The Continuing Education Customs and Excise is a modular, academically oriented specialisation programme organised by the University of Antwerp in collaboration with Belgium’s FPS Finance and the private sector. It consists of two parts: the basic programme and the advanced programme.

Each programme is taught by a team of lecturers with relevant expertise from the academic world, the government sector, the private sector and the legal profession.

National recognition

In a first phase the basic programme is organized. This is Dutch-taught and the University of Liège offers a similar, French-taught course.

This basic programme is already nationally recognised in view of the accreditation as a customs representative.

The content of the programme complies with the conditions laid down in the MB of 21 January 2021 determining the terms and conditions for the recognition of specialised training courses in Belgium in the field of customs, VAT and excise regulations, in particular with regard to the submission of customs declarations.

European recognition 

Participants who succesfully completed the basic programme (or can prove that they have obtained an equivalent degree of knowledge or experience) can register for the advanced programme (English taught) that consists of 10 separate modules. Each module consists of an intensive training for several days. 

You can register for one or more modules. Participants who have completed the basic programme and all the advanced modules can opt to write a thesis, after which they are awarded a global certificate.

Both programmes are developed around the EU Customs Competency Framework

As the only Flemisch University, the advanced programme and our master's degree have been officially recognised by the European Commission as a high-quality customs-specific programme. More information about this ‘EU Customs Certificate of Recognition’ label of excellence for Customs academic programmes can be found via this link

Steering committee

Bruno Peeters (chairman), Eric Van Dooren, Marc Bourgeois, Frieda Coosemans, Yves Melin, Olivier Schoenmaeckers, Luc Van de Velde-Poelman, Jan Van Wesemael, Kristian Vanderwaeren, Rik Smet, Ward Lietaert, Sanja Sanhinovic.

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