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Advanced International Logistics Certificate

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.

Advanced International Logistics Certificate (Online).

This is a self-paced online course that busy industry professionals typically complete in 4 weeks (part-time study), or 10 days (full-time study).




The training consists of three certificates:

  • Certificate Level 1: Fundamentals in Logistics and Supply Chain Certificate (5 Units)
  • Certificate Level 2: International Transportation Certificate (4 Units)
  • Certificate Level 3: Advanced International Logistics Certificate (3 Units)

Module 1

Unit (1) Supply Chain Overview
This unit offers an overview of each element and dimension of a supply chain. Linkages from one element of the chain to another are reviewed. The key theories of supply chain management are identified. Participants will examine the business impact of product movements within the value chain.

Unit (2) Transportation Economics
This section examines transportation as the link, which holds the supply chain together, and verifies the need for transportation to be value-added and cost-optimized. 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 supplier are evaluated.

Unit (3) Intermediaries
Intermediaries are essential to the timely, successful movement of cargo from origin to destination. The use of intermediaries promotes trade by becoming the link between buyers and sellers. This unit will describe the four key types of intermediaries, i.e. agents, wholesalers, distributors, and retailers, and the type of services they offer 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.

Unit (4) Inventory
The different uses of inventory, the importance of inventory strategy, and examples of different strategies are discussed. The concept of inventory accuracy and its importance to the financial organization and cash flow will be demonstrated. Modern trends of distribution centers vs. warehousing systems and the role of modern technologies to optimize those flows will be illustrated. Case studies on different industry segments are provided for students to identify the significance of inventory.

Unit (5) Documentation
This unit reviews all of the required documents and corresponding regulatory agencies used to move a shipment to and from the United States. Forms are specifically examined, in an effort to provide a practical hands-on capability to use the forms. This is the last unit of Module 1, and its materials are relevant to the subsequent units of this program.

Module 2

Unit (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.

Unit (7) International Regulations
This course helps trainees understand the legal framework applied in global sales contracts, transportation contracts, and Contracts of Affreightment. An overview of Lex Mercatoria, the United Nations’ Convention for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), and the U.S. Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). Regulations, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) ensure the legitimate movement of shipments around the world.

Unit (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 services involving the ACE system, licensed customs brokers and security clearance will be discussed.

Unit (9) Export Procedures
This unit includes all of the basic steps and documents required to export cargoes from the US to other countries. The process involving collaborations with supporting service providers, such as freight forwarders, cargo packers, and government agencies will be examined.

Module 3

Unit (10) Incoterms (2020)
This unit covers the Incoterms 2020, as an essential component in a contract between buyers and sellers. Elements of liability, as well as financial and operational responsibilities for the buyer and seller,  are specifically identified. Common mistakes and risks for both seller/exporter and buyer/importer, in each INCO term, will be discussed.

Unit (11) Risk Management/Insurance This unit covers the elements of risk and the need for insurance throughout the entire supply chain. Evaluating the theories and practice of risk management for successful commercial transactions, while providing real-world examples. Assessing the role of insurance as a means of minimizing or mitigating risk. Case studies highlight the significance of risk and insurance are provided.

Unit (12) Modern Payment Applications: Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Letters of Credit, and Other Payment Choices This unit demonstrates the modern payment applications such as Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies, as well as traditional methods such as Letters of Credit and others. It demonstrates the unique challenges and opportunities for payment transactions, in the international marketplace. It provides the rationale for using blockchain, cryptocurrencies, letters of credit and other financing and settlement considerations. Evaluating step-by-step the issuing/payment processes, while demonstrating how the selection of the appropriates tools can be used successfully.