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The Global Logistics Associate Endorsement

The Global Logistics Associate (GLA) is an internationally recognized endorsement program that acknowledges the completion of rigorous coursework and successful completion of an exam. This program is ideal for professionals starting out in the field of logistics, transportation, supply chain and associated functions necessary for the delivery of goods.

The GLA program may be taken as in-house training or at an APICS endorsed concurrent program. APICS endorsed programs have demonstrated excellence in four areas, including curriculum, faculty, students, and assessment. 

Earn your GLA and demonstrate knowledge in these areas:

  1. Workplace Skills: The purpose of this unit is to teach you a variety of knowledge-based skills related to employability and personal interaction with supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates. In addition it will help enhance your understanding of essential job functions.
  2. Supply Chain Management: Supply chain management involves management of the physical flow of materials from the original point of manufacturing to the final point of consumption at the end consumer. Supply chain management includes both physical material as well as the data that corresponds to planning and execution of the material. The purpose of this unit is to help you understand the various functions involved in managing a company's supply chain.
  3. Logistics and Transportation: Upon completion of this unit you will understand the various modes of transportation, be able to describe a domestic freight system, and know the various government compliance entities and rules that govern transportation operations.
  4. Warehouse Operations: Warehouse management is an important element in supply chain management. The receipt, storage, handling, and shipping of materials are all warehouse functions that play a critical role in the supply chain. Upon completion of this unit you will be well versed in understanding the complex role of warehousing, its role, and compliance regulations.
  5. SCM Information Technology: Information technology is the force behind the explosion of the global market. In order to succeed in the logistics world an associate must have basic knowledge of the computer systems and software that oversee the supply chain. This unit gives you working knowledge of basic office computer applications as well as an overview of software specific to supply chain functions.
View the GLA Exam Bulletin for additional exam information.