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New for Fall 2020

Part virtual, part on-campus six-week conductor certificate plan — still the rigor of The National Academy of Railroad Sciences (NARS) training begins August 31, 2020.

For the safety of our students, staff and instructors, and during the restrictions and uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, NARS is adjusting our Face-to-Face method of instruction for the Railroad Conductor Certificate program starting in the Fall 2020 semester.

Scope

This program will be offered in an Online/Hybrid format with required Zoom videoconference attendance. 

The original face-to-face format allowed students the opportunity to complete the certificate course in a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of 16 weeks. The new online/hybrid program is designed to offer the identical instructional strategies and techniques experienced in the classroom, but through the online setting, thus satisfying the restrictions and safety requirements for our students brought on by COVID-19. One week of on-site field training will still be required at the end of the six-week online training to satisfy the requirements of RRTC 267, Conductor Field Training.

Disclaimer:

This new offering is designed for the same student who can devote the same attention as a full-time student attending the face-to-face classes. Enrollment in this class will require that the student be able to devote 6-8 hours per day to their studies. A mandatory Zoom meeting will be required daily. If you question your availability or discipline to satisfy these requirements, please feel free to enroll in the five-month conductor certificate plan, which is designed for the busy, working professional.

Benefits:

  • The student can complete the Conductor Certificate Program in as little as six weeks.
  • Hundreds of dollars of savings for required hotel stays and food for out-of-town students.
  • Access to the instructor 24 hours per day either by phone, text, Zoom, or FaceTime to answer any questions you have.