Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK

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The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK)
Headquarters Corby and London
Website CILT (UK)

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK or CILT (UK) is a Professional body representing people who work in the fields of Logistics and Transport in the United Kingdom. It is the UK National Council of CILT International.

History[edit]

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) International, formerly The Chartered Institute of Transport, was formed in 1919 and was granted its Royal Charter in 1926.

Growth of its overseas sections led to a restructuring in 1994 under which 10 national councils were established in various parts of the world. The Institute operates as a co-ordinating body and custodian of the Royal Charter. The Chartered Institute of Transport in the UK (CIT UK) was formed as the United Kingdom National Council and is the largest national council with over half the total worldwide membership of CILT. In 1999 the former Institute of Logistics and Transport (ILT) took over from CIT UK as the UK National Council.

In April 2004 the Institute's membership voted in favour of ILT adopting the word 'Chartered' into its title. In May 2004 the Institute officially became 'The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK'. All National Councils are effectively 'chartered' through their membership of CILT and are represented on its governing Council. CILT continues to hold the Royal Charter under the authority of the (UK) Privy Council. Subject to certain qualifications, individual members of any National Council hold chartered status under the authority of this Royal Charter.

Membership[edit]

Grades[edit]

Membership of the Institute is graded according to seniority. In general, all Members are allowed to access Institute resources, only those of MILT (Member) and above are entitled to vote or use post-nominal letters.

Student Affiliate[edit]

Student Affiliate members are mainly undergraduate and postgraduate students who may or may not be studying for qualifications in transport. In recent years, CILT (UK) has focused its marketing of Student Membership on use of their extensive library service. In contrast to, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, who offer free Student Membership, CILT (UK) charges (currently (2012) £25 a year), but offers a package of benefits, including the library service, which it feels justifies the fee.

Affiliate[edit]

Affiliate Membership is available to anyone, with no specific criteria for relevant education or experience in the industry. It is considered a first step towards gaining Chartered status.

Member (MILT)[edit]

Upon attaining a given level of experience, an Affiliate may apply for full Membership, entitling them to vote and use the letters MILT. This requires demonstration of an appropriate combination of education and experience.

Chartered Member (CMILT)[edit]

Chartered Membership is the Institute's senior professional grade of membership. Only professional bodies that have been granted the Royal Charter can award chartered membership, such as: Chemical, Electrical, Civil and Mechanical Engineers; Certified, Chartered, Public Finance Accountants; and Surveyors. CILT's Chartership is of equivalent standing to these, and applying for it requires demonstrating achievement of educational attainment, professional competence and Continuing Professional Development to a panel. A Chartered Member is awarded the post-nominal letters CMILT.

Fellow (FCILT)[edit]

Fellows of the Institute are people who have demonstrated a significant level of experience and competence, and often are people highly regarded in their organisations or in the industry as a whole. Any Chartered Member who meets the criteria for Fellowship may apply to a panel, with their application supported by three current Fellows.

Corporate Member[edit]

The Institute also operates a Corporate Membership scheme, whereby individuals within the company can elect to receive materials such as the Institute's magazine.

Structure[edit]

Central Organisation[edit]

The Institute is based in Corby, Northamptonshire, in the former offices of the Institute of Logistics. It has a central structure which supports the regional and sectoral activities.

Sectors[edit]

The Institute's activities revolve around eight sectors in the logistics and transport industries, these are:

  • Supply Chain
  • Transport Planning
  • Rail
  • Active Travel & Travel Planning
  • Bus & Coach
  • Ports, Maritime & Waterways
  • Freight Forwarding
  • Aviation

Nations & Regions[edit]

Led by the Nations and Regions Consultative Committee, the Institute operates a Regional structure to organise events and other activities on a more local basis. The Nations and Regions are:

  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • Continental European (operated as part of CILT(UK), but covering Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg)
  • North East
  • North West
  • West Midlands
  • East Midlands
  • Eastern
  • South West
  • Central Southern
  • Northern Home Counties
  • South East
  • London

The English regions are organised to line up with the Regions of England, with North East encompassing North East and Yorkshire & Humber regions, the South East region split between Southern Home Counties and South East, and the East of England region split between Northern Home Counties and Eastern regions.

