Level 6 Qualification

Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration

This degree is awarded by Charles Sturt University, Australia through its Centre for Customs and Excise Studies

Students will develop advanced technical skills in traditional and topical aspects of international customs law and customs administration, preparing them to effectively apply complex policy and practice in workplaces focused on cross-border trade. Students will gain advanced judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner dealing with, or working in, customs administrations and it will provide them with a pathway for further learning.


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Entry requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration should hold:

  1. an undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised university or tertiary institution


  1. minimum of three years’ appropriate work experience in Customs or a related area and provide written verification from their employer.


  1. English language proficiency (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent)


The course consists of two core subjects totalling 32 credit points - CUS 401 and either CUS 402 or CUS 403:

CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)

This subject introduces students to key features of customs management in the contemporary globalised world, including the role and responsibilities of customs policy and practice, and strategic and operational management issues.
Other areas covered include relevant international conventions and agreements, risk management in the customs context, and international trends that impact on Customs such as social expectations, emerging technologies and the global economy.

CUS402 International Customs Law (16)

This subject introduces students to the relationship between the domestic responsibilities of customs services and the international law obligations to
which they give effect. The jurisdiction of customs authorities is examined, and the international organisations and conventions that impact on customs activities. In particular, the impact of the conventions of the WCO.

CUS403 European Customs Law (16)

This unit introduces students to the relationship between the Union Customs Code (UCC) and the consequential responsibilities of the European customs services and traders in respect of goods crossing national borders. The unit examines the scope of the legislation; the procedural context; and the relevant policy and practice that results in streamlined, uniform and simplified customs procedures, legal certainty and electronic environment. There is a particular focus on customs procedures for compliant and trustworthy economic operators (AEO).

Study commitment

0.5 Years: Part-time

1 Year: Full-time

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