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Overview

Develop an in-depth understanding of customs laws and regulations from both the customs brokers' industry and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) perspective. Prepare for, or enhance, your career path with employers such as customs brokerage firms, freight forwarders and transportation companies. This program is offered through online study.

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Entry Requirements

This Certificate program is only open to graduates of Seneca's International Trade Specialist Certificate OR International Business Diploma Programs. Graduates from these programs will receive exemptions for CTM101, CTM102 and CTM104.

Applicants should have OSSGD with Grade XII English (or equivalent) as well as a good command of the English language.


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Curriculum

Certificate Requirements

Core Courses

CTM100
Customs and Immigration
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This course provides the student with an understanding of Canada Customs as it pertains to the duties of the Canada Border Services Officer and the Customs Act, as it relates to the movement of persons and goods in and out of Canada. In addition, the student will be provided with an understanding of Employment and Immigration Canada as it relates to the administration and enforcement of the Immigration Act and the regulations, with particular emphasis on the admissibility and inadmissibility of persons entering Canada.




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CTM101
Customs Administration I
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CTM100

This is an introductory course in the application of legislation and regulations governing Canada Border Services Agency in the importation and exportation of goods. In addition, the student will develop a working knowledge of the rules and regulations that Customs and customs brokerages use in their daily administration of duties.




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CTM102
Customs Administration II
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Prerequisite(s):

CTM101

This course provides in-depth exposure to the working and practice of customs administration. A working knowledge of customs requirements in reference to regulations and administration of the importation and exportation of goods is stressed. In addition, the student will develop a working knowledge of the import/export administration that Customs, brokerages and private industry come in contact within the workplace.




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CTM104
Brokerage and Logistics I
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Prerequisite(s):

CTM100

This course introduces the student to the business of importing and exporting, concentrating on the customs brokerage industry in Canada. Also the course looks at the movement of goods, geographical problems that may occur in transportation, and general transportation systems (logistics).




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CTM107
Transborder and Customs Procedures
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This course focuses on the rules and regulations of the Canada Border Services Agency. The main focus is on the principles of tariff classification, duties and taxes due on importations, as well as the documentation required to trade goods into Canada.




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CTM106
Communications
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This course focuses on the enhancements of communication skills frequently used by law enforcement officers. Students write notebook entries and complete forms and reports following guidelines used by law enforcement agencies.




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This Certificate program is only open to graduates of Seneca's International Trade Specialist Certificate OR International Business Diploma Programs. Graduates from these programs will receive exemptions for CTM101, CTM102 and CTM104.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of Canada Customs as it pertains to the duties of the customs officer and the Customs Act and Customs Tariff.
  2. Explain the rules and regulations that Canada Border Services Agency, customs brokerages and private industry use in their daily administration of duties as it relates to import/export.
  3. Apply their knowledge of the import and export processes used by those involved in International Trade.
  4. Discuss customs brokers and their responsibilities to their clients, the freight forwarding business, and the movement of goods globally.
  5. Communicate business-related information persuasively and accurately.

Credit for Prior Learning

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn college credits for what you already know!
Prior Learning Assessment is a method of assessing and recognizing learning that is equal to college level learning, but has been gained outside a traditional classroom (through work experience, volunteering, outside study, etc.). If you can prove that the knowledge you have gained meets the outcomes of a Seneca course, then credit will be awarded.

How does the PLA process work?
Prior Learning is demonstrated through a "challenge" process. The process measures learning through a variety of methods which may include tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, demonstrations, essays, and work samples. The method used will be determined in consultation with a Program Coordinator.
For more information and to determine if you are eligible for PLA, please call the Program Coordinator.

The process may take from 6 to 8 weeks.

Note: Not all courses can be challenged. For more information go to PLA website or contact your Program Coordinator.

Transfer Credit (Advanced Standing)

Many students who enter Seneca College will have earned academic credits in post-secondary educational institutions which they may be able to apply toward completion of a Seneca College program.

