Based on the Sphere standards, the Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) is aimed at people who work (or aspire to work) within humanitarian aid organisations in (or interacting with) supply functions, typically involving warehousing, transport and/or inventory.
A typical CHL student will either be involved in Humanitarian Aid Logistics at an operational level or considering entering the profession at this level. The self-paced distance learning is designed specifically for those presently working, often in deep field locations, with busy schedules and require flexibility in their learning schedules.
If you are a more experienced Humanitarian Logistician with around 5 years of experience in the field, you might want to consider the Certification in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management (CHSCM) Programme as a more suitable course to study to help build on your existing experience and skills.
What are the benefits?
For the: Student
Professional training based on best practices
Broad understanding of the supply chain, its functions and how it fits into the overarching humanitarian organisations and response
Increased skill and confidence level
Standard vocabulary and common understanding world-wide
Internationally-recognised professional qualification from CILT (UK)
For the: Organisation
Improved programmes support and achievement of organizational goals
Increased motivation and retention of key personnel
More ownership and responsibility to find solutions taken at the field level
Increased collaboration and understanding throughout the organization and with its partners
Ultimately results in improved service to end beneficiaries
For the: Humanitarian Community
Raises the profile of logistics internally and externally
Establishes a community of professionals world-wide
Creates common processes, standards and vocabulary across organisations
Supports retention of institutional knowledge to enable continuous improvements
Ultimately results in improved service to end beneficiaries
Course Fee & Registration
GBP760.00 (VAT at 20% must be added to this fee for those studying within the United Kingdom or European Union)
Average course duration:
Can be completed within 6 months, if student can submit one assignment per week.
This is a supported distance learning, online programme – ideally suited for those who need flexibility to fit their studying around their own work and other commitments.
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How will you learn?
The CHL Programme consists of self-guided practice activities and coach-based learning assignments designed to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to be a competent, professional Humanitarian Logistician.
Students will complete a series of scenario-based tasks on core logistics topics in two unique ways:
CHL: Humanitarian Logistics Self-Guided Practice: Students will review online learning materials based on realistic case study scenarios to answer assessment activities and questions. Students can complete the self-guided practice on their computer or mobile device anytime, anywhere through the DisasterReady.org portal.
Coach-Based Assignments: Students complete a series of assignments based on a realistic case study scenario to demonstrate their skills. A professional Logistics coach from LLA reviews the assignments, provides feedback, and answers questions. The coach-based assignments are managed by LLA.
How do you achieve certification?
Upon successful completion of both the self-guided practice and the coach-based assignments, students will be awarded the Certification in Humanitarian Logistics qualification, which will be provided as a digital certificate that is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK).
What will you learn?
Unit 1: Humanitarian Supply Chains
The situations and places in the world where humanitarian aid is required
The objectives and activities of humanitarian organizations and other participants
Supporting beneficiary service programmes
The role of logistics and supply chain management in humanitarian aid
Preparing humanitarian supply chains
Improving humanitarian supply chains
Unit 2: Warehousing and Inventory
Setting up a warehouse
Managing warehouse operations
The provision and care of warehouse operations
Unit 3: Procurement
The function of procurement and the procurement process
The sourcing of goods and services
The different stages of the procurement process
Progress monitoring and control
Monitoring of supplier performance
Management of risk in international transactions
The requirements of international trade and commerce including INCO terms
The documentation used when importing and exporting
Unit 4: Transport
The different modes of transport available and their respective characteristics
The role of third parties and of third party transport providers
The nature of transport movements
The goods to be moved and their planning and scheduling
Unit 5: Fleet Management
The function of fleet management
Fleet management systems and procedures
Planning a fleet to meet programmes needs
Processes for selecting suitable vehicles, equipment and facilities
Procedures for repair and maintenance and the value of preventative maintenance systems
Systems for measuring and monitoring the performance of the fleet
Recruitment selection and management of drivers
Compliance with legislation and security requirements
The management of non-vehicle assets
Unit 6: Cash Transfer Programming (CTP)
Assessments, Analyses, & Building to Decision Making
The Retail Market Assessment
The Procurement Options Analysis
The Operational Design Options Analysis
Feeding into the Programme Analyses
CTP & Competitive Procurement
Working with Others
Unit 7: Managing a Humanitarian Supply Chain Response
Previous units looked at setting up and operating warehouses, managing transport, procuring goods and services, setting up and managing a fleet, and importing and exporting goods. This unit looks at how the different elements of logistics and supply chain are brought together, along with techniques to manage the operational resources and personnel involved.