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Online Certification Courses

Certification in Practice of CAE - Structural Finite Element Analysis

These certification courses are targeted toward engineers in the workforce who desire more formal exposure to CAE tools.


Consisting of a series of noncredit courses, each series can be completed within two semesters and serves as a foundation for engineers who want to implement CAE tools effectively into their workflow. The program is entirely online to offer flexibility for working professionals.

Each noncredit course is equivalent to 1 credit hour (roughly 40 hours) of work presented over 6 weeks. A certification is issued after completion of a 4-course track in topics such as:

  • Structural finite element analysis
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Systems engineering

SIMCenter partnered with Ohio State University faculty to generate the theoretical content for the courses. The content is presented through a combination of online video lectures, annotated slide decks, and reading and study material.

Video demonstrations will aim to link the theoretical content to how and when to use a particular software tool. Participants are encouraged to use the software tools available at their workplace to reinforce these concepts.

SIMCenter Research Staff Assistance

SIMCenter staff are application experts who use CAE tools for research projects. They are experienced with the latest software capabilities and are in a unique position to support participants in this program. Staff members conduct the program and are available for questions and feedback.

Staff members build on the theoretical material created by OSU faculty with demonstrations using commonly available software, thus helping participants connect the theory to the practical considerations, while also illustrating the capabilities and limitations of CAE tools.

Course Availability

Courses 1 and 2 of the 4-course series begin in the Autumn 2019 semester and will be ready for enrollment in the near future. Use the sidebar on the right to sign up for email updates regarding availability.

Time Commitment
  • Each course consists of 6 modules (1 module per week). Participants have 7 weeks to complete the course.
  • Each week requires approximately 6 hours time commitment: 2 hours of direct course interaction and 4 hours independent study, homework and quizzes.

There are no prerequisites for this course, although a bachelor's degree in engineering or a related field is strongly recommended.