Distance-learning in export controls 
Ensure compliance with export law

AWA offers the first officially certified and accredited distance learning course for export controls in Germany. Nine detailed training units examine the purpose, operation and context of export controls. The training materials are available as PDF files (by email) or as hardcopies (by post). The training units are sent to you every two weeks. The knowledge contained in these units provides an ideal basis for processing exports and ensuring compliance within the company.

Distance learning increasingly utilises e-learning components, including participant discussion forums, live chats with trainers and webinars. Both the chat function and discussion forums use the “Moodle” learning platform. We also provide a customs glossary and list of abbreviations so you can quickly look up the technical terms you need.

 Aim of the distance-learning course

The AWA distance-learning course on export controls provides an introduction to the complex regulations governing the export of listed and unlisted goods in order to help individuals and companies avoid committing criminal offences unwittingly. The course also explains how US export control law affects German exports – which should not be underestimated.

  Subjects of the course

  • Introduction to export controls
  • Export list and licencing requirements for the export of listed and unlisted goods
  • Export procedures under the Union Customs Code, EU Dual-Use Regulation and German Foreign Trade Act (“AWG”) / German Foreign Trade Ordinance (“AWV”)
  • Technology transfer/technical support/brokering
  • Country and person lists/embargos/ process organisation
  • Risk of individuals and the company committing criminal offences
  • Organisation of export controls within the company
  • US export control law: Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”)
  • US export control law: International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”)

  Target group

The distance-learning course is aimed at employees working in import and export, customs or logistics.


The distance-learning course is only available in German. You can register for the course by signing the distance-learning contract. To request this, simply send us an e-mail to fernlehrgang@awa-seminare.de.

  Monitoring of achievement & Qualification

You will find review questions in each training unit to help you independently check your learning objectives. Halfway through the distance learning course, a voluntary intermediate exam is also activated on the course platform; you can then check your learning progress using the associated sample solution.

The final test takes place in March/September. Once you have passed the test we will send you a certificate of your newly acquired qualification which complies with the requirements of the Bundesverband der Fernstudienanbieter e.V.  association in Germany.

Tell us what you think!

We do our best to ensure that you are satisfied with your distance-learning course and would be pleased if you shared your experience with us. After each training unit, you have the opportunity to give us feedback – what did you like, what can we improve? Your contribution helps us to further improve the quality of our distance-learning course.



  Export controls

Start and duration

The course starts each year on 1 May and 1 November. The distance learning course on export controls lasts five months.

Participation fee

  2.370,00 euros 
payable in 3 instalments of 790,00 euros (plus 19% VAT)

Planned trainers

  Dr. Klaus Pottmeyer
Rechtsanwalt // Düsseldorf
  Matthias Merz
CEO/Partner of AWB Steuerberatungsgesellschaft mbH // CEO of AWA FOREIGN TRADE ACADEMY
  Stephan Morweiser
OStA, Generalbundesanwaltschaft // Karlsruhe
  Ulf Recktenwald
Dipl.-Finanzwirt // Münster
  Joachim Wahren
Dipl.-Ingenieur // Köln
  Juliane Willmann-Lemcke
  Prof. Dr. Hans-Michael Wolffgang
Head of Institute of Customs and International Trade Law // Münster