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APICS offers new certification opportunities In Canada

APICS will be offering its certification course on Vancouver Island for the first time this fall


August 16, 2018
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia –APICS will be offering its certification course on Vancouver Island for the first time this fall.

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.

Ron Taggart, an 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 CLTD designation is a valuable way to train staff, so the supply chain performance of the organized is improved.

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 APICS’s BCIT partner in Burnaby.

APICS is the association for supply chain management and the leading provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation, and resilience. It provides the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM); APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP); APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution (CLTD); and APICS Supply Chain Operations Reference-Professional (SCOR-P) designations.

The association has more than 45,000 members and approximately 300 channel partners.