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CCS Course: Designate Version

CCS Course: Designate Version
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CCS Course: Designate Version is open to current CCS and/or CTCS designates only.

NOTE: This course is offered every two years. Registration for the next cohort will be open on November 1, 2025.

The CCS course has been known for both its quality and its value since its inception. More than 4,900 Canadians now call themselves Certified Customs Specialists.  

We are offering an audit option for our current CCS and/or CTCS designates, which means you get to renew your knowledge without the pressure of part tests and final examination! If you wish to obtain 20 CCS points/CTCS credits, you will have to successfully complete a final quiz, however, that is up to you! 

We are confident you will find the course easy to use, accessible and that your learning experience will be enhanced by the Brightspace platform. We have developed a series of self-checks and quizzes that will enable you to monitor your progress through the course.

We hope you take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to refresh your knowledge and learn something new!

What's the difference between the CCS Course: Designate Version and the CCS Course: Student Version?

CCS COURSE: Designate VersionCCS COURSE: Student Version
  • to refresh current knowledge 
  • to obtain a CCS designation
  • open only to current CCS and CTCS designates
  • open to individuals with at least 1 year of experience in customs environment
Course experience
  • CCS course content
  • optional graded final quiz (necessary for completion certificate, points/credits)
  • CCS course content
  • mandatory graded part tests and final examination
  • discussion forums
  • access to course instructor(s)
  • course access from November 1 to June 30
  • course access from October 1 to September 30



Registration for this year's cohort is now closed. Next cohort will run in the fall of 2025.

The CCS course is a self-guided online course and is broken down into 10 parts.

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

The CCS course content will be available to registrants from November 1, 2023 until June 30, 2024.

An individual may enrol, if s/he is a current:

  • CCS Designate, and/or
  • CTCS Designate.

Enrolment is considered finalized when the CSCB has received full payment of tuition fees. Course access details will be emailed upon processing of payment, starting on November 1.

Current CCS Designate and/or current CTCS Designate$375.00 (+tax)

All prices are in Canadian funds. There will be a $35 fee for NSF cheques.

Academic Policy and Conditions

Please review the following policy and conditions prior to registration.

The CCS Course: Designate Version begins on November 1 and ends on June 30. Access to course content is provided after registration is completed and payment has been processed.

Email is the primary method of communication in the course. Registrants are responsible for maintaining the reliability of all their contact information through their CSCB accounts.

Refunds are not offered for this course.

Registrants who wish to obtain an electronic course completion certificate and 20 CCS points and/or CTCS credits need to complete the final quiz with at least a 70% grade. The quiz will consist of 40-50 questions, will be open-book, and must be completed in 2 hours. Registrants will have only one opportunity to complete the final quiz.

Competing the final quiz is not mandatory, however, no proof of course completion will be provided without successfully completing the quiz.

Questions and Comments

If you have any questions about the CCS Course: Designate Version, please email us at [email protected].

Note to Employers

Because of legally-binding declarations of privacy and the academic policy of the course, registrants must complete their own course applications, using a personal or business email address.