Certified U.S. Export Compliance Officer® (CUSECO)

This certification, focusing on export compliance, entails both EAR and ITAR knowledge requirements which can help keep your company safeguarded from committing export compliance violations.

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Certification: Senior Advanced – Export Compliance

Certification Examination:  Four Hour Proctored Examination

Certified U.S. Export Compliance Officer® (CUSECO) Exam Cost: $525.00

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What is the process for taking this exam?

1) Participate in Preparation Training /or/ Study Knowledge Requirements
2) Locate a Proctor
3) Fill Out Test Site Application
4) Make Exam Payment
5) Prepare for Exam

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After Successfully Passing Your (CUSECO) Exam

The requirements for keeping your certification current are earning (10) ten Continuing Education Units (CEU’s / CEUs) before your Certification Expiration date.  You must complete (10) ten Continuing Education Units (CEU’s / CEUs) every year.

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Prepare for Certified U.S. Export Compliance Officer® (CUSECO) Exam

 

1) Preparation Training /or/ Study Knowledge Requirements (Below)

You have two options before you take this IIEI Certification Exam. You may either enroll into one of our Approved Provider’s programs to prepare you to pass this exam, or sit for the exam without any additional preparation training. The choice is yours. We wish for every examinee to have the best possible chance to pass the exam they wish to sit for, therefore we recommend training, but it is not required.

Do you wish to take Preparation Training to prepare for the exam?

If yes, please fill out this form.

2) Locate a Proctor

Locate an acceptable impartial third party Proctor to proctor your exam. A suitable proctor may be an individual from your Human Resources or Legal Department, a librarian at a local library, or a proctor at a testing center.

After you have completed these two steps you’re ready to move onto the next step.

 

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Knowledge Requirements

 

The following topics are defined as within this body of knowledge and are reflected in the knowledge assessment requirements stated for this certification. A person holding this certification will have satisfactorily passed an examination that demonstrates a high degree of knowledge of these topics and knowledge requirements.

Industry Standard: Demonstrate basic knowledge and usage of international trade principles, concepts and processes.

Topic: EAR – Export Administration Regulations

Role of the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) To have an understanding of the duties and responsibilities of the BIS and its legal authority.

Scope of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) To gain appreciation and understanding of scope of activities the EAR.

EAR Control Lists To possess a working knowledge of the various EAR control lists.

EAR License Exceptions To know the exceptions to BIS license requirements.

EAR Special Reporting Requirements To possess a working knowledge of the various EAR special reporting requirements set forth by the BIS.

Embargoes and Special Controls To know the general underlying reasons for BIS embargoes and special controls used for enforcement.

EAR License Application Processing and Issuance To understand the application process for shipments that requires an EAR license.

EAR Export Clearance Requirements To know and appreciate the EAR clearance requirements and procedures.

Restrictive Trade Practices and Boycotts To know the common trade restrictive practices.

EAR Record Keeping To have a working knowledge of all forms used by the BIS in maintaining compliance with the EAR.

EAR Terms and Definitions To know the common terms used in the BIS to communicate and enforce EAR policy.

EAR Forms To know the major EAR forms and their usage.

Bureau of Industry and Security web site To know how to navigate the BIS’s web site to find updated control lists. To be able to subscribe to the BIS’s e-mail update service.

 

Topic: ITAR – International Traffic in Arms Regulations

Introduction and Overview of ITAR To understand the history, purpose and reasons why ITAR exists. To form a basic understanding of how ITAR regulations are organized and enforced internationally.

Section 38 – Arms Export Control Act 22 USC 2778 To know how and why ITAR was created.

Export Control Concepts To understand the full range of concepts and issues regulated by ITAR.

Industry Responsibility and National Security To know and gain an appreciation of the responsibilities and knowledge requirements of the export compliance officer.

Government Agency Roles To understand the roles of the various government departments and agencies such as the State Department, Commerce Department, Office of Foreign Asset Control and other significant departments and agencies such as Treasury Department, Customs Department and the Food and Drug Administration.

ITAR CFR Sections 120 – 130 To posses a working understanding of the ITAR regulations and specifically focus on defense, national security, dangerous drugs, endangered plans and radioactive materials.

Compliance Issues including Dual Use Items To be able to identify dual use items. To gain an appreciation of the issues related to ITAR compliance.

ITAR AmendmentsHow to remain current with ITAR amendments and rulings.

Researching ITAR topics with the Federal Register and other Resources Understand how to research ITAR issues using various the Federal Register and various resources.

ITAR Documents Understand and demonstrate how to apply for an Export License. Filings (process, rules, regulations, exceptions and involved parties) To posses a working knowledge of the documents and paperwork required to maintain ITAR compliance.

Personal and Business Liability (issues and practices) To understand how to minimize both company and personal liability with respect to ITAR compliance. Real-life scenarios of compliance related situations. To gain an appreciation for the real-life problems related to ITAR compliance.

 

Topic: Documentation for US export compliance

EAR and ITAR Regulatory Overview To understand the history, purpose and reasons why ITAR exists. To form a basic understanding of how ITAR regulations are organized and enforced internationally.

Agency documentation Requirements To gain familiarity with EAR, ITAR and US Treasury documentation requirements.

Common Export Documents used for compliance To understand the usage of the most common documents used in export compliance.

Departmental Documentation forms and usage To understand the usage of other State Department, Treasury Department (e.g., ATF, OFAC) and Commerce Department documents:

General Red Flags To recognize red flag issues.

Special Nuclear Regulatory Requirements To know the NRC requirements

Shipment Marking Requirements for Export Compliance To know the special marking requirements for export compliance.

Special Certificate Requirements To know the special certificate requirements.

Knowing your Source of Supply To know the due diligence requirements for trade compliance.

Topic: Ethics in Trade Compliance

Define Ethics To differentiate between morals and ethics.To identify and assess ethical issues.

Traditional View of Ethics To comprehend how individuals establish their ethical values.To know how ethics and the law relate to one another. To identify the forces the shape personal ethics.

Impact of Ethics on a Company To demonstrate an understanding of forces within a company that shapes its ethical actions.

Compliance Environment To know the reasons why compliance regulations and ethical actions clash.

Ethical Situations in Compliance To critically evaluate the forces in the business environment that cause ethical dilemmas in compliance.Identify the possible participants that can cause an ethical issue to exist.

New Ethical Standards To demonstrate knowledge and appreciation for the challenges of establishing new ethical or compliance standards.

Resistance to Change To analyze and assess the relationship and function of the various existing formal and informal policies (or lack of them) that supports the organization’s current ethical actions.To understand why ethical practices should remain constant over time.

Establishing an Ethical Stance To be able to determine and design an individual ethical position that supports a compliant organization within the context of the letter and the spirit of the law.

Monitoring and Control of Ethical Compliance To know the importance of all employee’s actions to support the compliance effort.To assess the actions of individuals in the workplace as they relate to trade compliance.

To understanding the basic methods used to control ethical actions in the compliance workplace.

Knowledge Source:Export Administration Regulations. 15 C.F.R. 730-774 (current version) US Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security, US Government Printing Office Supplements to Export Administration Regulations. (current version) US Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security, US Government Printing Office

Ruling addendum to Export Administration Regulations. (current version) US Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security, US Government Printing Office

International Traffic in Arms Regulations 22 C.F.R. 120 – 130 – ITAR Regulations of the US (current version) , US Government Printing Office

Section 38 – Arms Export Control Act 22 USC 2778 , US Government Printing Office

8 USC 1101, 8 USC 1324, 22 USC 2778, 22 USC 2794

22 CFR 120-130, 31 CFR 500-599

15 CFR 300-799