One of the critical aspects of maintaining and sustaining the CTPAT security program is training. The education of employees is a vital component of the "people and physical security" focus area of the minimum security criteria (MSC). Training of personnel to recognize threats, foster awareness of vulnerabilities, and understand the important role each person plays in securing the supply chain is a requirement of the CTPAT program.
This basic-level course is designed to meet the CTPAT requirements for all employees who must understand, perform or otherwise comply with operational security measures. It will encompass all of the minimum security focus areas and the categories that "must" be met. We begin with the requirements for all CTPAT members and their business partners. The course continues by discussing the benefits, eligibility requirements, and specific criteria for customs brokers and ends with those specified for importers. The information regarding importers is included because MSC 12.5 requires that customs brokers must be able to explain CTPAT's security requirements to their importer clients, apprise them of critical program developments, and encourage them to become CTPAT members.
Important: This course also applies to supervisors and managers that do not have additional responsibilities for administering the CTPAT program for their company. Supervisors and managers that have the responsibility of setting-up, documenting, administering, and ensuring compliance with their company's CTPAT program should take S12u--CTPAT for Customs Broker Mangers, Supervisors and CTPAT Administrators. S12u contains more in-depth coverage including information on the application and proper completion of the security profile, certification, and validation requirements.
According to MSC 12.1, security training must be provided to employees, as required based on their functions and position, on a regular basis, and newly hired employees must receive this training as part of their orientation/job skills training. This course may be used for both initial and annual refresher training. When used for refresher training, students that have previously completed this course should be able to complete it in approximately half the time as initial training.
Please note: Because the implementation of CTPAT security measures varies somewhat by company, this course "as is" can provide only general-purpose coverage of these topics. For companies with more than a few people to train, we recommend customization of this training to add company-specific security policy and procedures to help staff understand the importance of the security measures in place. The GISTware system which hosts this training facilitates such customization; please contact us for specifics.
CTPAT is an ongoing compliance effort consisting of mandatory security requirements that must be met based on certain types of businesses in the supply chain. Why do companies want to participate in CTPAT? In this lesson we begin to look at the specific requirements for participation and benefits based on business type.
(Estimated study time: 1 hour 16 minutes)
This lesson will cover the categories in the three CTPAT minimum security criteria focus areas of Corporate Security, Transportation Security, People and Physical Security. There are two new categories in Corporate Security for the 2019 edition of CTPAT; Security Vision and Responsibility and Cybersecurity, as well as those that were already in play such as Risk Assessment and Business Partner Security. Transportation Security also has four categories; Conveyance and Instruments of International Traffic (IIT), Seal Security, Procedural Security and another new one, Agricultural Security. The focus area of people and physical security encompasses physical access controls, physical security, personnel security and what brought you to this training, education, training and awareness.
(Estimated study time: 2 hours 8 minutes)
In all of the previous lessons we covered the requirements in each category of the CTPAT minimum security requirements and specified the requirements that applied to all member entities of CTPAT. This lesson concentrates on the "must do" areas that are different for each entity, in this case customs brokers. Since customs brokers must also be able to educate importers on their CTPAT requirements, the last lesson following this will focus on the specific differences for importers.
(Estimated study time: 30 minutes)
In all of the previous lessons we covered the requirements in each category of the CTPAT minimum security requirements and specified the requirements that applied to all member entities of CTPAT. This lesson concentrates on the "must do" areas that are different for each entity, in this case importers.
(Estimated study time: 31 minutes)