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Certificate in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management (CHSCM)



Certification in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management (CHSCM) is offered as part of the Fritz Institute/CILT (UK) Humanitarian Logistics Certification Program. Humanitarian logisticians are called upon to provide responses in a variety of situations, sometimes planned for, but often happening without warning. In such situations, humanitarian logistics managers must have the ability to quickly construct and operate a supply chain to bring relief to those in need.

Developed with funding from DFID, ECHO and USAID, by experienced logisticians from ICRC, the International Rescue Committee, Medecins Sans Frontieres (Holland), Oxfam (GB), Save the Children (US), UNICEF, UNHCR, and WFP, CHSCM offers best practices in supply chain management from the humanitarian community, in combination with leading practices from the commercial sector and academia, in order to teach the essential planning and management skills required of humanitarian logistics managers.

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Who should participate?

CHSCM is aimed at humanitarian logisticians who are operating at a tactical level and are engaged in planning, resourcing and managing the supply chain and the implementation of supply chain strategy. Typically, candidates hold positions such as Logistics Coordinator, Logistics Manager and Head of Logistics. While there are no set academic prerequisites, candidates are required to have experience as well as knowledge in humanitarian logistics and operations. A quick checklist (available at confirms candidates’ suitability prior to enrollment. In some cases, candidates may be recommended to take Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) first; however, CHL alone does not provide sufficient qualification to take CHSCM. The self-paced distance learning is designed specifically for those presently working, with busy schedules, who require flexibility in their learning schedules. 

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How will you learn?

CHSCM uses the innovative ‘competence model’ approach, which emphasizes application of skills, as opposed to the examination of knowledge. At the start of the course, the candidate (or student) is inserted into a reality-based scenario in which they play a management role in a simulated humanitarian relief operation. The tasks they are requested to complete are designed to facilitate the development and demonstration of the required skills, as defined in the competence model.

Throughout the program, which is administered by the Logistics Learning Alliance (LLA), candidates are supported by LLA’s experienced and professional learning coaches. These coaches also assess candidates’ assignments and determine when they are ready to proceed to the next unit.

Candidates should expect to take 24 months to complete the program, studying approximately 10 hours per week. During that time, a portfolio documenting the candidate’s achievements and skills is compiled for submission at the end of the program to the awarding body (CILT-UK) for final assessment.

Course Fees

The course fee for the Certification in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management is £2000.00. If you wish to discuss the available instalment options, please contact us directly by email at or Skype us at admin_lla.

Is it possible to gain exemptions from any element of the course?

There are no exemptions listed for this programme.

New version launching 1st September 2017

Please note, a new version of the CHSCM Programme will be valid from 1st September 2017. All enrolments from 1st September onwards will be automatically enrolled on to the new Programme.

Why the change? 

There is an increasing trend to develop cash transfer mechanisms to people in need rather than direct aid commodities.  While this give the recipients the freedom of choice on what to do with the money, it also helps to maintain local supply chains. At the World Humanitarian Conference in 2016, the question asked of aid agencies was not ‘why use cash?’ but “Why not cash?” According to recent research from the Centre for Global Development, cash should be thought of as the “first best response to crisis” as a recent study found that 20% more people could be helped at no additional cost if people received cash.  Supply Chain Managers and Logisticians have a key role to play in both establishing these mechanisms and also in assessing the robustness of the local supply chain to support this modality.  It was felt by the Certification Advisory Group that the CHL and CHSCM programmes should reflect this content.

For more information, read our new course content guide here.