Professional Designation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (PLS

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About AST&L
The American Society of Transportation & Logistics, Inc. (AST&L) www.astl.org is a not-forprofit premier professional organization for transportation and logistics professionals. Founded in 1946 in the United States of America by a group of industry leaders, AST&L strives to promote and ensure the highest level of global standards through professional certification in the field of transportation and logistics. AST&L's mission is to promote and facilitate education and certification in the fields of transportation, logistics, and supply chain management. AST&L's membership of shippers, carriers, educators, students, consultants and third-party logistics individuals are dedicated to continuing education and are committed to raising the professional standards in the transportation and logistics industry.

About AST&L Certification
AST&L certification is a way to validate your knowledge and experience. AST&L provides transportation and logistics industry professionals with globally recognized credentials, the PLS (Professional Designation in Logistics & Supply Chain Management) and CTL (Certification in Transportation and Logistics). AST&L’s basic certification, the Professional Designation in Logistics & Supply Chain Management (PLS), is targeted at the professionals seeking a basic understanding of the key strategies for improving customer service and increasing the efficiency of their logistics and supply chain operations. The level of certification requires a bachelor’s degree or three (3) years of industry experience. The purpose of PLS is to recognize individuals who have completed a course of study examining the strategies for improving logistics and supply chain operations and are seeking to apply this knowledge within their profession. The PLS consists of one exam and requires recertification within five years. The PLS acts as a waiver toward the CTL certification. AST&L’s advanced certification, Certification in Transportation and Logistics (CTL), requires a bachelor’s degree or three (3) years of industry experience along with passing six (6) of the ten (10) exam modules. In the ten (10) exam modules, three (3) are required modules and seven (7) are optional modules. The three required modules are: Transportation Economics and Management, Logistics Management, and, International Transportation and Logistics. The seven (7) optional modules are: General Management Principles and Techniques, Lean Logistics, Logistics Analysis, Logistics Finance, Logistics and Supply Chain Strategy (waiver available for PLS designee), Supply Chain Management, and, Creative Component (a 3,000 to 5,000 word paper).

application development. materials.I.S.I. from COEP Pune. Prior to this.I. CSCP.I. and an M.M. Currently he is a consultant and a trainer. from I. It helped me to standardize and organize my experiences about transportation and logistics.” – Jitendra Bhawsar.I.I.T. manufacturing and every business function that can have an impact on the supply chain performance. PLS (Mr. ERP consultancy and IT (domestic as well as international). CPIM. Jitendra Bhawsar is a B.E.E. PLS (Prof. Bombay and G. PLS also helped to me explore more and more in supply chain management. will benefit from the certification. marketing.E. Jain Institute. Tech. Shashank Tilak is a B. E. CPIM. Mumbai. Piyush Shah is a B. from Mumbai University. Mumbai and NMIMS University. Now I am able to converse about problems and opportunities in transport. from I. he was Assistant Professor in S. Shah. supply chain. P. Mumbai. Mumbai. Every person in an organisation where SCM is a business driver.) . Currently he is working in Wipro Technologies as Associate Consultant. CSCP. PLS (Mr. He has more than three decades of experience in project management.“I find that PLS has been a very relevant program.” – Shashank Tilak.” – Piyush A. The study material is about finance. etc. logistics and related stages of supply chain in internationally relevant terminologies. He has more than 12 years of experience in manufacturing.) “PLS is truly focused on the complete supply chain. logistics. Currently he is an Associate Professor in Operations Management with the Durgadevi Saraf Institute.) “PLS has helped me to understand the basics of supply chain and open the doors of opportunities in supply chain field.

