Frequently Asked Questions

About Us

What is TechTransfer?

TechTransfer is the California transportation community's source for training, continuing education, and professional development. We provide training in classrooms and online, including open enrollment and contracted training, host workshops and conferences, and can customize training to meet your needs.  Our programs span the transportation-related areas of planning and policy, traffic engineering, project development, infrastructure design and maintenance, safety, environmental issues, complete streets, active and multimodal transportation, rail, and aviation. We serve more than 25,000 public and private transportation agency personnel working for our state's 476 cities, 58 counties, over 50 regional transportation planning agencies (MPOs, RTPAs, CTCs and CMAs). We hold over 80 events every year, attended by over 3,000 people. 

Are you UC Berkeley's Intellectual Property office?

No, to reach the University of California, Berkeley's Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances click here.

Courses

How do I enroll in a course?

For information on how to enroll, methods of payment, and more, visit this page.

Why do California public transportation agency staff get reduced training fees?

Much of our training is delivered in partnership with the California Department of Transportation, Division of Local Assistance under the Cooperative Training Assistance Program. Pavement classes are now offered in partnership with the City and County Pavement Improvement Center, hosted by the University of California Pavement Research Center, and funded by California Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. Through these partnerships, employees of eligible public agencies may a reduced registration fee for many of Tech Transfer's courses. Private industry, out-of-state professionals public and private, as well as Federal employees and California public employees not working for a transportation agency are welcome in our training classes, but are asked to pay the full fee for training.

Who teaches your courses? Can I teach a course?

The instructional faculty of TechTransfer includes more than 60 leading transportation engineers, planners, and academicians working in California and elsewhere. You can view the entire list of instructors with their bios here. To learn more about teaching for our program, please review the information here.

How do you decide which training courses to develop and deliver? How can I propose a new course?

Our goal is to provide California's transportation professionals with the information and training needed to plan, design, build, maintain, and operate a state-of-the-art, multimodal transportation system that is safe, efficient, and sustainable.  We develop new courses every year and are always looking for new topics. If you have suggestions for us, please contact us at courses@techtransfer.berkeley.edu. We want to hear from you!

When do you offer courses in my city?

To find out whether a particular class is currently scheduled in or near your city, browse our Training Calendar by Location. If our pre-scheduled training courses don’t work for you, nearly all the training courses from TechTransfer are also available on request, provided that an agency contract for the entire course or that we can meet a minimum number of students through open enrollment. You can view the complete list of classes available on request here.  For more information regarding training on request, or to suggest that we offer a particular class in a location near you next year, please call 510-643-4393 or email courses@techtransfer.berkeley.edu. We want to hear from you!

How do your online courses differ from your classroom courses?

Our online classes have lower registration fees and are priced per location, not per person, so you can have a room full of people attend for one low price. Class sessions last just a few hours each day, spread over a few days in the same week or spread out over consecutive weeks. If your agency doesn't have funding for training or travel, or can't afford the staff days out the office, our online training might be a good fit for you and your colleagues.

What if my agency needs specialized training courses?

TechTransfer is in a unique position to customize existing or develop new training courses that meet the unique and emerging needs of transportation professionals. We can draw from the immense intellectual wealth of our world-class Berkeley faculty and the top minds and experience from industry. For more information on specialized training options, please call 510-643-4393 or email courses@techtransfer.berkeley.edu

Credits

What is a CEU and how do I get one?

Continuing Education Units (or CEUs) are the nationally recognized standard for quantifying time spent in the classroom during professional development or training activities. Ten hours of face to face instruction equals 1 CEU. Thus, a class valued at 0.8 CEUs will have 8 hours of contact time (lunch breaks are not counted).

Any organization offering professional development activities may attach CEUs to their activity based on the above standard. At Tech Transfer we offer CEUs only for classes with curriculum that has been reviewed and approved by University academic faculty or staff. This ensures that your professional development is of the highest quality.

The CEU standard allows students to create a record of their non-credit professional development experiences from different sources. Some employers or licensing boards or other professional groups may ask members to submit transcripts of their CEU credited activities as proof of continuing commitment to staying up to date with changes in their profession.

TechTransfer offers CEUs to individuals who participate in courses distinctly marked as offering CEU credits. A transcript of your record of CEUs is available upon request.

What are AICP-CM credits and how can I earn them?

The American Planning Association (APA) grants Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for several of TechTransfer's planning courses. All professional planners who are members of APA's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), are required to engage in mandatory continuing education. Continuing education is measured by CM credits. AICP members must earn a total of 32 CM credits (1 hour = 1 CM credit) within each two-year reporting period. TechTransfer classes can help AICP certified planners meet that goal. Upcoming courses offering AICP-CM credit can be found here.

How can I get a transcript showing all of the CEUs or CM credits I've earned at Tech Transfer?

To request a transcript of CEUs or CM credits earned after July 1, 2003, please contact the TechTransfer registrar at registrar@techtransfer.berkeley.edu. For CEUs earned before July 1, 2003, please call University of California Berkeley Extension at 510-642-4172.

Do you grant degrees?

No. TechTransfer is not a degree granting academic department at the University, nor is the Institute of Transportation Studies. ITS is a research unit, involving faculty, researchers, and students from across the University. For academic degrees, transportation concentrations are offered through the University of California, Berkeley, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.