Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL)

Become a certified humanitarian logistics professional by enrolling on the Fritz/CILT(UK)'s Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL).

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Re-launched as “CHL v3” in September 2017, CHL teaches the base principles of logistics and supply chain operations in the humanitarian context. The programme looks at the world of humanitarian aid and specifically at how the logistics function enables humanitarian organizations to achieve their aims and objectives.

A key aim of the programme is to increase the proficiency and expertise of humanitarian logisticians working at an operational level.

Examples of the fundamentals CHL teaches include;

  • How to calculate warehouse space requirements; 
  • How to manage a procurement process; and, 
  • How to develop a transport schedule. 

The course has been designed for total flexibility and is delivered on-line which means you can enrol at any time wherever you are in the world.

Target Audience

The course is targeted to entry- to mid-level logistics managers working at an operational-level within their organizations as well as commercial sector logisticians with an interest in working in the humanitarian sector.

Study Time

CHL is designed to be completed in 1½ years, working approximately 5 hours per week.  It is available in both English and French*.  There are no pre-requisites for CHL.  You do not need to be currently employed or affiliated with a humanitarian organization to partake in this course although this would be an advantageous. 

New Unit on Cash Transfer Programming

Humanitarian aid in a physical form, such as some food or a tent, or as a service, it is referred to as ‘in-kind’.  This term is also used to refer to donations of goods or services, i.e. not cash, which organizations receive from donors.   ‘In-kind’ is considered a transfer modality – one where beneficiaries receive a physical good or a service.  The two other primary modalities used by humanitarian organizations today are cash and vouchers. 

Cash transfer programming (CTP) is the standard term used to refer to humanitarian programs using cash or vouchers as the modality for assisting beneficiaries.  Alternative terms for the same type of programming are ‘cash-based interventions’ (CBI), ‘cash and vouchers’, and simply ‘cash’.

Details of fees

For details of the current course fee and payment options, please contact CILT(UK) on enquiry@hlcertification.org. The professional team there will be able to answer all of your questions concerning the programme.  The fees quoted will include all course materials, coach support and final assessment, licences and management fees.

CILT Learner Affiliate Membership

CHL Learners receive complementary Learner Affiliate membership of CILT(UK). This gives privileged access to a range of benefits and services, as outlined below, designed to help and support them throughout their studies and future careers. If Learners are already members of CILT(UK), they retain their existing member grade. This membership is valid for the entire duration of their study, within their 3 year registration period.

The Knowledge Centre – This gives Learners access to journals, reports, research and benchmarking available online and in hard copy (hard copies only available in the UK), which will prove invaluable when researching, revising and writing subject matter.

Webshop – Benefitting from discounts on over 180 publications, which can be purchased through the Webshop.

Logistics & Transport Focus – Monthly online copies of the leading magazine covering disciplines of logistics, passenger transport, transport planning and supply chain management - each issue is full of topical articles, reports and case studies, which will help with much of a Learners research. 

Weekly News Bulletin  –  the Institute's weekly e-newsletter brings Learners updates on the latest events nationally as well as the latest industry news from their sector, giving them the chance to have your say on current topics.

CPD Online – an online tool to help Learners identify their development needs and detail how they plan how they can be met during their study.

Careers Service – our Careers Service offers Learners a dedicated career consultant who can help them with a CV review to assist them in making that crucial first impression count with potential employers, as well as free downloads to help with the job search and interview coaching to help them get that job. (UK based) 

Legal Helpline – as a member Learners can receive personal legal advice and support with immediate, clear and concise guidance from a professional and qualified service that understands their needs. This resource is available to members 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. (UK based) 

Events – Engage with a wealth of knowledge and information, plus network with professionals at the renowned CILT Annual Conference, lecture series and specialised events.

Appointments Online – use our advanced search facility to find their ideal job.

What our students say:

“I believe the course has imparted some excellent skills that I have applied in each new role that I’ve undertaken (even though they have all been outside the field of humanitarian logistics). I had very little understanding of this area when I first started out and I feel like the course gave me an incredible overview of the entire supply chain. For me it is important to have an idea of all aspects of the supply chain and how they interact so I found the whole course relevant. All tasks were well designed – each one built on the other and created a logical ‘story’.

I have adapted my general approach to project management as I found many of the lessons learnt relevant and applicable to general project management and, therefore, the various roles I have been in even though they were all outside the field of humanitarian logistics. Tasks could generally be completed in a day to a week depending on complexity and coverage. Completing this course has given me the confidence to seek work in this field. I feel like I have been well equipped with a sound understanding of how this operations work as well as an idea of how practicalities could turn out (given the simulation nature of the course). Further, I have a highly recognisable qualification, which is considered an industry standard and very highly regarded within the field. I found the course highly enjoyable and interesting. I always felt really well supported and really appreciated the flexibility that was afforded me in completing the course.” Lauren Barnard, CHL graduate.

“I feel privileged to have had access to this exclusive group of logistics professionals. The cognitive process I went through with the brilliant guidance of my tutor, the newsletters, the administrative help of the student support unit, the peer support from the FB group. Personally and professionally I am now able to service the beneficiaries of humanitarian actions in an effective and efficient manner. I am grateful for this opportunity and for the goal of empowerment of the logistics professionals through high academic and practice education.” Sonia Aranda, CHL graduate

» Informations sur la Certification en Logistique Humanitaire (CLH)

» Click here for the full details in the CHL Course Information Sheet

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