You might ask: "What’s the payback for professional certification, particularly when economic conditions are challenging and spending is tight?" Good question. Whatever the economic climate, it’s always wise to invest in yourself. But when times are tougher, companies really lean on—and value—people with strong supply chain logistics expertise. People with strong abilities can literally make or break their business. And pros with specialized logistics expertise and a designation from CITT to prove it can deliver value in many ways.
CITT-Certified Logistics Professionals can deliver:
Many professionals decide to invest in their own professional certification. Doing so is a proven investment to boost your earning power, enhance your advancement prospects and support your continuing employability—as well as give you a hedge against the dynamics of our crazy, cyclical economy. But don’t be shy about asking your employer to support your professional development plan, too. Independent research indicates that 81% of employers in our sector will pay for education.2 The people who ask for career development usually get it.
The most objective study in the Supply Chain sector recently concluded that there are better career outcomes for certified professionals who belong to their certifying organizations, such as CITT—including earning a higher salary than their uncertified peers.3 And experience shows that people who carry a nationally recognized, industry-granted professional credential are in a much stronger position to compete for jobs and get other career enhancements than those without credentials.4
So your decision to earn and maintain your CCLP credential pays off by:
The credibility and reputation of your CCLP designation is the core value you'll receive from your CITT membership. CCLP will quickly and clearly communicate your specialized logistics expertise, your experience and integrity as a professional. And beyond that, sector research shows that members can get an annual salary boost equivalent to the entire cost of taking all 10 CITT courses.3 Meaning your certification could pay for itself—and then some, if you need to take fewer than 10 courses to earn it—in your very first year as a CITT-Certified Logistics Professional. And once you're certified, the annual membership fee can pay for itself in less than 8 weeks, even if you only take advantage of a few of the value-added benefits available to you as a certified CITT member, with a benefit-to-cost ratio greater than 10:1.
The professional designation from CITT has proven supply chain industry relevance and recognition, and outranks all other logistics designations 3:1.5 CCLP is also the supply chain sector's leading non-purchasing-oriented professional credential.6 Fully 50% of logistics professionals choose CCLP.7
1. Driscoll, Mary. Research: Why Companies Keep Getting Blind-Sided by Risk: Harvard Business Review, July 18, 2013.
2. "2010 Salary Survey Results", Canadian Manufacturing, Materials Management & Distribution, September-October 2010.
3. Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. 2012 HR Study Update. Pg. 38.
4. Clayson, Tracy. "Learning Curve: What are you worth?" Canadian Manufacturing, Distribution and Transportation News, October 31, 2011.
5. "12th Annual Survey of the Canadian Logistics Professional", Canadian Transportation & Logistics, January 2011.
6. Salary Study, Materials Management & Distribution/Purchasingb2b.
7. "11th Annual Survey of the Canadian Logistics Professional", Canadian Transportation & Logistics, February 2010.