Pittsburgh, PA, -  Today, at the APICS The Association for Operations Management conference, a convention of over 2,500 manufacturing industry leaders, The Manufacturing Institute announced new partners in the development of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) career pathway in manufacturing. The pathway includes stackable credentials from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC), the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (ASTL) and APICS.

The foundational credentials in the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Pathway are MSSC’s Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) certificate and Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) certification.  These credentials address the core competencies of higher skilled, front-line (entry-level to first line of supervision) material handling and distribution workers across the supply chain: from factories, to warehouses, to distribution centers to transporters.

ASTL provides three certifications: (1) Global Logistics Associate (GLA), an entry level certification that recognizes individuals who successfully demonstrate an understanding of the essentials of the global supply chain network; (2) Professional Designation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (PLS), a mid-level credential that certifies a professionals understanding of international value-creating networks; and (3) Certification in Transportation and Logistics (CTL), the senior-level credential for professionals who demonstrate a complete understanding of transportation and logistics issues.

APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) encompasses skills and competencies needed to understand and evaluate production and inventory activities within a company's global operations.  APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designates professional mastery and expertise in the global supply chain management.

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