Students preparing for the US Customs Broker License Exam often have questions - lots of them! We have compiled the top 10 most frequently asked questions from students considering registration, but if your question is not answered here, please contact us so that we can help you personally.






How often is the Customs Broker exam administered and how do I sign up?

The US Customs and Border Protection Service (CBP) offers the US Customs Broker License exam twice a year, normally on the first Monday in October and the first Monday in April. In order to take the exam you must submit an application at least 30 days before the exam to US Customs at the Port where were you plan to take the exam. We provide the application to our students with their materials. Customs charges a fee to take the exam. Currently, that fee is $200.00.



What is the US Customs Broker License exam like?

The Broker exam normally consists of 80 multiple choice questions which must be answered within 4 hours. It is an open book exam and you can take our Exam Guide and Study Manual, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule and the Code of Federal Regulations to the exam. (Our Exam Guide and Study Manual is the most valuable tool you can find to help you through the test.) The US Customs Broker Exam is usually given at a federal building building or some location like a public library.



How is your Customs Broken Exam Prep Course structured?

Our customs broker exam prep course is a series of lectures and chapters which cover the areas and issues that CBP tests. Along with each chapter of the book we have included prior Customs Broker Exam questions specific to that subject. By reading our book, reading the regulations, viewing the lectures with class notes, and working through specific previous exam questions - the student will be prepared for the test.



What do students get with each study package?

Our study options page helps student to find detailed information about each option, and we offer a comparison table to help students compare home study options online.



What are the differences between the study options?

You can compare your options on our website and see which alternative appeals most to your needs as a customer, or contact me to discuss your needs and I can help you determine the package that is best for you. 



What are the Customs Broker Exam Prep course materials like?

The links on our samples page may help to give you an idea of what the course will be like. You can take a look at our materials and video lectures on the samples page. You will have access to our Students Help Page and updates for two test cycles in case you register with us late or need an extended study plan.



What written materials are included with the class and how long can I use the online tools?

Each student will receive a 30-chapter Exam Guide and Study Manual, sample CBP forms, resource information, and the Directives and CATAIR sections CBP announces for the next exam. View samples of our Customs Broker Exam Training materials. Important topics are reviewed not only in the book but also on the flashcards that accompany the textbook. Additionally, you will receive a CD containing the past US Customs Broker Exams since 1997 and and over 1000+ prior exam questions broken down by subject matter with explanatory notes. So, not only do you have a lecture and chapter explaining the topic, we have organized over 1000 previous Customs Broker exam questions with explanatory notes that you can immediately access to understand how CBP tests a particular topic. Each student will receive access to our students help page which contains additional resources and topics as well as some downloads. You will have access to our Students Help Page and updates for two test cycles in case you register with us late or need an extended study plan.



What other materials do I need for the course?

Each student is responsible for purchasing the Harmonized Tariff Schedule and the Customs Regulations (also known as Code of Federal Regulations Title 19). These books are not part of the cost of the learning packages or live class. We sell a study version of 19 CFR 1-199 at our products for sale page (the Customs Regulations) and we recomend purchasing the HTS through the US Government print office or download the PDF from us and print out yourself.



How much does it cost and how do I register for your class?

Our home learning options include two different study packages: the economy package ($335) and the internet learning package ($525). We also offer live classes ($695). You can learn about each option here on our website, and can always contact us with any questions you have.


We accept payment by Paypal or we can process your credit card over the phone. All materials will be shipped the first business day after payment. We accept checks, money orders, and credit cards. You will receive a confirmation e-mail within a day of your registration.


Can I contact the instructor outside of class?

OF COURSE! We urge you to contact Tom O'Leary by e-mail anytime you have a question. If your question needs more attention than just an e-mail, we will address the issue by telephone. That is part of The Customs Broker Exam Prep Course's agreement with each student, and part of what makes this an outstanding program.


As always, please feel free to contact us via e-mail or by calling 512-441-9757 if you have any questions. We hope to hear from you soon.




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