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Most of your training will be done in the safety of your own home.

Part virtual, part on-campus six-week conductor certificate plan — still the rigor of The National Academy of Railroad Sciences (NARS) training. The Fall NARS Fast Track Conductor program first day of classes will be Monday, August 23. All classes except the Field Training week will be held virtually. Field week begins Sunday, September 24 and runs through Friday, October 1, on the campus of JCCC and at the Lenexa Yard.

Fall classes fill up fast, so enroll TODAY!

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


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.


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.


  • 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.