How to work in logistics

Advantages of studying logistics at Certificate or Diploma level
Although Certificates in Logistics are offered at some universities, generally they are supplied by TAFEs. The broad range on offer means that you will not have a shortage of options on where to study and what to study.

Certificates begin at I and go to IV and increase respectively in the complexity of units covered. For example, in Certificate I you might study How to Follow Workplace Procedures or How To Work Effectively With Others. By Certificate IV, however, you will be covering units like Organising Transport of Freight and Goods and Implementing and Co-ordinating Accident-Emergency Procedures.

The point of these specific units is that they prepare you for the practicalities of the workplace. This is one of the advantages of certificates, as employers know you have focused on and are competent in workplace requirements. In general, the high amount of industrially qualified students moving through the TAFE system means that employers in no way look down upon a qualification from a TAFE. The relatively short amount of time for gaining a certificate is another bonus; some institutions offer certificates that take only 6 weeks to gain.

Advantages of studying Logistics at a university
Most degrees in logistics are completed as majors as a part of business, commerce or science degrees. These degrees are generally found only at universities. However, the Associate Degree in Logistics, only two years in length, is also available as a more specific option to studying logistics.


Studying logistics at university comes with a certain degree of prestige. Most people interested in reaching management or executive positions should consider studying a degree at university. Here they will develop independent learning and research skills that can take them further into the logistics industry. Universities are also the only institutes that will offer post graduate qualifications that can lead to research and logistics theory.