US Export Controls for Non-US Companies | Certificate Course - Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists


7 hours of training | Online

Practical Compliance Training
at the Best Price

Avoid costly penalties by learning vital principles in export controls and dual-use goods. Any non-US entity trading globally, particularly with US-origin products, will benefit from Export Controls for Non-US Companies. The course comprises 7 training hours across 4 weeks online. Each lesson provides you with vital preparation to comply.

Extensive Course Content for Full Export Compliance

7 CSS CE Credits

Valid for CSS Accreditation

Digital Certificate

You’ll start with the basics

Your training begins with a self-paced module providing the basics of US export controls and how they apply to non-US companies, followed by short reading assignments in preparation for one of two 90-minute online, interactive classes.

You’ll get a thorough grounding

The first virtual class gives you a thorough grounding in US export controls from the perspective of a non-US business. This will cover an overview of relevant export controls, dual-use goods and commodities regulations and how these apply to a non-US business. We examine key legislation and cover how to classify items including technology that can have a dual use.

The second virtual class discusses recognizing the main export controls risks for a non-US business, as well as how to build a successful export controls compliance program, enhanced due diligence and authorizations pertaining to dual-use goods for a foreign business.

You’ll develop your understanding

We’ll elaborate on BIS guidance, talk about the consequences of non-compliance, and cover the topics that you must know. You will experience Q&A sessions, real-world case studies, student polls, and practice questions prepared so that you understand all aspects of export controls compliance before your one-hour exam of multiple-choice questions.

Only part of what you will know
by the end of the course…

  • You will learn about the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and its enforcement power abroad.
  • Key US legislation on export controls and relevance for non-US businesses.
  • Definitions and concepts of dual-use items.
  • The different types of prohibitions under the EAR for non-US businesses.
  • The different categories of exports, including dual use and how they are classified.
  • Understand how to read the Commerce Control List (CCL).
  • The main risks for a non-US business in dealing with US products.
  • Penalties and fines.
  • Due diligence and red flags.
  • How to build an effective export compliance program (ECP).
  • Walking tour of the BIS website: where to find the information you need.
  • Licenses/authorizations.
  • How to apply for BIS licenses.

How is it structured?

part 1

Self-paced module: US Export Controls for non-US businesses: Foundations and Awareness (45 minutes)

part 2

Reading Assignment (30 minutes)

part 3

Live Virtual Classroom #1: BIS Essentials And How to Classify Your Item, including Dual Use (90 minutes)

Part 4

Reading Assignment (30 minutes)

Part 5

Live Virtual Classroom #2: Identifying Export Controls and Dual Use Risks and Elements of an Effective Compliance Program for a Foreign Business (90 minutes)

Part 6

Case Study on the ACSS Platform (30 minutes)

Part 7

Final Assessment (45 minutes)

ACSS Virtual Learning

E-learning Course

Who Should Take the US Export Controls for Non-US Companies Certificate Course?

This course has been constructed to keep non-US entities compliant while focusing precisely on the information needed. Our students come from diverse backgrounds, ranging from logistics companies to banks, accountants and lawyers to compliance officers and businessmen seeking help with US export controls. Your background is not as important as your need to learn the essential information to keep on the right side of the law.

Most Practical Export Controls Course
for Non-US Companies at the Best Price

Upcoming Course Schedule

2024 Fall Session

  • 1st Virtual Classroom: Sept. 11, 2024 – 09:00 – 10:30 (NYC)

  • 2nd Virtual Classroom: Sept. 18, 2024 – 09:00 – 10:30 (NYC)

2025 Winter Session

  • 1st Virtual Classroom: February 5, 2025 – 09:00 – 10:30 (NYC)

  • 2nd Virtual Classroom: February 12, 2025 – 09:00 – 10:30 (NYC)

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Acss Faculty

Jeff Nielsen

International Sanctions & Export Controls Lawyer

Jeff Nielsen is a sanctions and export controls lawyer with over 20 years’ experience representing clients in diverse industries, both at law firms and in-house. His expertise is in both United States and European Union sanctions and export controls laws.

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John Whitworth

Export Controls, Sanctions & Trade Compliance Specialist

Having graduated with an Engineering degree, John spent the early part of his career in capital equipment sales with international machinery manufacturers supplying the Petrochemical, Oil & Gas, and Power generation industries.

Moving into Product Management in 2008 after General Electric had bought the filtration company he was then working for, this was the point at which he ‘stumbled across’ export controls. Learning fast though necessity, he was tasked with resolving an oversight in the company’s compliance to the UK military export control regulations.

Having satisfactorily concluded that with the submission of a voluntary disclosure, John’s curiosity for the subject prompted him to take an opportunity with full time responsibility of export controls and sanctions compliance.