What they do
Logistics clerks administer and maintain the acquisition, deployment and supply of stock for warehousing, manufacturing and other businesses that deal with large quantities of stock. They organise for the transfer and transport of stock between departments or warehouses, and to and from other companies or organisations. They also receive stock and check it against inventory records and prepare stock for delivery. They interpret order numbers and inventory and use this information to compile reports that inform production schedules. Logistics clerks work right across the State, ensuring different products can move between businesses, on time and in the right quantities.
Logistics clerks work in the offices, storerooms, warehouses and production plants of manufacturing, warehousing and other large businesses. Conditions in warehouses may be hot and dusty during summer and cold during winter. They usually work regular business hours, but may be required to work longer hours at times.
Tools and technologies
Logistics clerks use computers and a range of inventory and data management software. They may also use specially designed electronic inventory data collection devices. They may be required to operate forklifts or other heavy machinery in warehouse situations, and may also be required to wear high-visibility clothing, hard hats, work boots and other safety equipment.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a logistics clerk you usually need to complete a traineeship in logistics operations (level 2 or level 3), logistics supervisor (level 4) or warehousing operations (level 2, level 3 or level 4). The traineeships usually take between 12 and 36 months to complete, and the level 2 traineeships are available as school-based traineeships.
You can also gain a qualification in logistics or warehousing operations. The Certificate II, III and IV in Logistics and the Certificate II, III and IV in Warehousing Operations are offered at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia. Browse courses through Jobs and Skills WA and search on the My Skills website to find a registered provider near you.
Entry into this occupation may also be improved if you study a business or commerce degree majoring in management, logistics and supply chain management, or a related area.
All universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.
You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.