We collaborate in the development of humanitarian logistics training standards. We assess and accredit training courses. We also facilitate training, including a series of free webinars and workshops. To view recordings of all our webinars, please visit this page for links.

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.

Aston University – Aston Logistics & Systems Institute

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-led University, known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to business and the professions. Its high quality teaching was confirmed by the award of a Gold ranking in the 2018 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment.

The School of Engineering and Applied Science is home to the University’s specialised programmes in transport, logistics and supply chain management – at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Aston Logistics & Systems Institute was established in 2016 as a focal point for the University’s research and innovation work in these fields. Humanitarian logistics is a priority research theme for the Institute.

For further details please visit www.aston.ac.uk.

Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy, Masters in Humanitarian Logistics

The Università Politecnica delle Marche, has launched the first Masters degree in Humanitarian Logistics in Italy, aimed at those starting out in a career as a humanitarian logistician and for professional humanitarian workers seeking a qualification. The course offers a theoretical framework and practical tools for the complex management of logistics in emergencies.

The University's Master Scientific committee organized this project in partnership with important humanitarian organizations and actors, such as INTERSOS, the Italian Red Cross, Emergency and Think Global. The 1 level Masters is a high-level educational path, jointly designed by practitioners and academics to prepare future logisticians to be able to respond to humanitarian crises. The Master's mission is to provide both theoretical knowledge and practical skills required by logisticians employed in humanitarian operations, via classroom lessons, seminars, workshops, practical simulations and laboratory research.
Academics, expert humanitarian workers, and representatives of companies involved in humanitarian actions will engage and guide students through:
- 240 hours of face-to-face teaching at Università Politecnica delle Marche (Ancona);
- 5 thematic modules;
- a week of practical emergency simulation at the UNHRD Base in Brindisi (the maximum expression of humanitarian logistics in Italy);
- webinars;
- practical exercises;
- a final 300 hours' internship for the development of a thesis to be discussed at the end of the course.
A team of experts will follow the students during their entire educational path. The Masters lasts one year, it is held in English and is intended for a maximum of 25 participants. The enrolment is now open and the course starts on January 2020.
For the Master's program and for all information on costs and registration, click below.

Humanitarian Logistics Certification Programme



Fritz Institute and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) have collaborated with leading aid agencies and experts in humanitarian logistics to offer this world-renowned qualification and training programme.

Qualifying as an Humanitarian Logistics professional ensures front-line aid works can deliver humanitarian aid to those most in need in the most efficient and effective way possible. The courses are tailor-made to the specifications demanded by aid agencies to meet the needs of complex contemporary humanitarian operations.

The relevance and currency of the Certification Programme is maintained through inter-agency, collaboration and participation. The programme is managed and awarded by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport(UK). Logistics Learning Alliance (LLA) is the worldwide Approved Centre for all of the training courses.

Humanitarian Logistics Certification Programme comprises three courses: 

  • Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) which 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 operation level.
  • Certification in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management (CHSCM) emphasises more strategic elements of supply chain management and is aimed at senior logisticians and logistics coordinators working at the strategic level of humanitarian operations.
  • Certification in Humanitarian Medical Logistics Practices (MedLog) is like CHL and is at an operational level but is focused on the special supply chain requirements of medical items.

For further details of the qualifications and how to get started please visit www.hlcertification.org or email us on enquiry@hlcertification.org



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 learning programmes to both humanitarian and commercial organisations. As a global training provider, LLA has over 1,000 registered students in over 120 countries across six continents. LLA are the learning delivery partner of the Fritz Institute/CILT Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Certification Programmes (HLCP). These unique Certifications focus on the world of humanitarian aid and specifically attest the competence of the logistics and supply chain functions within humanitarian organisations to achieve their aims and support people in need.

Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) is aimed at people who work (or aspire to work) within humanitarian aid organizations in (or interacting with) supply functions, typically involving warehousing, transport and/or inventory. CHL combines best practices in supply chain management and implementation from the humanitarian community, commercial world, and academia, covering 7 units. This course can also be studied in French. For details click here.

Certification in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management (CHSCM) is aimed at humanitarian logisticians who are operating at a tactical level and are engaged in planning, resourcing and managing the supply chain and the implementation of supply chain strategy 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.

Certification in Humanitarian Medical Logistics Practices (MedLog) is aimed at experienced logisticians and medical specialists handing the medical supply within humanitarian organizations. The self-paced distance learning is designed specifically for those presently working (or planning to work) in the cold chain or operational supply chain positions within humanitarian organizations. For details click here.

CILT Awards in Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) are designed for those who need to have a greater understanding of how to implement Cash Transfer programmes and for Graduates of the CHL or CHSCM programmes. For details click here.

Humanitarian Essentials Logistics Module (HELM)
LLA also offers Humanitarian Essentials Logistics Module (HELM) – as a development programme covering the essential functions and roles within humanitarian logistics and the supply chain. HELM is 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 open events, as bespoke training for capacity building within an organisation or through supported online learning, meaning students can study anywhere in the world, at their own speed.  For more information or to enrol on to one of the Programmes, please click here.


Università della Svizzera Italiana, MASHLM – Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management

The Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management (MASHLM) is a part-time modular executive program at Università della Svizzera Italiana, designed for humanitarian professionals who want to build capacity and enhance their careers.

MASHLM provides education in the key areas of supply chain management, process and project management, strategic management, and humanitarian action. Participants attend 6 blocks in Lugano, Switzerland.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates who meet the initial requirements will be invited for a Skype/phone interview for further assessment.

There is a discount of CHF 2’000 on the tuition fee if participants pay in full by 31 July 2020.

Learn more and apply

Free online course on international humanitarian law

The ICRC has launched a free introductory e-learning course on the basics of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). It is principally addressed to humanitarian practitioners, policy-makers and other professionals who are keen on understanding how and when this body of law applies, and whom it protects. The course takes around 5 hours to complete online and delegates get a certificate on successful completion.  Click here to sign up.

RedR Australia courses

An internationally recognised provider of quality humanitarian training, RedR Australia has been building the capacity of humanitarian response workers to international emergencies since 1998.

If you are looking to build a career in the humanitarian sector, logistics is an in-demand skill. RedR Australia’s Humanitarian Logistics in Emergencies training course encompasses the movement of goods and equipment, the relocation of disaster-affected people, transfer of casualties and the movement of aid and relief workers and volunteers. Providing humanitarian logistics training to emergency response workers is an effective part of disaster preparedness planning.

Our Essentials of Humanitarian Practice training course also provides foundational knowledge for working within the modern humanitarian system, and for responding to an international crisis that involves a global response. This is ideal for those looking to utilise their existing logistics skills within the humanitarian sector.

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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 13-14, 2019 Pre-planning Strategy for Health and Humanitarian Organizations

MAY 15-16, 2019 Tactical Decision Making in Inventory and Supply Chain Management
MAY 17-18, 2019 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.

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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.

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.

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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


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
Stanford University, USA  Aid skills course
Università della Svizzera Italiana MASHLM – Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and 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