Information for prospective students
Recognition by Government
The Diploma is offered by the Academy under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and is a nationally recognised qualification which means it is recognised by industry across Australia as a qualification leading to specific vocational outcomes. The Academy has been accredited by the national training regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), to be a provider of this qualification and this is your guarantee of quality and reliability.
Recognition by Industry
The basis of any nationally recognised qualification is the input of industry. This ensures that a qualification reflects the current workplace in terms of its currency and relevance. Sue Danks, Bill Murphy, and Renee Wilson from the WiseTech Academy were members of the Technical Advisory Committee from industry that oversaw the development of the Diploma qualification.
The TLI50822 Diploma of Customs Broking offered by WiseTech Academy is recognised by the National Customs Brokers Licensing Advisory Committee (NCBLAC) as the pre-requisite program of study for persons seeking licensing in Australia as customs brokers.
There are 14 courses in total in this Diploma. All 14 are mandatory and are required to be completed to receive your Diploma (subject to WiseTech Academy recognized prior learning and credit transfer rules). There are no elective courses.
At WiseTech Academy we understand that flexibility is crucial for student success. There are no enrolment deadlines to start your study. You can enrol at any time of the year.
We provide multiple, flexible assessments submission dates throughout the year, giving you the option to choose an assessment date that is right for you. With multiple assessment submission dates available every two months (excluding Jan & Dec), this removes the need for extension requests and allows you to choose when to submit your assessment. If you find a subject easy, you can work through it quickly. If you encounter a challenging subject, you can take your time.
The Academy recommends a specific order of study as listed below.
We recommend to study BIO – TLIX0008 Comply with biosecurity border clearance first. If taking two courses at a time, we recommend AKB – TLIX0035 Apply knowledge of border clearance fundamentals as the second course. Level 1 courses should be completed before progressing to Level 2, and Level 2 should be completed before progressing to Level 3.
The Diploma of Customs Broking is self-paced and designed to be completed within 1.5 years if committing approximately 7 hours per week per course.
Note: The actual time to complete each course will depend on the previous experience of the student. For example, an experienced classifier may complete the courses in a fraction of the time, due to prior experience in the field.
The national code is the unique alpha-numeric code given to a course of study in the Australian national training system. While we do refer to this national code a lot in your courseware and assessments, we tend more regularly to use a short code of three letters as a type of easy acronym to describe each course.
The following order is recommended for the first six courses. Standard progression recommendation is 1-2 courses studied at a time.
TLIX0008 - Comply with biosecurity border clearance (BIO)
This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to assess documentation for compliance with biosecurity border clearance in accordance with legislation, regulatory requirements and workplace requirements.
TLIX0035 - Apply knowledge of border clearance fundamentals (AKB)
This unit involves the skills and knowledge required as an introduction to border clearance
TLIX0036 - Determine tariff classification of goods (TC1)
This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to determine the customs tariff classification of goods.
* This unit is a pre-requisite for the TC2 unit
TLIX0037 - Apply border clearance procedures (BCP)
This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to apply customs clearance procedures.
TLIX0038 - Apply customs procedures (ACP)
This unit involves the skills and knowledge required when applying customs procedures.
TLIX0039 - Determine customs value (CV1)
This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to carry out customs valuation using the transaction value method only, for the purpose of determining the customs value.
* This unit is a pre-requisite for both the CV1 and ITX unit
The following order is recommended for the next seven courses. Standard progression recommendation is 1-2 courses studied at a time.
TLIX0040 - Determine complex customs value (CV2)
This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to carry out complex customs valuation in accordance with customs and relevant legislation.
* Must complete the pre-requisite unit CV1 before you can take this unit
TLIX0041 - Manage goods under customs control (MGC)
This course involves the skills and knowledge required to manage goods under customs control.
TLIX0042 - Determine complex tariff classifications (TC2)
This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to classify goods for import and export of goods in accordance with the current Australian Customs Act, Customs Tariff Act and other relevant legislation.
* Must complete the pre-requisite unit TC1 before you can take this unit
TLIX0043 - Determine indirect taxes (ITX)
This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to determine indirect taxes as part of customs broking activities.
* Must complete the pre-requisite unit CV1 before you can take this unit
TLIX0044 - Determine origin of goods and apply preference schemes or free trade agreements (OAP)
This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to determine the origin of goods and to interpret the application of preference schemes and/or free trade agreements to those goods.
TLIX0045 - Determine import/export prohibitions/restrictions (IEP)
This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to apply permit requirements as part of customs broking activities in accordance with the current Australian Customs Act as amended and other relevant legislation.
TLIX0046 - Apply anti-dumping and countervailing measures (DCM)
This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to identify goods subject to dumping and/or countervailing measures, and to calculate applicable duties.
This is the final course of the Diploma.
TLIX0047 - Review decisions of regulatory bodies (DRB)
This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to review the decisions of regulatory bodies, including current Australian Government departments with the responsibility for border clearance issues.
