The field of Logistics entails the coordination of the movement of goods and services from the point of origin to the point of consumption. In Singapore, the rapid growth of the e-commerce market has played a huge role in driving the industry—the market is expected to expand by 48% to USD 7.4 billion in 2022[i]—and the launch of the Wholesale Trade Industry Transformation Map (WTITM) in 2017 will see up to 10,000 new jobs being created by 2020.
If you’re interested in the Logistics industry, we’ve pulled together a list of courses across various levels of mastery for you to take a look at! There have also been two new programmes launched to help boost manpower, such as the Career Transition Programme for Retiring SAF Servicemen and a new redeployment Professional Conversion Programme for supply chain and logistics professionals. If these are applicable to you, do check them out, too.
*All fees are accurate as of July 2019 and are in SGD unless otherwise specified. Misc fees excluded. This list is neither exhaustive nor an endorsement of the mentioned courses, so please do adequate research of your own to make sure a favoured course best suits your needs!
- LSBF Singapore – Logistics and Supply Chain Management
For individuals who only require working knowledge of the logistics field, LSBF Singapore offers a short course that covers the basic concepts of supply chain management. Covering topics such as the evolution of the supply chain, sustainable supply chain activities, and the future of supply chain management, participants will be leave knowing the basic flow, core models, supply chain drivers, and so on. Hand outs will be provided.
A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those who successfully complete the programme. Do note that LSBF Singapore also offers Diplomas in this field, and another short course covering Practical Inventory and Warehouse Management.
Duration: 2 days, 10am-5pm
Accreditation: LSBF Singapore is EduTrust certified.
- Singapore Management University – Advanced Certificate in Digital Business Module 5: Smart Logistics and Supply Chain Management
This is an intermediate course geared towards business leaders that requires familiarity with logistics processes and systems, basic statistical knowledge, as well as programming skills in Python or R.
Duration: 2 days
Fees: 2140.00, as low as 142.00 after maximum funding. The course is SkillsFuture credit claimable.
- SIPMM Institute – Various online courses
For those with really tight schedules but an intense desire to learn (or upskill), SIPMM Institute provides a great option through their online courses! The selection includes topics such as Effective Purchasing Practices, and can be accessed for 60 days so that learners can learn at their own pace.
Learners will be awarded a Certificate of Competency upon course completion. If you are a professional with at least 3 years of managerial or professional experience*, you can attain the Accredited Logistics Professional/Accredited Procurement Professional/Accredited Supply Chain Professional designations upon completing two relevant online courses.
Do note that this Institute also offers face-to-face programmes from foundation to leadership level.
* in the specified field of the accredited designation
Duration: 60 days (learn at your own pace)
Fees: USD 380.00 per course
- The Logistics Academy – Certificate in Logistics Operations
Owned by the Singapore Logistics Association, The Logistics Academy was founded in 1986 to develop and conduct structured training programmes for the logistics industry here. Today, they offer a huge range of short courses, diploma programmes, and also provide organisations customised training programmes.
Their Certificate in Logistics Operations programme is a bridging course suitable for entry level logistics professionals and mid-level management professionals seeking a career switch. Covering warehouse operations, transport and freight fundamentals, purchasing and inventory management, fundamentals of logistics IT, as well as logistics safety and legal issues, and participants can proceed to take up a Diploma with the institution after its successful completion.
Duration: 4 days for day classes, 9am-6pm and 12 evenings for night classes, 7pm-10pm
Fees: The course is SkillsFuture credit claimable.
Accreditation: The Logistics Academy is registered with the Committee for Private Education.
- Temasek Polytechnic – Diploma in Logistics and Operations Management
Temasek Polytechnic’s Diploma in Logistics and Operations Management promises to provide its students with a strong business foundation in their freshman year, and help develop core Logistics and IT competencies in their junior year. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a 20-week internship and industry-based project in their final year. According to Temasek Polytechnic, graduates stand to receive career opportunities as business analysts, buyers, warehouse executives, inventory controllers and more.
