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 23, 2021 to be eligible to write that year’s examination.
The fee is CDN $400 + 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 examination will be held on Saturday, September 18th, 2021.
Given the unprecedented events related to COVID-19, we are not certain of the format of the final exam in 2021. If held online, please note that there will be technical requirements that will need to be met, which will be communicated in advance for students to have time to prepare. In short, you will need a webcam, a mic, a computer that allows you to install software (i.e. not your work computer or Chromebook), and a quiet private area to work in during the exam.
Conducting an online examination also may require the use of a third party to allow all students to be tested on the same day while ensuring integrity of the examination process.
While the format may be changing, the examination content remains the same.
Final examinations are not returned to challengers.
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 register to challenge the next CCS exam is July 23, 2021.