Many of the regions are split into local groups, many of which are the original CIT Sections, and these organise events in those specific areas.

Activities[edit]

Events[edit]

The Institute runs over 200 events a year, covering a large variety of topics within the logistics and transport sectors, and aimed at a wide range of audiences, from the general public to students, professionals with various interests, Fellows and those in senior positions in industry and Government.

Events cover lectures, discussions, conferences and visits.

Qualifications[edit]

Introductory[edit]

CILT(UK) Supply Chain Awareness Award[edit]

The course provides the underpinning knowledge of logistics theory and the application of this theory to the movement of goods and people. It is ideal as an introduction to study or induction course. Candidates can continue with full qualification at a later date (maximum 2 years)

The Supply Chain Awareness Award is assessed by either examination or competence. The general requirement of assessment is the same, whatever assessment method is used. This is that evidence must be provided of the successful achievement of all the outcomes of effective performance and of the required underpinning knowledge and understanding for the relevant unit(s). Assessment will be based on a qualitative judgment of the candidate’s against each of the declared Indicators of Successful Performance. Quantitative (numerical) marking will only be used for multi-choice examinations.

The Supply Chain Awareness Award is aligned to steps 1, 2 and 3 in the Skills for Logistics Professional Development Stairway for Logistics.

CILT(UK) Level 2 Introductory Certificate in Logistics and Transport[edit]

The course provides the underpinning knowledge of logistics theory and the application of this theory to the movement of goods and people for new entry candidates. It provides an introduction to the concept of logistics and integrated supply chain management and establishes the context in which the component sectors operate.

    • Core Units - compulsory
      • Introduction to Logistics
      • Introduction to Movement of Goods and People
    • Elective Units - choose 2
      • Introduction to Inventory Management and Production Planning
      • Introduction to Procurement
      • Introduction to Warehousing
      • Introduction to Transport Planning and Service Provisions

The Introductory Certificate is assessed by either examination or competence. The general requirement of assessment is the same, whatever assessment method is used. This is that evidence must be provided of the successful achievement of all the outcomes of effective performance and of the required underpinning knowledge and understanding for the relevant unit(s). Assessment will be based on a qualitative judgment of the candidate’s against each of the declared Indicators of Successful Performance. Quantitative (numerical) marking will only be used for multi-choice examinations. However, all assessment routes must include an element of testing and marking by the CILT(UK) to meet QCA requirements for independent assessment.

The Introductory Certificate is aligned to steps 3, 4 and 5 in the Skills for Logistics Professional Development Stairway for Logistics.

First Line Management[edit]

CILT(UK) Level 3 Certificate in Logistics and Transport[edit]

The qualification is designed to provide a sound foundation for a career within the transport, logistics and supply chain sectors and aims to equip existing and potential supervisors and first-line managers with a complete set of management skills. It covers the detail of the specialist technical areas within logistics and transport, plus a generic management unit.

Candidates who successfully achieve the core Management unit, plus one of the optional units of Road Freight Transport, Road Passenger Transport or Transport Coordination, by the examination route, and with an average grade across both papers of 60%, will automatically be eligible for the National and International Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). Note: the Transport Co-ordination unit only offers National CPC exemption due to the lack of international content within this unit.

The Certificate provides the educational standard for full membership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (MILT).

    • Core Unit - compulsory
      • Management
    • Elective Units - choose 1
      • Community Transport
      • International Trade and Freight
      • Inventory
      • Procurement
      • Production Planning
      • Road Freight Transport
      • Road Passenger Transport
      • Passenger Transport Co-ordinator
      • Warehousing

The qualification offers two different routes for assessment: competency and examination. The examination route is appropriate for new or first-line managers, aspiring first-line supervisors, or career changers. The competency route is appropriate for experienced supervisors, or first-line managers.

The Certificate is aligned to steps 5, 6 and 7 in the Skills for Logistics Professional Development Stairway for Logistics.

