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Customs Broker

Licensed Customs brokers play a pivotal role in the U.S. trade community. When an American business imports good, they rely on a broker to confirm that their shipments meet requirements enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Many corporations that do international business have a customs broker on staff to oversee Customs transactions.

To work in this critical industry, you need to hold a broker license, administered by CBP and hold an in-depth knowledge of the rules and regulations that govern imports and exports. This course will train you in the critical aspects of broker compliance, from logistics and commodities to government regulations. You will review and take practice tests that allow you to sit for the Custom Broker License exam with confidence.

6 Months / 100 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

Miles Community College

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Learning Method


Self-Paced. Study on your own schedule

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Customs Broker

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES753

What You Will Learn
  • Be able to navigate, read and understand the Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations
  • Be able to navigate and classify items in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS)
  • Learn about the regulations on becoming and being a licensed customs broker.
  • Understand the customs entry process and the regulations on how to file an entry
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 100 course hours
How you will benefit
  • You will hold the knowledge needed to start a career as a customs broker, import manager, import supervisor, entry writer, import analyst, customs compliance manager, customs compliance specialist
  • You will be prepared to sit for the Customs Broker License Examination


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Module 1

Take an introduction to customs broker exam and study customs broker compliance.

Module 2

Study the entry process and requirements, other entry types, and misc. entry info.

Module 3

Learn about finance, accounting, valuation, and part 152.

Module 4

Understand fines, protests, liquidated damages, origin, marking, and quotas.

Module 5

Study classification part 1 and classification part 2.

Module 6

Complete the course by learning about trade agreements, supplemental materials, and taking a practice exam.

  1. Module 1: Introduction to the Customs Broker Exam
  2. Module 2:  Customs Broker Compliance
  3. Module 3:  Entry Process and Requirements
  4. Module 4:  Other Entry Types and Misc Entry Info
  5. Module 5:  Finance and Accounting
  6. Module 6:  Valuation, Part 152
  7. Module 7:  Fines, Protests and Liquidated Damages
  8. Module 8:  Origin, Marking and Quotas
  9. Module 9:  Classification Part 1
  10. Module 10:  Classification Part 2
  11. Module 11:  Trade Agreements
  12. Module 12:  Supplemental Materials
  13. Module 13:  Practice Exams
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Instructors & Support

Brian Zappola

Brian Zappola has over 19 years of experience in international trade and logistics management. Previously, he was an import manager for a specialty food company and a regional manager for a multinational logistics company. He is a licensed Customs Broker and a Six Sigma Green Belt. He specializes in team development, training, supply chain management, and freight forwarding.


Prerequisites / Requirements


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment: 

  • Title 19 Code of Federal Regulations
  • Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
  • Customs and Trade Automated Interface Requirements (CATAIR)
  • Instructions for Preparation of CBP
  • Form 7501 Right to Make Entry Directive 3530-002A

About Certification


U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a government law enforcement agency charged with facilitating lawful international travel and trade and preventing illegal activities. CBP combines the areas of border security, customs, and immigration under one umbrella to form the United States’ first unified border agency. Whether securing America’s borders, securing goods arriving at ports of entry, or welcoming international travelers, a day in the life of a CBP agent is never boring.

Note: the Custom Broker License exam is administered twice a year (April and October). For more information on eligibility, please visit the Customs and Border Protection website.


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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country’s regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

This course prepares you to take the Customs Broker License Examination.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more:

How can I get more information about this course?

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