Advanced International Logistics Certificate - College of Technology - University of Houston
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Advanced International Logistics Certificate

(3 Certificates, 5 days, 40 hours)

Course Description

The Advanced International Logistics Certificate (AILC) is a Suite of 12 Courses designed for both experienced professionals, and for young professionals seeking to expand their career in transportation, logistics and supply chain management.

The training consists of three certificates that can be taken separately or combined:

  • Certificate Level 1: Fundamentals in Logistics and Supply Chain Certificate (16 Hours)
  • Certificate Level 2: International Transportation Certificate (24 Hours)
  • Certificate Level 1 + 2: Advanced International Logistics Certificate (40 Hours)

This training enables participants to apply this knowledge within their profession, by presenting modern strategies that improve lean logistics and supply chain operations. Individuals that have successfully passed the comprehensive examination, will obtain a prestigious certification issued by the University of Houston, a Tier-One global University.

This is a highly acclaimed certification offered by the UH Logistics and Transportation Policy Program, taken by several successful professionals both regionally and globally.

Course Layout

The ILC is a ­five-day instructional course taught by experienced industry professionals from major logistics corporations.

Two courses per day, one 4-hour segment plus one 3-hour segment Supply Chain, Documentary Credits, and Logistics provided by educators with practical experience in the industry.

Total training includes:

  • 12 courses
  • 42 hours of instruction
  • 1 hour of testing

Certain U.S.- centric content may be "localized" to market practices

Certificate Level 1
Fundamentals in Logistics and Supply Chain Certificate

(2 days or 16 hours)


1) Supply Chain Overview

In this survey course, all of the elements of the supply chain are identified. Linkages from one element of the chain to another are reviewed. It addresses the theory of supply chain management. Participants will examine the business impact of product movements within the value chain.

2) Transportation Economics

Since transportation is the link, which holds the supply chain together, the need for transportation to be value added and cost optimized is examined here. The different costs and rate basis for each mode will be discussed. Impacts of a wide variety of factors on transportation costs will be addressed in order that the elements, which are essential to generate the best value for the customer and service provider are understood.

3) Intermediaries

Intermediaries are essential to timely, successful movement of cargo from origin to destination. This course will describe these different types of service providers and the various services offered in the supply chain. The discussion will include the differences and similarities of the role of these providers and their offerings in different areas of the world.

4) Inventory Management

The different uses of inventory, the importance of inventory strategy, and examples of different strategies are discussed. Different patterns of inventory flow, and the utilization of equipment to optimize those flows will be illustrated. The concept of inventory accuracy and its importance to the financial organization and cash flow will be demonstrated. Real examples will be offered so that each student can identify the relevance to his or her own experience.

5) Documentation

This course reviews all of the required documents and corresponding regulatory agencies used to move a shipment to/from the United States. Forms are specifically examined and common mistakes identified in an effort to provide a practical hands-on capability to use the forms.

Certificate Level 2
International Transportation Certificate

(3 days or 24 hours)


6) Global Sourcing

In today’s world, companies buy parts, supplies, and products from all over the world. Sourcing internationally brings opportunities and challenges, including legal, regulatory and risk which will be identified and discussed. Other considerations of international business are incorporated, including culture, language, economic sophistication, banking and physical transportation.

7) International Transportation Regulations

An overview of the key regulations, such as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, provides an understanding of how to ensure that shipments are moved legally throughout the world. This course focuses on US origin/destination cargo, including elements of laws outside the US as examples of how to legally move cargo.

8) Import Procedures

This course includes the basic steps and documents required to import cargo into the US. Particularly, the relationship with US Customs, for cargo clearance and customs duty application is examined in detail. Supporting service providers, such as licensed customs brokers and security clearances will be discussed.

9) Export Procedures

This course includes all of the basic steps and documents required to move a US origin piece of cargo outside of the country. The use of supporting service providers, such as freight forwarders, cargo packers, and government agencies will be examined, with the goal that the essentials of an export shipment are clear and understood.

10) INCO Terms

This essential information in a contract between buyers and sellers globally will be examined. The financial and operational responsibilities of both the buyer and seller are specifically identified. The assumption of risk for each party for each of the 11 INCO terms will be unveiled. Common mistakes and myths will be identified.

11) Risk Management/Insurance

The concept of balancing the risk of transactions with the reward of successful completion is reviewed in practical real-world examples. The introduction of insurance to minimize risk and how much risk is minimized will also be discussed. Examples of when risk is greater than reward are demonstrated. Graphic examples of situations in which insurance could have played a role are shown. This course is also known as the "Disaster Show".

12) Letters of Credit and Other Payment Choices

Paying for your transactions in the international marketplace brings unique challenges and this course provides the rationale for using letters of credit and other financing and payment options. Step-by-step process reviews of the issuing/payment process are examined, in order to thoroughly understand just how and when these documentary options can be used successfully.

Written Exam

A minimum written test score of 70% is required. Exam questions are multiple choice format. The exam series includes questions relating to definitions, understandings of concepts, discussion of the relative merits of various issues, as well as the development of approaches to hypothetical situations.