First Line Management Level 3The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK
- Distance Learning
- 240 hours of study
The qualification covers the detail of the specialist technical areas within logistics and transport, plus a generic management unit.
Core Unit - Compulsory
Elective Units - choose 1
- Community Transport
- International Trade and Freight
- Production Planning
- Road Freight Transport
- Road Passenger Transport
- Passenger Transport Co-ordinator
Unit certification is available.
This varies depending on the method of study chosen. As a guide, the course is designed to be completed within 240 study hours. This comprises 160 hours for the compulsory unit and 80 hours for the elective.
How is the qualification assessed?
The route taken will depend on individual needs and will be based on advice from the tutor.
Examination route - new or first-line managers, aspiring first-line supervisors, careers changers. Candidates wishing to gain the National and International Certificate of Competency (CPC) will need to take the examination route.
The qualification is assessed by one examination, each of two hours duration. Each examination is in two parts: Part A is a series of 25 questions and Part B requires essay-style answers to two out of three questions. The student must pass both parts to be awarded the qualification. The pass mark for each paper is 50%.
Candidates who successfully achieve the core Management unit, plus either the Road Passenger Transport or Road Freight Transport options, with an average grade across both papers of 60%, will automatically be awarded the National and International Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). Candidates must pass both papers within six months. The CPC is a statutory requirement of the European Union (EU) for the grant of an Operator's License.
Competency route - experienced supervisors, first-line managers. Candidates wishing to apply for the ECBL Junior Logistician award will need to take the competency route.
The qualification is assessed for competence by the production of work-based evidence that meets the criteria of the qualification and demonstrates each candidate's ability to perform at this level.
The European Logistics Association (ELA) offers a number of European logistics qualifications through the European Certification Board for Logistics (ECBL).
This is an open-access qualification and no prior qualifications are required. However, candidates for direct entry to the Certificate are expected to have some prior knowledge of logistics and transport operations and an awareness of the integrated nature of supply chain activities.
For the examination route it is recommended that individuals should be involved in contributing to the establishment of activity plans to support logistics and transport operations and managing and controlling operational activities.
For the competency route, it is recommended that individuals should be practitioners involved in establishing and supporting operations and activities.