Managing your study load
At WiseTech Academy, we have defined a study sequence for the smooth progression through the Diploma of Customs Broking. We call it the ‘standard progression’. Standard progression through the Diploma assumes that you will undertake no more than two study courses at any time and is predicated upon you:
- Taking the courses in the order in which they are recommended
- Successfully completing each course you undertake
- Not deferring any courses
Naturally, you can take longer if you wish, and there is no penalty or problems with doing that. After all, we recognise that it is only YOU who can make the decision about how you manage your own work/life/study balance and we encourage you to take that into consideration when choosing your course load.
On the other hand, if you have lots of experience, some credit transfer, plenty of free time on your hands, and good workplace support, you can complete the Diploma in less time than the standard progression.
Just one word of caution though: experience tells us that if you load up on too many study courses and you don’t have the time, support, experience, balance etc, it usually doesn’t work and you end up starting courses that you can’t finish. If you are unsure of your study load, or if you have any questions about the Diploma study sequence, please contact Student Administration via email@example.com.
The Academy has created a streamlined fee structure for the Diploma of Customs Broking. Each course fee is AU$184 (GST free).
As the pricing is “pay-as-you-go”, the full cost of the Diploma is 14 courses x $184 AUD = $2,576 AUD (GST free).
If you are a transferring from another RTO where you have already completed some courses in the Diploma of Customs Broking, we make that process very simple for you.
The WiseTech Academy provides a 100% credit transfer against courses you have completed elsewhere, and these courses are automatically applied for you in your student record. There is no fee for this credit transfer.
When it comes to choosing the courses you wish to take, it is preferable if you could choose the courses that enable you to get back on the standard progression at the earliest opportunity. However, we recognise that this may not always be possible, or may cause you a delay in moving through the program.
If this is the case, please feel free to choose courses that will fit in with your study objectives.
If you are in doubt about the choices you should make, please contact Student Administration via firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to provide you with the necessary advice.
If you have completed courses within the superseded version, TLI50816, we can assist with your transition to the new version, TLI50822. For help with your transition, please contact Student Administration via email@example.com.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that can give you credit for the skills, knowledge and experience you have gained through working and learning. If you can demonstrate your competency via RPL, then you don’t need to complete that specific study course. Alternatively, RPL can be applied to ALL courses in the Diploma if you have enough evidence to support your application.
As RPL is a Government-mandated evidentiary process, there is a very high standard of evidence that we require. This evidence must be:
- Authentic – it must be your own work
- Valid – it must be directly related to the course(s) being assessed
- Reliable – it must show that you consistently meet the competency requirement
- Current – it must reflect your capacity to perform the aspect of the work in the present work environment or in the very recent past
- Sufficient – it must show competency across the full range of elements in the course(s), and your competency can be repeated over time
Once you make your RPL application and provide us with your evidence, we will have it reviewed by a qualified assessor who is also a licensed customs broker. The assessor may also request a competency interview with you or set you a challenge test so you can demonstrate your skills and knowledge.
Some people find the RPL process more rigorous than simply completing the course. The work involved in gathering the evidence for a successful RPL application should not be under-estimated.
If you need more information about whether RPL is right for you, please contact Student Administration via firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have never studied online before - or even if you have - it’s worth spending a bit of time getting to know how the Academy delivers its program to you.
We have created a learning strategy for you that is designed to inform, engage, and challenge you as you learn. It’s not at all difficult to navigate, but it is important that you understand how the program works, and your role in the program to make it work successfully for you so that you get the most out of it.
In most study courses, you will see there is a document that contains the learning material for your program. You can either read it online or download it to your device.
You need to treat this as your lecture material. It is the primary source of information in the program, and you will be referring to it often. It will also be where you will find the answers to many of the quizzes we have placed throughout the study unit, as well as the formal assessments in the program.
This learning material has been written by some of Australia’s most experienced customs brokers, so it
is current, relevant, and totally relatable to the work of a licensed customs broker.
We believe it is vitally important as you progress through each study course, that you have a chance to stop and reflect on your learning to make sure you have a clear comprehension of the material you have just learned.
We help you with this reflection by providing a series of short quizzes or activities that you can complete at various stages throughout each study course. These are quizzes that are not marked, nor do they contribute to your final result in the study course.
You undertake them in your own time, and you get instant feedback about your response. They are optional, but we strongly suggest you take the time to undertake these quizzes as they really will help
you with your:
- Recall of information - this helps to reinforce your learning through repetition
- Comprehension - coming up with the answer yourself prior to seeing the correct answer will allow you to “self-test” your understanding of what you have read
Educational experts have been telling us for decades that learning collectively - for most people anyway - is better than learning alone. The research tells us that learning is a social activity in which people often learn a lot informally from each other, as well as from the more formal sources such as lectures, tutorials, reading material, etc.
We subscribe to that view, and so we have added discussion forums to each study course to enhance your social learning experience. You are strongly encouraged to contribute to the forums and use them to grow your knowledge in the process.