Level 5

Study logistics and distribution

Make the most of a career in the logistics industry and set yourself up for advancement or entry into supply chain management where the job options keep expanding.

Programme highlights

Make the most of a career in the logistics industry.

This certificate will set you up for advancement or entry into supply chain management where the job options keep expanding.

You will gain skills in:

  • Supply chain demand
  • Transport and distribution systems
  • Inventory control
  • Procurement management.

Study 100% online, with opportunities to come to onsite classes at MIT Manukau in the evenings.

Study Logistics at MIT

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • 60 NCEA credits at level 2 with a minimum of
    • 12 NCEA credits in English at level 2
    • 12 NCEA credits in mathematics at level 2


  • Completed the New Zealand Certificate of Distribution (Level 4)


  • Completed the New Zealand Certificate of International Freight Logistics (Level 4)


  • Completed a New Zealand certificate in a business discipline (level 5)
Other requirements for distance online delivery mode students
  • Access to a computer (preferably a laptop) and reliable high-speed internet service
  • Internet Explorer or Firefox (latest) or Chrome
  • Headset with microphone and it is recommended access to webcam if no camera on the device.

Provisional entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme or training scheme may be eligible to be enrolled. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements may also be eligible to be enrolled in exceptional circumstances where they can demonstrate capability for study at the required level. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School.

Programme structure

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below five courses (60 credits):

183.510 Supply chain communication (10 credits)

  • Communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders within a supply chain environment
  • Learn professional business communication methods and practices
  • Learn elements of effective communication strategy.

522.523 Procurement (20 credits)

This very large and comprehensive course is at the core of supply chain strategy. You will learn to understand the principles, techniques and methodologies for working in purchasing and procurement at an operational decision-making level. Aspects include:

  • Purchasing definition, evolution, role, activities and skills
  • Generic procurement structure processes and strategies
  • Purchase order cycle and lead time
  • Inventory control theory
  • Products and product life cycle (PLC)
  • Cost analysis and trade-offs factors
  • Supplier selection evaluation and contract responsibilities
  • Performance measures
  • Forecasting accuracy
  • Manufacturing requirement planning
  • Sales and operations (S&OP)
  • Quality management lean and six sigma (SS)
  • Technology and eCommerce.

723.501 Logistics health and safety (10 credits)

Learn to monitor and maintain legislative and company requirements to contribute to a safe and effective workplace. Aspects to be covered on this course include:

  • Legislation
  • Health and safety manual
  • Best practice
  • Specific industry terminology
  • Use of personal protective equipment
  • Workplace safety such as hazard identification and accident registers
  • Responsibilities under health and safety legislation
  • Safe work practices
  • Dangerous goods processes and legislation.

944.522 Warehouse and distribution (10 credits)

Understand the principles, techniques and methodologies to work in distribution and inventory management at an operational, decision-making level. Aspects include:

  • Types of inventory
  • Warehouse management theories
  • Customer service levels and responsive demand
  • Order to cash cycle
  • Warehouse management systems (WMS) and types of distribution channels
  • End to end logistic processes
  • Customer relationship management end to end processes
  • Third (3PL) and fourth (4PL) party logistics, outsourcing and contact logistics
  • Supply chain management (SCM) and logistics cost overview
  • Key performance indicators (KPI) and six sigma lean
  • Efficient consumer response (ECR) and quick response (QR)
  • Technology and innovation.

944.524 Network planning (10 credits)

  • Learn to appropriately apply working knowledge to plan and coordinate transport network activities in a supply chain
  • Examine facility locations decisions and considerations, including costs, demand, single or multiple, proximity, business environment, nodal points, service and retail factors and use facility location tools
  • Learn the practicalities of facility location and distribution issues and procedures
  • Conduct network planning based on logistic costs, customer service levels and profit contribution
  • Perform network mathematical routing scheduling and selection of tools.
Careers and pathways

Further training or study

Career opportunities

  • Positions in warehousing operational areas such as inventory control, or warehouse manager
  • Positions in procurement such as buyer, asset manager, or supply chain analyst
  • Positions in distribution such as systems analyst, team coordinator, or inventory manager.

For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Your work experience or previous tertiary study may count towards achieving your qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at MIT is designed for those who already have on-the-job skills and knowledge, but want to take their career to the next level with a qualification.

With RPL we can measure and match your existing skills against credits in our courses – creating a tailored path of study that will not only save you money but also help you to complete your qualification faster. Learn more.

Information is correct as at 4 November 2022. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2023 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2023 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2023 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2023 are based on the 2022 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2023. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.