There was no formal education available in India for supply chain professionals and PLS is the answer. rational approach toward logistics and supply chain management. from NIT. Systems Efficiency Engineering. – Pratik Attray.) PLS is really a valuable certification course for all those who want to make career in supply chain because it really makes you understand the fundamentals of supply chain which is really important in the long run.E. It gave me an opportunity to further enhance my skills and make use of the knowledge in improving the supply chain in my company. and Systems Design.. Akash Mishra is currently pursuing his MBA degree in supply chain as his specialization in the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies. PLS course acted like a catalyst to synchronize all tools and techniques I learned in silos. So I will suggest all of you should go for this certification. Supply Chain in Federal-Mogul India. PLS gave me a great sense of achievement and provides the confidence I need to move forward in the domain of logistics and supply chain management. – Prashant Shivsharan. Dehradun. Currently he is involved in managing the demand chain of his organization.D. Yet for me there was dearth of more structured.) During my post graduation at NITIE. Tech. Jalandhar. Hindustan Motors Ltd. PLS (Mr. PLS (Mr. CPIM. Currently he is working as Manager.Logistics will be the key to future growth of industry in India. (MBA) from NITIE. and P. Prashant Shivsharan is a B.I. PLS gives in-depth knowledge about different facets of logistics and how it is a key link in the supply chain. – Akash Mishra.) . I recommend this certification to all the SCM professionals who want to improve their knowledge base and add value to their organizations.G. Installation & Improvement Management. Mumbai. PLS (Mr. I learned various tools and techniques on Human Effort Engineering. Pratik Attray is a B.E. Chennai.

..... 9 Exam Registration ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 13 Confirmation Notice ................................................................................................. 16 Rescore Policy ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 16 During the Exam ............................................................................................................................. 13 Medical or Other Emergencies on Exam Day ........................................ 14 On the Day of the Exam ...Table of Contents Table of Contents .......................................................................... 17 Who Should You Contact?........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 11 Important Dates ........................................................ 15 What You Must Bring .............................................................................. 6 Exam Schedule .................... 13 Cancellations ....... 17 Retaking Exams .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 6 Prerequisites....................................................................... 6 Recertification ................................... 9 Fee Structure for Professionals (All Others than Full-Time Students and Faculty ............................................................................................................... 6 PLS Designation ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 10 Volume Rebate ................................................................................................................................ 10 Late Registration Fee ................................................................................................................................................................................. 9 Fee Structure for Full-Time Students ............................................................................................... 15 What You May Not Bring....................... 9 Exam Registration Fee .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 11 Exam Centres ...................................................................................... 11 Exam Registration Procedure ...... 17 AST&L PLS Certificate ...... 13 Changes .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 9 Exam Preparation Method .......................................................................................................................... 16 Pass-Fail Information ......................................................................................................................................... 17 Frequently Asked Questions ................................................................... 10 Fee Structure for Full-Time Faculty .......................................................................................................................... 20 All policies and procedures in this information booklet are subject to change without notice...................................... 5 Professional Designation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management............................ 11 After You Have Registered ........................................................................ 6 Exam Requirements ............... 16 After the Exam is Over ................................................................... 5 ........

A score of 70% or higher is required to pass the exam. Either the full expression or the initials may be used after the individual’s name on business cards.astl.org). The text book for PLS exam is: • Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Other suggested readings include CSCMP definition of logistics (http://cscmp.com). 6 . Martin Christopher. ISBN 9780273731122. Exam Requirements Professional Designation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (PLS) consists of only one examination. Recertification The PLS designation requires recertification every five years.asp). Prerequisites You must have a bachelor’s degree or three years of professional experience. 2011. a candidate who scores below 70% may take the exam again.com.ascet. The purpose of the PLS is to recognize individuals that have completed a course of study examining the strategies for improving logistics and supply chain operations and are seeking to apply this knowledge within their profession.org/aboutcscmp/definitions. SCOR Overview (http://www.Professional Designation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management Due to an overwhelming request for an entry level industry certification.knowerx. 4th edition.supply-chain. FT Press / Prentice Hall / Pearson Education. There is a four-hour time limit to complete the exam. the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L) now offers the Professional Designation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (PLS) to professionals seeking an understanding of the key strategies for improving customer service and increasing the efficiency of their logistics and supply chain operations. although it may be completed in a shorter time period. the supply chain and competitive strategy v x xi 1 All policies and procedures in this information booklet are subject to change without notice. The table of contents of the above text book given below reflects the exam content: About the author Preface Publisher's acknowledgement Chapter 1 Logistics. stationery. industry-related education program or completing a module in the AST&L CTL Certification Program. You may also want to visit http://www. Requirements for recertification include attending an industry-related conference. and a limited number of readings available on the Internet (such as http://www.org and http://www. etc. PLS Designation This designation is granted to those who have successfully passed the comprehensive examination. 276 pages. Exam questions are in multiple choice format.

