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Catalog 2023-2024 
Catalog 2023-2024

Certified Logistics Associate/Warehouse Distribution

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Program Description

Workers in the logistics, warehouse, and distribution fields typically move freight and other materials, pick and pack orders, prepare shipments for outbound and receiving processes, operate material handling equipment, and process related documentation.  Career seekers will be applying for jobs such as laborers, freight stockers, material movers, receiving and traffic clerks, forklift operators, customer support representatives, logistics specialists, freight handlers, billing clerks and logistic technicians.  Long-term career opportunities include logistics manager, logistics supervisor, and logistics technician.

This training prepares individuals to work in higher skilled, frontline material handling roles at a variety of supply chain facilities such as factories, warehouses, distribution centers, and transporters.  Areas of specialized training include entry level forklift​ operations, warehouse and logistics safety knowledge, and basic logistics and distribution operations.  

The physical duties of working in the logistics field vary by position. All positions require attention to detail and dependability. They may involve walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, and carrying objects in the case of laborers, freight stockers, and material movers. Skills include active listening, critical thinking, and monitoring. A clerk position may involve any of these physical activities but also sitting or standing for long periods of time. Skills include reading comprehension, active listening, critical thinking, and time management.

​According to the U.S. Department of Labor, overall employment of warehouse and logistics specialists is projected to grow 12% from 2020 to 2030 in Maryland.  Projected annual job openings in Maryland are 6,630.  Additional career information may be found in Career Coach:

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

1.  prepare to obtain the Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) credential from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), and other related credentials,

2.  define basic principles used to reduce waste in the supply chain,

2.  identify key security issues for logistics operations,

3.  stop, drive, and turn a forklift safely,

4.  identify the main federal safety organizations and the major parts of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Act, and

5.  prepare for an entry-level career in the logistics field.

CCBC Pathway

Business Pathway - Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs.  Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study.  You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.

Program Credentials

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will earn a CCBC Workforce Training Certificate and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

External Credential:       

Certified Logistics Associate; OSHA 10-Hour General Industry

Certifying Organization: 

Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC);

Occupational Safety and Health Administration;

Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Program Length

50 hours; number of weeks and start dates vary.

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED; minimum age of 18; Must have basic computer keyboarding, browser, and email proficiency.

This program is eligible for Baltimore County Public Schools Blueprint funding


Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potential options for waiving select courses based on demonstrated portfolio and/or prior occupational learning.  A maximum of 28 program hours may be earned from prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

Course Number



Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




Certified Logistics/Warehouse Distribution Associate


Text and online material cost included




Forklift Operator Training


Textbook included in costs




OSHA 10-Hour General Industry


Course materials included



Course Series Totals:






Additional Information

Additional Expenses:
The cost for the student to take the Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) exam once is included as part of the Certified Logistics Associate course.  Repeat testing requires an additional fee of approximately $125.00 each for the CLA exam.

Career Coach

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Program Contact Information

Program Coordinator:  Larry Kovacs | | 443-849-4171 | Catonsville | BESS 100K

Administrative Assistant: Ollie Wright | | 443-840-4476 | Catonsville | BESS | 100

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