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The training resources included on this page are divided into two broad categories. The courses listed under Traffic signal, Design, Signal Timing and Operations are focused on improving workforce knowledge and capability to more effectively design, operate and maintain the built environment. Courses listed under the heading Traffic Signal Program Management focus on the approach to managing and operating traffic signals by applying objectives and performance based concepts to link goals, objectives and activities to improve program delivery.

Traffic Signal Design, Signal Timing and Operations

National Highway Institute Courses (Development sponsored by FHWA)

  • 133121 – Traffic Signal Design and Operation (2-day, Instructor-Led)
    This course addresses the steps required to plan, design and implement a signalized intersection including warrant analysis, basic phasing and calculation of signal timing settings.
  • 133122 – Traffic Signal Timing Concepts (2-day, Instructor-Led)
    This course is for both seasoned professionals and novice traffic engineers to develop additional technical expertise in traffic signal timing design for isolated and coordinated traffic signal systems with the understanding of how the operation fits into an objective-driven, performance-oriented process.
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University and State DOT Sponsored Courses

  • Traffic Signal Academy (1-5 days, instructor led)
    Developed by the University of Tennessee's Center for Transportation Research, this course offers a comprehensive discussion on standards, warrants, installation and maintenance guidelines, liability issues, design, operations and maintenance of traffic signal systems. A full description of the course, cost and scheduling information can be found at
  • Mobile Hands on Signal Timing Training (MOST) (self-paced or instructor led)
    Developed by the University of Idaho National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology (NIATT), MOST is a student focused where learning is achieved by doing experiments, analyzing data and drawing conclusions about what makes good signal timing practice. You may download the course material, simulation software and experiments by visiting
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Traffic Signal Training (Instructor-Led)
    MnDOT offers three courses related to traffic signal management and operations: Traffic Signal Design, Traffic Signal Timing and Coordination and Traffic Signals 101.
  • Traffic Signal Timing Blended Course (Web-Based Instructor Led)
    Developed by the Consortium for ITS Training and Education (CITE) this course provides students with an understanding of both the theory and practice of traffic signal timing and its impact on traffic operations.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Traffic Signal Training (Web-Based – Self-Study & Instructor Led)
    PennDOT offers a web-based introduction to traffic signal course composed of seven modules familiarizes participants with PennDOT's approach to traffic signal design, operation and maintenance. PennDOT also offers four instructor-led courses. To review the course offerings enter traffic signal in the Course Search of PennDOT'S training calendar.
  • Traffic Signal Systems Operations and Design (Self-Paced Activity-Based Learning)
    Educational research points to a hands-on active learning environment as the best approach to improving student understanding of important concepts. Unlike many courses that emphasize an instructor focus (with lectures presented to students), this book emphasizes a student focus in which you will learn by doing an experiment, analyzing data that you collect, and drawing conclusions about what makes good signal timing practice.

Traffic Signal Program Management

National Highway Institute Courses (Development sponsored by FHWA)

  • 133125 – Traffic Signal Management: The Basic Service Approach (2-day, Instructor-Led)
    This course assist agency professionals with the development of traffic signal management plans that align traffic signal design, operations and maintenance strategies with a basic service approach that focuses limited resources on meeting the needs of the most important stakeholders.
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  • 133124 – Evaluating the Performance of Traffic Signal Systems (2-day, Instructor-Led)
    This course is aimed at helping agencies evaluate and prioritize their traffic signal system investment decisions and day-to-day operations in support of agency objectives. This course begins by exploring stakeholder objectives and resources; it then investigates what performance measures are and how to collect, manage, and use them.
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  • 133123 – Systems Engineering for Signal Systems Including Adaptive Control (2-day, Instructor-Led)
    This course is designed to assist traffic signal managers and operations professionals with the implementation of advanced traffic system by to identifying objectives and needs for improved traffic operations. The courses incorporates systems engineering principles to provide a comprehensive view of what is required before, during, and after the implementation of a traffic control system. Adaptive signal control is used as the example throughout the course. (Contact for scheduling
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