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Certified Classification Specialist™ (CCLS™)

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The Certified Classification Specialist™ (CCLS™) program is the only program worldwide that teaches participants the General Rules of Interpretation (GRIs) and requires them to be able to defend their classification choices as part of the process. The CCLS™ designation conveys that an individual has strong knowledge and skills of the underlying methodology for classification for entry to any country whose tariff is based on the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized System.

A Certified Classification Specialist™ is someone who has earned the designation CCLS™ after completing a rigorous five-day course and passing an examination upon completion. The designation requires earning continuing education credit to maintain. A CCLS™ holder is authorized to use the certification mark in communications and business cards.

The CCLS™ course is offered on a scheduled basis in the United States, Canada and other countries. The CCLS™ course is also available in-house at a location of a company’s choosing anywhere in the world.


March 11 - March 15, 2019 London, UK
April 1 - April 5, 2019 Raleigh, NC
June 17 - June 21, 2019 Hawthorne, CA
October 21 - October 25, 2019 Chicago, IL
December 2 - December 6, 2019 McLean, VA





The methodology created for the CCLS™ program will provide attendees with an accurate process to develop a harmonized system decision tree.



  • General Rules of Interpretation
  • How the Harmonized Schedule / Combined Nomenclature is organized
  • Review section and chapter notes which apply throughout the entire tariff
  • Review “basket headings”
  • Identify and sources of external classification guidance such as the WCO’s explanatory notes
  • Prepare effective binding ruling requests
  • Document and defend a classification



Individuals holding a CCLS™ designation must attend Amber Road’s Global Trade Academy or third party organization seminar, workshop, webinar or corporate on-site training to earn 20 continuing education credits within 24 months of their initial certification.


For details, please contact us directly for a copy of our Continuing Education policy.




The CCLS™ course is targeted at individuals and teams employed by logistics companies or global manufacturers who need to understand how to classify goods for import and export into and between multiple countries around the world.


Individuals holding a CCLS™ designation will be capable of defending their classifications and creating and deploying a global process for their organization.


Participants will bring back more than 1,500 pages of materials including detailed product worksheets for every chapter of the HTS, a classification manual and other resources for working with less familiar objects. These materials have been designed exclusively for this course and are not available anywhere else.



Students are required to bring their own print copy of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS).


There is no required cost to maintain the designation annually. Companies interested in offering the CCLS™ course in-house for staff on a global basis should contact us directly for a quote.

"The program was awesome! Robin and Suzanne are great teachers and outstanding professionals."


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