Professional development and training in transport
Learn how your career in transport and logistics can be enhanced through postgraduate study, professional qualifications and membership of professional bodies
Do I need to do postgraduate study?
For most roles in this sector postgraduate qualifications are not required.
But in growth areas such as logistics, if you do not have a related undergraduate degree then taking an MSc in logistics and supply chain management could give you a real advantage.
Research any companies that you are interested in working for, as some will support employees to study a Masters degree on a part-time basis. For example, Transport for London (TfL) offers day release to study for an MSc in transport planning for appropriate graduates in the second year of employment.
For many roles further training through professional bodies may be an advantage for career progression.
For more information on entry requirements and career development in the transport and logistics sector, see job profiles.
Should I join a professional body?
For some jobs you may need a qualification provided or accredited by a professional body. In these cases, membership of a professional body is compulsory in order to be qualified to do the job.
In other jobs, membership of a professional job is voluntary, but it can still be valuable for developing networks, continuing professional development (CPD) and keeping up to date with advances in the industry.
For more information about entry requirements for specific positions, see graduate jobs in transport and logistics.
Which professional qualifications are recognised in the transport and logistics sector?
A wide range of professional qualifications are recognised, including:
- British International Freight Association (BIFA) - represents the international freight services industry and offers training to members in air cargo security, customs procedures, dangerous goods, freight forwarding procedures and health and safety;
- The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) UK - an organisation for those working with logistics, supply chains and all transport, it offers a range of tailored courses to every sector within the industry;
- Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) - the professional body providing knowledge, training and support to those working in procurement and supply management;
- Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) - supports land based transportation activities and awards a transport planning professional qualification with the Transport Planning Society;
- Institute of Export - an awarding body providing a range of qualifications in importing, exporting and international trade;
- Institute of Transport Administration (IoTA) - represents those working in the transport industry, encouraging best practice in transport and providing educational programmes to its members;
- Institute of Supply Chain Managament (IoSCM) - offers courses in all aspects of supply chain operations including, supply chain management, freight transport, logistics, manufacturing, purchasing, shipping and warehousing.
- Transport Planning Society (TPS) - supported by the CIHT and the CILT, it awards the transport planning professional qualification, providing professional recognition for transport planners.