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Online Certificate Programs & Short Courses

Read about our current offerings and what is in development for next spring!

SIMCenter offers fully online professional development opportunities which provide integrated workforce development for working engineers.

As industry moves toward virtual development processes, proficiency withcomputer aided engineering (CAE) tools is essential. However, most formal classes in CAE at the university level are offered as senior tech electives and are limited to an introduction to these tools. Graduate-level courses provide students with an in-depth understanding, but they do not always meet the needs of engineers already in the workforce. Similarly, software supplier training classes help increase software interface competencies, but they often do not address the technical foundation.

SIMCenter's focus on applied learning helps the engineer approach CAE software as a problem solver. Our close ties with industry ensure the programs' content is regularly updated to meet new industry standards.

Certifications in Practice of CAE

These certification programs 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:

  • Finite element principles (now enrolling students)
  • Computational fluid dynamics (in development)
  • Systems engineering (in development)

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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 Certification in Practice of Finite Element Principles series began in the Autumn 2019 semester and are ready for enrollment.

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.
  • A bachelor's degree in engineering or a related field is strongly recommended.
  • Additional recommended knowledge and skills are provided on the individual certificate program pages.