execute against demand Demand management and planning Collaborative planning.Supply chain management is a wider concept than logistics Competitive advantage The supply chain becomes the value chain The mission of logistics management The supply chain and competitive performance The changing competitive environment Chapter 2 Logistics and customer value The marketing and logistics interface Delivering customer value What is customer service? The impact of out-of-stock Customer service and customer retention Market-driven supply chains Defining customer service objectives Setting customer service priorities Setting service standards Measuring logistics costs and performance Logistics and the bottom line Logistics and shareholder value Logistics cost analysis The concept of total cost analysis Principles of logistics costing Customer profitability analysis Direct product profitability Cost drivers and activity-based costing Matching supply and demand The lead-time gap Improving the visibility of demand The supply chain fulcrum Forecast for capacity. forecasting and replenishment Creating the responsive supply chain Product ‘push’ versus demand ‘pull’ The Japanese philosophy The foundations of agility A routemap to responsiveness Strategic lead-time management Time-based competition Lead-time concepts Logistics pipeline management The synchronous supply chain The extended enterprise and the virtual supply chain The role of information the virtual supply chain Laying the foundations for synchronisation ‘Quick response’ logistics Production strategies for quick response Logistics systems dynamics 2 4 9 11 13 15 27 28 29 31 33 34 38 42 46 50 57 58 62 66 67 70 72 78 80 83 83 85 87 89 89 94 99 104 109 112 116 121 121 125 129 141 142 144 147 150 153 154 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 All policies and procedures in this information booklet are subject to change without notice. 7 .

8 . acting local The future of global sourcing Managing risk in the supply chain Why are supply chains more vulnerable? Understanding the supply chain risk profile Managing supply chain risk Achieving supply chain resilience The era of network competition The new organizational paradigm Collaboration in the supply chain Managing the supply chain as a network Seven major business transformations The implications for tomorrow’s logistics managers Supply chain orchestration TM From 3PL to 4PL Overcoming the barriers to supply chain integration Creating the logistics vision The problems with conventional organisations Developing the logistics organization Logistics as the vehicle for change Benchmarking Creating a sustainable supply chain The triple bottom line Greenhouse gases and the supply chain Reducing the transport-intensity of supply chains Peak oil Beyond the carbon footprint Reduce. recycle The impact of congestion The supply chain of the future Emerging mega-trends Shifting centres of gravity The multi-channel revolution Seeking structural flexibility 2020 vision 159 161 165 166 167 171 173 178 180 184 185 189 190 193 198 206 211 212 214 217 218 220 222 223 227 228 228 232 236 237 241 241 243 245 247 248 250 252 257 258 259 261 264 266 269 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Index All policies and procedures in this information booklet are subject to change without notice. reuse.Chapter 8 Complexity and the supply chain The sources of supply chain complexity The cost of complexity Product design and supply chain complexity Mastering complexity Managing the global pipeline The trend towards globalisation in the supply chain Gaining visibility in the global pipeline Organising for global logistics Thinking global.

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You may not eat. are not allowed. books. All policies and procedures in this information booklet are subject to change without notice. Candidates are expected to exercise honest and ethical behaviour during the exams. After the Exam is Over Pass-Fail Information You will receive your exam results approximately four to six weeks after the exam date through an email. stencils. nonprogrammable calculator. digital assistants. each exam form. or use tobacco during an exam. rulers. drink. Protractors. acts of misconduct may result in • cancellation of your prior or current exam scores • revocation of your certification In addition. Furthermore. including mobile phones. During the Exam No breaks are scheduled during any exam. Timing will not stop during a break. digital assistants. notify the test centre manager before doing so. because the entire question data bank. a candidate who scores below 70% may take the exam again. A score of 70% or higher is required to pass the exam. If you engage in any of these forms of misconduct. wristwatch calculators. Oral or written communication during the exam is strictly prohibited. The specific rules pertaining to the conduct of the examinations are printed on the front of the examination book. contact KnoWerX. If you have not received your results after eight weeks. Visitors are not permitted at the test centre. Candidates can use the exam booklet to do all the necessary calculations. Electronic devices. including mobile phones • attempting to remove scratch paper from the testing room • attempting to remove test questions (in any format) from the testing room • failing to follow the test centre manager’s directions. What You May Not Bring • • • • • You may not bring books or papers of any kind into the exam room.o • • Valid debit card Ballpoint pen with an extra blue/blank ink refill. Misconduct: The test centre manager is authorized to dismiss you from a test session for • creating a disturbance • giving or receiving help • using notes. If you must leave the room during an exam. or other aids • using electronic devices. 16 . legal action will be taken against anyone who violates the copyright laws by distributing examination content or materials through any form of reproduction. your exam will not be scored and your fees will not be refunded. A simple. and other aids are not permitted. and all exam materials are copyrighted and are the legal property of AST&L. Read them carefully before answering the first question. compasses.

