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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 (NEI) 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.

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Certification & Training Programs

NCBFAA 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).
  • Export 101 (online): This course is an overview of export transaction basics and responsibilities, U.S. export regulatory requirements, and the forwarder process. This four-part course incorporates critical thinking questions throughout to help you learn the material and get you to start thinking like an export specialist. Upon completion of the course, you will have a firm understanding of the basic requirements for the freight forwarder documentation and shipping process.

NCBFAA Case Studies

  • Forced Labor and TFTEA (6 CCS/CES Credits)
  • Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) (6 CCS/CES Credits)
  • Temporary Importation Bond (TIB) (6 CCS Credits)
  • General Note 3 of the HTSUS - Rates of Duty (6 CCS Credits)
  • TSCA Reporting Requirements for Exports (6 CES Credits)
  • United States Fish and Wildlife Service for Export (6 CES Credits)

NEI Webinars

  • INCOTERMS 2020
  • Export Control & Cyber Security (1 CES)
  • CBP Enforcement: A Primer on Liquidated Damages, etc. (1 CCS)
  • The Future of GSP (1 CCS/CES)
  • What's Next for USMCA (1 CCS/CES)
  • Section 232 And 301 Tariffs - Product Exclusions And Duty Recovery (1 CCS/CES)
  • Exporting Mechanics Webinar Series II: Export Licenses (1 CES)
  • Exporting Mechanics Webinar Series II: Incoterms (1 CES)
  • 2019 CTPAT Conference Recap (1 CCS/CES)
  • Exporting Mechanics Webinar Series II: Incoterms: Best Practices for Export Compliance (1 CCS/CES)
  • Exporting Mechanics Webinar Series II: Incoterms: Dealing With Suppliers, Partners & Buyers (1 CES)
  • Navigating Prior Notice of Imported Food (1 CCS)
  • Exporting Mechanics Webinar Series II: Incoterms: Advanced Letters of Credit (1 CCS/CES)
  • New Age of Trade Policy: How to Ease the Pain of Tariffs (1 CCS/CES)
  • Exporting Mechanics Webinar Series II: Incoterms: Duty Drawback & Refunds (1 CCS/CES)

NCNFAA Continuing Education (Online)

  • Broker Fundamentals (2 CCS)
  • Customs Broker Exam Basics (2.5 CCS)
  • Customs Broker License Exam Preparation (20 CCS)
  • Classification I ( 2 CCS)
  • Classification FTA's (1.5 CCS)
  • Antidumping Countervailing Duties (1.5 CCS)
  • Classification II (10 CCS)
  • Import Compliance (1 CCS)
  • Using Import Documents (2 CCS)
  • Introduction to CBP (1 CCS)
  • Managing Other Government Agencies (1.5 CCS)
  • Country of Origin Marking (1 CCS)
  • Understanding the Entry Summary (1.5 CCS)
  • Post Entry Responsibilities (4 CCS)
  • Understanding the Automated Commercial Environment (4 CCS)
  • C-TPAT Start to Finish (2.5 CCS)
  • Understanding the Customs Regulations (4 CCS)
  • Import Compliance II (2 CCS)
  • Importing Internet Purchases (4 CCS)
  • Intellectual Property Laws & Import Protection (1 CCS)
  • Defining the EU (3 CCS or CES)
  • Transit - Rules, Obligations, and Risks (3 CCS or CES)
  • Special Customs Regimes (3 CCS or CES)
  • Incoterms (3 CCS or CES)
  • Global Security Programs (3 CCS or CES)
  • Compliance Strategy (3 CCS or CES)
  • Export Controls (3 CCS or CES)
  • Fiscal & Customs Representation (3 CCS or CES)
  • Export Overview (4 CES)
  • Key Export Regulations (3.5 CES)
  • Basic Export Process (3.5 CES)
  • Technology/Software/Technical Data (3.5 CES)
  • Restricted Parties (3.5 CES)
  • Embargoes (4 CES)
  • Restrictive Trade Practices) (Anti-boycott) (4 CES)
  • Documentation/Recordkeeping (6 CES)
  • Free Trade Agreements (6 CCS or CES)
  • Jurisdiction/Classification (6 CCS or CES)
  • International Traffic in Arms (5 CCS or CES)
  • Basic Import Process - Purchasing (4 CCS)
  • Basic Import Process: Foreign Suppliers (4 CCS)
  • Basic Import Process: Logistics (4 CCS or CES)
  • Basic Import Process: Importing (4 CCS)
  • Basic Import Process: Customs Brokers (4 CCS)
  • Basic Import Process: Receiving (4 CCS)
  • Basic Import Process: Finance (4 CCS)
  • Basic Import Process: Engineering (4 CCS)
  • Intermediate Import Process (1.5 CCS or CES)
  • Transportation Cost Analysis (12 CCS or CES)
  • Valuation 101 (1.5 CCS)
  • Valuation 201 (8 CCS or CES)