Academic Policy, Conditions and Fees

Course Prerequisites

An individual may enrol if s/he:

  • has one year of verifiable experience in a Canadian customs environment; OR

  • has successfully completed the CSCB Introduction to Canadian Customs & Border Procedures online course; OR

  • has successfully completed the following Seneca College program: International Transportation and Customs (students requesting this type of exemption must submit a copy of the program completion certificate or a transcript sent directly from the College with their application); OR

  • has successfully completed either of the following Fleming College programs: Law and Security Administration - Customs Border Services, OR International Trade (students requesting this type of exemption must submit a copy of the program completion certificate or a transcript sent directly from the College with their application); OR

  • has successfully completed the following Loyalist College program: Customs Border Services (students requesting this type of exemption must submit a copy of the program completion certificate or a transcript sent directly from the College with their application); OR

  • is a current US CCS Designate.

The CCS course is made available to students in the first week of October. Students are encouraged to complete the application and payment no later than the last business day in October.

Tuition Fees

Providing you meet the enrolment requirement, enrolment is considered finalized when the CSCB has received full payment of tuition fees. Course access details will be emailed to students in the first week of October.

Student Category

Employees of CSCB Members and CBSA/Other Government Departments and Agencies

Employees of CSCB Preferred Business Clients

Employees of Non-members or unemployed

New Applicant – if neither (a) nor (b) below

$650.00

$1,040.00

$1,300.00

(a) CCS student who did not pass the CCS course, or officially withdrew from the course after the refund deadline in the immediately preceding year.

$357.50

$572.00

$715.00

(b) New Applicant who has previously passed the Customs Brokers Qualifying Examination, the Customs Brokers Professional Examination, the two-year CSCB Qualification Course, or the CCS (Certified Customs Specialist) course prior to last year. A copy of the certificate of completion must be provided as proof.

$487.50

$780.00

$975.00

No tax of any kind is charged on the CCS (Certified Customs Specialist) Course tuition fee. All prices are in Canadian funds.

There will be a $35 fee for NSF cheques. 

Communications

Although e-mail is the preferred method of communication for the CCS course, students are responsible for maintaining the reliability of all their contact information through their CSCB accounts. Failure to do so may result in delays of marks, certificates, or other documents.

Withdrawals

The CSCB requires written notice of course withdrawals (e-mail, fax, or mail).

There is a CDN $100 administrative fee if the CSCB receives written notice of enrolment cancellation prior to the student gaining access to course materials. A refund of the tuition fees, minus a CDN $100 administrative fee will be issued.

There is a CDN $150 administrative fee if the CSCB receives written notice of enrolment cancellation after access to course materials has been provided but prior to October 30. A refund of the tuition fees, minus a CDN $150 administrative fee will be issued.

Students may withdraw from the course at any time; however, there will be no refund of tuition fees after October 30 of each academic year.

Course Material

The CCS course is designed to be completed on-line.Once your enrollment application and payment have been processed, you will receive access information from the CSCB. Access to all required reference materials is provided in the course content.

Final Examination

The CCS course includes tests, four of which are submitted to the CSCB. The marks you receive on these four tests will comprise 20% of your final mark. The final examination is worth 80% of your final mark.  All students are eligible to write the final examination.

The format of the final exam is multiple-choice. 

The final examination will be held on a Saturday in September; the date will be announced at the start of the course. All examinations are held in Canada.

For applicants located in Canada, we will endeavour to have the student write at a site that is not more than two hours’ driving distance from the address indicated on the individual’s application. The exam location will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the examination date. The examination is written in person and will be supervised.

Applicants located outside of Canada may write at a Canadian exam site of their choice. Any additional documents required by CCS students and prepared by the CSCB will be subject to a fee of CDN $25.00 per document. 

If you have special needs that require alternate arrangements for the final examination, you must advise the CSCB in writing, no later than the last business day of July, of the nature of your special needs and the type of arrangement you are requesting. A medical certificate or assessment documentation should be submitted with your request. Please note that each case will be considered on its own merits.

Final examinations are not returned to students.

Examination Deferrals

There is a fee of CDN $100 for students who defer writing the CCS final examination to a date other than its scheduled date. The date will be announced during the course of the year when course registration opens.

Deferral requests must be submitted to the CSCB in writing as early as possible. Each deferral request will be considered on a case-by-case basis. In some cases a medical certificate will be required if you are deferring for medical reasons.

Final Examination Rewrite

There will be a second CCS examination for students enrolled in the CCS course who fail the immediately preceding examination, either on its original date or on the deferral date.

There will be a second CCS examination for students enrolled in the CCS course who fail the immediately preceding examination, either on its original date or on the deferral date. There is a fee of CDN $100 for students who choose to write the second examination. The date will be announced when course registration opens. The second examination must be completed before the end of the calendar year.

This option is not available to students who did not write the first final examination or to those who challenged and failed the immediately preceding examination.

Course Completion

A mark of 65% or higher is required to pass the CCS course.

Upon successful completion of the CCS course, the graduate will be mailed a CCS course certificate, an official transcript, a CCS designate certificate, and a pin. The graduate may also use the designation, CCS (Certified Customs Specialist), as long as s/he meets the ongoing renewal requirements.