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About the CES Certification Program

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 will be available is varied and wide ranging, encompassing all aspects of the trade.

The CES Course is a completely one-year, self-paced online offering with a proctored final exam (also Online). Virtual proctoring is now available for the CES Final Exam.



  • At least one year of experience in the U.S. export business


  • $715 for members
  • $1,375 for non-members


  • Expand your knowledge of export procedures
  • Keep current with recent changes affecting the export industry
  • Gain recognition and increase stature among colleagues and clients


Key Topics

Export Controls Basics, Export Administration Regulations, Destination Country Controls, State Department– ITAR, Office of Foreign Assets and Control, Other Government Agencies, Census, Recordkeeping, Security, Payment Terms, Bookings, Air Freight, Bills of Lading, Destination Country Requirements, Marine Cargo Insurance, Export Licenses, ECCN Classification, Anti Boycott Regulations, Drug Enforcement Agency, Export Violations, Helpful Hints, Export Quotations, Letters of Credit, NVOCC, AES/EEI, Export Documentation, Carnet, and Federal Maritime Commission Regulations.

Who Should Enroll?

Individuals working in the forwarding industry, are interested in expanding their fundamental knowledge of the industry. 

Ready to Enroll?

If you are a Current or Returning Student 

You must have an NCBFAA Login ID and password to use NEI's online resources. Have you forgotten or need help setting up your password? Please click, here. 

If you are a NEW Student 

Please review our "Registration" page for more details by clicking, here.


NEI Professional Membership

If you are employed by an NCBFAA member company, you will receive the member pricing for this course. If you are not employed by an NCBFAA member company, you may still sign up for our individual Professional Membership in order to receive member pricing on our educational offerings.

Withdrawals & Cancellations

The NEI requires written notice of course withdrawals (email, fax or mail). 

There is a $50 administrative fee if the NEI receives written notice of enrollment cancellation prior to the NEI providing the student with a username and password. A refund of the tuition fees, minus a $50 administrative fee will be issued. 

There is a $100 administrative fee if the NEI receives written notice of enrollment cancellation after a username and password has been provided. A refund of the tuition fees, minus a $100 administrative fee will be issued. Students may withdraw from the course at any time but no refund will be provided after the course has begun.