common terminology. Frequently Asked Questions Q: A: Why should I do AST&L certification? Individuals go through AST&L certification programs for one or more of the reasons listed below: o Career enhancement o Tangible measurement of professional accomplishment o Learn the language of your customers o Global recognition o An opportunity to acquire management qualification o Demonstrate your understanding of the fundamentals of the profession o Validate your knowledge o Validate your experience o Keep current with changes occurring in the field o Waiver for AST&L CTL Logistics and Supply Chain Strategy (LSCS) module What are the benefits to organizations from AST&L certification programs? Some of the benefits to organizations from AST&L certification programs are listed below: o Create a common understanding. AST&L PLS Certificate Candidates who attain AST&L PLS status will receive a personalized certificate approximately six to eight weeks after receiving the passing score. collaboration. However. distributors and customers are located around the world. Retaking Exams If you fail an exam. What is the recognition of AST&L certification in India? Q: A: Q: All policies and procedures in this information booklet are subject to change without notice. If you would like to request a rescore. 17 . and frameworks within their entity to address their transportation and logistics challenges and opportunities o The proven knowledge and organizational skills to strategically streamline operations o The tools to effectively manage global supply chain activities where suppliers. there is hardly any possibility of an error in scoring. please send an email to KnoWerX requesting for a rescore. vocabulary. and corporate-wide communication. plants. So. o The ability to interact with existing resources and your ERP system to increase the efficiency of the workplace environment o Boost productivity. all candidates have 30 days from the receipt of their score to challenge their score results. processes. and innovation o The skills to create consistency and foster collaboration through best practices.Rescore Policy The exams are scored using a high quality process that is audited each time. you must wait 30 days before retaking the same exam.

For which level of management the AST&L knowledge is most useful? Q: A: Q: A: Q: A: Q: A: Q: All policies and procedures in this information booklet are subject to change without notice. including but not limited to: o Mining and Quarrying o Construction o Manufacturing o Wholesale Trade o Retail Trade o Transportation o Warehousing o Express Delivery Services o Information (Media) o Real Estate and Rental and Leasing o Computer Systems Design and Related Services o Management Consulting Services o Business Schools o Computer and Management Training o Education o Health Care o Accommodation and Food Services o Other Services. It is recommended to complete PLS first and then go for CTL. Which certification program is suitable for me – CTL or PLS? PLS is basic certification and CTL is advanced certification.com | pune@knowerx. Will I get a job. AST&L certified professionals are preferred over non-certified professionals in the relevant fields.com | hyderabad@knowerx.com | chennai@knowerx. like any other qualification. Since this is a big list of approx.com | nasik@knowerx. but you also get waiver for one of the CTL exams. 75 organizations. an increment or a promotion after completing AST&L certification? AST&L certifications help you increase your knowledge. it should lead to a new job. So. 18 . an increment or a promotion but this cannot be said with certainty as these sway heavily in both positive and negative directions with changes in demand and supply equation of skilled man-power in the job market. in management stream. increments and promotions.com | delhi@knowerx. AST&L programs are more tilted towards logistics and transportation management aspects of the supply chain management. For which class of industry the AST&L knowledge is most useful? The AST&L knowledge is useful to many classes of industries. including Civic Organizations What is the difference between APICS and AST&L certification programs? While APICS certification programs are more tilted towards materials management aspects of supply chain management and operations management. It is obviously better that an individual demonstrates knowledge of all aspects. in the job market. In general. compared to others. please send a request to KnoWerX for a document titled “List of Organisations – AST&L Candidates” by sending an e-mail to one of the e-mails nearest to your city bengaluru@knowerx.com | kolkata@knowerx.A: You can gauge the recognition by looking at the list of companies / institutes in which individuals are/were working/studying who are doing/have done APICS certification. By doing PLS first. in the relevant fields.com | nagpur@knowerx.com | mumbai@knowerx. you not only get an additional designation. This should in turn lead to better opportunities for you.com.

