The Contribution of Logistics

Gone are the days when transportation, warehousing, distribution and materials management were seen as separate or distinct functions and disciplines.  Logistics now embraces all these activities, within the broader framework of supply chain management.

Logistics is a profession that is dealing with the challenge of the growing freight task in Australia, that is expected to  double over the next 15-20 years.  The demand for professionals, technical experts and executives will continue to rise.  Australia’s logisticians, along with an efficient and effective land, sea and air infrastructure, will contribute to the future export success of the nation.

The Advantages of becoming a Certified Professional Logistician

The Certified Professional Logistician (CPL) is a professional qualification that aims to provide a definitive standard for measuring capability and professionalism within the logistics profession.

The CPL brings together the breadth and depth of skills required of a modern logistician or supply chain manager. The CPL unifies the many disciplines – such as business administration, information technology, transportation and economics – that make up the profession.

CPL status enhances your professional credibility within the industry and also enhances the profile of the logistics profession. The CPL programme is your career partner for life. With an extensive range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities to enhance your capability, you will be at the leading edge of the profession.

CPL status attests to your professional recognition by peers and employers, of your significant experience and knowledge to plan, implement, manage and improve logistics and supply chain initiatives.Valuable networking opportunities are also provided.

Success of your application entitles you to use the post nominals CPL. These initials also signify your commitment to a code of professional conduct – ensuring the highest standards of ethics and integrity.

To qualify as a CPL, an applicant must have relevant working experience, qualifications, and an active professional involvement in logistics and supply chain management.

The overall process involves:

  1. Establishing that you have attained of at least 400 points of combined experience, education and professional involvement;
  2. Agreeing to undertake at least 120 points of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity every three years following your initial accreditation. CPD is mapped against a series of capabilities and is a requirement to maintain your CPL post nominals;
  3. Agreeing to abide by the profession’s code of conduct

Assessment for CPL status requires an initial (non-refundable) payment of $AU100 (including GST) to the organisation you nominate to assess your application. On the success of your application, a further $AU400 is payable to that organisation  before a CPL Certificate can be issued to you. Thereafter, the three-yearly review of your CPD activity, to maintain your accreditation, involves a fee of $AU110 (including GST).

Maintaining Professional Standards

The CPL programme, and the separate Certified Transport Planner (CTP) programme, is delivered through the Transport and Logistics Certification Council and its member organisations:

  • The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Australia (CILTA)
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA)

Click here for information on the member organisations.

The member organisations undertake assessment of individual applications to become a CPL, and recommend to the Certification Council the accreditation of candidates who meet the professional standards set. As well as awarding individual certificates, the Certification Council regularly audits the professional standards involved in the CPL, considers issues relating to Continuing Professional Development, and coordinates promotional activity.