysis Skill Evaluation (Single Session)
    • Information Security
    • Introduction to Cargo Transportation for Air Forwarders
    • Introduction to Cargo Transportation for Forwarders & Other Intermediaries (U.S.)
    • Introduction to Cargo Transportation for Ocean Forwarders & NVO Operations Staff
    • Introduction to Importer Security Filing (10+2)
    • Introduction to Incoterms for Forwarders & Brokers
    • Introduction to U.S. Export Controls and Declaration Procedures for International
    • Introduction to U.S. Export Regulations
    • Obtaining and Placing Cargo Insurance; Deciding upon Coverage
    • Ocean and Intermodal Bills of Lading
    • Overview of Incoterms with 2010 Changes
    • Overview of Incoterms with 2010 Changes in Spanish
    • Preparing and Processing Cargo Claims
    • Radioactive Materials Shipping for Transportation Intermediaries
    • Record Management
    • U.S. Customs Tariff (HTSUS) Classification Basics
    • U.S. Export Compliance for Freight Forwarders (In Depth)
    • U.S. Exports Subject to Controls; Export Licensing Procedures (for Exporters)
    • Intro to U.S. Export Controls and AES for Forwarders
    • Introduction to Dangerous Goods
    • Dangerous Goods: General Awareness (basic)
    • Dangerous Goods: General Awareness
    • Undeclared Dangerous Goods
    • Dangerous Goods: Function Specific: Forwarder
    • Dangerous Goods: Function Specific: Air Forwarder
    • Dangerous Goods: Function Specific: Ocean Forwarder
    • Dangerous Goods: Function Specific: Warehouse
    • Dangerous Goods: Function Specific: Truck Driver/Dispatcher
    • Dangerous Goods: Radioactive Materials
    • Dangerous Goods: Function Specific: Customs Brokerage

  • (AS-1) IAC Security Training-Full Charge Customer Service, Documentation and Supervisory Staff, including Chain of Custody (C5-2010)
  • (AS-2) IAC Security Training-Customer Service and Documentation Staff under Continuous Supervision (C5-2010)
  • (AS-3) IAC Security Training-IAC & AR Warehouse/Terminal Staff, including Chain of Custody (C5-2010)
  • (AS-3-S) Entrenamiento de Seguridad del IAC-Personal de Almacen/Terminal de IAC y AR (C5-2010)
  • (AS-4) IAC Security Training-Personnel with Access to Air Cargo but NO Operations Responsibility
  • (AS-4-S) Entrenamiento de Seguridad del IAC-Personal con Acceso a Carga Aerea pero que NO Requieren Conocimiento de Operaciones de Carga Aerea (C5-2010)
  • (AS-5) IAC Security Training-IAC Security Coordinators and Alternates, including Chain of Custody (C5-2010)
  • (AS-6) IAC Security Training-IAC Security Coordinator Add-On Training Module (C5-2010)
  • (AS-7) IAC Security Training-Truck Drivers, Dispatchers & AR Supervisors, including Screened Cargo Chain of Custody (C5-2010)
  • (AS-7-S) Entrenamiento de Seguridad del IAC-Conductores, Despachadores y Supervisores de AR, Incluyendo la Cadena de Custodia de Carga Revisada (C5-2010)
  • (AS-8) IAC Security Training-Truck Drivers, Dispatchers & AR Supervisors, Without Screened Cargo Chain of Custody (C5-2010)
  •  (AS-10) IAC CCSF Training, Segment 1-All Personnel, including Chain of Custody
  • S17u-C-TPAT Security Training and Threat Awareness for Customs Broker Personnel
  •   CMP 108:  Understanding the Automated Commercial Environment
  • CMP 203:  Import Compliance II
  • CMP 106: Understanding the Entry Summary
  • CMP 201: C-TPAT Start to Finish
  • BRK 101: Broker Fundamentals
  • BRK 102: Customs Broker Exam Basics
  • BRK 301: Customs Broker License Exam Preparation
  • CLA 101: Classification I
  • CLA 102: Classification FTA's
  • CLA 103: Antidumping Counterveiling Duties
  • CLA 201: Classification II
  • CMP 101: Import Compliance
  • CMP 102: Using Import Documents
  • CMP 103: Introduction to CBP
  • CMP 104: Managing Other Government Agencies
  • CMP 105: Country of Origin Marking
  • CMP 202: Understanding the Customs Regulations
  • CMP 301: Importing Internet Purchases
  • CMP 302: Intellecutal Property Laws & Import Protection
  • PRC 101:  Basic Import Process - Purchasing
  • PRC 102:  Basic Import Process: Foreign Suppliers
  • PRC 104: Basic Import Process: Importing
  • PRC 105:  Basic Import Process:  Customs Brokers
  • PRC 106:  Basic Import Process:  Receiving
  • PRC 107:  Basic Import Process:  Finance
  • CMP 107: Post Entry Responsibilities
  • PRC 110: International Transportation
  • PRC 201: Intermediate Import Process
  • VAL 101: Valuation 101
  • VAL 201: Valuation 201
  • PRC 103: Basic Import Process: Logistics
  • PRC 301: Transportation Cost Analysis
  • PRC 108: Basic Import Process: Engineering
  • EXP 101: Export Overview
  • EXP 102: Key Export Regulations
  • EXP 103: Basic Export Process
  • EXP 104: Technology/Software/Technical Data
  • EXP 105: Restricted Parties
  • EXP 106: Embargoes
  • EXP 107: Restrictive Trade Practices (Anti-boycott)
  • EXP 108: Documentation/Recordkeeping
  • EXP 109: Free Trade Agreements
  • EXP 110: Jurisdiction/Classification
  • EXP 201: International Traffic in Arms
  • EU 101: Defining the EU
  • EU 102: Transit - Rules, Obligations, and Risks
  • EU 103: Special Customs Regimes
  • EU 104: Incoterms
  • EU 105: Global Security Programs
  • EU 106: Compliance Strategy
  • EU 107: Export Controls
  • EU 108: Fiscal & Customs Representation
  • Basics of Importing (1 HR) Includes Quiz
  • Basics of Exporting (1 HR) Includes Quiz
  • Duty Calls - Fundamentals of Tariff Classification (1 HR) Includes Quiz
  • Fundamentals of EAR (1 HR) Includes Quiz
  • Classification Under Ear (1 HR) Includes Quiz
  • FTA Certification Course
  • Export Practices Management
  • Import Practices Management
  • Export Marketing Essentials
  • Export/Import Practice Management
  • Shipping Hazardous Materials by Ground in the USA
  • 49 CFR 2-Day Initial Course
  • 49 CFR 1-Day Recurrent Course
  • IMDG 2-Day Initial Course
  • IMDG 1-Day Recurrent Course

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