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.

Core Cash Transfer Programming Skills

The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) is rolling out its 3 new courses on cash transfer programming (CTP), beginning with delivering these face-to-face courses in November in Amman, Jordan.  One of these 3 new courses is specifically designed for Supply Chain, Finance, and ICT staff and it will be offered free of charge for participants, who just need to fund their own travel/accommodation and other trip expenses:
Core Cash Transfer Programming Skills for Supply Chain, Finance and ICT Staff

This 5-day course, developed by the Fritz Institute in conjunction with CaLP, is structured around the humanitarian project cycle and allows a range of operations staff to understand their role and function in the design, implementation and monitoring of cash transfer programmes. This course runs 12-16 November 2017 - Register here: http://bit.ly/2zchpwh

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

If you are unable to attend the Amman face-to-face course, a webinar version of the Core CTP Skills for Supply Chain, Finance, and ICT Staff is planned to be piloted early in 2018.  More information on the webinar version will be shared as soon as details are available.


LLA learning programmes are driven by customer requirements.  Delivered by in-house industry professionals,  their personal approach ensures that you are able to demonstrate your full potential. Of relevance to Hum-Log personnel are the following:

Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) is offered as part of the Fritz Institute/CILT (UK) Humanitarian Logistics Certification Programme. It 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.


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. It will be run at the Medecins Sans Frontiers training space in Brussels, allowing for additional hands-on activities and learning opportunities.

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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.

  • Health Supply Chain Management: 30th October - 3rd November 2017, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Supply Chain Capacity Development: 6th - 10th November 2017, Dubai, UAE
  • Supply Chain Leadership and Management: 13th to 17th November 2017 - Dubai, UAE
  • Health Supply Chain Management in French: 20 - 24 novembre 2017, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Health Supply Chain Management: 20th to 24th November 2017, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Human Resources for Health Supply Chain Management: 27th November to 1st December 2017, Nairobi, Kenya

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BMC Training: Humanitarian Logistics And Disasters

The global demand for humanitarian assistance, including requests for assistance by national governments, continues to rise. This is triggered and sustained by increased severity of natural hazards, escalating conflict, and a dramatic increase in vulnerabilities caused by the global financial crisis, continuing high food prices, the scarcity of energy and water, population growth and urbanization. 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
2017 (remaining dates):

  • Kuala Lumpur: 5 to 16 Nov
  • Istanbul: 12 to 23 Nov
  • London: 3 to 14 Dec
  • Dubai: 10 to 21 Dec
  • Paris: 3 to 14 Dec

  • Kuala Lumpur: 28 to 8 Feb
  • Istanbul: 21 Jan to 1 Feb
  • London: 11 to 22 Feb
  • Dubai: 18 Feb to 1 Mar
  • Paris: 11 to 22 Feb
  • Kuala Lumpur: 25 Mar to 5 Apr
  • Istanbul: 11 to 22 Mar
  • London: 8 to 19 Apr

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Health and Humanitarian Logistics Professional Certificate Program by Georgia Tech

The Georgia Tech Health and Humanitarian Logistics Professional Certificate Program is an executive education program designed for practitioners in non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government, industry, and the military who are active participants in humanitarian operations including disaster relief, long term development and public health operations. The courses are developed for practitioners seeking to build skills to improve decision making in preparedness, response operations planning, and system design. Courses include many interactive components, such as case studies and games, which help professionals in the humanitarian world to link the challenges and decision-making tradeoffs they face in practice with the systematic approaches, tools, and techniques presented.

Register to take part

Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Logistics by USI

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

Students attend six sessions in Lugano, Switzerland. Blocks 1 -5 are each one week long. Block 6 is twelve days and includes thesis defense and graduation. All courses are taught in English and the entire program takes twelve months to complete. This part-time format allows participants to earn their master's degree while working full-time.

Students earn an Advanced Master's degree and a Lean Six Sigma green belt from the Università della Svizzera Italiana.

Apply here


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.

Humanitarian Programme: Managing the Supply Chain

Location: Lyon, France

Duration: 13 Nov 2017 - 1 Dec 2017

Registration deadline: 6 November 2017

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Supply Chain Management

Location: Accra, Ghana

Duration: 04 December 2017

Registration deadline: 4 December 2017

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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
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
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), USA  Degrees, PhDs and courses
Stamford 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