The Center of Excellence for Global Trade & Supply Chain Management is a partnership with Highline College, located in the Pacific Northwest in Des Moines, Washington, USA.
The Center of Excellence for Global Trade & Supply Chain Management is a partnership with Highline College, located in the Pacific Northwest in Des Moines, Washington, USA.

Workforce Development

Certificate in Maritime Management at Pacific Lutheran University begins March 25, 2017


This course will focus on the acquisition and application of maritime industry-specific knowledge with a managerial perspective. Participants will examine the strategic role of managers in maritime activity and business. Content includes shipping and transportation, law and regulation, as well as vessel and terminal operations.
Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of the course.


Spring 2017 Schedule


• March 25 (8:30a – 12:30p): The Maritime Industry: Global and Local
• April 1 (8:30a – 12:30p): Management Theory and Practice
• April 22 (8:30a – 12:30p): Vessel and Terminal Management
• April 29 (8:30a – 12:30p): Vessel and Terminal Operations: Part 1
• May 6 (8:30a – 12:30p): Maritime Law and Regulation
• May 20 (8a – 5p*): Vessel and Terminal Operations: Port of Tacoma On-site
* Time subject to change based on Port of Tacoma schedule

Customs Broker Exam Prep Course Slated for Summer 2017

A Customs Broker is licensed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to aid clients in the import and export of goods across the U.S. border.  Customs Brokers are industry-recognized experts in the business of international trade responsible for submitting required information and appropriate funds to CBP on behalf of their clients.

This 10-week course is designed to prepare participant to sit for and pass the Customs & Border Protection Customs Brokers License Exam. This prep course is a face-to face class, located at Highline Community College.  The class is slated to meet every Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for 10 Wednesdays...specific dates TBA.  The cost is $1499.  Click here.  Scroll to Professional Development - Customs Broker Exam Prep and see how to register as well as where to meet.


The exam is held twice a year at CBP service ports – on the 1st Monday in April and the 1st Monday in October. The exam is 4-hours, open-book and consists of 80 multiple-choice questions.  To obtain a broker’s license, an individual must be a U.S. Citizen, be at least 21 years old, not be a current U.S. government employee, be of good moral character, achieve a 75%+ on the Customs Broker License Examination, submit a broker license application with appropriate fees and pass CBP background check.


Course Materials:  A great source for purchasing the HTSUS, Boskage guarantees correct editions for all students who purchase their Required Testing Material Packages (or individual books for specific exams). Boskage offers a 10% discount for all exam-related products to all students attending training with Highline College when you use the code HCCCE.  (Note: Discount code must be in all caps and be sure to purchase the editions specific to the exam for which you are planning to study.)

Barbara Osborn, the Customs Broker instructor, brings over thirty years of experience in international trade.

She completed coursework in U.S. import regulations and international logistics through the Southern California International Trade Association. She is licensed by U.S. Customs to perform the duties of a Customs Broker. She has held various management positions at international companies, including a decade as a station manager for a large multinational freight forwarding firm. She has handled imports for clients such as Hasbro, Nintendo, and Sumitomo and has also developed expertise in exporting for many Washington companies. She currently works as a government compliance manager for a customs brokerage company in Seattle, Washington.