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The CILT(India) Level 5 Professional Diploma in Logistics and Transport is designed to enhance new and existing expertise in supply chain, passenger transport, road freight or transport planning environments as well as developing core management skills. 

Who the Level 5 qualification is for:

The Level 5 Professional Diploma is designed for professionals already working within the logistics and transport sectors. It is most suited to those who are aspiring to middle management positions in specialist functional areas such as supply chain management, transport planning or transport operations. The Diploma is also suitable for graduates in other disciplines who are entering the sector for the first time.


Course Content

The qualification comprises a mandatory unit and learners must complete three option units, at least one of which must be chosen from Option Units Group 1.


Management in Logistics and Transport

This unit presents the fundamental management knowledge required of managers in the logistics and transport industry. It covers aspects of the internal and external structures of organisations, the governance of the people within organisations and those financial and other planning techniques necessary to maintain organisational health. It aims to deliver the understanding and competence of those key elements of management practice that are fundamental to both commercial and non-commercial organisations.

Option Units - Group 1

Supply Chain Management

This unit introduces the main principles, concepts and practices of supply chain management and covers four main themes: What is a supply chain and supply chain planning? Why is it important in any business? How does the supply chain operate? What are the principles for supply chain improvement? Where appropriate, the global nature of the supply chain will be emphasised.

Transport Operations

This unit provides the basis for professionals in the transport industry to understand the principles of effective, safe and legal movement of goods and people by the principal modes in a national and international context. The unit covers the nature of transport, an appreciation of its supply and demand characteristics and the different ways in which the transport product can be delivered effectively and efficiently.

Transport Planning

This unit presents the key generic aspects of transport planning. It provides foundation knowledge on the concepts and principles that govern the transport planning process. The unit investigates the nature and purpose of transport planning, the interactions between transport and land use and the transport planning process.

Option Units - Group 2


This unit addresses the application of inventory techniques within industry and its contribution to supply chain performance. It shows how effective inventory strategy can lead to competitive advantage through improvements in customer service, operational efficiency and the utilisation of company assets.

Movement of Goods

This unit provides the underlying knowledge for the movement of goods in a national and international context. It addresses the responses of the transport operator to the characteristics of goods and places the latter’s movements in the context of the total logistics concept. Choice of mode, vehicle and route are integral and the external and internal issues relating to modal infrastructures are featured. A further key element is the location of infrastructure, and the operation of interchanges together with their supporting information links.

Movement of People

This unit provides the underlying knowledge for the movement of people in a national and international context. It addresses the responses of the operator of passenger transport to the characteristics of movements. Key elements are the operation of the interchange points and location together with the vital communications links that supply the control and confirmation of movement.

Production Planning

This unit provides the fundamental knowledge required by managers in the logistics business sector involved in the flow of materials through a production process. It covers production planning as part of the logistics system and how it fits into a company’s supply chain strategy. This unit views the logistics of production planning processes in terms of the creation of value to the customers, delivering sustainable competitive advantage and minimising waste.

Retail Logistics

This unit formulates and applies principles and practices of supply chain management to retailing focusing on retail logistics, nationally and globally. Key elements are the ways in which changes in society, business organisation and retail structures have impacted upon logistics activity in retailing.

Sourcing and Procurement

This unit covers the role and strategy of sourcing and the procurement processes that follow. It addresses the integration of these processes within the overall corporate strategy and covers the measurement and use of performance and financial controls that aid efficient and effective supplier management.

Transport Planning Techniques

This unit presents the technical processes involved in transport planning. It provides technical knowledge on the quantitative processes underpin the transport planning process.

It incorporates the development of strategic plans at a national regional and local level.

Transport and Society

This unit addresses the issues surrounding transport and its relationship with society. It reviews the impact of demography, politics and environmental factors on the development of transport for both passengers and freight. A further key element is the effect of residential choices and employment patterns on transport needs.


This unit covers the role of the warehouse and how warehouse strategy fits into the logistics strategy. The key elements are operational functioning of a warehouse, its technology and effective control. The unit aims to deliver the understanding and competence of those key elements of warehouse management practice that are fundamental to both commercial and non-commercial organisations.

International Business

This unit deals with the complex issues of the identification and management of risk inherent in an international supply chain and how government trade policies/promotion and Inter governmental regulation impact on international business practice. The key issues involved in developing a global logistics strategy and delivering the competence necessary to implement and manage a global logistics operation are also addressed. A key element is the contribution to the successful fulfilment of the broader commercial and financial issues associated with international commerce and trade.

Project Management

This unit deals with projects and the elements of project management. It provides learners with the knowledge required to assess feasibility, design, plan, implement, undertake, manage, record and make final assessment of projects carried out in a controlled environment.

Supply Chain Flow Planning

This unit deals with the issues of identifying the demand for products and then balancing it with the appropriate supply. The key issues involved with determining the level of demand are addressed and aspects of supply planning are then explored, highlighting the need for different strategies for different products. The unit also covers the use of inventory to balance the flows between supply and demand, together with the management issues surrounding the attainment of a consensus supply chain plan.

Supply Chain Network Planning

The aim of this unit is to provide candidates with the knowledge to plan, implement and manage a supply chain network in which products flow from their source to the end user. It deals with the complex issues of identifying the network requirements for different types of facilities based upon cost and service criteria.

How long does it take?

Course Duration

The learner is provided traditional classroom training, learning material (hard copy) and a dedicated mentor for guidance. There is a structured lesson plan for the learner and mentor to adhere on a monthly basis. The learner is expected to be present on all Saturdays at the Institute for the number of hours decided by the learning provider.

The recommended guided learning hours are 360.

The registration period, during which a learner should complete the qualification, is three years.

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