All businesses depend on Logistics & Distribution to service both their own internal needs and those of their clients. Logistics & Distribution includes the sourcing, storage and transportation of both components and finished products. It is the study of the business functions that form the link between raw materials & products and their smooth flow to the market. This programme is a gateway to jobs for problem solvers and analytical thinkers in Logistic and Distribution companies that make this happen. Participants on this programme have access to a Work Placement Programme, which includes Safe Pass training to ensure graduates are well placed to secure key positions in this growing industry. Students participate in site visits e.g. Cork Harbour area and attendance at Logistics & Distribution conferences.

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  • Freight Forwarding 5N2728 – The Freight Forwarding module aims to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence in the principals and practice of freight forwarding. The module will explore the role of the freight forwarding agent in logistics and the services given by freight forwarding companies. It will focus on the impact of Information Technology on freight forwarding. It will also examine the purpose and uses of documentation across a range of freight forwarding situations and evaluate the different transport modes available to the freight forwarding agent. The module will also discuss the reasons for trade agreements and the importance of the classification of goods. Finally, it will also trace the development of international organisations such as the EU and the World Trade Organisation up to the present day.
  • Inventory Control 5N2726 – Illustrate the use of Management Information Systems (MIS) applications in inventory operations and management. Detail the steps required to implement a particular inventory control policy. Summarise steps required to implement a record keeping system.
  • Purchasing 5N2727 – Examine criteria for evaluating quotations including illustrating how best to make comparisons. Learn the skills required to manage negotiations in purchasing. Investigate the basic legal considerations of a purchasing contract. Design a complaint and a claims procedure.
  • Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977 – Produce a spreadsheet that meets a simple design specification and is fit for purpose. Learn a range of spreadsheet features such as data and cell formatting techniques, conditional IF statements, financial, date and time functions. Generate a variety of types of graphs from spreadsheet data. Automate routine multi-step tasks through the creation, execution and management of simple macros.
  • Warehousing 5N2725 – Illustrate storage utilisation in a warehouse. Investigate the various types of stock control systems and reconciliation. Identify an appropriate system to manage, receipt, store and distribute material with regards to Just In Time (JIT) etc.
  • Communications 5N0690 – Acquire the writing skills needed for the workplace, learn to speak fluently and coherently in a professional setting, develop interpersonal skills and have an understanding of the impact of ICT on society.
  • Work Experience 5N1356 – Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practise employability skills with a view to future planning
  • Supply Chain Operations 5N2409 – Explore the role of supply chain management in organisations, understand global trading environments, along with an awareness of current trends in supply chains.  Focus on logistics paths from Asia, USA and Europe.

Additional Training 

  • Manual Handling Training and Certification – Manual handling training is required under Regulation 13 of the 1993 (General Application Regulations) and 1993 Manual Handling Regulations. This training programme is aimed at providing all persons at work with proper techniques when lifting, carrying, loading, pushing and supporting. It provides employees with good work practices such as proper lift Manual Handling Techniques. The course includes being aware of the necessity for safe methods of manual handling to reduce the risk of injury and understanding the need to avoid manual handling by using mechanical aids where possible. Furthermore, assessing the task using the TILE criteria (task, individual, load, environment) and implementing the correct method of lifting ensuring minimal risk to self and co-workers will also be included.  Finally, knowing how to safely execute all relevant workplace manual handling tasks will be demonstrated. A certificate will be issued to learners who successfully complete the course.
  • Safe Pass: Safe Pass is a one-day health and safety awareness programme, the aim of the programme is to raise the standard of safety awareness. This ensures that, all site personnel undergo basic health and safety awareness training to enable them to work safely and without being a risk to themselves or others.
  • Safety & Health (online training): This course will give the learner an overview of Health and Safety Legislation in Ireland.  The content includes overview of the Acts, regulations and codes of practice pertaining to Health and Safety in Ireland including an introduction to The Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. It outlines employers and employee duties under The Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 as well as the Safety Statement and undertaking Risk Assessment including hazards, risks and control arrangements. A record of achievement from Morrison’s Island Campus is issued on successful completion.
  • Inventory Management software: An introductory session to an inventory management software is undertaken during the year.

Leaving Certificate, LCA or QQI Level 4. Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirement. CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English. All applicants will undergo a processing stage during which further information will be gathered in relation to their application.  An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory completion of the processing stage.

Excellent progression opportunities including:

  • MTU Cork: Business  (MT550), Automotive Technology & Management (MT747)
  • Logistics Institute apprenticeship
  • TU Dublin: Logistics & Supply Chain Management (TU907)
  • TUS(Limerick): Road Transport Technology & Management (US775)
  • Morrison’s Island Campus: Progress to 1 of the Morrison’s Island Campus Advanced Business Specialisms, subject to entry requirements being met.

Special arrangements in place with MTU Cork (CCPS), MTU Kerry and SETU (Waterford & Carlow) for preferential entry for students of Morrison’s Island locations.  See  Progressions for details.

Opportunities may arise to work in purchasing administration and buying, supply chain analysis, warehouse administration and management, export/import industries, customer service and transport administration.

  • Duration: September to May
  • Fees: €300 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €50). See payment for details.
  • Certification:
    • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Logistics and Distribution 5M2767
    • QQI Component Maths 5N1833 (available as option in the evening for learners requiring Maths for progression).
  • Work Experience: Students undertake work placement one day per week with a relevant employer, which they source themselves.

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    After finishing the course I was able to work in a competitive logistics company called DPD straight away. I totally recomend it.

    Juan Luis Biechy Leon

    I really enjoyed my time in the college. The course had different facets which covered all areas of logistics and distribution. The lecturers were knowledgable and helpful and there are also plenty of field trips. Without a doubt, it was a great experience.

    Gerry Moore, Warehouse Operative, Sanmina

    I completed the Logistics and Distribution course for 2018 and it exceeded my expectations. I got to work at Dell (EMC) for 10 weeks, do a full tour of Kuehne + Nagel, design a supply chain project from the ground up, learn how to calculate inventory space using math formulas, and gain knowledge in all areas of logistics. I’m working now in the logistics industry and this course was the key to unlocking the first door.

    Patrick Ingham, Customs Broker Agent

    I am a 26 year old qualified accountant working in Quintas Partners in Cork City, I have this week took a senior accountant role within this firm which will give me the platform to progress in my career and achieve my goals I set in 2007 when I started my journey in Cork College of Commerce.

    Don Broderick, Accountant, Quintas Partners

    This course was very productive for me, exciting meeting amazing peole and making new friends. Every day was a source of new information thanks to brilliant teachers. Definitely will be back. Thank you.

    Taliko Samsonidze

    I loved my marketing and event management course in CCOC. It is a great college where you get a lot of support and help from your tutors. It gave me the confidence to pursue higher education, which I am currently studying a degree in Marketing and Multimedia at the University of Roehampton.

    Angela Eninš, Marketing and Event Management 2015

    I’m 100% happy I did the Logistics & Distribution course at CCOC,  it has given me the confidence to be where I am today.

    Seán Crowley

    CCOC provided me with the encouraging, supportive & motivating environment I needed to excel in my studies & progress to UWSTD where I completed my Marketing degree with just one further year study there. The high marks I received in my degree was testament to the three years I spent in CCOC being constantly challenged & supported by brilliant teachers, as is my job as a Marketing Executive.  The personal approach was one of my best aspects, everyone’s needs were catered for individually and there was no “one size fits all” attitude.

    Teresa Lenane, Graduate of University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea