At LLA, we provide a wide range of courses in both the Humanitarian Logistics and Commercial Logistics sectors, ranging from entry to senior management levels. Easily the most common question we receive from prospective students is “which is the right course for me to study?”.
In this blog, we will take a look at the different Humanitarian Programmes available, and which would be most suitable for you depending on your level of experience. Firstly, we will have a look at the Fritz-CILT Humanitarian Logistics Certification Programmes, which are formally recognised courses studied through online, distance learning.
Working at operational level? Looking to move into humanitarian logistics?
If you are someone who has experience of working at operational level to deliver humanitarian aid to beneficiaries, or if you have no previous experience of working within the sector and want to develop an understanding of how a humanitarian relief effort works, then the Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) is the ideal Programme for you. The Programme focusses on core areas including Warehousing & Inventory, Procurement, Transport, Fleet Management and Cash Transfer Programming (CTP).
Working in the cold chain?
If you work within the medical supply chain and/or cold chain for an NGO, humanitarian organisation or a company that supports or produces medical supplies for relief efforts, or if you have logistical experience and are looking to learn more about medical logistics, the Certification in Humanitarian Medical Logistics Practices (MedLog) would be the perfect course for you. There are no academic pre-requisites to joining the programme. Logisticians without experience of medical logistics or the cold chain may be recommended to take the CHL programme first.
Working at strategic level?
If you are an experienced Logistician operating at a tactical level and are engaged in planning, resourcing and managing the supply chain and the implementation of supply chain strategy, or if you have graduated from the CHL Programme, the Certification in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management (CHSCM) would be the most suitable course for you. Typically, suitable CHSCM candidates hold positions such as Logistics Coordinator, Logistics Manager and Head of Logistics.
Looking for face-to-face training?
As an alternative to our distance learning options, we also offer our face-to-face training sessions, the Humanitarian Essentials Logistics Module (HELM). If you are looking to understand the essential functions and roles within humanitarian logistics and the supply chain, HELM is an ideal course for you. HELM Events are generally 4-5 days in duration, and these events are held primarily across Africa with other locations available on request.
HELM 1 is ideal for those looking at what could be seen as the core foundation stones of supply chain and logistics, covering the key essentials: Supply Chain, Warehouse & Inventory and Fleet & Transport. HELM 2 is the ideal next step for those looking to develop their understanding of how Procurement and Medical Logistics fit within the Supply Chain, and also includes key skills for managers and leaders. HELM 3 is the advanced Programme for those in supervisor or management roles, covering key areas such as Cash Transfer Programming (CTP), Phases of Humanitarian Response and Team Management.
We hope that this blog has helped you to decide which Humanitarian Programme is the right one for you. If you have any questions or would like more information about any of these courses, please contact us.
In our next blog, we will have a look at the different Commercial Programmes available.