Customs Broker Exam Preparation provides students with the tools necessary to effectively prepare for the Customs Broker Exam. More than a basic review, these private lessons offer a thorough overview of the Customs Federal Regulations and Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. Students can select the areas on which they would like to focus to best prepare them for the exam. A general plan of study will cover highly-tested topics found on past exams, including:

  • The Role of a U.S. Customs Broker
  • Entry and Entry Summary Requirements
  • Classification of Merchandise
  • Valuation of Merchandise
  • Free Trade Agreements
  • Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures
  • Bonds and Bonded Facilities
  • Country of Origin Marking

Prior exams will also be employed to help students formulate and practice test-taking strategies, and the instructor will provide guidance as to how to best utilize the allotted exam time.

Who Should Take These Lessons? These private, tailored lessons are structured to assist individuals preparing for the U.S. Customs Broker exam, as well as individuals who are looking to acquire knowledge and tools necessary to ensure that global trade compliance goals are met - including Custom Compliance Professionals and U.S. Customs Brokers and U.S. Importers/Exporters.

Course Information

These lessons are offered continuously throughout the year and can be scheduled around your schedule. This flexibility allows students the freedom to choose how rigorous their own course will be. Students may also select to study certain topics of their choosing. We're here to serve your needs as you prepare for this challenging exam.

The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. and 19 Code of Federal Regulations book is not included in the price of course and must be purchase separately at U.S. Government Bookstore. It is highly recommended that students purchase this book well in advance, as it may take 2-3 weeks to arrive.

Meet the Instructor


Kelli R. Thompson is a certified customs specialist, and a certified law enforcement instructor. As one of the country's leading experts in the area of international trade and compliance, Thompson served as Supervisory Import Specialist/Course Development Instructor at the Federal Law and Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, South Carolina, working for the United States Customs and Border Protection agency for over seven years. In this capacity, Thompson coordinated and provided nationwide trade instruction to newly hired import specialists.

ittc logo Thompson recently launched Integrity International Trade Consulting (IITC), an international trade consulting company focused on training and workshops related to import compliance. Thompson's areas of expertise include all areas of customs laws and regulations, entry procedures, classification, valuation, enforcement of trade programs, record keeping requirements and related international trade processes. She also recently passed the April 2015 U.S Customs Broker Exam - an exam with a 28% passing rate - receiving an 85% score.

cbffa logo In 2015, the CBFFAC and the College of Charleston Continuing & Professional Education Department partnered to bring several educational events to CBFFAC members.  For a complete list of events scheduled for 2016, visit http://cbffac.com/registerforevent/education-events/.