Certificate in Commercial Logistics Level 5

Logistics is the science of planning, organising and managing activities that provide goods and services right through to consumers. It’s getting the right product to the right place at the right time with the right quality and at the right price.

Start your logistics career here. Job opportunities after graduation include import/export clerk, customs broker, inventory controller, purchasing officer, container controller and so on. Over 90% of our graduates get jobs in our local booming logistics industry.

Programme Details

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Specialisations in Freight Forwarding and Shipping

Take your career in logistics from B to A
With two distinct certificates offered – the MIT Certificate in Commercial Logistics and the MIT Certificate in Commercial Logistics (Shipping) – you’ve got your promotion covered. The Certificate in Commercial Logistics is ideal for those in the industry who want to up-skill and progress to management positions.

As an employee already working in the freight forwarding and shipping sectors of the transport industry, you’ll get to build on your existing skills and knowledge base. After completing core courses in sea, road and rail, and dangerous goods, you’ll choose specialist courses in freight forwarding or shipping.

The freight forwarding option has been specifically designed for those wanting to obtain the international FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding – MIT is the only provider in New Zealand authorised to offer FIATA international accreditation.

After graduating you’ll be ready to start working in management and supervisory roles. Or you can take your study to the next level with industry-specific MIT graduate diplomas or a Bachelor of Applied Management).

Programme Code MN0558
Study Method Distance learning only
Qualification MIT Certificate
Duration Three semesters (part-time)
Applications Close when the programme is full
Start Dates February and July
Level 5
Credits 60
Fees Enquire upon application

Offered by

New Zealand Maritime School

Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements: 

  • Must currently be employed in the New Zealand forwarding or shipping industry 
  • Be referred by their employer or have at least two years experience in the freight forwarding or shipping industry 
  • Applicants must also be able to demonstrate the discipline for self-directed study at this level, and the motivation to learn. These attributes will be assessed through an interview process 
  • Have English language competence to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English.  Any applicants whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 6.0 (with no score below 5.5) or equivalent. 

This programme will not be offered to international students due to the requirements of industry resources and support. 

The interview will be undertaken by telephone.  The staff member conducting the interview will complete an interview evaluation form. The purpose of the interview is to outline the programme and to ensure the student is aware of the course content and assessment policies. The interview will also assess the entry criteria of discipline and motivation.  The interview will also ensure that the applicant has applied for the most appropriate level of programme by assessing work experience, prior learning and aptitude. 

Following the interview, the panel will decide whether the prospective student should be accepted or declined entry to the programme.

Prospective students who meet the entry criteria will be accepted until the course is full.

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Faculty Dean.

Programme Summary

This programme comprises three core complusory courses, plus either four compulsory specialist courses in Freight Forwarding or three compulsory specialist courses in Shipping.

Students complete the following courses:

  • Sea Transport and Containers
  • Road and Rail Transport
  • Dangerous Goods – Land and Sea.

Specialist Freight Forwarding Courses
Students complete four of the following:

  • Freight Forwarding and Logistics
  • Air Transport and Insurance
  • Customs Procedures
  • Dangerous Goods – Air.

Specialist Shipping Courses
Students complete three of the following:

  • Shipping Practice
  • Cargo Management and Logistics
  • Marine Protection and Indemnity Claims.

Further Training or Study

MIT Graduate Certificate in Shipping
MIT Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management
Bachelor of Applied Management. Graduates of the Freight Forwarding specialisation will also be eligible to apply for the FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding (additional fees may apply).

Career Opportunities

Management positions in the shipping and freight sector such as port agencies, importing or exporting, shipping, air freight, freight forwarding, customs agency and general transport; or in the supply chain sector such as transportation, distribution and warehousing.

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