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CLTD Exam Details

Take the next step toward earning your CLTD

Prove an in-depth understanding of how to streamline logistics, transportation and distribution, including order, inventory and warehouse management.

CLTD Exam Content

To earn your CLTD designation, you must pass one exam covering nine modules. Each module reflects critical areas in distribution and logistics management.

Module 1: Logistics Overview and Strategy

Module 2: Logistics Network Design

Module 3: Sustainability and Reverse Logistics

Module 4: Capacity Planning and Demand Management

Module 5: Order Management

Module 6: Inventory Management

Module 7: Warehouse Management

Module 8: Transportation

Module 9: Global Logistics

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Exam Details and Scoring

The exam consists of 150 questions (130 operational and 20 pretest), and you will have 3.5 hours to complete the exam.

Pretest questions do not contribute to the total score but are necessary for statistical purposes only and are randomly distributed throughout the exam. Candidates should answer all exam questions.

The CLTD exam score range is 200 to 350. Scores 300 points and above are considered passing, and any score 299 points or below is failing.

Exams are graded using a scaled score methodology. This technique ensures equivalent passing standards are maintained from varying difficulties of each exam from one to the next. For more information on our scoring methodology read Understanding a Scaled Score.

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Review the APICS Exam Handbook for full details on the exam process and procedures prior to taking the exam.

All exam content was developed according to the test outline included in the CLTD Exam Content Manual. Download a preview of the CLTD Exam Content Manual, or purchase the full CLTD Exam Content Manual (ECM). The CLTD ECM is free for ASCM PLUS and CORE members.

Exam Taking Tips

Develop a study plan, improve test scores and feel more confident on your exam day with these tips.

1. Choose your CLTD Exam Study Style

Choose from self-study, instructor-led, instructor-supported or a combination to find the study style that works best for you. All study methods use the CLTD Learning System to prepare you for the exam.

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2. Study for the Exam

Create a study plan. On average, we recommend 100 hours of study time to pass each certification exam. Use the online learning system flashcards and quizzes and connect with your peers in person or virtually on the ASCM Community. Get other study tips and advice from APICS Certified professionals in our webinar Navigating Certification Preparation.

3. Plan and Purchase Your Exam

Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your exam. Plan your exam date closely around the time you finish preparing for the exam, so the information is still fresh in your mind. When you’re ready to schedule, visit My Account to schedule your exam.

4. Schedule your Exam

APICS exams are administered via computer-based testing (CBT) at Pearson VUE test centers worldwide, and online through the OnVue system.

5. Take the Exam

Stay calm and focused during the exam, and use the entire time allotted to complete the exam. If you find that the first few questions are giving you trouble, flag them for review and move on until you find one you can answer with certainty. Read carefully and review your answers before submitting the exam.

Additional CLTD Study Tools and Support

APICS Dictionary and App

Stay up to date on supply chain terminology with the comprehensive APICS dictionary app. Become a member to access the free PDF download.

Exam Content Manual

The CLTD Exam Content Manual (ECM) is strongly recommended for APICS Certification exam preparation. The ECM outlines the CLTD exam content, exam specifications, exam-taking advice, resource list and key terminology.

Become an ASCM PLUS or CORE member today for free access to the CLTD Exam Content Manual.

ASCM Community

Connect with other supply chain professionals through the ASCM Community. Find a study group, start a discussion, and build a community to support you on your journey to supply chain mastery.

Exam References

Master industry practices and prepare for your CLTD exam with the APICS library of supply chain resources used to develop the exam.

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