Online Training Courses

UNCTAD offers two courses on NTMs, whose content, target audience and prerequisites are described below.



The objective of the course on Non-tariff Measures and Data Collection is to increase the understanding of the classification of NTMsand the collection of NTM data.

The course is structured as follows:

Module 1: Introduction to NTMs and data collection

Module 2: Classification of NTMs

Module 3: Product classification

Module 4: Guidelines for the collection of data on official NTMs

Module 5: Data classification and storage template Please note that in order to successfully complete course activities, participants should plan to dedicate at least 10 hours per week throughout the duration of the seven-week course.


The course targets two specialized audiences:

  • Data collectors directly working with NTMs.
  • Government officials, researchers and representatives of the private sector who want to strengthen their understanding of NTMs, use NTM data, and/or who are or may be involved in the design or negotiation of policies related to NTMs.

Course Prerequisites:

Candidates must hold a Master's Degree in Economics, Law, or International Relations. Applications may also be accepted from students enrolled in such programmes who hold a Bachelor's degree in one of these fields. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel, excellent knowledge of English and familiarity with government/ministry structures responsible for setting regulations is also required.

Grading and Certificate:

In order to pass, participants must receive an average grade of at least 70 per cent in the quizzes of each module. An "UNCTAD Certified Non-Tariff Measure Data Collector" certificate will be awarded to participants who have successfully completed the course. The top graduates of the online course will become part of the UNCTAD NTM consultancy roster, and may be considered for future data collection or related work.



The objective of the course on Economic Analysis of Non-Tariff Measures is to provide participants with the empirical tools needed to assess the impact of NTMs on trade and welfare. A hands-on technical course, the emphasis will be on the manipulation of data and the use of econometric tools.

Impact assessment of different NTMs is indispensable for the formulation of a consistent and pro-sustainable-development trade policy. NTMs, including regulations such as product quality and safety requirements, have been playing an increasing role in international trade because of the reduction in tariffs, and growing consumer concerns about food safety and quality, and environmental protection.


The course targets researchers from universities, research centres, and governmental and non-governmental institutions in developing and transition countries involved in the research and teaching of international trade and trade policy, interested in enhancing their quantitative skills and conducting policy-relevant research on NTMs as they relate to their countries.

Qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. The number of participants is limited in order to ensure appropriate support throughout the course.

Course Prerequisites:

Applicants must hold a Master's degree in Economics or Econometrics; or a Master's degree in Statistics or Finance, with a Bachelor's degree in Economics or Econometrics. Knowledge of the statistical software STATA and excellent English skills are also required.

Grading and certificate:

Participants with passing grades in the course will receive a digital certificate of completion. The top 10 course graduates will receive a copy of the UNCTAD/World Trade Organization book, “A Practical Guide to Trade Policy Analysis”, published by the Virtual Institute.

Thanks to the support of UNCTAD’s Trade Analysis Branch and the Virtual Institute, the selected participants will be exempt from the fees associated with access to the course and the e-tutoring services provided.

Participants will also receive the course materials and other relevant literature on CD/DVD free of charge. The course was developed with the financial support of the Government of Finland, the One UN Fund for Tanzania and the Russian Federation for the Transparency in Trade Initiative.


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