Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration

Course Overview

Charles Sturt University’s Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration provides professionals with advanced knowledge and skills in the field of customs and border management and has been designed for people engaged in both government employment and in the trading community. It has an international focus making it suitable for professionals from all around the world.

The course has been designed by the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES) with industry, government and international agency collaboration, including the World Customs Organization (WCO). CCES is the world’s leading provider of training and education in the highly specialised area of customs and border management. CCES has established a global reputation for its work in helping to strengthen the organisational capability and professional standards of customs and other border enforcement agencies globally.

Students will develop advanced technical skills in traditional and topical aspects of international customs law and customs administration, preparing them to effectively apply complex policy and practice in workplaces focused on cross-border trade.

Students will gain advanced judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner dealing with, or working in, customs administrations and it will provide them with a pathway for further learning.

Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration 

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Career Opportunities

This course enhances prospects for employment and advancement for those with, or seeking, careers in customs administration, other public sector agencies and businesses involved in cross-border trade. Graduates will develop skills and knowledge that will be highly attractive to employers in these fields.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration should hold:

  1. an undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised university or tertiary institution
  2. English language proficiency (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent)

Students without a tertiary qualification may be admitted to the course if they can demonstrate they have a minimum of three years’ appropriate work experience in Customs or a related private/public sector area.

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Course Structure

Students studying Charles Sturt University’s Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration will study two 16 point core subjects to graduate. Successful completion of these two subjects will provide 32 credit points towards the first two subjects in the Master of Customs Administration, giving you the option of progressing to the Masters program leaving only 64 credit points for you to complete.

The course consists of two core subjects totalling 32 credit points:

  • CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)

    This subject introduces students to key features of customs management in the contemporary globalised world, including the role and responsibilities of customs policy and practice, and strategic and operational management issues. Other areas covered include relevant international conventions and agreements, risk management in the customs context, and international trends that impact on Customs such as social expectations, emerging technologies and the global economy.

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  • CUS402 International Customs Law (16)

    This subject introduces students to the relationship between the domestic responsibilities of customs services and the international law obligations to which they give effect. The jurisdiction of customs authorities is examined, and the international organisations and conventions that impact on Customs activities. In particular, the impact of the conventions of the WCO.


  • CUS403 European Customs Law (16)

    This subject introduces students to the relationship between the Union Customs Code (UCC) and the consequential responsibilities of the European customs services and traders in respect of goods crossing national borders. The unit examines the scope of the legislation; the procedural context; and the relevant policy and practice that results in streamlined, uniform and simplified customs procedures, legal certainty and electronic environment. There is a particular focus on customs procedures for compliant and trustworthy economic operators (AEO).

Study Load

The duration of the course is 1 Session full time and 2 Sessions part time. Students are able to commence their studies at Charles Sturt in either Session 1 or Session 2.

Students will study on line using Charles Sturt University’s on line learning platform, Interact 2.

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