Requests for Transfer Credit must be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outline. A minimum grade of "C" (60 percent) is generally required for a course to be considered for Transfer Credit.

Download a Transfer Credit Request form. An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and submitted. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a Transfer Credit decision.

More Information

Please visit the Degree and Credit Transfer Office.

Delivery

This program is offered by online delivery only. For more information about online delivery, please refer to Centre for Flexible Learning

Graduation

If you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a Certificate, Diploma or Degree you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the fee. Forms are available at the Registration office and online.

Certificates and diplomas are issued twice a year: Fall (October) and Spring (June). Graduation Application forms must be received no later than July 31 (for Fall Convocation), November 30 or March 31 (for Spring Convocation).

Minimum Performance for Graduation

Students will only be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if they have maintained an overall good standing in their current program of study. Students in degree programs will be eligible to graduate when they have obtained an average of C (2.5 GPA) in courses in the main field of study, and an average of C (2.0 GPA) in all other courses.

Internship

Seneca College's student internship program is offered to recent graduates who have successfully completed the Customs Professional Certificate. This internship is designed to aid individuals by exposing them to the work environment and necessary experience to succeed in the customs brokerage industry.

The candidate must graduate or have graduated between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015. This intern will benefit from mentoring by leading industry experts at Farrow and gain valuable work experience. The selected individuals will begin the internship in August or September at the Mississauga, ON office. Please note that this is a full-time unpaid internship.

For application requests, send an e-mail with subject:
FARROW INTERNSHIP DOCUMENT REQUESTS
Please contact:
Emiliano Introcaso, CITP, P.Log., (MBA)
Sr. Support Service Officer
Emiliano.Introcaso@senecacollege.ca

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CCS

Individuals who have successfully completed the Customs Professional Certificate from Seneca College will be allowed an exemption from the work experience required for enrolment in the Canadian Society of Customs Broker's (CSCB) CCS (Certified Customs Specialist) course. Please note that any other enrolment requirements must be met. The CCS course begins each fall and additional information is available on the CSCB website.

Offered by the Canadian society of Customs Broker's (CSCB), the CCS designation is the standard in the customs marketplace - recognized and demanded by those who use brokerage services throughout Canada. This program is designed for the adult learner who is interested in pursuing a career where customs knowledge is essential and where the designation has both personal and professional value and recognition.

The CCS course runs from October of each year until September of the following year.

An individual may enrol if s/he:

  • has completed successfully Seneca College's Customs Professional Certificate
  • has one year of verifiable experience in a Canadian customs environment
  • Students requesting this type of exemption must submit a copy of the program Certificate or an official transcript sent directly from the College with their application

Enrolment for the CCS course takes place in the fall of each year. To be considered for the current course year, applications and payment must be received by the last business day in October.

For more information on Tuition Fees and registration, please visit CSCB website.

Student Testimonial

Shani Simon
Compliance & Logistics Specialist, Staples Promotional Products Canada

I have worked in logistics, import and export, and the trade compliance field for 17 years. During this time, I have worked for multinational companies such as UPS, DHL, TJX and Nike, with responsibilities in logistics and trade compliance. Currently, I am a compliance and logistics specialist, which requires me to provide expertise in import/export or logistics and cross-border-related matters. Seneca Part-time Studies was the ideal choice because it offered a comprehensive list of professional and continuing education programs focused on supply chain, and customs, among others. Since finishing the program, I was able to achieve a Certified Customs Specialist designation offered through Seneca's partnership with the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers. The courses in the Customs Professional program, coupled with my professional experience, have certainly increased my credibility and helped me have more comprehensive knowledge of the customs field.

Program Contacts

Belinda Becker
Program Assistant
Belinda.Becker@senecacollege.ca
416.491.5050 x22797


Emiliano Introcaso
Academic Program Manager
Emiliano.Introcaso@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.24043


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.