MSSC Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) and Technician (CLT)

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The purpose of the Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) program is to recognize through certification individuals who demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of material handling at the front-line (entry-level through front-line supervisor) through successful completion of the certification assessments. The goal of the CLT certification program is to raise the level of performance of logistics workers both to assist the individuals in finding higher-wage jobs and to help employers ensure their workforce increases the company’s productivity and competitiveness.

The CLT program consists of two parts: The foundational-level Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) Certificate and the mid-level technical CLT Certification. Before sitting for the CLT assessment, candidates must have a CLA Certificate.

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How does it work?

MSSC credentialing system leading to a CLT covers core competency areas, as defined by MSSC’s industry-led, nationally validated skills standards for higher skilled, frontline material handling workers across all supply chain facilities: factories, warehouses, distribution centers and transporters.  Individuals are assessed for two credentials: the foundational-level Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) certificate and mid-level Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) Certification. CLA is a prerequisite for CLT.  MSSC training and assessment addresses the need for employability and academic skills as well as technical skills. MSSC strongly recommends that individuals be at the 8th grade level of math and 9th grade level of English before attempting MSSC courses and assessments.  The critical work functions and their related key activities are described below:

Certified Logistics Associate (CLA)

  1. Global supply chain logistics life cycle
  2. Logistics environment
  3. Material handling equipment
  4. Safety principles
  5. Safe material handling and equipment operation
  6. Quality control principles
  7. Workplace communications
  8. Teamwork and workplace behavior to solve problems
  9. Using computers

Certified Logistics Technician (CLT)

  1. Product receiving
  2. Product storage
  3. Order processing
  4. Packaging and shipment
  5. Inventory control
  6. Safe handling of hazmat materials
  7. Evaluation of transportation modes
  8. Dispatch and tracking
  9. Measurements and metric conversions

Download a copy of the CLT Key Activities which are the basis for MSSC national standards.

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For more information and prices, download the MSSC Secondary and Post-Secondary Getting Started Guides .

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