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Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration

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CSU’s Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration prepares students for professional employment in Customs and related fields through a unique, flexible course delivered by the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES).

The Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration is related to:


  • Why study this course?

    CCES logoCSU’s Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration provides students 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. The course is designed for those who wish to formalise, update or enhance their qualifications in relation to administration, customs law and trade facilitation. It has an international focus making it suitable for students from all around the world.

    The course has been designed with industry, government and international agency collaboration, including the World Customs Organization (WCO) by the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES). 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 gain 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 well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility for use as a customs administration practitioner and will be provided with a pathway for further learning.

    The Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration develops the theoretical and technical knowledge and skills of enrolled students in relation to customs administration to an advanced level and to provide them with the ability to apply their knowledge and skills to undertake professional work in Customs and other public sector agencies and businesses involved in cross border trade while at the same time providing a pathway to further learning. The course has an international focus and will meet the needs and demands of many organisations worldwide to recruit and further develop staff in order to strengthen their capabilities to meet government imperatives and address international trends that impact on Customs such as social expectations, emerging technologies and globalisation.

    Professional recognition

    This course will be accredited by the World Customs Organisation.

  • 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.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATION
    The course comprises two core subjects.  Students must satisfactorily complete 32 points to graduate.

        CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)
        CUS402 International Customs Law (16)


    GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN CUSTOMS ADMINSTRATION
    The course comprises two core subjects (32) and either:

        two Restricted Electives (32), or
        one Restricted Elective (16), CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8) and an Open Elective (8).

    Students must satisfactorily complete 64 points to graduate.

    Core Subjects

        CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)
        CUS402 International Customs Law (16)

    and a further 32 credit points made up of either two restricted electives (32); or CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8), one restricted elective (16), and one open elective (8)

    Elective Subjects (32)

    Option 1:

    Choose two of the following Restricted Electives (32):

        CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16)
        CUS504 Border Revenue (16)
        CUS505 International Air and Maritime Law (16)

    Option 2:

        CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8)

    and one Restricted Elective (16) chosen from:

        CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16)
        CUS504 Border Revenue (16)
        CUS505 International Air and Maritime Law (16)

    and one Open Elective chosen from the following five subjects, or a subject chosen from other CSU postgraduate offerings with the agreement of the Course Director:

        CUS423 Environment Taxation (8)
        CUS520 Excise (8)
        CUS521 Customs Reform and Modernisation (8)
        CUS522 International Supply Chain Management (8)
        CUS523 International Trade Transactions (8)

    Note: Students who wish to progress to the Master of Customs Administration must complete CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8)


    MASTER OF CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATION
    The course comprises four core subjects (56), two restricted electives (32) and one open elective (8).  Students must satisfactorily complete 96 points to graduate.

    Core Subjects (56)

        CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)
        CUS402 International Customs Law (16)
        CUS550 Customs Research Project (16)
        CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8)

    Non-Core Subjects (40)

    Restricted Electives (32)

    Choose two of the following restricted electives

        CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16)
        CUS504 Border Revenue (16)
        CUS505 International Air and Maritime Law (16)

    Open Electives (8)

    Choose one of the following open electives, or a subject chosen from other CSU postgraduate offerings with the agreement of the Course Director:

        CUS423 Environment Taxation (8)
        CUS520 Excise (8)
        CUS521 Customs Reform and Modernisation (8)
        CUS522 International Supply Chain Management (8)

    Enrolment pattern

    FULL TIME ENROLMENT PATTERN

    Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration

    Session 1

        CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)
        CUS402 International Customs Law (16)


    Graduate Diploma of Customs Administration

    Session 1

        CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)
        CUS402 International Customs Law (16)

    Students may choose to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration following the completion of CUS401 (16) and CUS402 (16)

    Session 2

        Electives (32) from Option 1 or Option 2


    Master of Customs Administration

    Session 1

        CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)
        CUS402 International Customs Law (16)

    Students may choose to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration following the completion of CUS401 (16) and CUS402 (16)

    Session 2

        CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8)
        1 x Restricted Elective (16)
        1 x Open Elective (8)

    Students may choose to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Customs Administration following the completion of CUS401 (16), CUS402 (16), CUS551 (8), 1 x Restricted Elective (16) and 1 x Open Elective (8)

    Session 3

        1 x Restricted Elective (16)
        CUS550 Customs Research Project (16)


    PART TIME ENROLMENT PATTERN

    Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration

    Session 1

        CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)

    Session 2

        CUS402 International Customs Law (16)


    Graduate Diploma of Customs Administration

    Session 1

        CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)

    Session 2

        CUS402 International Customs Law (16)

    Students may choose to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration following the completion of CUS401 (16) and CUS402 (16)

    Session 3

        Electives (16) chosen from Option 1 or Option 2

    Session 4

        Electives (16) chosen from Option 1 or Option 2


    Master of Customs Administration

    Session 1

        CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)

    Session 2

        CUS402 International Customs Law (16)

    Students may choose to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration following the completion of CUS401 (16) and CUS402 (16)

    Session 3

        CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8)
        1 x Open Elective (8)

    Session 4

        1 x Restricted Elective (16)

    Students may choose to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Customs Administration following the completion of CUS401 (16), CUS402 (16), CUS551 (8), 1 x Restricted Elective (16) and 1 x Open Elective (8)

    Session 5

        1 x Restricted Elective (16)

    Session 6

        CUS550 Customs Research Project (16)

  • Admission information

    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 private/public sector area.  Applicants must have English language proficiency to the minimum requirements set by the University.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

     
    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.


    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPOSNYNJATA
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPPGNYNOATA

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Students must satisfactorily complete 32 credit points.

  • How to apply
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  • About the School
    Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES)

    The Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES) is the world's leading provider of training, education and research in the highly specialised areas of customs, excise and border management. The Centre’s international leadership role has been acknowledged by the World Customs Organization (WCO) with whom the School has a formal Memorandum of Understanding, and from whom we received a Certificate of Recognition for our continuing support of international customs research and development. CSU’s courses have been formally recognised as meeting the requirements of the WCO Professional Standards, and are continually updated through our ongoing research activities to reflect contemporary and emerging issues. A key strength of the School is the global network of experts which is expanding to keep pace with the high level of demand in this emerging area of academic pursuit. Our students have backgrounds in customs, government agencies, international organisations and companies in more than 180 countries.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills in the area of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University
    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (F2F Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure

    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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