The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport is the leading professional body associated with logistics and transport. With over 33,000 members working in over 100 countries worldwide, CILT holds unparalleled professional international recognition.
Established in 1919 and receiving its Royal Charter in 1926, the Institute has an exciting history behind it, but is always adapting to stay consistent with current logistics and transport issues. The Institute's Patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The principal objective of the Institute is “To promote and encourage the art and science of logistics and transport”. The Institute achieves this objective through both its membership and its educational qualifications. CILT International's main site can be accessed here.
Membership provides a professional identity to those in the logistics and transport sector, as well as international recognition. The Institute’s professional qualifications educate not only those already in the sector, but also those wishing to enter into it.
The Institute is represented worldwide with Territorial Organisations and Institute Branches. Each Territorial Organisation and Institute Branch is, in its own right, a separate organisation representing the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport in their territory. They all share the common cause of achieving the Institute’s primary objective.A full contact list for CILT worldwide can be found here.
Although Ghanaian professionals were already international members of CILT for some time, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport - Ghana Chapter was established in 1965, then registered and incorporated in 1982 and have been growing ever since. However, due to the lack of adequate resources to maintain the image of the institute, its presence was going into decline across the industry. (to access site, press here)
After a successful revival effort in the early 2000s, Another branch was established at Takoradi in 2001. After that, the Tema branch was open in 2005, and the most recent addition was Kumasi branch in 2011, in order to expand the reach of the organization further across the Ghanaian territory.
There are currently around more than 300 members in good standing in Ghana, across the various membership grades and occupying various positions in the private and public sectors of the transport and logistics industry. Recent statistics from CILT Ghana's National Council have been tabulated below.
In its bid to promote, and maintain the professionalism of its members in Ghana, CILT have teamed up with many of the leading educational establishments in Ghana, in order to come up with CILT-approved education that is easily accessible to the Ghanaian professionals. You can find a list of the various CILT-approved transport and logistics courses in Ghana by clicking here.
Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) have been running a logistics program since 2004 to offer skill training for professionals in the West Africa Sub-region. It has very recently launched an advanced diploma in transport and logistics, in partnership with CILT. Find more information about the GIMPA-CILT advanced diploma here.
Also, Takoradi Polytechnic have introduced CILT-approved programs in October 2010, namely the international professional certificate in logistics and the transport and International Professional Diploma in Logistics and Transport. For further information, visit their website here.
The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology is also launching an international professional certificate course in logistics and Transport, in partnership with CILT, beginning July 2011. Click here for more information.
Efforts are underway to increase the number of courses and universities that administer accredited courses in transport and logistics, with the Regional Maritime University a likely candidate in the near future. Check out their website at www.rmu.edu.gh/pages/