How to become a Customs CLERK Through the Apprenticeship Scheme

How to become a Customs CLERK

Through the Apprenticeship Scheme

Act – 18 (b)

The establishment and supervision of an apprenticeship scheme for the training of persons desirous of becoming Customs Clerks.

PRIVATE SECTOR O.J.T

“On the Job Training course”

The board has established an apprenticeship scheme for persons desirous of becoming Customs Clerks in Regulations 15, 16, and 17 through an On-the-Job-Training course for three years as follows:

Reg. 15

(1)                      Where an employer of Customs Clerks employs any person to be trained as a Customs Clerk, he shall register with the Board the name of such trainee within seven days of the date of the commencement of such employment.

 

(2)                    There shall be paid to the Board on the day of registration, a fee of One hundred dollars and thereafter a fee of One hundred dollars on the anniversary date thereof in each year during the period of employment of the person registered.

The trainee mentioned in regulation 15 should be called a Customs Clerk Trainee because there is a separate Apprenticeship Scheme for persons desirous of becoming Customs Brokers.

Separate identity is necessary for persons training to become Customs Clerks from persons training to become Customs Brokers.

The word APPRENTICE is used in regulation 15 in reference to Customs Brokers. Therefore, a person training to become a Customs Broker should be called a Customs Broker Apprentice.

Reg. 16

A person registered with the Board under regulation 15 may not sign customs warrants but may transact other business at customs for and on behalf of the person to whom he is employed and such person shall be held liable for the acts or omissions of the trainee acting within the scope of his employment.

Reg. 17

Trainees shall undergo a course of training and shall be under competent supervision to enable them to qualify for a Customs Clerk’s Licence within a period of three years of the date of their employment.

The compelling words in regulation 17 are: to be under competent supervision while undergoing the three years course.  Therefore, the Board must or is obliged to issue Customs Clerks licence to all Trainees who completed the three years course.

Regulation 17 does not compel the Trainees to sit the Customs Clerks examination or any other examination for that matter.

The Board is wrong to ask a Customs Clerk Grade III who has been employed by an employer of Customs Clerks to sit a Customs Broker’s examination.  Such Customs Clerks would not qualify under regulation 6 because they would not have obtained the required three months experience of the duties of a Customs Broker.

Only an Apprentice Customs Broker can obtain the required three months experience of the duties of a Customs Broker to qualify for a Customs Broker’s examination.

Only Customs Clerk Trainees can qualify to sit a Customs Clerk’s examination under regulation 6.

The Board’s examinations are in fact optional for Apprentices and Trainees who want to become Customs Brokers or Customs Clerks as the case may be, before the full duration of the three year course.

After completing the three years (O.J.T) apprenticeship course and the Trainee is ready to become a Customs Clerk, there are yet many guidelines to follow in the regulations for both the Trainee and the Board. The guidelines are regulations 2(1), 3(1) (2) and 4 as follows:-

Reg. 2(1)

Application for a Customs Clerk’s Licence shall be forwarded in duplicate to the secretary of the Board (hereinafter referred to as “the Secretary”) in the form set out as Form 1 in the first schedule together with an application fee of one hundred dollars and the birth certificate of the applicant.

Reg. 3 (1)

The Secretary shall post a notice at the Customs House of each application received by him.

Reg. 3 (2)

The notice mentioned in sub regulation (1) shall remain posted for a period of not less than fourteen days and shall state the name and address of the applicant, the type of licence being applied for and shall invite comments regarding the advisability of issuing the licence.

 

Reg. 4

The chief preventive officer shall comment on each application of which a copy was sent to him for the purpose.  His comments shall be forwarded to the Board through the Secretary.

Regulations 2(1), 3 (1) (2) and 4 apply to Trainees who have finished the three years on-the-job training course without the benefit of passing the Customs Clerk’s examination. However, regulation 2 (1) also applies to applicants who are sitting the Clerk’s examination but these applicants must apply no later than thirty days before the examination.

Trainees who did not sit the Board’s customs clerk examination and those who sat and failed the said examination during the three years O.J.T course would still qualify for a customs clerk’s licence if they were under “competent supervision” while undergoing the three years on-the-job training course.

The regulations do not have any enforcement regarding the sitting of examination.  It therefore stands to reason that the examination is optional.

 

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3 Comments

  1. I am interested in the apprenticeship program is there any specific age requirements and how and where do someone apply

  2. sharlene monsegue

    hi
    my question is can i still become a custom clerk at age 36 and where can i go to do this.

  3. if a person is interested in becoming a registered customs clerk, what are the procedures they would need to go through??? in terms of training venue, qualifications, requirements etc.???

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