The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport



The  CILT(UK)  Level  5  Professional  Diploma  in  Logistics  and  Transport  is  designed  to enhance new and existing expertise in the supply chain, passenger transport, road freight or transport planning environments as well as developing core management skills.

The qualification comprises a mandatory unit and learners must complete three option units, at least one of which must be chosen from Option Units Group 1.



• Management in Logistics and Transport
This  unit  presents  the  fundamental  management  knowledge  required  of  managers  in  the logistics  and  transport  industry.  It  covers  aspects  of  the  internal  and  external  structures  of organisations,  the  governance  of  the  people  within  organisations  and  those  financial  and other planning techniques necessary to maintain organisational health. It aims to deliver the understanding  and  competence  of  those  key  elements  of  management  practice  that  are
fundamental to both commercial and non-commercial organisations.

Option Units - Group 1

• Supply Chain Management
This   unit   introduces   the   main   principles,   concepts   and   practices   of   supply   chain management  and  covers  four  main  themes:  What  is  a  supply  chain  and  supply  chain planning? Why  is  it  important  in  any  business?  How  does  the  supply  chain  operate? What are the principles for supply chain improvement? Where appropriate, the global nature of the
supply chain will be emphasised.

• Transport Operations
This  unit  provides  the  basis for  professionals  in  the  transport  industry  to  understand  the principles of effective, safe and legal movement of goods and people by the principal modes in  a  national  and  international  context.  The  unit  covers  the  nature  of  transport,  an appreciation  of  its  supply  and  demand  characteristics  and  the  different  ways  in  which  the transport product can be delivered effectively and efficiently. 

• Transport Planning
This  unit  presents  the  key  generic  aspects  of  transport  planning.    It  provides  foundation knowledge  on  the  concepts  and  principles  that  govern  the  transport  planning  process.  The unit  investigates  the  nature  and  purpose  of  transport  planning,  the  interactions  between
transport and land use and the transport planning process. 

Option Units - Group 2

• Inventory
This   unit   addresses   the   application   of   inventory   techniques  within  industry   and   its contribution to supply chain performance. It shows how effective inventory strategy can lead to  competitive  advantage  through  improvements  in  customer  service, operational  efficiency and the utilisation of company assets.

• Movement of Goods
This  unit  provides  the  underlying  knowledge  for  the  movement  of  goods  in  a  national  and international   context.   It   addresses   the   responses   of   the   transport   operator   to   the characteristics of goods and places the latter’s movements in the context of the total logistics concept. Choice of mode, vehicle and route are integral and the external and internal issues relating  to  modal  infrastructures  are  featured.  A  further  key  element  is  the location  of infrastructure,  and  the  operation  of  interchanges  together  with  their supporting  information links. 

• Movement of People
This  unit  provides  the  underlying  knowledge  for  the  movement  of  people  in  a  national  andinternational  context. It  addresses  the  responses  of  the  operator  of  passenger  transport  tothe characteristics of movements. Key elements are the operation of the interchange pointsand  location  together  with  the vital  communications  links  that  supply  the  control  and confirmation of movement.

• Production Planning
This  unit  provides  the  fundamental  knowledge  required  by  managers  in  the  logisticsbusiness  sector  involved  in  the  flow  of  materials  through  a  production  process.  It  coversproduction  planning  as  part  of  the logistics  system  and  how  it  fits  into  a  company’s  supplychain strategy.  This unit views the logistics of production planning processes in terms of thecreation  of  value  to  the  customers,  delivering  sustainable  competitive  advantage  and
minimising waste.

• Retail Logistics
This  unit  formulates  and  applies  principles  and  practices  of  supply  chain  management  toretailing  focusing  on  retail  logistics,  nationally  and  globally.  Key  elements  are  the  ways  inwhich  changes  in  society,  business organisation  and  retail  structures  have  impacted  upon logistics activity in retailing. 

• Sourcing and Procurement
This unit covers the role and strategy of sourcing and the procurement processes that follow. It  addresses  the  integration  of  these  processes  within  the  overall corporate  strategy  andcovers the measurement and use of performance and financial controls that aid efficient and effective supplier management.

• Transport Planning Techniques
This  unit  presents  the  technical  processes  involved  in transport  planning.  It  providestechnical knowledge on the quantitative processes underpin the transport planning process. It incorporates the development of strategic plans at a national regional and local level.

• Transport and Society
This  unit  addresses  the  issues  surrounding  transport  and  its  relationship  with  society.  Itreviews the impact of demography, politics and environmental factors on the development of transport  for  both  passengers  and freight.  A  further  key  element is  the  effect  of  residential choices and employment patterns on transport needs.

• Warehousing
This unit covers the role of the warehouse and how warehouse strategy fits into the logistics strategy.  The  key  elements  are  operational  functioning  of  a  warehouse,  its  technology  and effective  control.  The  unit  aims  to  deliver  the  understanding  and  competence  of  those  key elements of warehouse management practice that are fundamental to both commercial and
non-commercial organisations.  

• International Business
This unit deals with the complex issues of the identification and management of risk inherent in  an  international  supply  chain  and  how  government  trade  policies/promotion  and Inter governmental regulation impact on international business practice. The key issues involved in  developing  a  global  logistics  strategy  and  delivering  the  competence  necessary  to implement  and  manage  a  global  logistics  operation  are  also  addressed.    A  key  element  is
the  contribution  to  the  successful  fulfilment of  the  broader  commercial  and  financial  issues associated with international commerce and trade. 

• Project Management
This  unit  deals  with  projects  and  the  elements  of  project management.  It  provides  learners with  the  knowledge  required  to  assess  feasibility,  design,  plan,  implement,  undertake, manage,  record  and  make final  assessment  of  projects  carried  out  in  a  controlled environment.  

• Supply Chain Flow Planning
This unit deals with the issues of identifying the demand for products and then balancing it with  the  appropriate  supply.  The  key  issues  involved  with  determining  the  level  of  demand are  addressed  and  aspects  of  supply  planning  are  then  explored,  highlighting  the  need  for different  strategies  for  different  products.  The  unit  also  covers  the  use  of  inventory  to balance  the  flows  between  supply  and  demand,  together  with  the  management  issues surrounding the attainment of a consensus supply chain plan.

• Supply Chain Network Planning
The  aim  of  this  unit  is  to  provide  candidates  with  the  knowledge  to  plan,  implement  and manage a supply chain network in which products flow from their source to the end user. It deals  with  the  complex  issues  of  identifying  the network  requirements for  different  types of facilities based upon cost and service criteria.

Who the Level 5 qualification is for:
The  Level  5  Professional  Diploma  is  designed  for  professionals  already  working  within  the logistics  and  transport  sectors.  It  is  most  suited  to  those  who  are  aspiring  to  middle management  positions  in  specialist  functional  areas  such  as  supply  chain  management, transport  planning  or  transport  operations.   The  Diploma  is  also  suitable  for graduates  in other disciplines who are entering the sector for the first time. 

How long does it take?
The recommended guided learning hours are 360. 
The registration period, during which a learner should complete the qualification, is three years.



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