10% 25 or above but below 30 years 40. This knowledge helps to manage the transportation and logistics in most optimum way.com | delhi@knowerx. 19 . both. both.com | pune@knowerx.com | hyderabad@knowerx.75% 2012 78. Is AST&L education appropriate for me? AST&L education is appropriate for individuals working in: o Transportation o Logistics o Distribution o Operations o Supply chain management o Procurement o Materials management o Purchasing o Finance and cost accounting o Manufacturing information systems In which companies/institutes the individuals are/were working/studying who are doing/have done AST&L certification? Since this is a big list of more than 100 organizations. you need not be an AST&L member. AST&L and APICS members get a discount on the exam registration fees.com | mumbai@knowerx.com. What is the passing rate in AST&L PLS exams in India? The passing rates for AST&L PLS exams in India are: Year PLS 2010 68.96% 30 or above but below 35 years 16. please send a request to KnoWerX for a document titled “List of Organisations – AST&L Candidates” by sending an e-mail to one of the e-mails nearest to your city bengaluru@knowerx.26% What is the age profile of AST&L PLS certification candidates in India? As per data from 2010 to 2012: Age group Percentage Below 25 years 24.com | nagpur@knowerx. Do I have to be an AST&L member for taking AST&L certification exams? No. Do APICS members get a discount on the exam registration fees? Yes.com | nasik@knowerx.87% 35 or above but below 40 years 14.com | chennai@knowerx.com | kolkata@knowerx.A: The AST&L knowledge is useful at all levels of management starting from junior managers to presidents.61% Q: A: Q: A: Q: A: Q: A: Q: A: Q: A: Q: A: All policies and procedures in this information booklet are subject to change without notice.75% 2011 68. AST&L and APICS members get a discount on the exam registration fees. Do AST&L members get a discount on the exam registration fees? Yes.46% 40 years or above 3.

5. 56.78% have master’s degree and 2. What is the working area of AST&L PLS certification candidates in India? As per 2011 data. there is no penalty for choosing a wrong answer (i.95% study in academic institutions.com pune@knowerx.04% individuals were sponsored by their companies in 2011. 41. approximately 50.tcd@knowerx.com nagpur@knowerx. 20 .44% have doctorate. What is the academic background of AST&L PLS certification candidates in India? As per 2011 data.00% work in the IT industry. Thakur Complex Kandivali (East) Mumbai – 400 101 bengaluru@knowerx. contact: KnoWerX Education (India) Private Limited C-1 Avon Plaza-I. Is there any penalty for choosing wrong answers? Is there negative marking? No. 48.com hyderabad@knowerx.e.73% in logistics/SCM field. approximately 32. Leave no question unanswered — even if you don’t have time to read it! Q: A: Q: A: Q: A: Q: A: Q: A: Q: A: Who Should You Contact? If you have any question. 100. You should answer all exam questions.10% work in the IT/ERP consultancy field. What percentage of individuals is sponsored by their companies for AST&L PLS? Approximately 24. there are no negative marks).10% are with engineering education.32% work in consultancy firms and rest in other industries.com (022)425 66 461 (022)425 66 463 (022)425 66 466 (022)425 66 467 (022)425 66 469 chennai@knowerx. 15.com kolkata@knowerx.com delhi@knowerx. 27.27% are students (mostly master's level in management field). 29.46% are with management education and rest have science education.45% work in the sales and marketing field and 1..85% work in the manufacturing industry. you must contact KnoWerX first to confirm you are registered.00% have bachelor's degree.com nasik@knowerx. Can I show up at the test site if I did not receive notification that I was registered? No.com (022)425 66 462 (022)425 66 465 (022)425 66 464 (022)425 66 468 (022)425 66 435 All policies and procedures in this information booklet are subject to change without notice.Q: A: What is the highest academic qualification level of AST&L PLS certification candidates in India? As per 2011 data. 21. No candidate will be allowed in the testing centre if he/she is not registered.com info. 7. What is the industry of AST&L PLS candidates in India? As per 2011 data.82% work in other fields.com mumbai@knowerx.

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