About the Program


The NCBFAA's Certified Customs Specialist (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 will review fundamental points relevant to the importation process while delving into practical, relevant subject matter not generally tested on the formal Customs licensing exam. Each topic will help you grow and develop as an import professional. You will find that participating in the CCS program will provide you numerous venues for honing your professional skills while continuing to stay up with the rapidly changing marketplace within import industry. 
CCS Course

The CCS Course is a six-month, self-paced, online offering consisting of 25 modules (each ending with a summary quiz), 4 checkpoint quizzes, and a cumulative, proctored final exam. Students are required to provide their own proctor.

Who Should Enroll?
Individuals working in the import industry interested in expanding base knowledge.  

Benefits of Completing the Course
  • Expand knowledge. Gain in-depth insight into every aspect of import logistics management. 
  • National professional recognition.  Peers, staff, customers, and volunteer leaders all value the CCS designation. 
Key Topics 
The principal acts involved in the importation of goods, Customs Brokers licensing requirements and agency agreements, The U.S. Harmonized Tariff Classification System, Tariff treatments and trade agreements, Valuation and Classification, Informed Compliance, Assessment of Duties, Marking of Imported Goods, Drawback and refunds, Special Requirements, Antidumping and Countervailing Duties, Foreign Trade Zones, and Recordkeeping. 
For further insight into the course content, review the course outline here.
  • Have a minimum of one year practical experience in the U.S. conduction U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) business.
  • A Customs broker's license is not required to become a CCS
  • Be a current Canadian CCS Designate (not required).
  • $650 for members
  • $1,250 for non-members



Withdrawals and Cancellations
The NEI requires written notice of course withdrawals (email, fax or mail). Emails sent directly to the NEI Director at nei@ncbfaa.org are strongly preferred.
There is a $50 administrative fee if the NEI receives written notice of enrollment cancellation prior to the NEI providing the student with a username and password. A refund of the tuition fees, minus a $50 administrative fee will be issued. 
There is a $100 administrative fee if the NEI receives written notice of enrollment cancellation after a username and password has been provided. A refund of the tuition fees, minus a $100 administrative fee will be issued. Students may withdraw from the course at any time but no refund will be provided after the course has begun.
CCS Grandfathering
Licensed brokers and individuals who have passed the broker's exam (proof required) can grandfather into the program without taking the CCS course.
  • Learn more about grandfathering here.
  • e-mail a copy of your license to the NEI Staff. You will then receive information on submitting your $95 grandfathering fee. Please do NOT submit your payment prior to sending your CBL.


NEI Professional Membership
  • Enjoy member benefits for the next year and immediate savings on your education expenses.
  • Non-member firms can join the Association now by clicking here and submitting a completed application form with payment. 
  • If your firm is not eligible for NCBFAA membership, you may still take advantage of member rates by signing up as a Professional Member .