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.

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.

  • Field Logistics: 02 to 06 Oct 2017 - Belgium, Brussels
  • Logistics in Emergencies: 17 to 19 Oct 2017 - Kampala, Uganda

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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

  • London: 13 to 24 Aug
  • Dubai: 6 to 17 Aug
  • Paris: 13 to 24 Aug
  • Kuala Lumpur: 17 to 28 Sept
  • Istanbul: 17 to 28 Sept
  • London: 1 to 12 Oct
  • Dubai: 15 to 26 Oct
  • Paris: 1 to 10 Oct
  • 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.

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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.

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Designed for those new to the humanitarian sector, those wanting to refresh their logistics and supply chain knowledge or as an induction to the Certification programmes.

Principally designed to be delivered through Events for 7-14 people or via Distance Learning, the modules can easily be adapted or mixed to meet the specific learning needs and requirements of all humanitarian organisations. This course is awarded exclusively by LLA.

HELM Events


27th - 30th June 2017 – Monrovia, Liberia

3rd - 6th July 2017 – Monrovia, Liberia

25th - 28th July 2017 – Nairobi, Kenya

31st July - 3rd August 2017 - Nairobi, Kenya


HELM Distance Learning

The HELM programme can also be studied 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.


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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Certification in Humanitarian Medical Logistics Practices

This qualification is aimed at humanitarian logisticians and medical specialists involved in medical supply chains. It will increase humanitarian logisticians’ and medical specialists’ ability to plan and operate medical supply, as well as safeguard against the high rate of substandard and counterfeit medical items pervading the international medical supply chain.


• Humanitarian medical supply chains
• Procurement
• Storage
• Transport
• Disposal

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Certification in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management (CHSCM)

The Certification in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management (CHSCM) is the next-level qualification in this range. It is aimed at humanitarian logisticians operating at a tactical level and engaged in the planning, resourcing and management of the supply chain and the implementation of supply chain strategy.

Typically, candidates will hold such positions as logistics co-ordinator, logistics manager and head of a logistics centre.

(The course is more detailed than the first qualification and provides in-depth learning of the two main topics)

• Supply chain planning
• Supply chain operation and co-ordination

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Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL)

The Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) is suitable for professionals working in operational management positions within the field of humanitarian logistics. It also provides a valuable grounding for those with relevant supply chain experience from the commercial sector who are aiming to enter the humanitarian logistics arena for the first time.


• Humanitarian aid supply chains
• Warehouse and inventory
• Procurement
• Transport
• Fleet management
• Import/export
• Managing a humanitarian supply chain response
This course is also available in French.

Enroll here

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