An individual may apply to challenge the CCS exam if the following criteria are met:
- is currently employed by a CSCB member firm* and has employer-certified two years of work experience in a Canadian customs environment; OR
- has lost the CCS designation in the past 5 years. Individuals seizing this opportunity may do so only once.
*Applicants located outside of Canada must be employed by a CSCB member, and the CSCB member must be the party paying their salary.
CCS Exam Challenge application is available as of January of each year. Applications with payment must be submitted before July 14 to be eligible to write that year’s examination.
The fee is CDN $400 plus applicable taxes.
Registration for the CCS examination will not be finalized until the CSCB National Office has received full payment of the examination fee. There will be a CDN $35 fee for NSF cheques.
Candidates may withdraw their application at any time; however, there will be no refund of examination fees after the application deadline date. An administrative fee of CDN $50 will be assessed in cases of withdrawal prior to the application deadline date.
The final exam will be held on September 23rd. The format of the final exam is multiple-choice. All examinations will be held in Canada.
For challengers located in Canada, we will endeavour to have the challenger 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 challengers 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 challengers 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 individuals challenging the CCS exam.
There is a fee of CDN $100 for those who write the CCS final examination on a date other than its scheduled date. 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.
Preparing for the Exam
Challengers should have a strong working knowledge of the legislation (Customs Act, Customs Tariff, SIMA, etc.) and the D memos. All of these items are available publically online. CCS course materials are only provided to registered CCS students.
A mark of 65% or higher is required to pass the CCS exam.
Upon successful completion of the CCS exam, the challenger will be mailed an official transcript, a CCS designate certificate, and a pin. They may also use the designation, CCS (Certified Customs Specialist), as long as the designate meets the ongoing renewal requirements.
Challengers 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.
The deadline to submit an application to take the next CCS exam is July 14, 2017.