Professional Standards

As part of the PICARD Programme, the WCO in partnership with the INCU has developed the PICARD Professional Standards for operational and strategic Customs managers to meet the requirements of the new international trading and strategic environment.

For the first time there is a clearly defined pathway to education in Customs matters. Customs administrations and related bodies, educational institutions and students of Customs matters now have international standards as criteria for curricula, recruitment and career development.

WCO Professional Standards are available in EnglishArabic, French, PortugueseRussian and Spanish languages.

In addition, the WCO has implemented a scheme whereby academic institutions that are able to demonstrate that their curriculum substantially addresses these Standards may apply for WCO accreditation of their academic program(s).