CILT(UK)/Fritz Certification in Humanitarian Logistics[edit]

A unique qualification designed for logisticians who work (or aspire to work) in a humanitarian organisation’s logistics functional area. The development of this qualification has been a collaborative venture between a number of humanitarian organisations, the Fritz Institute, based in the United States and the CILT(UK). It is designed to allow candidates to demonstrate their ability to manage the logistics support operations vital to ensuring that humanitarian agencies can respond appropriately to the needs of the beneficiaries.

The qualification covers the detail of the specialist technical areas within a humanitarian aid scenario:

    • Humanitarian Aid Supply Chains
    • Warehouse and Inventory
    • Procurement
    • Transport
    • Fleet Management
    • Import/Export
    • Managing a Humanitarian Supply Chain Response

The qualification is studied by the competency route. Each unit is assessed for competence by the production of evidence that meets the criteria of the qualification and demonstrates each candidate's ability to perform at this level.

The Certification in Humanitarian Logistics is aligned to steps 7 and 8 in the Skills for Logistics Professional Development Stairway for Logistics.

Operational Management[edit]

CILT(UK) Level 5 Professional Diploma in Logistics and Transport[edit]

The CILT(UK) Professional Diploma is a free-standing Level 5 qualification, designed for individuals working within the logistics and transport profession. It is aimed typically at candidates aspiring to middle management positions in specialist functional areas such as Supply Chain Management, Transport Planning, and Transport Operations. The Professional Diploma is also a suitable level of qualification for graduates in other disciplines entering the logistics and transport profession for the first time

A professional qualification for those individuals already working within logistics and transport who wish to develop a strategic view of logistics and transport operations and to become capable of reviewing operational activities.

The Professional Diploma provides the educational standard for full membership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (MILT).

    • Core Unit - compulsory
      • Management
    • Elective Units - choose 1
      • Supply Chain Management
      • Transport Operations
      • Transport Planning
    • Option Units - choose 2 options, or 2 Electives and 1 Option
      • International Business
      • Inventory
      • Movement of Goods
      • Movement of People
      • Production Planning
      • Project Management
      • Retail Logistics
      • Sourcing and Procurement
      • Transport and Society
      • Transport Planning Techniques
      • Warehousing
      • Supply Chain Flow Planning
      • Supply Chain Network Planning

The CILT(UK) Professional Diploma can be assessed by either examination or competency and requires candidates to demonstrate their underpinning knowledge and understanding of particular logistics and transport subjects; and their ability to successfully complete tasks in a logistics and transport environment.

The examination route is suitable for graduates (or equivalent) newly recruited to logistics and transport careers.

The competency route is suitable for experienced managers in specialist functional areas.

The Professional Diploma is aligned to steps 8 and 9 in the Skills for Logistics Professional Development Stairway for Logistics.

Strategic Management Qualifications[edit]

CILT(UK) Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Logistics and Transport[edit]

The Advanced Diploma bridges the gap between the undergraduate level of the Professional Diploma and the postgraduate standard of a Master’s Degree. It is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of strategic issues, tools and techniques. It provides the educational requirement for Chartered Membership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CMILT).

The CILT(UK) Advanced comprises five compulsory units, which consist of a number of elements. The five compulsory units are:

  • Logistics and Transport - Strategic Context
  • Leadership and Strategic Management in Logistics and Transport
  • Strategic Network Planning in Logistics and Transport
  • Delivering Strategic Performance in Logistics and Transport
  • Research Methods and the Professional Project in Logistics and Transport

The CILT(UK) Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Logistics and Transport can be assessed through two routes:

  • Institute Assessment Route - CILT(UK) provides standard assessment material for Units 1-4 and is responsible for assessment, verification and confirmation of results. All candidates will be required to complete 2 assignments for each of Units 1-4 and a professional project for Unit 5, on a topic to be approved by the Institute, and document the results in a report of between 8000 – 10,000 words
  • Centre Assessment Route - CILT(UK) Approved Centres can design and manage their own assessment programmes for Units 1-4 providing that they maintain the quality systems and procedures required by CILT(UK) and have gained formal approval for their assessment programmes. Unit 5 is assessed by the submission of a professional project to CILT(UK).

The Professional Diploma is aligned to steps 9 and 10 in the Skills for Logistics Professional Development Stairway for Logistics.

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