The CILT(UK) Level 5 Professional Diploma is designed for professionals already working within logistics and transport sectors. It is most suited to those who are aspiring to middle management positions in specialist functional areas, such as supply chain management, transport planning or transport operations. The Diploma is also suitable for graduates from other disciplines who are entering the sector for the first time, especially as part of a graduate development programme.
This Level 5 Qualification enhances a learner’s new or existing expertise in supply chain, passenger transport, road freight or transport planning environments, as well as developing core management skills.
The Qualification consists of one mandatory management unit, an elective unit from a choice of three and two optional units. You can also choose to study a second elective unit as one of your optional units.
PD01 Management in Logistics and Transport
This unit presents learners with the fundamental management knowledge required of managers in the logistics and transport industry.
It covers the internal and external structures of organisations, governance within organisations and those financial and planning techniques necessary to maintain organisational health. It delivers the knowledge and understanding of the key elements of management practice that are fundamental to both commercial and non-commercial organisations.
Elective Units – you must select at least one of these units
PD02 Supply Chain Management
This unit introduces the main principles, concepts and practices of supply chain management and covers four main themes: What is a supply chain and supply chain planning? Why is it important in any business? How does the supply chain operate? What are the principles for supply chain improvement? The global nature of supply chains is emphasised.
PD03 Transport Operations
This unit provides the basis for professionals within the transport industry to understand the principles of effective, safe and legal movement of goods and people by the principal modes in both a national and international context. This unit covers the nature of transport, an appreciation of its supply and demand characteristics and the different ways in which the transport product can be delivered effectively and efficiently.
PD04 Transport Planning
This unit presents the key generic aspects of transport planning. It provides foundation knowledge of the concepts and principles which govern the transport planning process. This unit looks at the nature and purpose of transport planning, the interactions between transport and land use and the transport planning process.
This unit addresses the application of inventory techniques within industry and the contribution that managing inventory can make to supply chain performance. It shows how effective inventory strategy can lead to competitive advantage through improvements in customer service, operational efficiency and the utilisation of company assets.
PD06 Movement of Goods
This unit provides essential knowledge for the movement of goods in a national and international context. It addresses the responses of the transport operator to the characteristics of goods and places the latter’s movements in the context of the total logistics concept. Choice of mode, vehicle and route are integral and the external and internal issues relating to modal infrastructures are featured. A further key element is the location of infrastructure, and the operation of interchanges together with their supporting information links.
PD07 Movement of People
This unit provides the essential knowledge and understanding of the movement of people in a national and international context. It addresses the responses of the operator of passenger transport to the characteristics of movements. Key elements are the operation of the interchange points and location together with the vital communications links that supply the control and confirmation of movement.
PD08 Production Planning
This unit provides the fundamental knowledge required by managers in the logistics business sector involved in the flow of materials through a production process. It covers production planning as part of the logistics system and how this fits into a company’s supply chain strategy. This unit views the logistics of production planning processes in terms of the creation of value to the customers, delivering sustainable competitive advantage and minimising waste.
PD09 Retail Logistics
This unit formulates and applies principles and practices of supply chain management to retailing focusing on retail logistics nationally and globally. This unit considers the ways in which changes in society, business organisation and retail structures have impacted upon logistics activity in retailing.
PD10 Sourcing and Procurement
This unit covers the role and strategy of sourcing and the procurement processes that follow. It addresses the integration of these processes within the overall corporate strategy and covers the measurement and use of performance and financial controls which aid efficient and effective supplier management.
PD11 Transport Planning Techniques
This unit presents the technical processes involved in transport planning. It provides technical knowledge on the quantitative processes that underpin the transport planning process. It incorporates the development of strategic plans at a national, regional and local level.
PD12 Transport and Society
This unit addresses the issues surrounding transport and its relationship with society. It reviews the impact of demography, politics and environmental factors on the development of transport for both passengers and freight. A further key element is the effect of residential choices and employment patterns on the needs for transport.
This unit covers the role of the warehouse and how warehouse strategy fits into an organisation’s logistics strategy. The key elements covered are the operational functions of a warehouse, its technology and effective control. The unit delivers the knowledge and understanding of the key elements of warehouse management practice which are fundamental to both commercial and non-commercial organisations alike.
PD14 International Business
This unit deals with the complex issues of the identification and management of risk inherent in an international supply chain and how government trade policies/promotion and inter-governmental regulation impact on international business practice. The key issues addressed include developing both a global logistics strategy and the competence necessary to implement and manage a global logistics operation.
PD15 Project Management
This unit deals with projects and the elements of managing a project. It takes the learner step by step through the project management process including assessing feasibility, designing, planning, implementing, managing, recording and making the final assessment of projects carried out in a controlled environment.
PD16 Supply Chain Flow Planning
This unit deals with the issues of identifying the demand for products and then balancing it with the appropriate supply. It addresses key issues involved with determining the level of demand followed by an exploration of aspects of supply planning, highlighting the need for different strategies for different products. The unit also covers the use of inventory to balance the flows between supply and demand, together with managing issues surrounding the attainment of a consensus supply chain plan.
PD17 Supply Chain Network Planning
This unit provides the learner with the knowledge to plan implement and manage a supply chain network in which products flow from their source to the end user. It deals with the complex issues of identifying the network requirements for different types of facilities based upon cost and service criteria.