Export control training for exporters of strategic goods
Training courses available to UK exporters of strategic (military and dual-use) goods.
The Export Control Organisation (ECO), part of the Department for International Trade (DIT), is the UK’s regulatory strategic export licensing authority responsible for issuing licences for military and dual-use items.
ECO is committed to providing a comprehensive programme of seminars and workshops to help exporters better understand the controls and their responsibilities. We can provide both scheduled and bespoke training, charged at a modest fee.
This guide provides a brief overview of the scheduled courses offered by the ECO, in-house company training options, details of online films and e-learning courses. You can also view the latest edition of the export control training bulletin.
Export Control Organisation training courses
ECO runs a range of courses designed to extend the knowledge and awareness of all exporters about their legal responsibilities in the field of export controls on military and dual-use goods:
- beginners workshop
- intermediate seminar
- making better licence applications
- control list classification and use of the checker tools workshop
Beginners workshop on export controls
A half-day course for those either new to the subject or who only require a broad overview. This event is held about 8 times a year, at regional venues as well as in London.
Intermediate seminar on export controls
A full-day event comprising a series of formal presentations. It is aimed at those who already have a basic knowledge of the controls and/or those who only require a broad overview. This workshop is held approximately 8 times a year, at regional venues as well as in London.
Please note that although beginners and intermediate events are held on consecutive days at a particular venue, ECO do not recommend attendance at both as the material covered is similar and there is a necessary degree of repetition.
Making better export licence applications
On this half-day workshop, attendees will be taken step by step through the licence application process on SPIRE (ECO’s licence application database). These workshops are held in London, usually 1 each month.
Control list classification and use of the checker tools
This is a full-day workshop. The objective is to give attendees confidence in identifying control list entries that specify their products. It is aimed at those who already have some knowledge of the rating process - those who are not very familiar with export controls would benefit from attending a more general course first.
Separate workshops are held on classifying military and dual-use goods. Please ensure you register for the appropriate event. These workshops are held in London at about 6-week intervals.
How to book an export control course
To book a training session delivered by the ECO, download the latest ECO training bulletin, complete the form, and return to:
Export Control Organisation
1 Victoria Street
Telephone 020 7215 4459
Fax 020 7215 0531
Contact for queries about strategic export control training for exporters.
By completing the booking form, ECO assumes that you:
- have read and understood the level of training on offer
- know that you will be charged for each event
- are aware of the cancellation conditions
Once you have submitted the booking form, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt within 5 working days. This will also indicate whether the ECO have been able to reserve you a place. This acknowledgement will be sent by email so please ensure that you provide an accurate and clearly written email address.
Full details (of venue, timings and a full attendance list) for the course will be sent, again by email, to those registered, about 2 weeks before the course date. If you have registered to attend a course and have not received these details 5 working days before the course, then please contact ECO.
Unless indicated, all prices are charged inclusive of VAT.
Payment can be made either by invoice or by cheque.
If you choose to pay by invoice, it is essential that you provide a purchase order (PO) number in advance and before ECO can confirm attendance at your chosen event. Payment is invoiced after the event.
Please note that ECO cannot accept payment by credit, debit or charge card.
You must cancel the reservation in writing or by email at least 5 working days before the event date. If ECO has confirmed your training place and you do not cancel at least 5 working days beforehand you will incur a charge and will be invoiced accordingly.
If the ECO has to cancel a training course or event, any attendance fees already paid will be reimbursed without undue delay or used as credit for a future course. As ECO only makes a nominal charge for attendance on its training courses to cover its basic costs, any further claims on the part of the delegate are excluded.
Bespoke export control training
Besides the provision of scheduled courses, the ECO can also provide in-house, bespoke training at a company premises on request. This training concerns UK export licensing legislation of military and dual-use goods. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, Training Administrator.
Cost of bespoke export control training
The cost of the bespoke training is currently a flat rate charge of £750 + VAT (for half day) or £1,000 + VAT (for full day).
This cost covers the initial training event design, preparation of tailored presentation materials, presentation handouts for staff (where requested) and any necessary travel and accommodation costs.
Terms and conditions
If you are interested in this training option, then you should note the following conditions:
- ECO is only able to provide training for a minimum number of 10 trainees
- you may be charged a penalty if fewer than 10 people attend a bespoke course
Further information on bespoke export control training
For more details about this option, please contact Denise Carter, ECO Awareness Co-ordinator either by emailing: email@example.com or call 020 7215 4459.
e-Learning in export controls
Export controls webinars
Open to Export is the online community helping UK businesses get ready to sell overseas. Backed by government and business, it is a not for profit social enterprise dedicated to helping UK companies grow through export.
Open to Export has produced a number of webinars specifically for exporters of strategic goods:
- overcoming barriers to trade – what you need to know about export controls
- how do I know if my goods are on a control list?
- what licence do I need to export?
- applying for export licences – what you need to know
Online training modules
A series of training modules developed by the Export Group for Aerospace, Defence and Dual-use (EGADD) and Cranfield University’s Defence Management and Leadership Group at the Defence Academy is also available to ECO customers.
Together EGAD and Cranfield University provide online training for the UK defence industry to support responsible exporting and demonstrate a commitment to compliance.
Download further details about the online export control training programmes provided by Cranfield University and EGAD on the Strategic Export Controls website.
ECO considers that working through the modules would be beneficial to those wishing to learn more about export control, but, as the modules have not been developed by ECO, DIT can give no warranty as to their content.
ECO will have no liability for any losses incurred as a result of relying on any information included in the modules. The views or opinions expressed in the material appearing in the modules are not necessarily those of ECO or associated government departments. Use of the modules is subject to any applicable terms and conditions.
ECO is grateful to EGAD and Cranfield University for making its material available for training purposes, but acknowledges that other similar training courses may be available elsewhere.
Export control films
ECO has produced 2 films which provide a short overview about strategic export controls and your responsibilities as an exporter of controlled military or dual-use items.
A short 8-minute introductory film which emphasises that export control is a serious responsibility which affects us all. It explains briefly what is controlled and why. It also outlines the criteria against which all licence applications are judged. Find out more and take appropriate action where necessary.
Open licence audits explained
This film explains what to expect from and how to prepare for ECO compliance audits. These audits are a requirement of exporters registered for either an Open General Licence (OGL), EU General Export Authorisation (EU GEA) or Open Individual Export Licence (OIEL).
The film emphasises best practice in compliance with open licences. It features interviews with compliance audit officers and also features a fictional company faced with an audit, to demonstrate what to expect from the process.
Watching the films
Both films can also be watched on YouTube. Watch the official videos featuring the work of BIS on their YouTube channel.
What to do next?
ECO is here to help. It provides practical guidance and advice for exporters of strategic controlled items (whether individuals, academics, sole-traders or companies) via the export control pages on this website. For instance, you can find out more from Do I need an export licence?
We also recommend that you subscribe to the ECO’s Notices to Exporters email service.
DIT ECO Helpline
- 020 7215 4594 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Published: 10 August 2012
Updated: 1 September 2016
- Content updated to reflect recent changes to government departments.
- Added links to new webinars, under 'e-learning'.
- Redirected links to the events database and to the current ECO Training Bulletin published on the BIS website. Clarified further details about booking an ECO course.
- First published.
Related guides: UK Strategic Export Control Lists Compliance and enforcement of export controls Open General Licences: an overview Get the right licences for international trading Do I need an export licence? Overview of export control legislation Making better licence applications