CCS (Certified Customs Specialist) Program

CCS Course Re-Designed to Enhance Student Experience

The CCS course has been known for both its quality and its value since its inception. More than 4900 Canadians now call themselves Certified Customs Specialists.  

Student success is important to us at the CSCB. For that reason, we have moved the CCS course to a new platform where you will benefit from a more interactive learning experience designed to meet the diverse requirements of adult learners. We are confident you will find the course easy to use, accessible and that your learning experience will be enhanced. We have developed a series of self-checks and practice tests that will enable you to monitor your progress through the course. Even with all of these changes, students can be confident that the accuracy and comprehensiveness of the course materials remain of the highest standard.

Program Description 

The CCS course is a self-guided online course and is broken down into 10 parts. Each part has an open- book graded test at the end, the total of which will make up 20% of your final grade. The final exam, which is online, closed-book, timed and proctored, will make up 80% of your final grade. You will be given access to a practice exam some weeks prior to the final exam in order to familiarize yourself with the process.

Here is an outline of the CCS course content:

  • PART 1:  The Certified Customs Specialist
  • PART 2: Complying with the Rules of Trade
  • PART 3: Moving Goods across the Border into Canada
  • PART 4: Applying the Tools of Trade
  • PART 5: CUSMA: Canada's Most Significant Trade Agreement
  • PART 6: Considerations when Requesting the Release of Goods
  • PART 7: Requesting the Release of Goods
  • PART 8: Accounting and Payment of Duties and Taxes
  • PART 9:  Adjustments
  • PART 10: Exports from Canada

A final grade of 65% must be achieved in order to pass the course and achieve the Certified Customs Specialist designation.

Forums

At the onset of the course you will be invited to participate in discussion forums. There will be specific forums available for each of the 10 parts of the CCS course. The forums will allow for discussions among students and with the course facilitator.

Duration

The CCS course runs from October 1, 2021 until September 30, 2022.

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 OR Supply Chain Management- Global Logistics (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 St Clair College program: International Business Management-Logistics Systems certificate (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.

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.

NOTE: This course is taxable.
 
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) Applicant who was enrolled in the CCS Course within the previous two years but did not pass the course nor officially withdrew after the refund deadline *.
$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

All prices are in Canadian funds.

Providing you meet the enrolment requirements, 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 or upon enrolment if after October 1, 2021.

*For example, it is currently October 2020, the previous 2 academic years are October 2018 - September 2019 and October 2019 - September 2020.

Academic Policy and Conditions

Program details regarding the final examination, withdrawals, etc. are provided in the Academic Policy and Conditions.

Facilitator

The CCS course facilitator is Angela Young. She can be reached at: ayoung@cscb.ca. The main contact email address for questions regarding CSCB courses is: courseinfo@cscb.ca.

Note to Employers

Because of legally-binding declarations of privacy and understanding the academic policy of the course, the application for this course must be completed by the student (using a personal or private business email address).

Questions and Comments

If you have any questions about the CCS course, please email us at courseinfo@cscb.ca.

Register Today!

Registration for the 2021-22 academic year is now closed. Registration for academic year 2022-23 will open in August 2022.