unz certification

Your participation in Unz & Co. International Trade Training combined with your hands-on experience puts you into a special category of industry professional.

International Trade is different from any other industry. It has its own special procedures, processes and terminology. A field as unique as ours requires a certification process to assure employers of the proficiency of the professionals operating within their international trade departments.

Designed to Build Success

This certification is designed to build a complete and comprehensive set of skills in your area of international trade – exporting or importing.

You earn your certification by attending a set of courses that concentrate on the terminology, regulations, procedures and documentation for importing, exporting, and shipping dangerous goods. You will be asked to choose a “major” when you apply for the certification. The classes are taught by accomplished and respected practitioners with years of experience in their course material.


You’ll Gain Career Opportunities

This certification documents your training and work experience to further your career in International Trade. Your certifications will help you stand out to employers that require enhanced skills in importing and exporting, at government agencies, manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors and financial institutions. The goal is to increase your earning potential, enable you to take on new responsibilities, work smarter, solve critical business problems and ultimately increase the global market share for your company.

Each course you complete will be documented and added to your training record.

Your certification will benefit you by providing:

1. Recognition of an achievement of excellence.
2. Tangible evidence of your skill level.
3. Help in qualifying for more advanced positions and salary levels.

Your employers will benefit from:

1. Increased productivity.
2. Less compliance risk.
3. Smoother transactions with fewer errors.

Program Description

This program includes a practical hands-on, comprehensive set of courses concentrating on the terminology, regulations, procedures and documentation for importing and exporting. The classes are taught by accomplished and respected practitioners with years of experience in the subject matter that they teach. This certification is designed to build a complete and comprehensive set of skills for a particular area of international trade.





Entry level person motivated to undergo training in order to enhance and update their knowledge, distinguish themselves in the areas of logistics and/or compliance, and master operations and procedures.

This candidate is in training to understand and manage all facets of an international trade transaction. Duties include managing others and interacting with sales, marketing, contracts, accounting, etc., as well as coordinating regional activities, establishing controls, supervising logistics, sourcing, and documentation.

Candidates are in a medium to large organization and are supervisors or first line managers. They aspire to a higher level of knowledge regarding industry functions, often involving currency and other financial issues, risk management, and the potential effects of the political environment.


Total CEUs, each
level builds
upon the prior

12 CEUs = Attend a 2-day export or 2-day import operations and procedures training session, followed by a choice of two additional days in the chosen field.

21 CEUs = Attend additional “elective” courses that focus on the special skills required to meet increased responsibilities

30 CEUs = Raise the level of training to attain all-around expertise, the ability to lead a large staff, take a high level of responsibility for the success of the organization

The Goal



A Certified Specialist who has distinguished themself as possessing core competencies in international trade logistics and/or compliance operations.

A Certified Practitioner possessing the skills to conduct a complete international trade transaction. Often is managing others in the department and interacting with other offices within the company and professionals outside.

A Certified Director with a high degree of knowledge and responsibility. Often be involved in currency and financial issues, risk management, the political environment. Involved in the profit line of international sales and sourcing activities.


Career Opportunities

This certification is designed to give the student a firm foundation for a career path in International Trade. Among the employers that require enhanced skills in importing and exporting are government agencies, manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors and financial institutions. The goal is to increase your earning potential, enable you to take on new responsibilities, work smarter, solve critical business problems and possibly increase the global market share for your employer or yourself.   


Why Unz & Co.?

Our 130 years of experience is unmatched – we’ve trained over 70,000 international trade professionals! Unz & Co.’s focused agendas and custom references ensure learning.

Expert instructors guide you through the regulations and also share the expertise gained in real world situations. Hands-on training and peer interaction reinforce your learning. You’ll be ready to integrate new knowledge back on the job.

Only Unz & Co. provides the range of export, import and dangerous goods topics. Flexible certification options let you earn credits at public seminars, on-site presentations, or at the convenient Unz & Co. webinar series.

Course Requirements

The Unz certification program and course selection provide the greatest flexibility in order to permit the most relevant, practical courses that will benefit both your career and your company. The number of CEUs increases with the level of certification.

