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Course Overview

Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) 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.

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

Students require an undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised university or tertiary institution. 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 area and provide written verification from their employer. Applicants must have English language proficiency to the minimum requirements set by the University (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent). Click here for full details on how to apply.

Enrolment Information

Study Mode Distance Education
Admission Code Domestic OATA

International JATA

Session Intake February, July
Course Duration 1 Year Part-Time

0.5 Year Full-Time

Course Structure

Students studying CSU’s Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration will study two 16 point core subjects. Successful completion of these two subjects will provide credit towards the first two subjects in the Master of Customs Administration, giving you the option of progressing to the Masters program and completing it within 18 months.

The course consists of two core subjects:

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.

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, are assessed.

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Enrolment Pattern – Part-Time

Session 1 (Feb)* Session 2 (Jul)
1 Year CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16) CUS402 International Customs Law (16)


Enrolment Pattern – Full-Time

Session 1 (Feb)* Session 2 (Jul)
1 Year CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)

CUS402 International Customs Law (16)

*Students are also able to commence their studies in Session 2

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To receive information on how you can apply for the Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration, please contact us on the details below:

Phone:        +61 2 6272 6300