Duration: 3 years
Fees: 2,900 for Singaporeans, 5,800 for PRs and 10,400 for foreign students with subsidy. Fees listed are per academic year.
- Kaplan Singapore – Diploma in Commerce (Logistics and Supply Chain Management)
Kaplan Singapore’s Diploma in Commerce (Logistics and Supply Chain Management) has a total of 8 subjects. These are Introduction to Management, Accounting for Managers, Quantitative Analysis, Economics I, Principles of Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management, Purchasing Management and lastly, Transportation and Distribution Management. Students will be assessed through a mix of class participation, written assignments, projects, and examinations.
Duration: 4 terms (8 weeks each) for part-time and 8 months long for full-time
Fees: 5,189.00 for part-time, 5,617.00 for full-time. This programme is SkillsFuture Credit claimble.
Accreditation: Kaplan Singapore is EduTrust certified.
- Spring College International – Diploma in Logistics and Operation Management
Established in 2001, Spring College International offers a range of preparatory courses and diplomas/advanced diplomas. The Diploma in Logistics and Operation Management will cover a total of 9 modules, with 2 optional ones. These are Business Statistics, International Economics, Organizational Behaviour and Culture, Principles of Accounting, Principles of Information Systems, Principles of Management, Legal Issues in Transportation and Logistics, Purchasing and Procurement Management and lastly, Warehouse and Inventory Management.
Course participants will be assessed through written assignments (50%) and examinations (50%).
Duration: 9 months, 15 hours of lesson time weekly
Accreditation: Spring College International is EduTrust certified.
- Curtin Singapore – Bachelor of Commerce (Logistics and Supply Chain Management)
Curtin Singapore’s Bachelor of Commerce (Logistics and Supply Chain Management) is taught over 6 trimesters, covering subjects such as Business Law, Operations and Material Management, and Informatics Project Management. Job opportunities open to graduates include roles such as logistic clerks, supply chain analysts, and transport administrators. Credit exemption is possible for those with relevant experience in the field.
Duration: 2-3 years (full-time), part-time available.
Fees: 36,288 for local students, 51,840 for international students
Accreditation: Curtin Singapore is EduTrust certified.
- Singapore University of Social Sciences – BSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management
The first undergraduate programme for this field to be offered by a local university here, SUSS’s Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management was designed in partnership with the Singapore Logistics Association. This programme has an honours option and can be read in combination with a minor. Classes are taught seminar style, with class sized kept small.
Duration: 130 credit units at minimum
Fees: Around 15,218.61 – 15,401.58 for local students below 40, 6,090.44 – 6,163.20 for local students above 40, and 28,404.22 – 28,744.48 for PRs. The fees mentioned are after Government subsidy.
PSB Academy’s Postgraduate Diploma in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management covers modules in Customer & Demand Management, Logistics & Supply Chain Management Fundamentals, Facilities Logistics, Logistics & Supply Chain Strategic Considerations, Procurement & Supply Management, Transport Logistics, as well as a Project in Logistics & Supply Chain Management.
Upon successful completion of this programme, students are eligible for direct entry into the final year of Massey University’s Master of Supply Chain Management programme, conducted at its home campuses in New Zealand.
Duration: 12 months (full-time)
Accreditation: PSB Academy is EduTrust certified.
- Nanyang Technological University – MSc(Supply Chain & Logistics)
Offered by NTU’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the Master of Science caters to individuals who work as engineers, logisticians and information technologists in the procurement, manufacturing, warehousing transport and distribution sectors. Modules covered include Corporate Resource Planning, Quality Engineering, as well as System Reliability and Risk Analysis.
Duration: 1-3 years (full-time)
Fees: 9,450 for Singaporeans, 14,250 for PRs per academic year.
The logistics industry is seen as a great place for mid-career professionals looking for a career switch, owing to a gentler learning curve and extremely diverse sector. If you enjoy a fast-paced work environment and want to be exposed to the different aspects of the supply chain, why not consider joining logistics today?
[i] Glimpsing the Road Ahead: Reshaping the Logistics Market, Colliers International
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