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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

The course fee is GBP1,630.00. VAT at 20% must be added if you are intending to study within the EU. For details of the latest instalment options, please contact us directly by email at or Skype us at admin_lla or complete the Contact Form above.


There are currently no exemptions listed for this programme.

New version launching 1st September 2017

Please note, a new version of the CHL 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.