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Diploma In Practical Trade Compliance

​​Course Dates


30th Apr - 2nd May 2024      Virtual        £1000.00+VAT

27th - 28th Nov 2024            Virtual         £1000.00+VAT


​                            (CILT/IOM Members £900.00 +VAT

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 ​​​​​​​​​​​2 day course plus Assessment on day 3

This course forms the top level of the Morley Consulting, CILT UK Accredited, Career Pathway

The course is designed with business in mind, covering the full range of skills in a concise and targeted manner, keeping time away from the workplace to a minimum.

It aims to give you the knowledge and tools needed to fulfil a commercial Trade Compliance role in any international supply chain efficiently and effectively, obtaining the best outcomes for your organisation and customers. 

Compliantly leveraging trade agreements, international trade regulations, and customs legislation is critical to creating competitive advantage in today’s modern supply-chains no matter whether your business is a start-up or an established global corporation. Risk reduction both of supply-chain interruption and potential penalties is essential.

This exciting, industry leading, pragmatic Diploma addresses the practical requirements for a wide variety of products and sectors from high-tech military goods to cups and saucers and everything in between.    Achieving the Diploma will allow you to prove to employers that you have the knowledge and skills needed to attain and maintain compliance in this essential but complex field in any environment or business sector.

Setting the standard for professional competence in commercial operational Trade Compliance emphasis is placed on understanding the legal requirements and options, being able to assess whether or not they apply to a given situation and what benefits, risks and drawbacks the use of the different options will produce.  

The programme is taught by an experienced industry professional from a pragmatic and practical view point and is also designed to meet the requirements of the EU Customs Competency Framework for the Private Sector.

The course is kept fully up to date with changes to UK Export Control and Import Control legislation.


UK Export Licencing –:

  • What is Export Licencing
  • Consequences and penalties
  • Military
  • Dual-Use
  • Technology & Intangible
  • Sanctions
  • Financial Sanctions (UK Treasury)
  • Freeports and their interaction with export compliance
  • DiT, ECJU
  • Process
  • Timescales
  • Spire (LITE)

EU Export Licencing & sanctions

  • Differences to UK

USA export licencing

  • Department of Commerce Export Administrations Regulations (EAR)
  • Department of State International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
  • Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
  • Denied Parties
  • Licence types
  • Overview of controls and their impact on UK exporters/importers

How to put a compliance programme in place and how to maintain compliance

Penalties and Rulings

  • Penalties
  • Recent cases

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

  • What is CITES
  • What products are covered (perfume, health foods, luxury goods etc.)
  • Consequences and penalties
  • Standard
  • Article 10
  • With Carnet
  • APHA
  • Process
  • Timescales
  • Fees

Licensing Cultural Goods

  • Arts Council England
  • Age
  • Monetary Value
  • Outstanding National Importance

UK Import Licencing

  • The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) responsibilities
  • Department for International Trade (DIT) responsibilities
  • The OGIL (Open General Import Licence)
  • Sanctions
  • Certificates of Free Sale (CFS)
  • Tiered-priced medical products
  • Process
  • Timescales

Prohibitions and Restrictions

Awareness of other product restrictions e.g. toys, china/porcelain, electrical, emissions, cosmetics, leather, jewellery, conflict minerals, conflict diamonds, lead crystal, aflatoxin, ammonium nitrate, CFCs and other ozone depleting substances etc.

On-line, Closed Book, Multichoice Assessment maximum time 2 hours.   Pass mark is 70%.

The assessment is independently proctored by CILT UK and certificates will be issued by CILT UK to successful candidates.

You are assessed on your knowledge and your ability to apply that knowledge in practical business situations rather than on your capability to write lengthy essays or memorise legislation.    

Knowledge Level: Experienced Practitioner

This is a CILT(UK) Experienced Practitioner Knowledge Level 5accredited qualification, with the designation of ‘Advanced Practitioner’, competency type ‘Operational/Strategic’ and the Work Place Skillset of ‘Experienced Lead in the Skillset’.

CPD Allocation: 12 hours (structured)

Entry Requirements:

Applicants will have completed all three of the following accredited qualifications:

  • Certificate of Customs Competency
  • Advanced Customs Practitioner
  • AEO Certified Practitioner

Applicants who have not completedthe above but who hold a relevant existing degree or equivalent or who have at least 5 years’ demonstrable experience in international trade will be assessed on an individual, case by case basis, for direct entry onto the Diploma. Applicants will be expected to be able to demonstrate study of and practical knowledge of the subjects covered in the Certificate of Customs Competency, Advanced Customs Practitioner and AEO Certified Practitioner courses.

Successful achievement of the Diploma in Practical Trade Compliance together with 3 years relevant experience in the profession will allow the Learner to apply for Member of the Institute (MILT) with CILT(UK).

Fee:   £1000.00 plus VAT    (£900 plus VAT for existing CILT members)

This course is eligible for free funding assistance from Aspire - The CILT Careers Foundation should you meet their criteria.

Fee includes all Tuition, Course Materials (not just copies of the slides), Assessment, Proctoring and Certification.