ASTL is Merged with APICS. Please check the APICS Section for More Details


ASTL is a professional organization founded in 1946 by a group of industry leaders to insure a high level of professionalism and promote continuing education in the field of transportation and logistics. The CTL (Certified in Transportation and Logistics) Certification Program began in 1948. ASTL also offers the Professional Designation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (PLS), the Distinguished Logistics Professional (DLP), and the Global Logistics Associate (GLA).

ASTL's mission is to facilitate education and certification in the fields of transportation, logistics, and supply chain management. ASTL's membership of shippers, carriers, educators, students, consultants and third-party logistics individuals are dedicated to continuing education and are committed to raising the professional standards in the industry.

ASTL helps you underscore your knowledge and experience by providing you with globally recognized credentials: the PLS and CTL. ASTL Certification is based on a self-study program with online exam modules. Each module utilizes textbooks, and is supported by a study guide and sample questions. ASTL partners with universities, community colleges, and industry organizations offering education toward certification.

ASTL & APICS have merged.

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Certification & Training Programs

Certification Programs

  • Professional Designation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (PLS): The professional designation in logistics and supply chain management (PLS) certifies that you have developed a core competency of knowledge in this field. PLS training topics include issues confronting supply chain managers around the globe: competitive strategy, customer value and service, logistics costs and performance, responsiveness, lead-time management, collaboration across multiple enterprises, globalization, risk management, integration of supply chain processes, and transforming the logistics organization. Knowledge represented by the PLS designation is fundamental for understanding logistics and supply chain management, and prepares you for a rewarding career in this challenging profession.
  • Certification in Transportation and Logistics (CTL): The CTL (Certified in Transportation and Logistics) recognizes professionals who demonstrate understanding of the fundamentals of the profession through successful completion of three required modules and three optional modules. The modules and associated examinations are prepared by a Board of Examiners consisting of Certified Educator Members within ASTL. It is possible for candidates to receive waivers on the basis of education. All CTL candidates must be members of ASTL and have a bachelor’s degree or three years of professional experience.
  • Distinguished Logistics Professional (DLP): This membership recognizes industry leaders with over twenty years experience inthe field, members must be approved by the ASTL Board of Directors by an active AST&L member. The Board determines approval following a review of the nominee’s credentials including two letters of recommendation. To maintain the DLP membership, it must be renewed annually.
  • Global Logistics Associate (GLA): Global Logistics Associate (GLA) – High School and entry level certification. The Global Logistics Associate (GLA) is a nationally recognized certification program that acknowledges the completion of rigorous coursework in logistics and supply chain for entry level positions. This certification program focuses on the general knowledge of logistics/supply chain and the associated functions necessary for the delivery of goods. Obtaining the GLA requires successful completion of a comprehensive exam. This program was developed through a partnership with the Employ Florida Banner Center for Logistics and Distribution.

ASTL L.L. WATERS Scholarship

The L.L. Waters Scholarship Program was established to encourage advanced undergraduate study and graduate study in the field of Transportation/Logistics/Physical Distribution, for the purpose of preparing persons of high potential for professional careers in the field. The Scholarship has been named in honor of Dr. L.L. Waters, University Professor Emeritus of Transportation and Business History in Indiana University's School of Business, in recognition of his many contributions to undergraduate and graduate level education in transportation and logistics during a teaching career of more than three decades.

  • The Scholarship: L.L. Waters Scholarships are awarded in the amount of ,000. Each recipient of the scholarship is accorded the designation "L.L. Waters Scholar." The winner is determined by the Trustees of the L.L. Waters Scholarship Fund.
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate students in their junior year at a fully accredited four-year U.S. college or university, who are enrolled in a degree program in which Transportation/logistics is their area of concentration are eligible. Students enrolled in, or accepted to, a fully accredited college or university in the pursuit of graduate studies in transportation/logistics/physical distribution as their concentration of study, are also eligible. Recipients are selected without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Awards will be on a competitive basis, based upon scholastic performance and potential, and evidence of the degree of commitment to the pursuit of a professional career in transportation/logistics.
  • Application Procedures: Students who wish to apply for the L.L. Waters Scholarship must do so by submitting a correctly completed application form to the Scholarship Judging Panel, American Society of Transportation and Logistics. This form must be accompanied by an official transcript. Letters of recommendation must be received separately from two faculty members in the applicant's school who have major teaching and research commitments in transportation/logistics/supply chain management.

ASTL is Merged with APICS. Please check the APICS Section for More Details