The program requires you to choose a core course as a starting point and then add “elective” training as your career and company requirements evolve. Students are required to begin the process by attending one two-day operations and procedures course in either export or import. Then, add those elective courses listed below. Initial certifications are required to be completed within three years.

The number of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) required to attain each Certification Level is shown below:

Certification Level

Minimum CEU’s Required

Unz Certified Specialist™


Unz Certified Practitioner


Unz Certified Director™


You must attain your certification within three years of submitting your application.

Credit for prior Unz courses

Courses taken within the six months prior to enrollment can be credited towards your total Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Unz Webinars qualify for equivalent training credits, see

Table of Unz Courses

Core Course (choose 1)

Start your certification process by choosing either Import or Export and attending the corresponding
2-day Operations and Procedures Seminar.

Export Operations and Procedures



Import Operations and Procedures




Attend the required number of Elective Courses. Please see the chart above for the number of CEUs required for each level of certification.

U.S. Export Controls (Essentials)



NAFTA and Other Free Trade Agreements



Export Controls and Licensing under EAR



Export Controls and Licensing under ITAR



*Developing an Export Management and Compliance System



*Classification Under the Schedule B



*Incoterms® 2010



International Logistics



*Letters of Credit



Tariff Classification Under the Harmonized System Workshop



U. S. Customs Audit and Compliance Assessment



Multimodal Dangerous Goods Transportation



Shipping Dangerous Goods by Air – Recurrent



*IATA 2-Day Basic Initial Air Workshop



Unz & Co. Webinars (CEU is per 90 min. Webinar)

90 minutes


* Only available as an onsite program.

Unz reserves the right to change certification requirements.

To Enroll

The application can be saved to your computer and completed electronically or printed and hand-written:

Download Enrollment Application

A non-refundable application fee of $75 must accompany your application.

(See application for payment options).

Submitting the Application

Applications will be accepted electronically or in print. Please note – those applications submitted electronically must be paid by credit card.



Unz & Co.
333 Cedar Avenue, Building B, Suite 2
Middlesex, NJ 08846
Attn: Certification Program Coordinator



If you have any questions, please call Unz Customer Service at 1-800-631-3098.

Tuition and Fees

In addition to the one-time only enrollment fee of $75, you will be responsible for each seminar registration fee. The tuition rates vary for particular courses. Prices are stated in U.S. dollars and subject to change without notice.  Visit for individual course details and pricing.


The certification process requires individuals to take an examination at the end of each course to demonstrate proficiency in the particular subject matter. There are no additional fees for each initial course exam.

If you do not pass the exam the first time, you can retest two more times. There will be a retesting fee of $100 per test. Retesting must be done within 3 months of the initial test and will preferably take place in an Unz classroom.

Re-Certification - Continuing Education Requirement

Continuing education is critically important if industry professionals are to remain current on the rapidly changing procedures, policy and terminology of International Trade.

Recertification is required after five (5) years of the initial certification. To maintain your certification you must attend Unz International Trade Seminars/Workshops to earn the following number of continuing education credits:

  • Unz Certified Specialist™ level requires 6 CEUs
  • Unz Certified Practitioner™ level requires 9 CEUs
  • Unz Certified Director™ level requires 12 CEUs

Unz & Co. reserves the right to change continuing education requirements at any time.

You may also earn CEUs by completing generally accepted equivalent training
as outlined below:
  • Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) two day annual update conference – 3 CEUs
  • BIS one/two day topic specific seminars, sessions or workshops – 1.5/3 CEUs, respectively
  • Census Bureau, Automated Export Systems (AES) Compliance Sessions. AES one-day seminar 1.5 CEUs; AES Workshop 3 hours - .5 CEUs
  • Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Two day annual trade symposium – 3 CEUs
  • Society of International Affairs (SIA) two day, basic or advanced courses – 3 CEUs one-day topic specific training session, seminar or workshop – 1.5 CEUs
  • Unz & Co., consultive, corporate (in-house) training upon review – CEUs to be determined. To find out how your trade compliance and related training can be reviewed and approved for CEU credit, contact Unz Training Director

If the continuing education requirement is not met, individuals are required to pass a current certification examination process in order to reacquire certification.

If you have any questions, please call Unz Customer Service at 1-800-631-3098.




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