Certificate IV in International Freight Forwarding (Senior Operator)

This program is made up of 11 units of competency from the nationally accredited qualification TLI41610 Certificate IV in International Freight Forwarding (Senior Operator) and is known as the National Customs Brokers Course (NCBC). The program is approved by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs) as the pre-requisite course of study for persons intending to become licensed as customs brokers in Australia.

The program provides you with specific knowledge and skills relating to Australian and International trade facilitation. The objective of this course is to meet the following outcomes;
  • Students who have successfully completed the 11 units in this program may be permitted to sit for the National Examination. When this examination is passed, students may apply for a Customs Broker's Licence.
  • To develop the skills and knowledge necessary for successful employment as a customs broker agent or consultant. Typically, people in this profession would provide technical advice on matters relating to the importation and exportation of goods.

Program Commencement Dates

  • 25 February 2013

Career Opportunities

  • Customs broker
  • Freight forwarder
  • Importer and exporter
  • Various roles with the Australian Customs Service

Program Structure

Subject CodeSubject Name
TLIA2048A Carry out border clearance functions
TLIA2009A Complete and check import/export documentation
TLIA3053A Carry out customs valuation
TLIA4056A Carry out complex customs valuation
TLIA3050A Apply GST legislation as part of customs broking activities
TLIA3054A Classify commodities for the import and export of goods through customs
TLIA4055A Classify complex commodities for the import and export of goods through customs
TLIA4051A Carry out quarantine procedures
TLIA2049A Apply specialist permit requirements as part of customs broking activities
TLIA4052A Carry out customs clearance practices
TLIA4057A Analyse, advise on and carry out integrated border clearance transactions


Tuesday 6 - 9pm & Saturday 9am - 5pm for 30 weeks.


Assessment may be a combination of written and online assignments, tests, examinations and practical application projects.


  • VCE or equivalent
  • Experience in the customs industry
  • Basic computer skills
  • A good command of the English language, both written and verbal

Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer

You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQTF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Please see Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer for more information.

How to Apply

Directly to Holmesglen

Contact the Short Courses Department directly to apply for this program.


Fee-for-service: $3500 Government funded: $2100

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible students.

Fees are calculated according to the level of course being studied, and the number of hours being undertaken, up to Government established maximums. Eligible students are able to access a Government Subsidised Place and certain categories of Full Fee Paying students may be able to access an Eligibility Exemption. Assistance is available in the form of VET FEE HELP or a Holmesglen Payment Plan for students who are unable to afford fee payment up front.

For further information please visit the Fees and Charges page or contact the department via phone, email or through the Enquire Now form on this page.

Qualification & Recognition

On successful completion of this program, you are eligible to receive a statement of attainment covering the 11 competencies in the National Customs Brokers Course. Graduates may apply for membership of the Customs Brokers & Forwarders Council of Australia Inc (CBFCA).

Successful completion also allows students to sit the national exam. On passing the exam, students may apply for a Customs Brokers Licence.

Quick Stats

Program Code:TLI41610
Start Date(s):
Study Mode:Part time
Program Length:
  • Part time - 30 weeks (10 hours per week)
Program Enquiries:

Short Courses Department
03 9564 1546

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