Frequently Asked Questions

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General FAQs

What is TechTransfer doing in response to COVID-19?

Updated: March 30, 2020

While training is important, the health and wellbeing of our community, even more so. TechTransfer has implemented aggressive social distancing tactics until further notice. Here are the measures TechTransfer is taking to address COVID-19 (coronavirus) concerns in our training programs and operations.

Online training

Our online training courses are continuing as scheduled without interruption. 

Classroom training

There will be no in-person training classes held in April or May, and possibly not in June.

We are currently in the process of cancelling all scheduled in-person classes in April. We plan to reschedule these cancelled classes at the same locations as previously planned, but at a later date to be determined when we have more information.

We are handling course cancellations in chronological order so that our (small, but dedicated!) staff have enough time to handle all the questions from class registrants for the soonest classes first. Class registrants will be given the option of a registration fee refund or a credit to be used for the rescheduled class or any other class we offer.  (More details on this below.)

We will continue to work down the rest of our training schedule in chronological order. We are initiating conversations with each of our instructors to determine which of our in-person classes could successfully be held online instead of in person, should be postponed, or need to be cancelled. Determinations to change to online delivery, postpone, or cancel will be made closer to the start date of each class so that we can effectively manage communications with the soonest classes first and take advantage of the latest information available at that time. 

For in-person classes still on our training calendar through the end of June 2020, we are:

  • Suspending registration for all in-person classes temporarily.  (They now appear as "full" on our class schedule.) If there is a scheduled class between now and June that you want to take, please add your name to the waitlist. We will use this information to contact you if we re-open registration or re-schedule the class, and to identify which classes we need to schedule additional deliveries of later.
  • Waiving cancellation fees for any classes we cancel or postpone and course registrations that are cancelled due to event and travel restrictions related to coronavirus and for which we are notified prior to the start of the class. We encourage you to roll the course fee forward as a credit toward a future class! 

Office operations 

All TechTransfer staff are now working remotely.  Please continue to contact us by email.  We are checking office voicemail frequently, so you may leave messages at 510-643-4393, too. Due to security issues, credit card refunds must be processed in the office and cannot be handled remotely.  Please have patience with us in processing those refunds, as we are trying to minimize risk to staff while still providing the best customer service possible.

Our coronavirus measures are being guided by recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC precautions website which provides strategies for remaining healthy, the California Department of Public Health, and guidance from the University of California Office of the President and University of California, Berkeley.

We acknowledge the fluidity of the situation and promise to update you with any changes to any of our events as soon as they become available. We will be flexible and accommodating regarding cancellations and hope that you extend the same courtesy to us as we all wait and see how events unfold. In addition, if you have any questions or concerns about your registration or attending one of our events, feel free to email us at registrar@techtransfer.berkeley.edu.

We will continue to update this information as things change. 

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.

Miscellaneous

What should I do if I have accessibility requests?

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about venue mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact TechTransfer at registrar@techtransfer.berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.