Certificate in Sustainable Transportation: Planning & Livable Communities

Develop Sustainable Solutions to Transportation Challenges


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $5,040 (noncredit)
    $9,750 (credit)

Next start date:

September 27, 2023

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About this Program

Creating smart, effective transportation systems is a vital priority for society. Moving people and goods efficiently is essential to a thriving economy and a significant factor in protecting the environment, and improving the health and the quality of life in communities of all sizes.

In this three-course certificate program, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the critical issues surrounding the planning and development of sustainable transportation systems. We’ll review policies and programs that promote alternatives to the single occupancy vehicle, including mixed use development and increased population density. You’ll study the environmental impact of different transportation options and investigate the legal and governmental factors involved in sustainable transportation policy. 


Professionals who work on transportation and sustainability issues, along with those who want to enter the field.

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what you'll learn

  • How transportation planning for both people and goods affects livability and sustainability
  • The specifics of capacity analysis, supply management and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
  • Important transportation planning tools and how they are used at the site, city, region and state levels
  • Design and planning considerations related to sprawl and compact cities, energy use, transit-oriented communities, and mixed-use and mixed-income development
  • How to apply design solutions, policy strategies and modern technologies for getting people and goods to where they want to go

Get Hands-On Experience

You’ll participate in individual and group projects focusing on real-world issues and applications in the transportation field.

Choose From Noncredit and Credit Options

By completing this certificate program, you can earn up to 12 graduate credits toward degree requirements should you later be accepted into the online Master of Sustainable Transportation. To use these credits, you must enroll in the credit version of the certificate program and obtain graduate nonmatriculated status before you register for the first course. If you don’t plan to pursue a graduate degree, choose the noncredit offering. See Noncredit & Credit Options.

Career Stats


Projected job growth for transportation planners in Washington state (2020–30)


Average salary for transportation planners in Washington state (2021)

Source: O*NET OnLine


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Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

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