We collaborate in the development of humanitarian logistics training standards. We assess and accredit training courses. Occasionally, we facilitate training.

Note: HLA has not certified the courses shown below and cannot accept any responsibility for decisions made by HLA website visitors or members in relation to them.

HELM 2 module – Nairobi, Kenya – 01-04 October 2018

Logistics Learning Alliance are running a HELM 2 module course on 1-4 October in Nairobi. The module will cover Procurement, Medical Logistics, Transport, Leadership and Management.

The Humanitarian Essentials Logistics Module (HELM) is designed for those new to the humanitarian sector or those wanting to refresh their humanitarian logistics and supply chain knowledge.

For more information and to enrol, click here.

HCRI Online Master’s: Disaster Management: Resilience, Response and Relief

The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at the University of Manchester, UK, and the School of Nursing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, are collaborating to deliver a new Online Master’s Programme in Disaster Management: Resilience, Response and Relief.

This programme is suited to those who wish to become leaders in the fields of disaster management, humanitarianism, and related areas. Underpinned by a multidisciplinary approach, this course enables graduates to conduct theoretical and practical analysis as well as evaluation to support disaster management and humanitarian action in global health contexts. It will further enhance students’ personal and professional development and provide important collaborative links globally. Students will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on field experience to support their future career development. This course offers flexible online study that enables part-time students to obtain a master's degree without residency and boundary restrictions.

Applications for September 2018 entry are now open and can be made via the Hong Kong Polytechnic University website. The deadline for applications was 30 April 2018.

If you have any questions, please get in touch by emailing hcri@manchester.ac.uk. Further information about HCRI’s courses can be found here.


Professional Certificate Program on Health & Humanitarian Supply Chain Management

The Georgia Tech Center for Health & Humanitarian Systems (CHHS) offers a professional certificate program designed for practitioners in non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government, industry, and military who are active participants in humanitarian operations including disaster response, long term development and public health operations.

The courses below make up the 3-module Health and Humanitarian Supply Chain Management Certificate.

- MAY 14-15, 2018 - Pre-planning Strategy for Health and Humanitarian Organizations

- MAY 16-17, 2018 - Tactical Decision Making in Public Health & Humanitarian Response

- MAY 18-19, 2018 - Systems Operations in Health and Humanitarian Response

Scholarship support of these courses is made available through the generosity of The UPS Foundation, Andrea Laliberte, and Richard E. and Charlene O. Zalesky.

Read more and register



EASST Academy

Globally 1.25 million people are killed on the roads each year. More than malaria. Through training and education, we can try to prevent this. EASST Academy is part of the Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport (EASST), an independent UK-registered charity with the aim of making road travel safer, greener and more sustainable for future generations.

Road Safety at Work: Online Course for Managers: this online course supports managers to deliver and sustain a robust road safety management strategy and reduce road risk.

Developed by EASST in partnership with Cranfield University and IRU Academy, the course is delivered through 10 video lectures led by industry experts. It is blended with case studies, animation videos and quizzes. Real examples of fleet management systems and best practice are used throughout with accompanying material to read as you go.

Upon successful completion of the final test you’ll receive a ‘Road Safety at Work’ Certificate of Completion from Cranfield University, IRU Academy and EASST. Learn more and sign up for the course here.


Classroom-based Occupational Road Safety Training by EASST and Cranfield University

If you are interested in further learning, EASST in association with Cranfield University offers a three/two-day classroom training course designed to improve knowledge and skills in managing occupational road safety. For further information, please contact: d.sambuk@easstacademy.org

Core Cash Transfer Programming Skills

The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) is rolling out its 3 new courses on cash transfer programming (CTP), including one developed by the Fritz Institute in conjunction with CaLP.

Read more about, and register for, all 3 courses on the Cash Learning Hub (http://bit.ly/2mQPonv), CaLP's new home for all of our e-learning opportunities (requires free login/registration). Applications will be reviewed and participant selection made on a rolling basis. If you have problems registering online, you can contact sroberson@cashlearning.org

A webinar version of the Core CTP Skills for Supply Chain, Finance, and ICT Staff is planned to be piloted in February 2018.  More information on the webinar version will be shared as soon as details are available.


Logistics Learning Alliance Ltd (LLA) has been pleased to work with the Humanitarian Logistics Association for over 10 years. LLA is an internationally recognised provider of Logistics and Supply Chain courses in both the humanitarian logistics and commercial logistics sectors. As a global training provider, we have over 1,000 registered students in over 120 countries across six continents. LLA are the learning delivery partners of the Fritz Institute/CILT Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Certification Programmes (HLCP). We deliver two primary learning options: distance learning and face-to-face. For details on content, click here.

Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) combines best practices in supply chain management and implementation from the humanitarian community, commercial world, and academia, covering 7 units. For details click here.

The Certification in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management (CHSCM) is offered as part of the Fritz Institute/CILT (UK) Humanitarian Logistics Certification Programme. CHSCM offers best practices in supply chain management from the humanitarian community, in combination with leading practices from the commercial sector and academia, in order to teach the essential planning and management skills required of humanitarian logistics managers. For details click here.

HELM Distance Learning
LLA also offers Humanitarian Essentials Logistics Module (HELM) - designed for those wanting to refresh their logistics and supply chain knowledge, or as an induction to the Certification programmes. These can be run as face-to-face events, as bespoke training for an organisation or through supported online learning, meaning students can study anywhere in the world, at their own speed. For distance learning students, your allocated coach will be available throughout the programme and they will help and guide you to completion of the course.


