About the Course

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)


The MES program is the result of more than a year of development that was undertaken in conjunction with the Los Angeles based supply chain training firm, Trade Facilitators, Inc. Fully narrated with multiple animation features, this on-demand, 10-Module course takes a hands-on approach to all facets of exporting from the United States. Students must complete a final exam and scholarly essay to earn the MES designation.


Key Topics: Encompassing 60 hours, this online certification program includes Real-World Scenarious, Industry Vertical Examples, Export Perspectives, and Trade Tips.


The course is broken down into 10 major parts:


  • An Integrated Approach to Exporting from the U.S
  • International Sales Contracts
  • Mitigation Guidelines
  • Export Compliance
  • The Logistics of Air Exports
  • The Logistics of Ocean Exports
  • USMCA Exports
  • Export Documentation
  • Electronic Export Information
  • International Payment Terms
  • U.S. Free Trade Agreements


To view a complete course outline, please click here.



$950 for members and $1450  for non-members.




Application & Registration

The Master Export Specialist (MES) Application and further instructions can be found on the course registration page. Before submitting an application, please review the MES prerequisites.




Master Export Specialist (MES) Prerequisites
The Master Export Specialist Certification to be offered through the NCBFAA Educational Institute (NEI) will provide members of the community with advanced training and the opportunity to become certified with a master's-level designation in the practice of Export Regulations. This program is intended to recognize individuals with a heightened level of expertise beyond a journeyman level in the disciplines required for practical Export operations. If compared to an academic degree, it would be analogous to the penultimate achievement of a master's level of proficiency. The MES will be highly visible throughout the industry and will provide the model for the vertical and lateral extension of the existing body of NEI certification programs.



Please note the following prerequisites are guidelines for enrollment only, and not required. It is our belief that potential students are best able to gauge their fitness for this certification program.
The NEI's Certified Customs Specialist (CES) designation is not a prerequisite for the MES Course.
      CES Designee    Export Industry Experience (Non-CES)   

   Work Experience   

   Currently working in trade industry       Seasoned Export Professional Min. 6 years' experience   

   Career Milestones   

   Resume/CV demonstrating industry experience      Resume/CV demonstrating industry involvement   

   Formal Education   

   4-year degree or 4-year equivalent industry experience       4-year degree or 6-years equivalent industry experience   

   Employer Support   

   Optional letter of support from employer/manager       Optional letter of support from employer/manager   





Criteria For Award of Master Export Specialist (MES) Certification
To be awarded the MES designation, learners must:
1) Review all modules & pass all module quizzes
2) Complete and pass a comprehensive final exam
3) Submit a scholarly essay and receive a passing grade from NEI experts
Academic Performance:
80% on all module quizzes
80% on Final Exam
Satisfactory production of college-level writing in the form of a persuasive essay.



Scholarly Essay Guidelines and Requirements


The final step in earning your MES designation is the scholarly essay.


Completion of a persuasive essay on an NEI-approved topic, demonstrating relevant research


•Must propose an argument surrounding your topic

•Clarify and support your argument through relevant facts and research

•Demonstrate sufficient knowledge on the subject


Average essay to be 1500-3000 words; minimum 1500


•User APA Guidelines for both in-text and end of essay citations


Graded PASS or FAIL by an NEI-selected expert/group of experts


•Learners may resubmit their essay per expert feedback if a failing grade is received

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.
Questions about the MES Course? Please contact nei@ncbfaa.org