Introduction to the National Highway Institute
As the training and education arm of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), 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 in the transportation industry across the country.
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.
Organization and History
Established by Congress in 1970, NHI has been providing quality service to the transportation
community for more than forty-five years.
When NHI first opened its doors, it was just a small operation with a handful of employees
who completed every course registration, scheduling arrangement, and certificate by hand.
Understandably, the menu of courses was fairly narrow, covering only a handful of basic
Over time, NHI's course catalog has expanded to include hundreds of trainings in more than 18
transportation industry-related program areas. NHI now offers numerous distance-learning courses,
making it feasible for transportation professionals to attend training from the comfort of their
own offices without the hassle and expense of travel. Although NHI has grown tremendously over
the last four decades, one thing has remained constant: NHI's commitment to quality. From
developing exceptional training materials to securing top-notch instructors,
quality remains at the core of NHI's values.
NHI is part of FHWA's Office of Technical Services (OTS), and works in partnership with
FHWA's Resource Center
to provide targeted training and technical assistance to support the highway community.
NHI's 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 courses to multi-week sessions.
Our Web-Conference training offer live, online learning taught by remote instructors,
eliminating the need to travel. In addition, NHI has a catalog of over 160 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
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.