Preparation9 hours per session
LevelPost- bachelor
Average study time90 | 140 hours
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APICS CLTD is a course for people that build and improve different kinds of logistics and distribution processes. CLTD stands for Certified in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution. It is a global program that sets the standard for logistics certification.  

In the next few years, there is a growing demand for trained professionals in the field of logistics, transportation, and distribution. APICS CLTD meets the need for high-level professionals that can implement and maintain innovative concepts in their supply chains. These innovations are necessary to take advantage of the rapid developments in transportation and distribution, such as e-commerce, globalization, and shorter lead time.

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APICS is the standard for training in operations management, or production logistics. All over the world, APICS is regarded as the go to training for professionals working in operations and supply chain management. ASCM, is the association that manages and updates the APICS training courses. ASCM stands for "Association for Supply Chain Management". People who are members of ASCM receive member benefits, such as discounts on APICS exams.  Read more about APICS courses and ASCM.

Visie Partners is ASCM's Premier Training Partner in the Netherlands for APICS training and an authorized ASCM consulting partner.

Made for:

The course, made by APICS for those responsible for the management of transportation and distribution. Most of our CLTD students are managers or engineers in the following areas:

  • Logistics
  • Supply chain logistics
  • Traffic
  • Transportation
  • Fleet
  • Warehouse operations
  • Distribution
  • Reverse logistics

Benefits of a CLTD certification

Our CLTD program has many learning objectives, of which these are some:

  • Designing logistic systems that match the supply chain strategy.
  • Knowing the trade-offs concerning the delivery performance, inventory levels, and the usage of logistics capacity.
  • Analyzing the costs and benefits of policy adjustments.
  • Finding possibilities to shorten or improve the logistics processes.
  • Report on the effectiveness of processes by using performance indicators.
  • Indicate how IT can be useful to achieve logistics goals.
  • Make risk assessments based on the understanding of cost patterns.

Required knowledge

To follow the APICS CLTD course, the student should have English reading skills (the study material and exams are in English). It also helps if students have some experience in logistics management.



The program consists of 8 modules and is examined with a single exam. The course focuses on the design of the logistics network and how it can be adapted to the developments in the internal and external environment. Based on this design, attention is paid to how managers should control processes such as order management, transportation, warehousing, and reverse logistics. For a calculation needed for logistics capacity, forecasting will be explored. For the various processes, methods are discussed for the optimal use of logistical capacity. During the course, aspects of international logistics will be discussed with topics such as Incoterms, duties, taxes, and differences in legislation and regulations. The course also addresses determining the optimal use of modes of transportation to meet the organizational and logistical goals.

Please find below an overview of the modules:

Module 1: Logistics and Supply Chain Overview

  • Managing logistics as a cohesive system
  • Understanding trade-offs to present a logistics strategy that aligns with the organizational strategy
  • Finding the most effective mix of revenue producing services for the cost of providing that service
  • Developing strong relationships across the supply chain
  • Designing key performance indicators to encourage desired behaviors
  • Using continuous improvement to exceed customer expectations

Module 2: Capacity Planning and Demand Management

  • Understanding the concepts behind forecasting and its application to logistics decisions
  • Creating efficient forecasts to better align supply with demand
  • Translating demand information into high-level capacity plans for warehousing and transportation
  • Collaborating between procurement and logistics
  • Understanding key processes, including S&OP, MPS, MRP and DRP
  • Delivering customer service at a consistent level

Module 3: Order Management

  • Planning, designing and controlling processes which manage and execute customers orders
  • Implementing a customer relationship management (CRM) process
  • Understanding key logistics systems, such as EDI and TMS to enable visibility throughout the order process
  • Tracking and measuring supplier and carrier performance to improve efficiency and effectiveness
  • Managing relationships with the supply chain partners
  • Developing a customer service management strategy
  • Enhancing long-term customer satisfaction and creating lifetime customers

