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About the CZS Certification Program

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 (

The CZS Course is a self-paced, online training that consists of 5 modules (each ending with a summary quiz), and a cumulative, proctored final exam. 




  • A Custom’s broker’s license is not required to become a CZS
  • U.S. importing experience is recommended before taking the CZS course


  • $500 for members
  • $850 for non-members


  • Learn about the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zone Program
  • Receive recognition for specialized knowledge in this important U.S. duty deferral program


Key Topics 

  • History of the U.S. Foreign Trade Zone Program
  • The Authority and History of FTZs
  • Foreign-Trade Zone Benefits
  • FTZ Application and Activation Process
  • Inventory Control and Recordkeeping in an FTZ
  • Procedures and Filings for Admitting and Withdrawing Merchandise
  • Periodic Reporting and other Special Circumstances in FTZs

Who Should Enroll?

Individuals working in the import industry interested in learning about FTZ operations and administration and those entering the field of FTZ administration and operations.



Steps 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.

Video instructions are on our Logistics-EI Tutorials page.

NEI Professional Membership and NAFTZ 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. 

If you are an NAFTZ member, you will receive the member pricing for this course.  If you are not an NAFTZ member and wish to join, you can contact the NAFTZ here in order to receive member pricing for the CZS Certification Program.


CZS Grandfathering Process

Those with the AZS accreditation may grandfather into the CZS program by requesting their current AZS status be verified and remitting a $125 fee.  Once they are grandfathered in, they will be required to earn 12 CZS continuing education credits each year to keep their designation active, along with paying a $95 annual renewal fee.  

Steps to be Grandfathered into our CZS Program:

Click HERE.  Wait for the NAFTZ Staff to send you an invoice.


Withdrawals & Cancellations

The NEI requires written notice of course withdrawals (email, fax or mail). Emails sent directly to the NEI Director at are strongly preferred.

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.