NTSB Training Center.

Frequently Asked Questions


Eligibility

  • How do I determine which courses I am eligible to attend?

Degree / Continuing Education Units

  • Does the Training Center offer a certificate or degree program?
  • Are Continuing Education Units (CEUs) awarded for courses taken at the Training Center?

Tuition

  • Are discounts available for groups or government agencies?

Accommodations

  • Where do I stay when attending a course at the Training Center?

TWA Flight 800 Reconstruction

  • Why is the reconstruction of TWA flight 800 wreckage housed at the NTSB Training Center?
  • Is the reconstruction open to the public?
  • How can I find out more about the TWA flight 800 reconstruction?

Employment at the NTSB and NTSB Training Center

  • Must I take NTSB Training Center courses to be considered for a job at the NTSB?
  • What about employment opportunities with the NTSB?
  • Does the NTSB hire outside instructors to teach Training Center courses?

Answers to questions relating to amenities and policies (like Internet access, inclement weather policy, and more) can be found on the Information for Participants page.


Eligibility

How do I determine which courses I am eligible to attend?
The admission criteria for each course is clearly defined in the “Who May Attend” section of the course description.

If unsure about your eligibility to attend a particular course, please contact us at trainingcenter@ntsb.gov or 571-223-3900. We welcome all inquiries and will reply to each one as expeditiously as possible.

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Degree / Credits

 Does the Training Center offer a certificate or degree program?
While some courses have been approved by other organizations for professional continuing education credits, the Training Center itself does not offer a degree or certificate program.

Are Continuing Education Units (CEUs) awarded for courses taken at the Training Center?
Yes.  The number of credits awarded is indicated in the CEU section of each course description. See Continuing Education Units for more details about the program. 

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Tuition

Are discounts available for groups or government agencies?
The Training Center does not offer reduced tuition rates.

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Accommodations

Where do I stay when attending a course at the Training Center?
A list of hotels near the Training Center is available on the Campus page of this website. There are no dorms associated with the George Washington University Virginia campus or the NTSB Training Center. Students are responsible for their own accommodations.

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TWA Flight 800 Reconstruction

Why is the reconstruction of TWA flight 800 wreckage housed at the NTSB Training Center?
The sheer size and completeness of this accident reconstruction is unique in the history of aircraft accident investigation. The 93-foot forward portion of TWA flight 800 aircraft’s fuselage is used as major instruction tool along with many other pieces of accident wreckage. Investigating the crash of TWA flight 800 was a major undertaking by the NTSB, other government agencies and industry in time, resources and taxpayer money.

Is the reconstruction open to the public?
No. Out of respect to the victims and family and friends of the victims of the tragedy, the reconstruction is not on display for the general public. Its primary purpose is to teach investigators about reconstruction techniques and how to use reconstructions to solve accidents and prevent future accidents.

How can I find out more about the TWA flight 800 reconstruction?
On the NTSB website: http://www.ntsb.gov/events/TWA800/default.htm

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Employment at the NTSB and NTSB Training Center

Must I take NTSB Training Center courses to be considered for a job at the NTSB?
No. There is no requirement to take Training Center courses before applying for a position at the NTSB. Our courses are designed to enhance the skills of current NTSB investigators.

What about employment opportunities with the NTSB?
The NTSB generally hires investigators who have specific qualifications and/or previous safety work experience in transportation. We have hired current FAA air traffic controllers, airline transport category pilots, hazardous material experts, maritime experts, and aerospace engineers – just to name a few of the disciplines. We also have an intern and co-op program. Several of our senior investigators and managers started out as student interns and have risen through the ranks over many years.

Watch for job openings (including intern and co-op positions) on our website and carefully review the position requirements: http://www.ntsb.gov/Vacancies/listing.htm

Listings for federal government employment job bank: http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/

Does the NTSB hire outside instructors to teach Training Center courses?
While most Training Center courses are taught by NTSB investigators and staff, outside instructors are utilized on a contract basis, as needed. The Training Center does not employ full-time instructors.

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Answers to questions relating to amenities and policies (like Internet access, inclement weather policy, and more) can be found on the Information for Participants page.

Question not answered? Please email us at trainingcenter@ntsb.gov and we'll respond as quickly as possible. We appreciate your interest in the NTSB Training Center.

 


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