Module 4: Inventory and Warehouse Management

  • Maintaining inventory levels to align with the business strategy and goals, supporting the coordination of supply and demand, while protecting inventory value
  • Creating an inventory management strategy that meets competing goals of minimizing inventory costs and maximizing customer service
  • Managing the movement of materials and goods into and out of storage efficiently, safely, and with minimal inventory damage
  • Adapting to new distribution channels and customer expectations by creating new processes that deliver the desired results
  • Implementing efficient and effective warehouse processes, while utilizing appropriate warehouse technology
  • Using appropriate packaging to promote safe and efficient materials handling during storage and transportation

Module 5: Transportation

  • Understanding transportation fundamentals, including key stakeholders, intermediaries, and carriers involved in transporting product from origin to destination
  • Understanding the characteristics of the different transportation modes to make appropriate selections based on speed, availability, dependability, capability, frequency, and cost
  • Moving goods and services throughout a firm’s supply chain, between where products are produced and where they are consumed while allowing for competitive growth
  • Effectively manage the entire transportation process—from long-range strategies and operational planning to day-to-day execution
  • Utilizing transportation technology to manage and control visibility and communication between multiple stakeholders and transportation managers

Module 6: Global Logistics Considerations

  • Identifying macro-environmental factors of global logistics that impact countries and organizations around the world to better manage logistics service providers, related transportation costs, and substitute product offerings
  • Working knowledge of international trade theories and practices, including trade agreements and trading blocs
  • Understanding the infrastructure, systems, and regulations of the countries to which goods are imported/exported
  • Understanding customs clearing and documentation requirements for each shipment as dictated by each country and transportation mode used
  • Preparing all required documentation needed to ensure shipments arrive safely, securely, without damage, and on time at their final designation
  • Using the Harmonized System Classification codes to properly specify the goods for export and dictate the corresponding tariff rates charged
  • Identifying which financing and payment options are most appropriate and amenable to the parties involved
  • Deciding what currency will be most appropriate for global trade participants, balancing levels of risk exposure between buyers and sellers

Module 7: Logistics Network Design

  • Designing the network of warehouses and transportation lanes to enable supply to be provided at the place and time of demand
  • Analyzing transportation and distribution requirements, while understanding key tradeoffs, to assist in planning and deployment of network
  • Using decision support tools to determine the optimal number, location, and type of warehouse facilities
  • Employing modeling techniques to help find the right balance among competing needs of involved stakeholders
  • Implementing risk management strategies to minimize uncertainty and provide more reliable organizational results
  • Creating prevention and mitigation plans, as well as providing business continuity if a risk event occurs

Module 8: Reverse Logistics and Sustainability

  • Developing a comprehensive reverse logistics strategy
  • Recommending whether the reverse logistics strategy can be handled internally by creating a central returns center or by hiring a third-party provider to coordinate the activities
  • Managing product returns in ways that turn the reverse flows into quantifiable value streams, to contribute to profitability and strengthen commitment to sustainability and social responsibility
  • Demonstrating social responsibility that is valued by customers, shareholders, and the community, to help the organization be a good environmental steward for the long-term
  • Implementing sustainability initiatives to impact the organization’s triple bottom line (TBL)
  • Choosing suppliers and other supply chain members according to the organization’s commitment to implement sustainable processes and practices

Study options

Besides the classroom courses, it is also possible to follow the course as e-learning, self-study or in-company.

  • Class: APICS CLTD courses are given as day or evening courses. The course always takes place at the same location and day of the week. In the course, an APICS trained instructor teaches his knowledge using practical examples (from students and instructor). The instructor has followed a specific training that taught how they can transfer their knowledge in the best way. Because of the interactive approach with their fellow students and the by APICS recommended number of study hours Visie Partners ensures informative course evenings. The students also have access to the Visie Partners online learning system. All of this results in a high passing rate.
  • Online classroom: We also offer APICS CLTD as an online classroom variant. The same quality as in a physical class, but you can participate from everywhere like, the office, home or on a business trip. More information about “online classrooms”.
  • E-learning (blended learning): you can determine your own planning and the contact moments are personally guided with one of our experienced and recognized teachers. Contact can be established using e-mail, web conference-software or a phone. You can start and finish your course at your preferred time.
  • ​​​​​​Self-study: with self-study, you study the available learning materials and you have access to the online learning environment. There's no contact with the teacher. You can start at any time.
  • In company: When a company has a sufficient number of participants, it is also possible to take this course as an in-company training. This saves time and travel costs and we can also offer an in company course at a reduced price per participant. Special emphasis can be placed on elements of the training that are important to the company. You can contact us for a tailor-made offer.

