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Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL)

About CHL

Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL)

CHL was developed by experienced logisticians from the International Rescue Committee, Save the Children, ICRC, Medecins Sans Frontieres (Holland), WFP, UNHCR, and UNICEF. The development of the program was funded by different bodies which include ECHO, USAID, and DFID.

The self-paced distance learning is designed specifically for those presently working, often in deep field locations, with busy schedules, who require flexibility in their learning schedules.

CHL is a self-paced program that is best suited for those that are presently working. The program puts together the best practices in the supply chain management and implementation from the commercial and humanitarian realms. It is best for those working in deep field locations and have tight schedules and would benefit from the convenience of a flexible learning schedule.

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What are the benefits?

The benefits of taking the CHL course present themselves in three tiers all of which impact each of the tiers from the student right down to the community they are working in.

For the Student For the Organisation For the Humanitarian Community
  • A broader understanding of the workings of the supply chain works and its role in the operation of humanitarian organisations and response.
  • Increasing your level of skill and confidence while out in the field.
  • You are exposed to the best practices based on expert training in the relevant fields.
  • Your vocabulary is standardised for easier understanding across board.
  • You become internationally recognised as a certificated professional logistician by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).
  • Organisations also benefit from taking their employees through the CHL course in the following ways;
  • Better retention and increased motivation of highly valuable personnel.
  • Better achievement of goals set out by the organization and enhanced support for different organisational programs.
  • IBetter intra and inter-organisational collaboration.
  • Better service delivery to all the beneficiaries.
  • Improved dedication to resolution and responsible problem-solving in the field level.
  • Other than being able to build the human capacity and expertise that is needed to make your organization successful, by extension, you’re also benefiting the humanitarian community that your organisation works in.
  • Enhanced results and service delivery to the end beneficiaries.
  • Continuous improvements through support of institutional knowledge retention.
  • Uniform vocabulary, processes, and standards across organizations.

How will you learn?

Unlike most models of applications that emphasises on the examination of knowledge, CHL employs an innovative ‘Competence model’ approach, which employs emphasis on the application of skill. At the beginning of the course, the student is tasked with the duty of advising and managing the logistic function of a reality-based scenario. The aim of the tasks you will be required to complete is to develop and show that you have the required skills in accordance with the competence model.

Logistics Learning Alliance, who deliver the programme ensure that candidates are supported by coaches that are experienced in logistics. While the coaches provide advice and guidance, qualified, professional Assessors review the assignments of each of the candidates and confirm their competence for Certification.

The entire program is 18 months long with study sessions lasting about 5 hours per week. Within the time you’re in the programme, your achievements and skills are documented through a portfolio which is finally reviewed by CILT (UK) the Certification awarding body once the programme has been completed.

Certifications Units

It is possible to study the Certification in Humanitarian Logistics Program individually. You can start by purchasing the units that are most essential to your operations and make additional purchases later if you find that you need them. For more details contact LLA on

Course Fees

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There are currently no exemptions listed for this programme.