National Credential
Credential: Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD)  In-Demand resource
Credentialing Agency: American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)

The American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) certification is an intermediate-level credential for logistics managers. Candidates must have knowledge of a broad range of supply chain logistics areas. Candidates must pass a written exam.

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

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD)

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 88N Transportation Management Coordinator MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.   Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 88Z Transportation Senior Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 89B Ammunition Specialist MOS most   III Star credentialStar    
Enlisted G2 Standard Army Retail Supply System (SARSS 2AD/2AC/2B) ASI other          
Warrant Officer 882A Mobility Officer WOMOS most   Star credentialStar    
Warrant Officer 890A Ammunition Warrant Officer WOMOS most        

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD)

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: 3 years
  • Education: Bachelors
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 5 years

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

American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)
8430 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
Suite 1000
Chicago, IL  60631
Phone: (800) 444-2742
Fax: (773) 639-3000
Email: service@apics.org

Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD)

Option 1: Candidate must have 3 years of related business experience.

Option 2: Candidate must have a bachelor’s degree or the international equivalent.

Option 3: Candidate must hold a CPIM, CLTD or CSCP, CTL, CFPIM, CIRM, SCOR-P, C.P.M., CSM or CPSM designation.

The Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) credential has the following other requirements:

Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD)

  • Logistics and Supply Chain Overview (8%)
    • Logistics Fundamentals
    • Logistics Strategy Within the Supply Chain
    • Lean Logistics
  • Capacity Planning and Demand Management (8%)
    • Aligning Supply and Demand
    • Translating Demand into Capacity Planning
    • Demand Management
    • Sourcing and Procurement of Inventory
  • Order Management (10%)
    • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
    • Order Management
    • Customer Service Management (CSM)
  • Inventory and Warehouse Management (17%)
    • Inventory Management in Logistics
    • Inventory Management Methods
    • Inventory Control
    • Warehousing Strategy and Management
    • Packaging and Materials Handling
  • Transportation (22%)
    • Transportation Fundamentals
    • Modes of Transportation
    • Transportation Management
  • Global Logistics Considerations (17%)
    • Infrastructure and System
    • Regulations
    • Customs Clearing and Documentation
    • Finance and Payment Options
    • Currency and Tax Considerations
  • Logistics Network Design (10%)
    • Facilities Planning
    • Distribution Network Design
    • Risk Management
  • Reverse Logistics and Sustainability (8%)
    • Reverse Logistics
    • Sustainability

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) 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.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) credential has the following recertification information:

  • To recertify, the CLTD certification holder must earn a total of 75 professional development points. For more information on the maintining the CLTD credential see the APICS Certification Maintenance Handbook.