The Logistics Institute


Dubbed the Driving Force of Human Achievement, The Logistics Institute was founded in 1990 by 12 leading logistics industry associations to promote the logistics profession and create a recognized certification program.

A sector council that received most of its funding from Human Resources Services Development Canada, the role of The Logistics Institute is working with industry stakeholders to develop human resources that are specific to their sector or industry.

Professional logistician

In 1993, The Logistics Institute created a recognized certification program called the Professional Logistician to strengthen individual business skills. Today, nearly 2,000 logisticians and supply chain managers have earned their Professional Logistician designation. Its success allowed The Logistics Institute to become financially self-sufficient by 2000.

More than 750,000 Canadians are employed in the logistics field, making it the second largest employment sector in Canada. Many logisticians work in supply chain and executive management, consulting, transportation, traffic, customs, distribution, manufacturing, purchasing, and warehousing.
The meeting of economic, political and technological forces has drastically increased logistics importance, while the delivery of goods has overtaken production as the largest factor in business success. The responsibility of logistics has grown from simply moving a product to the science of optimal flow of goods, energy, and information through the purchasing, planning and transportation management. As such, logistics has grown from local to global; tactical to strategic; the backroom to the boardroom.

A non-profit organization that certifies individuals working in logistics, The Logistics Institute is the industry’s leading source of training and certification, increasing logisticians earning potential and further developing leadership skills by creating a strategic vision to respond to change.

Certification programs

The Executive Professional Logistician Certification Program is tailored for senior logistics and supply chain professionals, an intensive six-day program leading to certification. In interactive, facilitated sessions focusing on issues and challenges that impact company’s strategic decision-making process, the topics include strategic leadership, change issues, global supply chain management, professional ethics and human resource utilization.

The Process Management Professional Logistician Certification Program is the pathway of the first and original program created for logistics professionals who are currently working in managerial careers and those aspiring to a director position, offering a comprehensive program for developing the key skills needed to manage the increasing challenges of logistics, including process diagnostics, integrated logistics networks, team dynamics, leading and managing change, supply chain strategies, and ethics.

The Lean Healthcare Professional Logistician Certification Program specializes in management capabilities by applying principles and process tools to supply chain and healthcare logistics operations, outlining and demonstrating essential practices that can be applied to business to achieve significant savings.
The Essentials Professional Logistician Certification Program is designed for operations staff requiring training with an emphasis on achieving basic knowledge and skills, creating a foundation for a career in logistics and supply chain management.

The Frontline Professional Logistician Certification Program is designed for logisticians currently working in tactical and supervisory careers, as well as for those aspiring to future managerial positions, providing the baseline training required to perform in the role.

Association with the Logistics Institute provides complete training, support and development for every phase of your professional career, with the development programs having helped and improved hundreds of logisticians in all levels of management.

Logisticians work in seemingly every industry of the business world, including aerospace, airlines, automotive, clothing and apparel, courier and messaging, engineering, food and grocery, forestry, freight forwarding, government, hotel and hospitality, international trade, information technology, military and national defense, mining, natural gas, public transportation, oil, pharmaceuticals, railways, retail, and shipping.

For more information, The Logistics Institute can be reached at (877) 363-3005 and online at