Harper College

Logistics Certificate

Earn a career-ready certificate

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  • Credit hours: 12
  • Stackable to degree: Yes
  • Potential job outcomes: Logistics analyst, sourcing specialist, transportation coordinator, warehouse operations

Prepare for a career in logistics operations with this 12-credit-hour certificate program. You’ll learn the details of transportation, warehouse operations, material handling, packaging and overall logistics design and strategy.

Take classes in supply chain management, transportation, warehouse operations and logistics design/strategy. All courses are taught by skilled instructors who are extremely knowledgeable across all areas of logistics and supply chain management.

Take advantage of Harper's Fast Track program and complete all four certificates in supply chain management in one year. This certificate can also be completed in conjunction with the Adult Education program.

Certificate program requirements

This 12 credit-hour certificate program is designed for those currently employed in or seeking employment in logistics and related positions. Topics covered will provide the graduate with knowledge of transportation, warehouse operations, material handling, packaging and overall logistics design and strategy. The Associate in Applied Science in Manufacturing Technology includes a specialized study area for Supply Chain Management. Please refer to Manufacturing Technology in this section of the catalog if you are interested in pursuing a degree in this discipline.


Number Course Title Credits
SCM 101 3

Description:  Introduces Supply Chain Management (SCM) and the end-to-end (E2E) business processes necessary to achieve market and financial value, as well as competitive advantage. SCM is achieved by an organization proactively adopting initiatives to move suppliers and customers into collaborative relationships for mutual gain. Attention is focused on the fundamentals including customer service, fulfillment, demand planning and forecasting, inventory control, procurement, storeroom/warehousing, production control/operations, and physical distribution/logistics. All topics focus on technology, financial trends and career paths within the field.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

SCM 123 3

Description:  Reviews the framework of the transportation/distribution component of Logistics as part of the broader Supply Chain, and how it is a key component of the strategy and customer service for an organization. Provides an overview of various transportation systems and the impact on costs and service that each system provides. Examines the different types of modes and routings, and the impacts of regulatory and environmental decisions. Reviews the operational aspects of the transportation function, responsibilities for the key job functions associated with transportation, and overall trends within the industry.

Prerequisite: SCM 101 or consent of program coordinator.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

SCM 124 3

Description:  Provides an overview of the movement of goods within a warehouse environment, including the overall concepts of material handling, warehouse management, and packaging. Covers topics such as warehouse automation, containerization, palletization, conveyor systems, racking, kitting, picking and sorting. Reviews concepts such as the strategic nature of distribution centers versus traditional warehousing, and the overall impact of packaging beyond just product protection. Discusses the overall organizational structure and impact of warehouse operations as part of the broader supply chain.

Prerequisite: SCM 101 or consent of program coordinator.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

SCM 228 3

Description:  Provides a comprehensive view of existing logistics practices and strategies within a global economy. Explores ways to create a competitive advantage through logistics principles and network design models, and outlines an approach for integrating logistics as a core competency within an organization's supply chain strategy.

Prerequisite: SCM 101 and SCM 123, or consent of program coordinator.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

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Next steps

For more information about logistics courses at Harper College, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.

Please note: This program is not financial aid eligible.

Last Updated: 12/14/23