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Trade Disputes Drive Need for Skilled Logistics and Transport Professionals

By BCShippingNews 15 August 2018
Trade Disputes Drive Need for Skilled Logistics and Transport Professionals
APICS Offers New Certification Opportunities In Canada

Rapid change in currency values, market outlook, volatility in freight markets, fuel and commodity prices, trade disputes, technology, and new consumer trends are all having a dramatic impact on organizations of all size. Thus, uncertainty is a significant factor facing both public and private sector shippers that rely on their transport providers for their inbound materials needs or to reach outbound customers. Organizations need to take a proactive approach to establish customer service level that will get the right product, to the right market, in the proper condition, at the right time while lowering costs. 

A practical and future-oriented supply chain perspective requires consideration of how the people responsible for logistics, transportation, and distribution functions can obtain the leading edge skills to make a positive impact on an organization's bottom line and improving customer service levels. APICS certification in logistics, transportation, and distribution can be a valuable part of your professional development toolbox because the professional training provides solutions.

APICS is the premier professional association for supply chain and operations management and the leading provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation, and resilience.

Offering the course on Vancouver Island for the first time this fall, Ron Taggart Instructor at Camosun College (the APICS education partner on Vancouver Island) suggested that obtaining the CLTD designation will help individuals:

  • Master the essential knowledge required for today’s supply chain best practices.
  • Effectively use the tools needed to help reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction.
  • Remain current with domestic and global logistics trends and developments.
  • Expand their outlook and enable new ideas to be successfully introduced into their organization, or a new employment opportunity.

“The CLTD designation signifies that individuals are job ready and consequently able to assume work responsibilities and contribute positively to team outcomes,” said Rajeev Saxena Director – Branch Western Canada, MSC Shipping. “The credential indicates to employers that individuals are prepared for roles spanning the critical knowledge areas.  Employers know that the expertise resulting from the CILTD designation is a valuable way to train staff, so the supply chain performance of the organized is improved.

Launched in 2016, the APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution (CLTD) course provides a substantial body of knowledge, best practices, and standards for individuals with logistics, transportation and distribution responsibilities or career goals.  APICS worked alongside industry and academic subject matter experts to ensure the CLTD certification reflected the most important and current knowledge base necessary to advance an organizations logistics, transportation, and distribution requirements. In conjunction with the new accreditation, APICS rolled out a comprehensive learning system to support candidates during the certification process.

The APICS CLTD designation serves the needs of Canadian employers by enhancing the skill base of existing employees in developing the expertise needed to meet customer demand and effectively respond to emerging competitive threats and opportunities.

The CLTD is a comprehensive program that provides professional development and exam preparation. The program is structured into eight modules that cover best practices in the day-to-day functions of logistics,  and distribution to drive improvement in distribution and transportation. Darryl Anderson, Managing Director of Wave Point Consulting and APICS Vancouver Island member stated, "the course content will appeal to both individuals looking to become subject matter experts and business strategists who know that successfully competing in overseas markets requires supply chain excellence."

People interested in earning the CLTD designation must pass one exam, which reflects eight critical areas in logistics, transportation, and distribution. The eight critical areas include:

  • 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.

Supply chain and logistics professional Stuart East, CLTD indicated that the APICS training he received helped him better prepare for leadership roles where he contributed to large process improvement projects that resulted in cost savings.  Stuart will be facilitating the CLTD class at our BCIT partner in Burnaby.

For 60 years, APICS has helped both individuals and organizations redefine success in supply chain management. The CLTD program is a recognized global standard of logistics, transportation and distribution education, and is just one example of APICS professional development innovation.

For more information, contact:
Roberta McPhail, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CDDP, CDDL, PMP, CLTD
Director of Corporate Training APICS Vancouver
APICS Master Instructor
office: (604) 638-0979,           E:mail: robertamcph@gmail.com