The Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) certification provides you with the information you need to meet today’s supply chain logistics challenges.
Created by APICS with a team of subject matter experts, the CLTD designation covers a comprehensive body of knowledge that sets the global standard for best practices in logistics, transportation and distribution.
- Why should you earn an CLTD designation?
The CLTD program sets the standard for logistics certification. As a CLTD designee, you will stand out from your peers, and demonstrate a commitment to advancing both your career and your company’s operations.
The CLTD designation will help you:
- Master the essential knowledge needed for the logistics, transportation and distribution industry
- Expand your outlook on the logistics field and enable you to bring new ideas to your organization
- Remain current with global logistics trends and developments
- Boost your confidence with recognition as a logistics expert
- Provide you with the tools you need to help reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction
- About the CLTD exam content
The CLTD program consists of eight modules with an exam that reflects critical areas in logistics, transportation and distribution for the roles and responsibilities of logistics managers. The exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions (130 operational and 20 pretest). Candidates will have 3.5 hours to complete the exam. To earn the CLTD certification, you must master each of the following:
Logistics and Supply Chain Overview
Capacity Planning and Demand Management
Inventory and Warehouse Management
Global Logistics Considerations
Logistics Network Design
Reverse Logistics and Sustainability
- Prepare for the exam
The CLTD Learning System is a comprehensive professional development and exam preparation program divided into eight modules across four books and includes web-based study tools that reflect the entire CLTD Exam Content Manual (ECM).
The CLTD Learning System
- is integrated with best practices in the day-to-day functions of logistics professionals
- helps to drive improvement in distribution and transportation to maximize efficiency
- will empower you with an understanding of best practices, techniques, and technologies necessary to maximize your organization’s efficiency and impact the bottom line
- is offered in three learning options—self-directed, instructor-led, or corporate group (Instructor-led courses are offered through the APICS network of local channel partners).
- Apply to take the CLTD exam
To earn your CLTD designation, you must pass one comprehensive exam. Prior to taking the exam, you must be eligible. Eligibility applications must be received two weeks prior to the day you register for the exams.
To be eligible for the CLTD designation, you must have:
- 3 years of related business experience or
- Bachelor’s degree or the international equivalent*, or
- CSCP, CPIM, CFPIM, CIRM, SCOR-P, CTL, C.P.M., CSM or CPSM designations
*APICS defines the international equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree as the level of study that would qualify an individual for a graduate program in the country where the undergraduate degree was earned.
The eligibility application will be available online July 1, 2016.
- Take the CLTD exam
The CLTD exam will be available for scheduling beginning July 1, 2016 with the first exams being administered beginning October 1, 2016*.
APICS testing opportunities for CLTD exams will be offered across the globe. Click here for information on exam dates, locations, and registration fees.
*Important notice: Candidates who take the exam between October 1, 2016 and January 1, 2016 will NOT receive their score immediately upon completing the exam. Because CLTD is a new program, a beta testing period is required to allow for a psychometrically-valid passing score to be set. Anyone taking the exam during this period will receive their score report no later than January 1, 2017. After that date, all candidates will receive their score report at the test center immediately upon completion of the exam.
- Maintaining your CLTD designation
This is your summary of certification maintenance requirements:
- Abide by the APICS Code of Ethics
- You must earn a total of 75 maintenance points and apply for maintenance every 5 years.
- Professional development points may be earned in the following areas:
- Continuing education
- Presentations, publications, and educational development
- Service to the operations management profession
- Professional membership
- If you fail to maintain your certification within 5 years, your credentials will be suspended.
- With each additional year of suspension you will be required to submit more professional development points in order for your certification to be reinstated. (15 additional points per year are required for CLTD designation.)
- If you do not maintain within 5 years of suspended credentials, your certification will be terminated and you will be required to retake your exam.
- APICS Code of Ethics
Before taking an exam, you agree to:
- Maintain exemplary standards of professional conduct;
- Not misrepresent your qualifications, experience, or education to APICS or others you serve in a professional capacity;
- Respect and not violate the United States Copyright of all APICS materials, including but not limited to courseware, magazine articles and other APICS publications, APICS conference presentations, and CPIM, CSCP and CLTD examination resources. In this same spirit, you must not violate the copyright of other organizations and individuals in your professional capacity;
- Not engage in or sanction any exploitation of one’s membership, company, or profession;
- Encourage and cooperate in the interchange of knowledge and techniques for the mutual benefit of the profession;
- In your professional capacity, respect the fundamental rights and dignity of all individuals. You must demonstrate sensitivity to cultural, individual, and role differences, including those due to age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socio-economic status;
- In your professional capacity, not engage in behavior that is harassing or demeaning to others based on factors including, but not limited to, age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, or socio-economic status;
- Adhere to this Code of Conduct and its application to your professional work. Lack of awareness or misunderstanding of an ethical standard is not itself a defense to a charge of unethical conduct;
- Contact the Ethics Committee when uncertain whether a particular situation or course of action violates the Code of Conduct; and
- Not to become the subject of public disrepute, contempt, or scandal that affects your image or goodwill.