Introduction to the National Highway Institute
As the training and education arm of the Federal Highway Administration, the National Highway Institute (NHI)
has a long and rich history of innovation and expertise in delivering transportation training.
Improving the conditions and safety of our nation's roads, highways, and bridges means continuously building
on the skills of highway professionals and enhancing job performance across the country.
Our broad reach allows us to train personnel from State departments of transportation, local public agencies,
industry, academia, FHWA, other federal agencies, and professionals in other countries.
We ensure our constituents receive the highest quality training by staying on top of the latest digital tools,
adult learning research, and industry advancements to deliver the knowledge they need to succeed.
Our Innovative Training Programs
Training through NHI offers a number of advantages:
A variety of course types and lengths. NHI offers Instructor-led training from short, 1-day trainings to
multi-week sessions. Web-conference training is offered in a virtual classroom with an instructor and
eliminates the need for travel. In addition, NHI has a catalog of over 100 Web-based trainings that are
available online 24/7.
Access to national experts who are leaders in their fields. NHI training is designed to encourage
nationwide application of state-of-the-practice techniques, and is developed in collaboration with
professionals from FHWA, State and local agencies and industry partners. The training is delivered by
experienced practitioners considered to be experts in their fields.
Application of the latest instructional systems design expertise to make the most of practitioner time.
NHI's development team of professional instructional designers aid in the development of outcome-oriented training.
They consult with partners to determine the best and most flexible training solutions available, utilizing adult
learning principles and industry best practices.
Accredited training to fulfill continuing education needs. NHI is recognized as an accredited training provider
by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET),
so participants can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for NHI training courses.
This accredited training may be used by highway industry professionals to maintain State issued PE,
or other licenses. NHI is also an approved provider of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
certification maintenance (CM) credits for Planning and Freight series courses. Many State Departments of
Transportation (DOTs) require their bridge inspection team leaders and consultants to successfully complete NHI's
bridge inspection training courses to fulfill a State's bridge inspection certification program.
NHI training is one of several technical assistance programs that FHWA provides through the Office of Technical
Services (OTS). Targeted training and technical assistance is also available through the Resource Center,
and Local and Tribal Technical Assistance Programs (LTAP/TTAP). Together, these programs provide a suite of
learning services to support the highway community. Learn more about the resources available through these programs
by visiting their websites:
Interested in bringing NHI training to your staff? Become a host! "Hosts" partner with NHI to coordinate
local instructor-led training for their organization. To host a session, log in to the NHI site, select the
"Host/Instructor" option and submit a Host Request Form. An NHI scheduler or instructor will reach
out to you to coordinate class scheduling, payment, and other logistical information for hosting the
training session of your choice.