The Academy recognises holders of this award to be “Associate Customs Practitioners”.

Learning Objectives

On successful completion of this qualification you will have a comprehensive understanding of customs processes and procedures, including import, export and special procedures. You will also have a sound understanding of the core compliance areas of classification, origin, valuation and duty calculation and will gain sound knowledge of import and export declaration procedures and requirements. By the end of the award, you will feel confident working in an international trade environment, be able to prepare customs declarations, and have a clear awareness of the resources available to you to effectively manage customs risk.

Note: this is the minimum qualification considered necessary to prepare and lodge customs declarations with HMRC.


This course is scheduled to be launched in mid-September 2019.

Entry Requirements

No formal qualifications are required for entry into this course. However, for those who have little prior experience in customs matters, it is highly recommended to firstly undertake the Level 2 qualification - Customs Practice & Procedure Award.


Customs Law and Regulation

You will acquire knowledge of the customs law as it currently stands and an insight into what is likely to change post-Brexit. This includes an introduction to the Union Customs Code and related legislation. This task is greatly simplified through the use of our web-based UCC Navigator tool.

Customs Processes and Procedures

You will gain a practical understanding of the role and application of the various customs processes and procedures with which international traders are required to comply. These include rules relating to the way in which goods may be imported, exported, stored, processed and released for sale.

Tariff Classification

We explore the concepts and procedures relating to the Harmonized System, and the knowledge and skills required to effectively classify goods for customs purposes. This includes the classification structure, process and the use of online databases.

Rules of Origin

Here we examine how origin is established, including preferential and non-preferential origin and the importance of origin in determining the conditions under which goods may be traded internationally.

Customs Valuation

In this topic we examine the way in which imports and exports are valued for customs purposes and the way in which terms of trade influence the valuation process.

Customs Declarations

Here you will apply the knowledge gained in earlier topics to learn how to prepare and submit customs declarations for exports and imports, including for safety and security purposes. Particular emphasis is placed on Customs Procedure Codes. This task is greatly simplified through the use of our web-based Declaration Assistant tool.

Study Commitment

As a guide, you should expect to study for a total of around 160 hours to complete all modules. The course must be completed within one year, but the usual period of study is 6 months. These are recommended hours only, as the completion time will vary from student to student.


You will be expected to answer a series of questions as you progress through each module of the course. Questions take a variety of forms, including multiple choice, multiple response, fill in the blanks, drag and drop and hotspot.

Once you have completed all the modules, you will receive a Certificate showing the grade you have obtained:

  • Pass:            60% to 74%
  • Credit:         75% to 84%
  • Distinction: 85% and above.

If you do not achieve a score of 60% or higher, you will need to undertake a supplementary assessment at the end of the course.


The cost of the qualification is £980, which includes one year membership of the Academy.

Further Information

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