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APICS Launches New CLTD Certification

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Written by Jennifer K. Daniels, APICS

APICS launched the definitive global standard for logistics best practices in 2016, the APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution (CLTD) credential program, which will elevate knowledge and skills in logistics, transportation, and distribution practitioners. 

But why did we see the need for this new certification? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, transportation and logistics is the second largest employment sector in the United States, employing more than six million people. The field is expected to generate 270,000 new jobs annually through at least 2018 – that’s more than 10 percent annually of all new jobs in America for the next few years. And this growth is not limited to the U.S. either. According to a PwC report, India’s transportation and logistics sector is expected to require 25 million employees by 2022, and the shortage of skilled employees in South Africa’s industry is already stifling overall economic growth.

With this level of growth around the globe, the industry is struggling to find and train quality employees in the field of logistics, transportation, and distribution. The market needs a certification based on a single, standardized body of knowledge that reflects the most important skills, tasks, and abilities for individuals pursuing or advancing a career in logistics, transportation and distribution. The CLTD is that certification.

The new APICS CLTD designation, which is earned by passing one comprehensive exam, focuses on eight modules covering critical areas in logistics, transportation, and distribution for logistics managers:

  • Logistics and Supply Chain Overview
  • Capacity Planning and Demand Management
  • Order Management
  • Inventory and Warehouse Management
  • Transportation Management
  • Global Logistics Considerations
  • Logistics Network Design
  • Reverse Logistics and Sustainability


As with all APICS designations, the APICS CLTD certification aims to serve the needs of young professionals, as well as more experienced professionals, around the world to lessen the impact of the industry skills gap. To learn more about the APICS CTLD, including further information about exam content, applying to take the exam, and maintenance requirements, visit http://www.apics.org/careers-education-professional-development/certification/cltd.

The CLTD joins the respected APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) programs and furthers APICS’s position as the leading organization for end-to-end supply chain research, education, and certification.

Learn more about the CLTD classes offered at APICS NoCo here.