APICS, the premier professional association for supply chain and operations management, announced the development of the APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) designation. The new certification program will set the global standard for logistics best practices and candidates completing the comprehensive program will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a broad range of logistics, transportation and distribution topics.
"APICS merged with American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L) earlier this year to better serve one of the fastest growing industries in the world – logistics," said APICS CEO, Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CAE, CPA. "The APICS CLTD is a direct result of our merger with AST&L and gave us an opportunity to provide our members and customers with more comprehensive content and training programs. Working with and developing the logistics content, we are able to extend APICS's value for individuals pursuing or advancing careers in logistics, transportation and distribution."
The new CLTD certification supersedes the Certified in Transportation and Logistics (CTL) certification program and is designed to provide logistics managers with a body of knowledge, best practices, technology know-how and standards for those in the logistics, transportation and distribution industries. The CLTD designation focuses on eight content areas:
- Logistics and Supply Chain Overview
- Capacity Planning and Demand Management
- Order Management
- Inventory and Warehouse Management
- Transportation Management
- Global Logistics Considerations
- Logistics Network Design
- Reverse Logistics and Sustainability
This new certification program—developed by APICS and subject matter experts—will offer new courseware, self-study and instructor-led learning options and a single computer-based exam delivered worldwide via a test center network.
Added Eshkenazi: "According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, transportation and logistics is the second largest employment sector in the United States with more than six million people, which directly impacts the cost of goods that everyone buys. Additionally, it's projected that the field will generate 270,000 new jobs through 2018, which equates to more than 10 percent of all new jobs in America1. As an industry, we need to build a network of certifying entities that generate new and valuable certifications to enhance the career advancement of our workforce."
The APICS CLTD designation is aimed to serve the needs of both professionals and employers around the world and lessen the impact of the industry skills gap. Much like the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and Supply Chain Operations Reference Professional (SCOR-P) designations, the CLTD will be globally recognized and support professional advancement. The CLTD also sets the global standard for logistics best practices, and assists employers in developing the personnel needed to meet customer demand.
The CLTD program is planned to launch in the second quarter of 2016. For details on the program's availability, please visit here. The website also provides details on APICS other logistics programs including the Global Logistics Associate (GLA) endorsement and the CTL program which will be discontinued at year end. For more information on the new certification, visit the landing page here.