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Course Summary

The practitioner-level training course gives learners the foundation for conducting jurisdiction and classification assessments by analyzing the critical factors to be considered-- which are not always explicit in the regulations-- and the methods for conducting such assessments. The factors include the differences between the philosophies of the ITAR and EAR when reviewing items, analysis of the pivotal definitions to understand when information is export-controlled, guidance on the issue of ITAR contamination of non-U.S. items, and tips for reading the control lists. The course also discusses the role effective jurisdiction and classification plays in a company’s compliance program including best practices for documenting the determination process.    

Users will receive a certificate of completion from George Mason University upon successful completion of this course.

Learning Objectives

The broadest objective of this course is to enable learners to recognize the expected steps in conducting a jurisdiction and classification assessment and the factors which impact the result of an assessment. This broad objective is satisfied when they can:


  • Understand the different philosophies regarding the control of technical information under the ITAR and the EAR.
  • Recall when the different regulatory terms are applicable.
  • Identify technical information that may be export-controlled and review for classification.
  • Remember that U.S.-origin technical information can contaminate a non-U.S. product or information.
  • Understand the requirements for marking technical information as export-controlled.  
  • Recognize when a jurisdiction and classification assessment needs to be updated or re-assessed.
  • Know that documenting the decision-making process and rationale is critical to successful compliance.


  • Understand that they may be responsible for conducting or validating jurisdiction and classification assessments.
  • Recognize that they may be asked to assist a vendor in conducting a jurisdiction and classification assessment.
  • Understand that they may be responsible for ensuring the appropriate recordkeeping is maintained for a jurisdiction and classification assessment.

Target Audience

Employees who are responsible for or involved in conducting jurisdiction and classification assessments. Employees who are responsible for determining if technical information is export-controlled or marking export-controlled technical data and technology. These learners could include engineers due to the technical nature of the control lists but can include employees from other business functions.

Course Duration: 3 Hours, 25 Minutes

Certificate of Completion: George Mason University

Course Outline

Introduction to U.S. Export Classification for Practitioners

  • Regulatory Overview
    • Layout of the ITAR
    • Layout of the EAR
  • Jurisdiction and Classification
  • Regulated Activities

Jurisdiction and Classification

  • Methods of Classification
    • Elements of a Commodity (CJ) Request
    • Elements of a CCATS Requests
    • Encryption CCATS
  • Order of Review
    • U.S. Munitions List (USML) Review
    • USML Category Specific Scenarios
    • Commerce Control List (CCL) Scope and Structure
    • CCL Order of Review
    • 600 Series
    • 9x515 Series
    • CCL Entry Specific Scenarios
    • Specially Design Review
  • Other Jurisdiction and Classification Considerations
    • Tips, Triggers and Common Mistakes
  • Identification of Technical Data/Technology
    • Definition of ITAR Technical Data
    • Definition of EAR Technology
    • Marking of Technical Data/Technology
    • Determining Derivative Data
  • Documentation and Reassessment
    • Company Specific Entry

Regulated Activities

  • Key Definitions
    • U.S. and Foreign Persons- ITAR
    • U.S. and Foreign Persons- EAR
    • Export
    • Export
    • Defense Article
    • Item
    • Technical Data
    • Technology
    • Defense Service
  • Internal Activities
    • Visitors


  • ITAR Authorizations
  • EAR Authorizations
    • Technical Data Approved for Public Release

Authorization Management

  • Recordkeeping and Reporting

Customs Clearance

Trade Compliance

  • Identifying and Disclosing Potential Violations
    • What constitutes a violation under the ITAR
    • Consequences of non-compliance with the ITAR
    • Notification of Potential Violations within your company

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