Certificate in Transportation Safety, Security, and Emergency Management

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Federal mandates require public transit agencies to prioritize safety management. The Certificate in Transportation Safety, Security, and Emergency Management (TSSEM) prepares students for these essential careers. Join this four-course online certificate and gain knowledge critical to protecting human life.

The three areas that this certificate covers, safety, security, and emergency management, are each critical to an organization's safety management. While each is independent of one another, this certificate covers all three, giving participants the opportunity to succeed in managing an organization's emergency response and maintaining safety on a daily basis.

The four courses are taught live online, in a group setting, and in the evening at designated Caltrans offices around California. The program enables students to earn 9 units of course credit that may later be applied to the Master of Transportation Management (MSTM) program.




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*Fee listed will increase by 5% in Fall 2026. SJSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum; however, fees listed in published schedules may need to be increased to maintain the high quality of education we offer and are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the campus President, as appropriate.

Program Benefits

Set yourself up for success

This certificate will set you up for success in your career. It covers laws regarding safety and emergency management as well as future challenges facing the industry. To see a list of more topics, visit the Studies in Transportation Safety, Security, and Emergency Management (TSSEM) page.

Perfect for working professionals

Classes for the MSTM as well as the transportation certificates, are offered in the evenings. This is a great schedule for you if you are looking to continue your studies while keeping your current job.

Career Opportunities

  • Public-sector transportation organizations are required by law to have staff working on both safety and emergency management. This means that jobs in this profession will always be a necessity and continue to grow.
  • Chief Safety Officer, Emergency Manager, or Security Manager for a public transit or transportation agency are a few jobs that students who complete this certificate would be prepared for.
  • Indeed.com put together a list of transportation jobs to explore and note that it is a great industry for growth and career advancement.

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