Course approach

The participant studies the subject prior to the session and can make questions in the online learning environment. Through the learning environment, the teacher can monitor the progress of the participants. As a result, problems they may encounter can be discussed. Insights from practice are used in the preparation of the course, in addition to the course material. There is plenty of room for personal input and discussion. The course is given in English and ends with an exam training.

Course material

During the course the official and most recent English course material is used:

  • APICS CLTD learning system
  • APICS CLTD student slides

APICS online learning system:

  • Online exam questions and module specific tests
  • Online glossary
  • Concept tests (e-flashcards)
  • Online study guide
  • APICS CLTD practice exams and reports to be able to analyze the results
  • Download course books for e-reader or tablet
  • Study planning tool based on a knowledge test
  • App: online dictionary

Online learning environment Visie Partners. Visie Partners has developed its own online learning environment. With this unique learning environment, Visie Partners offers online study opportunities with background information and practice questions. These extra exercises provide insight to the participant and teacher into the study progress. This online learning environment is available for both the e-learning participants and for participants who attend course sessions.

The APICS CLTD courses are given at various locations in the Netherlands. The training course consists of 10 three-hour evening classes.

Course schedules and locations:

The next opportunities to follow the CLTD are listed below.

Amsterdam CLTD day course

Friday 28 January 2022
from 9.30 - 16.45
Full course schedule

Rotterdam evening course

Monday 14 March 2022
from 18.45 - 21.45
Full course schedule

CLTD Online

Monday 31 October 2022
from CET 18.45 - CET 21.45
Full course schedule

Time investment

The study time of APICS CLTD will be between 90 and 140 hours. The study time varies on the experience and training of each participant. The study effort will consist of the following:

  • Day course (approx. 7 hours) or evening course (3 hours)
  • Preparation course meeting (approx. 5 - 10 hours)
  • Exam preparation

Financial investment

The costs of the course are mentioned below and include course materials, online learning environments, exam training, and coffee/tea. The daytime course includes lunch. 


€ 2.750,-

10 evening sessions or 5 day sessions

CLTD online classroom

€ 2.650,-

10 sessions / 3 hours

CLTD e-learning

€ 2.175,-

3 contact moments + e-mail contact

CLTD self-study

€ 1.195,-

Course material and online environment

    option: Individual online exam training of approximately 3 hours for € 250, which can be booked at any time.

In certain circumstances, both the costs of the course and the exam fees are tax-deductible for the employer or the participant. Please contact your tax consultant for more information or check www.belastingdienst.nl.

In order to purchase an exam, you can go to our exam portal apics-exam.eu. On this page, you can also see the current exam pricing. When the exam request form has been filled, it is possible after three working days to plan your exam from your ascm account. . When you opt to purchase an ASCM membership, it can take up to a week. 

Our general terms and conditions apply. All prices mentioned are excluding VAT. We reserve the right to change the course and exam fees, as long as no agreement has been reached.

Exam and maintenance

After passing the APICS CLTD exam, you receive the official certificate and are officially certified for 5 years. You then have the right to use the name of the course as a title behind your name. The certificate can be extended by 5 years if the student maintains the acquired knowledge. Examples to do this are organizing or attending supply chain related activities or participating in courses.

We offer certified professionals that have obtained their certificate via Visie Partners the opportunity to earn maintenance points for maintaining their title. Customers of Visie Partners have the opportunity to take part in company visits and network meetings related to operations- or supply chain management. No membership is required for this.

Participants can register for the exam via www.apics-exam.eu. On this website, all exam prices and information about the exam registration procedure can be found.

Participants who have actively participated in the course but do not take an exam can be given a certificate of participation on request. An administration fee will be charged.

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