WERC Ware­house Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Program


The Ware­hous­ing Edu­ca­tion and Research Coun­cil (WERC) is the only pro­fes­sional orga­ni­za­tion focused on ware­house man­age­ment and its role in the sup­ply chain, pro­vid­ing prac­ti­cal, how-​to infor­ma­tion to help mem­bers grow pro­fes­sion­ally as they improve ware­house and com­pany per­for­mance. WERC is a not-​for-​profit orga­ni­za­tion with indi­vid­ual mem­bers. Mem­bers are pro­fes­sion­als who lead, direct and man­age the effi­cient flow of infor­ma­tion, mate­ri­als and fin­ished goods through­out the sup­ply chain. Mem­bers come from var­i­ous back­grounds and rep­re­sent a vari­ety of dis­tri­b­u­tion interests.

WERC offers resources that help dis­tri­b­u­tion pro­fes­sion­als stay at the lead­ing edge includ­ing edu­ca­tional events, per­for­mance met­rics for bench­mark­ing, prac­ti­cal research, expert insights and peer-​to-​peer knowl­edge exchange. WERC began as a grass­roots effort in 1977, when a num­ber of indi­vid­u­als from the dis­tri­b­u­tion field came together in search of edu­ca­tional, research and net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties in the field of warehousing.

Certification Programs

  • WERC Ware­house Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Pro­gram: The WERC Ware­house Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Pro­gram is a vol­un­tary facil­ity cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram that cer­ti­fies an indi­vid­ual ware­house facility’s capa­bil­i­ties and its abil­ity to per­form core ware­hous­ing func­tions. The pro­gram pro­vides an indus­try stan­dard grad­ing method­ol­ogy that includes facil­ity inspec­tions and process assess­ments by inde­pen­dent third par­ties. Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is based on audits using the WERC Ware­hous­ing & Ful­fill­ment Process Bench­mark & Best Prac­tices Guide. The Guide out­lines 5 lev­els of ware­house process com­pe­ten­cies rang­ing from poor to best prac­tice and cov­ers the com­mon ware­hous­ing processes: Receiv­ing & Inspec­tion; Mate­r­ial Han­dling; Slot­ting; Stor­age & Inven­tory Con­trol; Ware­house Man­age­ment Sys­tems; Ship­ping Doc­u­men­ta­tion; Pick­ing & Pack­ing; and Load Con­sol­i­da­tion & Shipping.

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