Certification in

Humanitarian Logistics


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

Course fee:
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.

Course Delivery:
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.

For further information please contact us at: hlcregistrations@logisticslearningalliance.com. Alternatively, you can complete our enquiry form at the link below:

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 first unit introduces the world of humanitarian aid and specifically the operation of the supply chain in enabling humanitarian organizations to achieve their aims and objectives.

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
The role of warehouse and inventory management is to make the goods available to be delivered. To help with making the goods available, warehouses are used to store goods between the times of delivery from suppliers until the goods are required to be delivered into the next stage in the supply chain and, ultimately, to the beneficiaries. The function of warehouse and inventory management;

Setting up a warehouse
Managing warehouse operations
The provision and care of warehouse operations
Managing inventory

Unit 3: Procurement
Procurement is a key part of the supply chain process; it ensures that required good and services are sourced and obtained. To achieve this, it is important that people carrying out procurement build relationships with people who are requesting goods and services as well as with the suppliers who provide the goods and services.

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 unit looks at aspects of international and local movements and the modes of transport available. It considers the role of third parties in assisting in the movements and in the use of outsourced transport providers. International and local movements;

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
This unit examines the function of fleet management in humanitarian supply chains, the selection of vehicles and equipment and the setting up of systems and procedures necessary to monitor and manage a fleet of vehicles.

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)
Cash transfer programming (CTP) is the standard term used to refer to humanitarian programmes using cash or vouchers as the mode for assisting beneficiaries in preference to direct aid.

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
Monitoring CTP
Working with Others

Unit 7: Managing a Humanitarian Supply Chain Response
If humanitarian operations are to successfully meet the twin needs of achieving what they are planned to do within the resources allocated, there needs to be good management.

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.

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