Earning Your AZS

Earning and maintaining the AZS is a two-part process. All candidates must meet eligibility requirements prior to submitting an application. Once you have earned the credential, you must maintain it by fulfilling designation renewal requirements every three years.

Apply for the AZS

Requirements

Qualifying Work Experience

You have been employed in the foreign-trade zone field for at least five years.

Qualifying Professional Development Activities

Any continuing professional education offered by NAFTZ may be acceptable toward the professional development requirement.

Acceptable Professional Development Activities Include:

1. Confirmed attendance at least five NAFTZ educational conferences, seminars, or webinars over the last five years. (Note: For those new to the industry, we strongly recommend the Fundamentals of FTZ Seminar or the Fundamentals Track.)
2. NAFTZ endorsed events: AZS candidates can submit one of the following NAFTZ endorsed events for consideration:

  • Puerto Rico Foreign Trade Zone Seminar 2013 hosted by Puerto Rico GUIA
  • Puerto Rico Foreign Trade Zone Seminar 2015 hosted by Puerto Rico GUIA
  • Puerto Rico Foreign Trade Zone Seminar 2017 hosted by Puerto Rico GUIA

Qualifying Leadership Activities

1 out of the 3 below or a combined 100% by weighted average meets this requirement:

  • Participation as a Speaker/Moderator at five NAFTZ educational conferences or seminars over the past five years. (Each speaking/moderating engagement accounts for 20% of total.) Event name and dates must be included on your application.
  • Active involvement* in a NAFTZ committee during the past 2 years. (Each year of active involvement accounts for 50% of total.) Itemization of activities undertaken in which the individual made a significant contribution and a recommendation from the committee chair must be attached with application.
  • Publication of at least three articles concerning FTZ operations within the past 5 years in a regional or national trade publication. (Each article accounts for 33.3% of total.) Attach copies of published articles as published as part of the application.

*What do we mean by “active” committee involvement?

A committee can be one of the most productive tools that the association has to work with. Whether one is chairing a committee or is a committee member, he or she faces the challenge of getting involved in the work the committee was formed to accomplish. Being an “active” committee member involves understanding the committee, understanding your role, and being able to commit your time, abilities, and energy. Determine in advance how and when you will contribute. The work or activities that committee members can participate in varies by committee, but typically includes taking part in an outreach or promotional effort or volunteering time at an NAFTZ event. Before submitting an AZS application, contact your committee chair to confirm active participation and to ask him or her to write a recommendation letter.

Fees

$300 for NAFTZ members/$600 for nonmembers


Renewing Your AZS

AZS holders maintain their knowledge and credential by fulling the designation renewal requirements every three years. Application and payment are on the date of your credential expiration.

Renew Your AZS

Renewal Requirement

Confirmed attendance at least three NAFTZ educational conferences, seminars, or webinars over the last five years.

Fees

$150 for NAFTZ members/$300 for nonmembers

Promoting Your Designation:

Congratulations, you’ve achieved your designation! Now what? It’s time to start marketing yourself as an accredited AZS professional to your employer, colleagues, and new foreign-trade zone professionals.

 

How To Get Started

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Share your achievement with your boss.

Convey your value by talking openly about your accomplishments.

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Include your credential in all communications

Your designation creates a positive image and increases awareness of your professionals. Start using the acronym of your credential after your name in email signatures, business cards, directories and listings, and Facebook. LinkedIn, and Twitter postings.

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Post social media updates about your credential

Tell your friends, family, followers and fans about your designation on Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter.

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Display your certificate.

Frame and hang your certificate in a high-traffic area of your office.

Questions?

Contact Jarmila Zapata at 202-331-1950 x224 or jzapata@naftz.org