The Humanitarian Logistics Certification Program was created in collaboration with a multi-agency Advisory Committee to enable humanitarian organizations around the world to strengthen humanitarian assistance through professional training.

In November 2011, the professional quality of the program and its achievements to-date were recognized by the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards, when the Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) course won the award for Training and Professional Development. The full story is available here.

The Certification Program is comprised of three courses:
  • Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) / Certification en Logistique Humanitaire (CLH) - oiginally launched in September 2006, teaches the base principles of logistics and supply chain operations in the humanitarian context in order to increase the proficiency and expertise of humanitarian logisticians working at an operational level. The course is targeted to entry- to mid-level logistics managers working at an operational-level within their organizations as well as commercial sector logisticians with an interest in working in the humanitarian sector. The equivalent course in French was launched in 2008. More Information about CHL is available here.
    >> LAUNCH OF CHL 2.1
    Fritz Institute is pleased to announce the launch of CHL 2.1 on 15 April 2012. Users will find the updated content reflects developments in the humanitarian world and best practices in logistics. To ensure the program continues to meet the needs of the humanitarian community, the content changes were overseen by the Certification Advisory Group, which includes Heads of Logistics and Logistics Training for CRS, ICRC, MSF, Oxfam (GB), Save the Children, UNICEF, UNHCR, and WFP. For more information, please click here.
  • Certification in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management (CHSCM) - launched May 1, 2008, emphasizes more strategic elements of supply chain management and is aimed at senior logisticians and logistics coordinators working at the tactical or strategic levels of humanitarian operations. As CHSCM emphasizes linking logistics more closely to programs, people in other functions who interface with logistics are also targeted. CHSCM is designed to be completed in 2 years. More information about CHSCM is available here.
  • Certification in Humanitarian Medical Logistics Practices (MedLog) - launched September 1, 2009, focuses on medical items' special supply chain requirements. MedLog is aimed at experienced logisticians and medical specialists handling the medical supply within humanitarian organizations. MedLog is designed to be completed in 6 months. More information about MedLog is available here.

What are the benefits?
For the student:
  • Professional training based on agreed best practices
  • Broad understanding of the supply chain, its functions and how it fits into overarching humanitarian operations and response
  • Increased skill and confidence levels
  • Standard vocabulary and common understanding with global counterparts
  • Internationally-recognized professional qualification from CILT (UK)
For the humanitarian
  • Improved program support and achievement of organizational goals
  • Increased motivation and retention of key personnel
  • More ownership and responsibility to find solutions taken at the field level
  • Increased collaboration and understanding throughout the organization and with its partners
  • Relative cost savings on staff development, compared to other training options
  • Cost savings on operations as skilled staff recognize opportunities as they arise
  • Ultimately results in improved service to end beneficiaries
For the organization:
  • Raises the profile of logistics throughout the humanitarian community
  • Establishes a community of professionals world-wide
  • Creates common processes, standards and vocabulary across organizations
  • Supports retention of institutional knowledge to enable continues improvements
  • Ultimately results in improved service to end beneficiaries


In March 2011, the 1000th student was enrolled in the CHL course, and the overall Humanitarian Logistics Certification Program continues to grow steadily. Students stem from nearly 200 organizations, with the largest programs at key humanitarian partners including WFP, UNICEF, ICRC, Oxfam-GB, UNHCR, MSF, and CRS.

Feedback from the extensive student and organization network has shown that the Certification Program has an enormous impact: cost savings on operations, cost savings on training, staff effectiveness, increased individual and team capacities, more effective collaboration with other units and organizations, and validation of abilities. More »

The CHL course, specifically, underwent an external evaluation in 2009, with glowing results: "The program is viewed as highly relevant and valuable by students, their managers, and senior stakeholders. We cite hundreds of examples of favorable comments, with only rare criticism. Benefits are seen in terms not only of improved performance by the trainees, but also in improved career development, increased confidence, improved recognition of the role of logistics, increased understanding of the wider scene, and improved professionalism. Students also report that they have enjoyed the course. These benefits translate into organizational performance improvements." A full copy of the final report is available here.


Since 2008, scholarships for the Humanitarian Logistics Certification Program have been given annually. As funding for training is scarce and salaries are small within the humanitarian sector, the scholarship program supports candidates who are dedicated to the humanitarian prerogative and in position to positively affect change within their organization and better support beneficiaries. More »

Learning Methodology

The Certification courses use the innovative 'competence model' approach, which emphasizes application of skills, as opposed to the examination of knowledge. The learning process uses a unique combination of learning materials, a simulated case study environment based on first-hand experience in many humanitarian aid operations, and access to live coaches. More »


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Le Programme de Certification en Logistique Humanitaire a été créé en collaboration avec un Comité Consultatif multi-agence pour permettre les organismes humanitaires autour du monde à renforcer l'assistance humanitaire à travers une formation professionelle.

Le programme de certification est composé de trois cours, mais en ce moment, la Certification en Logistique Humanitaire (CHL/CLH) est le seul cours disponible en français.

  • Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) / Certification en Logistique Humanitaire (CLH) - a été lancé en anglais en 2006 et en français en 2008. Le cours combine les meilleures pratiques dans la gestion et l'exécution de la chaîne d'approvisionnements des organismes humanitaires, du monde commercial, et du milieu universitaire. Dans le secteur humanitaire, le programme répond aux besoins d'une formation accessible et économique des professionels actifs de logistique qui jouent un rôle essentiel dans le succès de leur organisation.
    En plus »
    >> Lancement de la CLH 2,1
    Le 15 avril 2012, Fritz Institute a lancé le CLH 2.1. Les utilisateurs trouveront les meilleures pratiques en matière de logistique ainsi que l?évolution dans le monde humanitaire se retrouvent dans cette révision du CLH. Un autre objectif important de cette mise à jour était de faire une interface utilisateur plus intuitive pour SCILaid, l'étude de cas basée sur la réalité. En particulier, les utilisateurs de Mac ne seront plus confrontés à des difficultés en cours d'exécution le scénario SCILaid. CHL 2.1 a été révisé de sorte qu'il fonctionne maintenant sur la plupart des configurations informatiques. Pour s'assurer que le programme continue de répondre aux besoins de la communauté humanitaire, les changements de contenu ont été supervisés par le groupe consultatif sur la certification, qui comprend les chefs de la logistique et de formation pour la logistique CRS, CICR , MSF, Oxfam (GB), Save the Children, l'UNICEF , le HCR et le PAM.
Bourses d'Études

Depuis 2008, des bourses pour le Programme de Certification de Logistique Humanitaire ont été décerné chaque année. À cause d'un manque général de financement pour les formations et les salaires dans le secteur humanitaire, le programme de bourse aide les candidats qui sont consacrés à la prérogrative humanitaire et sont en mesure d'affecter favorablement les changements dans leur organisation et d'aider mieux les bénéficiaires. En plus »


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The Humanitarian Logistics Certification Program is sponsored by the Fritz Institute, awarded by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) - UK, and delivered by the Logistics Learning Alliance.

The Program was developed with funding from DFID, ECHO and USAID by experienced logisticians from ICRC, IFRC, the International Rescue Committee, MSF-Holland, MSF-Switzerland, Oxfam-GB, Save the Children-US, UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, and WHO, with further inputs from IMC, Merlin, and UNFPA.


Detailed course information for all courses is available on the Humanitarian Logistics Certification Program website. Specific questions should be e-mailed to
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