Transportation Courses and Certificates

A certificate program in transportation can prepare you for a career designing transportation systems or developing related policies. Read on to learn more about these programs and the courses they commonly offer. Schools offering Logistics & Transportation Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need To Know

Transportation certificate programs typically focus on either transportation engineering or transportation planning. Both of these areas of study require students to take courses on infrastructure design and structures, though each area emphasizes different facets of those topics. Choosing a school for a transportation certificate program should be contingent on the school's accreditation and resources related to transportation design or policies.

Certificates Examples include a Transportation Certificate, Transportation Engineering Graduate Certificate, and a Railway Management Certificate
Courses Traffic Design, Development, Planning, Transportation Safety, Highway Design
Schools There are many options; a few schools with relevant programs include Pennsylvania State University, the University of Iowa, and Michigan State University

What Transportation Certificate Programs Are Available?

Transportation certificate programs can focus on transportation engineering or planning. If you're interested in designing transportation systems, you may prefer an engineering program, while planning programs focus on policy and public administration of transportation systems and networks. Some interdisciplinary certificate programs feature a mix of engineering and planning courses.

Certificates are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and usually take a year or less to complete. Some graduate certificate programs are designed to be taken alongside broader master's degree programs. You may be expected to have some work history or educational experience before enrolling. If you work in the railroad field, you may find transportation certificates that focus specifically on the management of railway systems. Some program options include a Railway Management Certificate, a Transportation Certificate or a Transportation Engineering Graduate Certificate.

What Courses Will I Take?

Certificate programs in transportation planning can offer you courses in land management, sustainability, and policy and planning for freight deliveries. In specialized railroad certificate programs, you may take courses in railway management, railway infrastructure or project management. You might also take courses in the following areas:

  • Transportation safety
  • Highway design
  • Environmental issues
  • Civil engineering
  • Pavement design
  • Traffic flow
  • Traffic design
  • Economics/financial issues

How Can I Choose a School?

Because there are multiple transportation certificate programs available, you should review your professional goals as well as the curriculum of a prospective school before enrolling in a program. You should be sure that the school offers appropriate testing and design facilities if you're pursuing an engineering certificate. If you're interested in transportation planning, you can look for programs that are focused on particular areas such as policy-making or sustainable design.

Distance education options are available through some programs and could help you increase the flexibility of your academic schedule to fit around personal or professional obligations. If you're a working professional, online courses can help you advance your education while maintaining your job. You might also prefer online programs if your chosen school is too far away to physically attend.

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