Logistics Certification

Think back to your last family road trip. Not only was there time and gas to consider, but you also had to factor in restroom breaks, traffic conditions, meals, and lodging. Now imagine planning the same logistics when calculating how to get a load of cargo from L.A. to Singapore (minus the potty breaks).

Earning a logistics certificate is a career decision that will boost your credibility, show your dedication, and maybe even earn you a raise. Here’s the why and how of logistics certification.


There are two types of logistics certificates. One is for people with no prior experience who wish to start a career in logistics. The other is for students who have experience in the field, but want to continue their logistics training.

Either program takes a few years to complete. Prerequisites range from a high school diploma to a Ph.D. Some colleges offer online courses while others provide evening classes targeted at the working adult.

Next Step

It’s time for the job hunt. If you’re just starting out, search internet job boards, get your name out with Recruiters, and check the local paper. If you’ve been in the business for a while, touch up your resume, and ask for a raise or apply for a promotion.


The American Society of Transportation and Logistics (astl.org) offers four levels of certification. Each has its own requirements and exam style. Scour their site for specific information.

Higher degrees significantly boost your chances for advancement. Consider earning a master’s degree or a Ph.D. With the right combination of schooling and experience, you can apply for and pass the highest certifications available in the industry. That’s good for you, your boss, and your paycheck.

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