National Credential
Credential: Certified Logistics Associate (CLA)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) is a foundational-level credential and is a prerequisite for the Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) certification. MSSC training and assessment addresses the need for employability and academic skills as well as technical skills. MSSC strongly recommends that individuals be at the 8th grade level of math and 9th grade level of English before attempting MSSC courses and assessments. There are no experiential or hands-on requirements for MSSC certification as it is expected that individual employers will determine those requirements based upon their own specific needs. MSSC does not require that individuals take MSSC courses prior to testing. Critical work functions and their related key activities for the CLA include: global supply chain logistics life cycle, logistics environment, material handling equipment, safety principles, safe material handling and equipment operation, quality control principles, workplace communications, teamwork and workplace behavior to solve problems, and using computers.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: Not Renewable

Certified Logistics Associate (CLA)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 88H Cargo Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 88M Motor Transport Operator MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 88N Transportation Management Coordinator MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 89A Ammunition Stock Control and Accounting Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 92A Automated Logistical Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 92M Mortuary Affairs Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 92Y Unit Supply Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. II Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted F4 Postal Supervisor ASI most          
Enlisted F5 Postal Operations ASI most          
Enlisted G2 Standard Army Retail Supply System (SARSS 2AD/2AC/2B) ASI most          
Warrant Officer 882A Mobility Officer WOMOS most        
Warrant Officer 920A Property Accounting Technician WOMOS some     Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 920B Supply Systems Technician WOMOS most     Proponent FundedFunded  

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

Promotion Points Promotion Points icon

This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

Star Credential Star icon

Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

Proponent Funded Funded icon

This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Logistics Associate (CLA)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: Not Renewable

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)
901 N Washington St.
Suite 600
Alexandria, VA  22314
Phone: 703-739-9000
Fax: 703-739-9008
Email: info@msscusa.org

Certified Logistics Associate (CLA)

  • Global Supply Chain Logistics Life Cycle (11%)
  • Logistics Environment (14%)
  • Material Handling Equipment (7%)
  • Safety Principles (18%)
  • Safe Material Handling and Equipment Operation (7%)
  • Quality Control (5%)
  • Workplace Communication (15%)
  • Teamwork and Good Workplace Conduct (18%)
  • Using Computers (14%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Logistics Associate (CLA)

Renewal Period: Not Renewable

The Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Recertification is not required for the CLA certificate.

Certified Logistics Associate (CLA)

Additional considerations for the Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) include:

  • MSSC does not require candidates to take a specific course or training program in order to sit for an assessment. However, MSSC has found that students enrolled in a training program perform better than those who do not. There are many training programs available and many have used MSSC’s own Authorized Courses.