At the Railway Research and Education, we offer dedicated programs and courses that are directly relevant to the railway industry. Our most comprehensive educational offering is the Railway Management Certificate Program (RMCP), a residential course delivered in intensive one week long modules. Upon completion, a certificate in railway management is obtained. Individual modules of the RMCP will be offered as continuing professional development / education (CPD / CPE). In addition, we offer tailor-made custom programs for business clients ranging from a few hours to a week where we focus on the specific educational requirements of your people to deliver value for your stakeholders and customers. Read on for more details.
Our Railway Management Certificate Program was established in 2007 and has completed eleven successful iterations, providing education and enhancing the knowledge of over 130 railway professionals across the industry. It is a residential course that consists of four modules, each administered as a one week long intensive unit including site visits. Each module is held at a different location relevant to the railway industry. Upon completion of all four modules a Certificate in Railway Management is awarded. Download information here.
During each week, critical and topical subjects are covered in a classroom setting with interactive discussions and field trips to aid learning. Field trips include railroad facilities, customers, suppliers, associations, and agencies carefully selected to enhance participants’ learning. Group project work applies learning and develops teamwork skills.
The Program was developed by MSU Railway Management Program staff, evaluated and improved with Class I and Class II railroad education and training directors, as well as AAR, ASL&RRA, and FRA decision makers, and other railroad industry leaders. Subject matter experts for the course include distinguished railroad and transportation industry leaders and experienced MSU faculty. An industry advisory board identifies critical issues facing the industry so that the Program addresses those issues, thereby remaining highly relevant.
Lifelong learning is essential in today’s professional environment. If you are planning a career change to join the rail industry, just started at a railway-related organization, or been in the industry for a while, our CPD modules provide you with the knowledge and skills to further your career. Enhance your understanding of the railway as a transportation system and widen your breath of knowledge to enhance the interaction within the various departments in your organization and your customers. Learn how the various puzzle pieces of the railway fit together to create the effective transportation system.
You may choose to start with one module, but our flexible approach to education allows you to continue your development with us and join the Railway Management Certificate Program to gain a certificate over time. Please contact Nick or Andreas for further information.
Your organization needs well educated people to achieve its goals and create value for your customers. Our custom programs are an effective way to educate several of your employees at the same time, where the general concepts and principles of railway systems are aligned to the direct context of your organization.
In discussions with you, we will iteratively develop content with access to the world-leading Supply Chain Management faculty, other College of Business faculty, subject matter experts, and our experienced, dedicated railway staff. We will develop a course that is directly applicable to your organization. Courses can be any duration from a few hours to a day or longer. Content can be specific to a particular area or problem to a general foundation in railway systems.
Delivery of the educational course can be at your premises or here at Michigan State University.
Some of our previous clients include foreign railway companies and their government units.