There are currently thousands of practicing and experienced logistics professionals across the global. They range from managers of supply chain operations to specialised IT experts to clerical and warehouse based support staff. With the increased profile and importance placed on the Logistics and Supply Chain Management profession in the last few decades, these dedicated and skilled people have been recognised, as have their counterparts in other professions. For example, accountants have the CPA accreditation, marketing has the CIM and real estate has the CEHA. Accreditation means something in a professional setting – it implies a focus on excellence and a commitment to personal development within the profession.
It is with this understanding that the Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society launched the CLP and CLE programme in 2000. In partnership with Logistics Executive Group and with the emphasis on collaboration with other industry bodies, associations, groups and societies the CLP Certification is the benchmark of excellence for measuring capability and proficiency within the profession of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. As a professional certification, the CLP enables employees in the logistics industry to develop their capability more effectively, and in doing so assist in defining the logistics profession. The emphasis on continual improvement of knowledge and skills is timely for an industry that requires skilled personnel to reflect and underpin its importance to our global economy.
The Logistics Profession
Logistics, as a term embraces warehousing, freight, transportation and distribution, through to Supply Chain Management. The days when transportation, warehousing, distribution and materials management were seen as separate functions are gone. Today, professionalism of a high standard is required to manage these complex, disparate functions in a seamless web of integrated events mode with a clear understanding of the need to track the physical goods and services, financial and information flows.
Logistics is a profession that is expected to double over the next decade. The demand for professionals, technical experts and executives will as a consequence continue to rise.
How to become a CLP
To qualify as a CLP candidate, an applicant must have relevant working experience, qualifications and an active participation in the Logistics Profession.
The CLP calculator below provides a general guide to your own relevant certification criteria. You will need at least 400 points before being considered for certification by the Logistics & Supply Chain Certification Council. When your certification criteria reaches the minimum 400 points in the calculator below, you will be able to click on the ‘Continue’ button and be able to submit your application for certification.
The Logistics & Supply Chain Certification Council is comprised of industry representatives, academics and practitioners who will assess submissions and your actual points as assessed may differ from the calculator’s score.
Making an application consists of four steps.
» Step One: General Information
» Step Two: Your Full Profile
» Step Three: Your Criteria and Supporting Documentation
» Step Four: Submission and Payment
The Logistics & Supply Chain Certification Council meets quarterly to assess applications. To assist the assessment of your application it is highly recommended that you submit supporting evidence that is relevant to the logistics profession. For example if you have a qualification in supply chain studies, the transcript should accompany your application.
There is a SGD$625.00 application fee. Thereafter a yearly administration fee of SGD$125.00 is payable to maintain your certified status and allow continued use of the ‘CLP’ post nominal.
Successful applicants will also be awarded a Certificate to confirm their accreditation.
Unsuccessful candidates can re-submit applications following re-evaluation of gaps in their qualifications and experience.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Once you have been certified as a CLP you are effectively committed to maintaining this professional standard by engaging in CPD activities that accrue at least 30 weighted hours per year. Your nominated industry association will assist with details of relevant CPD activities.
The CLP is supported by industry bodies. You will need to select a body which will process your application.
The CLP programme is intended to become the life partner for many in the industry as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is crucial to maintaining CLP status. By attending activities such as seminars, site visits, conferences, training courses and executive programmes you will assist the advancement of your proficiency across the breadth and depth of logistics disciplines. The industry associations will publicise relevant events and activities on their respective web sites.
Correspondence can be addressed to any of the participating associations or to the following address:
CLP Certification Council
c/- Logistics Executive Group
Suite 32, Level 25, Samsung Hub Building
3 Church Street