AWA Customs Specialist 
Promoting and verifying customs competence

Employees, employers and authorities nowadays place great importance on the reliable verification of individual expertise in international trade, particularly regarding customs and export controls. 

The "AWA Customs Specialist" certificate is expressly designed for customs practitioners who wish to acquire, deepen and prove their knowledge of customs and foreign trade. Accordingly, the course tests participants’ knowledge and awards a certificate.

This certificate provides the customs administration with proof of your competence in customs matters acquired through continous education. The UCC requires evidence of practical or professional qualifications directly related to the activity carried out. At present, there are no generally recognised quality standards for European customs training. In other words, neither the European Union nor national customs administrations have issued binding standards in this respect.

In Germany, customs practitioners only have to prove three years of practical experience in customs.

Proof of professional qualifications is not currently required in Germany because no educational institutions or professional associations have yet been recognised or accredited in this respect. For its part, the German customs administration refers to the applicable AEO guidelines. These state that private educational institutions can use the European Union's Customs Competence Framework for the private sector as a guide. This instrument is based on core values which should be demonstrated when a company is involved with EU customs administrations.

The "AWA Customs Specialist" certificate has been developed on the basis of the European Union’s Customs Competency Framework.

AIM of the Training

The "AWA Customs Specialist" course advances your existing specialist knowledge of customs and foreign trade. In addition, you will receive a certificate proving your specialist knowledge to your employer and the authorities.

How do i obtain my certificate?

In order to receive the certificate "AWA Customs Specialist", you must prove that you have completed at least 15 days of training at the AWA FOREIGN TRADE ACADEMY. One distance learning unit is equivalent to 0.7 seminar days and one webinar is equivalent to 0.1 seminar days. Each day of AWA in-house training is equivalent to one seminar day; a half-day’s training is equivalent to 0.5 seminar days.

It is up to you which AWA courses you complete and submit for accreditation. This will give you the opportunity to evaluate your existing level of knowledge and identify any gaps. Please note that the attendance of events such as conferences, Insider Forum, International VAT Summit, discussion forums, etc. do not qualify for certification. 

For those new to customs, we recommend that you attend the Customs Start-up and Customs Basis seminars together with any other training courses that suit your needs. All AWA courses reflect the requirements of the UCC.

Do past seminars count?

Yes, AWA training courses you have already completed count towards the certification as "AWA Customs Specialist". 

The condition for this is that the training courses you have already completed reflect the requirements of the UCC. 

You will be deemed to have satisfied this condition if you can prove your current knowledge of the UCC over three training days by attending the following AWA seminars.


Compact course on the Union Customs Code (1 day) and
Intensive Workshop on the Union Customs Code (2 days)


Refresher Course in Customs (3 days)

Why? If you are working in the customs sector, up-to-date knowledge about the UCC is mandatory! By attending AWA seminars on the UCC you will demonstrate your knowledge of the applicable legal provisions.

Do you meet the above requirements? Please submit copies of your AWA certificates online via our dedicated platform: Submit certificates

We check whether you meet the requirements for the qualification "AWA Customs Specialist". 

We will send you the certificate at no additional costs.

Contact: Lucia Michels

Target Group

The AWA training course is expressly designed for customs practitioners who wish to advance and verify their knowledge of customs to employers and the authorities.


The "AWA Customs Specialist" course concludes with a test. The "AWA Customs Specialist" certificate is based on the EU Customs Competency Framework.

Questions & Answers

Do you have any questions? You can find further information about the “AWA Customs Specialist” in our  Q&A Section.

Compact information

Leaflet on the AWA Customs Specialist 

Fact sheet on the AWA Customs Specialist

Q&A Section

Submit AWA Certificates

AWA training courses you have already attended may count towards your certification as "AWA Customs Specialist". The condition for this is that the training courses attended reflect the legal requirements of the Union Customs Code (UCC). Please send us copies of your AWA certificates with the reference "AWA Customs Specialist" by e-mail or post. We will then verify that you meet the requirements for certification as "AWA Customs Specialist". We will send you the certificate at no additional cost.

Apply for the certification here

Contact for questions

Tanja Glaß

Head of Free Seminars
Customs - Origin of goods and preferences

T +49.251.83 275 06