Certificate in Customs Compliance and Trade Facilitation

Start date: 24 August 2021

Duration: 10 x half-day sessions over 5 weeks

Location: Online delivery through virtual classes

Certificate: Certificate in Customs Compliance and Trade Facilitation

Cost: €390

Course code: 18537

Programme overview

The aim of the programme is to educate and upskill Irish businesses in the area of customs compliance and trade facilitation by teaching personnel about the simplifications and harmonisation of import and export processes so that they can facilitate the expedition of goods across international boundaries and reduce the many costs associated with it.

The programme is targeted at indigenous industry importing or exporting goods who need to upskill themselves to prepare for the new realities that have resulted from Brexit.

This programme has been recognised by Revenue as meeting the criteria specified under Article 27(1) UCC IA. This programme will be accepted by Revenue Control Officers as an approved training programme when assessing an applicant for AEO status.

Note: While classes will be recorded and available to be viewed by students, it is expected that students will attend all virtual classes as scheduled. Any absence should be for unexpected and/or urgent reasons only and should be notified in advance where possible.

Who Is This Course For?

The programme is targeted at indigenous industry importing or exporting goods who need to upskill themselves to prepare for the new realities that have resulted from Brexit.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of Customs Compliance and Trade Facilitation processes and the legislation (Union Customs Code) and governing bodies that underpin these. Understand traders’ obligations under valuation, tariff classification, rules of origin and risks associated.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of how to apply theories learnt to the industry sector, nationally and internationally. How importing/exporting businesses can benefit from different Trade Facilitation measures and authorisations how it relates to supply chain operations.
  3. Demonstrate ability to apply the content and theories learned in the real-life environment for industry supply chain operations for all third countries trading.
  4. Demonstrate how customs-to-business partnership works and compliance obligations of same. Demonstrate knowledge of traders’ responsibility.
  5. Apply knowledge and skills learnt to practice through real-life case studies
  6. Describe the practical trade facilitation measures that underpin global customs authorities operating regimes.

Course Content

Module 1: Customs Compliance:
•    Introduction to customs: Global & EU customs in supply chain
•    Union Customs Code (UCC)
•    Customs Valuation
•    Rules of Origin
•    Tariff Classification
•    VAT & Excise
•    Special Procedures
•    Transit

Module 2: Risk and Trade Facilitation
•    Risk Analysis
•    Customs debt
•    Customs decisions and custom IT systems
•    AEO
•    Incoterms 2020
•    Customs Guarantees
•    Customs Procedures and declarations
•    Customs Entry and Export
•    Customs Status of goods
•    WTO and trade facilitation agreements
•    Other trade facilitation measures

Course Timetable

This is a virtual course delivered through IT Carlow’s e-learning platform Blackboard.

The course will take place over 10 live half-day sessions.

Course Dates:

Week 1:

24th August 2021 (9am – 1pm)

26th August 2021 (9am – 1pm)

Week 2:

31st August 2021 (9am – 1pm)

2nd September 2021 (9am – 3pm) *online assessment 1

Week 3:

7th September 2021 (9am – 1pm)

9th September 2021 (9am – 1pm)

Week 4:

14th September 2021 (9am – 1pm)

16th September 2021 (9am – 1pm)

Week 5:

21st September 2021 (9am – 1pm)

23rd September 2021 (9am – 3pm) *online assessment 2


Participants must take 2 x online assessments at the assigned times only.

Course Evaluation, Assessment & Grading

100% Continuous Assessment based on two multiple choice and open questions tests and a reflective journal.

The tests are completed online.

Participants must take the tests on set dates/times. These dates/times are outlined in the Course Schedule.

Course Requirements

Learner requirements:

Applicants must be over 23.

If an Applicant is under 23 years of age, they must hold a minimum of a Leaving Certificate.

Should an Applicant be under 23 years of age and not hold a minimum of a Leaving Certificate, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be sought and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Equipment Requirements:

A computer with internet access sufficient for live streaming is required.

If you are accessing the course from a restricted network, please ensure you can access the virtual classroom application – Blackboard Collaborate. You can test your access HERE

Further details on Blackboard Collaborate requirements are HERE

Recommended browsers are Chrome and Firefox. Use of other browsers is not recommended.


Successful learners will be awarded a Certificate in Customs Compliance and Trade Facilitation (Level 6, 10 credits) from IT Carlow.

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