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VETERANS to TRADE

Veterans to Trade (V2T) is a National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America Education Institute (NEI) program. The Program is for veterans who desire a meaningful career within the cross-border trade industry. 

More specifically, the V2T program is an educational pathway for interested veterans to achieve credentialing and certification in customs and export specialties. Our goal is to support veterans looking to begin or advance a career in the international trade community by providing industry-focused training. Our certification courses include:



Certified Customs Specialist (CCS)

This course is designed to assist trade professionals involved in the import industry to become experts in the current import regulations. The CCS course will review fundamental points relevant to the importation process while delving into practical, relevant subject matter not generally tested on the formal Customs licensing exam. 

Each topic will help you grow and develop as an import professional. You will find that participating in the CCS program will provide you numerous venues for honing your professional skills while continuing to stay up with the rapidly changing marketplace within the import industry. We also have a Masters Customs Specialist certication for those with more baseline experieince looking for a more rigorous and in-depth curriculum. 


Certified Export Specialist (CES)

The NCBFAA's Certified Export Specialist (CES) certification program is designed to help trade professionals involved in the export industry to become competent and knowledgeable in the current export regulations. You will find that participation in the CES program will provide you numerous venues for honing your professional skills while continuing to keep up with the rapidly changing marketplace within which OTI/Freight Forwarders function. The coursework that is available is varied and wide ranging, encompassing all aspects of the trade. We also have a Masters Export Specialist certication for those with more baseline experieince looking for a more rigorous and in-depth curriculum.

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Certified Zone Specialist (CZS)

The Certified Zone Specialist (CZS) Certification Program is designed to educate trade professionals in the growing and evolving U.S. Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) industry. Whether you have a broker’s license, have just a year or two of related experience, or are getting started in an FTZ role, this course will provide you with a solid foundation for you to increase your industry knowledge. 

The CZS course will review fundamental points relevant to applying for a new FTZ designation, getting your FTZ activated by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and operating and administering an FTZ. The CZS is a knowledge certification that shows understanding of the basics of FTZ operations, and is a stepping stone towards the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zone (NAFTZ) Accredited Zone Specialist (AZS) experience-based designation (https://www.naftz.org/azs-designation/).


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What are the next steps?

Read about our certification programs and apply. Veterans and active military are eligible for special pricing. In recognition and appreciation for your service, the NEI is honored to extend free, lifetime professional membership to all veterans and service members. An individual will need to provide proof (eg. military ID card, DD214, etc.) of military duty to receive the discount. If you are a veteran or active military personnel interested in learning more about our Veterans 2 Trade program, please contact us at pmrenewal@ncbfaa.org 


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