To read more about LLA, click here.

RedR UK Humanitarian Logistics Courses

RedR UK provides training and technical support to NGOs, aid workers and communities responding to natural and man-made disasters all over the world.

Field Logistics in Emergencies is a highly participatory course, with group exercises and theory based sessions. You will experience what it is like to be at the centre of an emergency response in a challenging simulation which will test your knowledge and understanding of what a Field Logistician does.

This RedR course has been approved by the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) and the HELP Forum.

RedR also runs a number of other hum log courses throughout the year, in locations including the UK, Iraq, Sudan, Jordan and the USA.

Read more and apply

PSA Health Supply Chain Management Courses

If you work in the health or humanitarian sector, you have been trained to be as effective as possible, without relying on external technical expertise. PSA training courses build on this. They have been developed by health and humanitarian supply chain experts so that they reflect current and emerging best practices in supply chain management and supply chain capacity development.
Courses generally run for four days and take place throughout the year, in locations including Bangkok, Dubai, Nairobi and London.

BMC Training: Humanitarian Logistics And Disasters

This comprehensive course focuses on pre-disaster preparation rather than post-disaster assistance; it provides current thinking as well as best practice for those who need to understand the many challenges and the ways to respond effectively.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Examines the challenges facing those whose role it is to organize and distribute resources in difficult situations.
  • Gain an understanding of the key issues including warehousing, procurement, and funding.
  • Discuss the humanitarian supply network management and understand how to respond to disasters in a rapid and coordinated manner.
  • Choose and adapt best options in challenging and moving complex contexts
  • Analyze and critically review supply chain strategies for responding to domestic disasters
  • Discuss the Critical success factors in the context of humanitarian aid supply chains and identify the role of technology in humanitarian logistics in Africa

BMC runs courses each month throughout the year, in the following locations: London, Paris, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, and Istanbul.

 Read more and apply

Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management at USI

The Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management (MASHLM) is a part-time executive program designed for humanitarian professionals in the key areas of supply chain management, process and project management, strategic management, and humanitarian action.

You allocate one year of your time and you earn a Swiss MAS degree. Participants attend Six 1-week blocks in Lugano, Switzerland.


    Immediately apply the tools and methodologies learned in class. You learn to build management skills and practical skills through real-world humanitarian challenges.
    Gain core advanced skills that employers need. MASHLM alumni have been rewarded with greater responsibility and promotions.
    It’s intense. You work hard. You work together. Through a proven mix of interactive and innovative teaching methods, such as games, simulations and case studies, you engage with experienced professionals, just like you.
    Learn from experts and scholars from leading universities and humanitarian organizations including MIT, Georgia Tech, USAID, and the Red Cross.
  • LSS
    You will earn a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Green Belt certification in addition to the Master's degree.
    While you study, you are supported by a team of academic researchers, administrators, doctoral scholars, all focused on your personal development.

Learn more


Enhancing Partner Capacity in Humanitarian Logistics

The Partner Capacity Enhancement in Logistics (PARCEL) project is aimed at enhancing the capacity of local partners to respond to humanitarian emergencies. Two different self-study e-learning courses are available in the Learning Zone. These courses introduce the PARCEL project supply and logistics standards and training methods.

Partner Training e-learning course 

The PARCEL project Partner Training e-learning course is meant for NGO local partner staff. This course is currently available in English or French. It is intended that the course be taken prior to attending instructor-led partner training events. It is a good place to start learning more about the PARCEL project standards.

Training-of-Trainers (TOT) e-learning course

The PARCEL project Training-of-Trainers (TOT) e-learning course is meant for INGO staff. This course is available in English and French. It is intended that the course be taken prior to attending instructor-led training-of-trainers events. It is a good place to start learning more about how to train partner NGO staff on the implementation of the PARCEL project standards.


The Bioforce Institute is an organisation which aims to increase the impact and the relevance of emergency action and development programmes by training and providing support to those involved. It trains over 2,600 people a year and runs over 130 humanitarian and international development courses.

Courses run from a few days to a year and cover most aspects of humanitarian practice. Click here to view their courses and qualifications.


Academic Courses

Listed below are links to a number of recognised courses in the humanitarian logistics field, with hyperlinks to the relevant courses/departments in each case.

Institution Course Name
Cranfield University, UK  A range of degrees and short study courses
HumLog Institute (Hanken School of Economics in Finland)  Offers degrees and courses
Georgia Tech, USA  Offers degrees, certificates and courses
Harvard University (Harvard Humanitarian Initiatives), USA  Offers degrees, workshops and e-learning
Insead  Offers a 5 day supply chain management course
Kenyatta University, Kenya  Courses in community health
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK  A range of 1 year and 2 week courses in humanitarian  health issues
Liverpool University MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), USA  Degrees, PhDs and courses
National University of Singapore Offers a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management
Stamford University, USA  Aid skills course
Università della Svizzera Italiana MASHOM – Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Operations and Supply Chain Management
University of Applied Sciences Utrecht  International Development Work course
University of Münster (Universität Münster), Germany Humanitarian Logistics Council
University of Tehran, Iran  Research projects
University of Warwick, UK  Humanitarian Engineering Degree and Msc