Part-time, Evening, Blended, On-line Programmes

International Trade & Customs (Special Purpose Award Level 7, 20 Credits)


The aim of this programme is to formalise and enrich participants workplace performance and enjoyment through the acquisition of new skills and the development of current knowledge and practices.

The programme is designed to achieve the following objectives:

  • To meet a current and growing skills gap in customs and international trade regulation among Irish exporting firms.
  • To deliver the programme in a flexible format suitable for those in employment.
  • To build expertise in Customs and International Trade in the Midwest Region to deal with the evolving international trade environment.
  • To develop an accredited (NFQ Level 7) programme for those working and seeking work in customs and international trade.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must hold an NFQ Level 6 qualification or equivalent
  • Applicants must be currently working in the role of facilitating trade exchanges
  • Experience of 3+ years working in an international trade environment


  • International Trade Theory
  • Structure of Tariffs and Tariff controls
  • International guidelines on customs valuation rules and rule of origin
  • Authorised Economic Operator Status and general principles applying to AEO


Continuous Assessment comprising of a mix of weekly tasks and periodical assignments. Assessment will be a range ‘of learning’ tasks (i.e. – Q&A, MCQ, short response) and ‘for learning’ tasks (one-to-one feedback, checklists, group task) and ‘as learning’ experiences (i.e. work based assignments, extended task). Assessment will be undertaken primarily online with some tasks undertaken on the seminar days.


Certificate in International Trade & Customs (Special Purpose Award Level 7, 20 credits)


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