Postgraduate Certificate in Road Maintenance Engineering & Network Management (Online)

  • NFQ Level 9
  • Credits 30*
  • Course Code SG_EROAD_N09
  • Award Minor Award
  • Duration 1 yr

Course Summary

ATU Sligo developed this blended on-line part time programme in collaboration with the Local Authority Services National Training Group (LASNTG) and the Department of Transport. It has been operating since 2015 and provides applied and advanced learning and skills for engineers working in the roads services sector, in both public bodies and private companies.  


The programme consists of two semesters (1 academic year) of taught modules which leads to the award of a postgraduate Level 9 Certificate and also provides advanced entry to the Post Graduate Diploma or MEng in Road and Transport Engineering Level 9 at ATU Sligo. 

For local authority engineers, nominated by their employer, this programme is 80% funded by DTTAS and 20% funded by local authorities.

Course Description

This course will prepare local authority engineers, and engineers employed by consultants and contractors with the knowledge, skills and competences required for successful road maintenance engineering and network management operation. In the first semester, module topics include geotechnical engineering, transport planning, and structural assessment and inspection of bridges. In semester two, modules relating to road pavement design and management, traffic control and road safety, and contracts and liabilities are covered.

Special Purpose Awards

Successfully completing the following modules will result in an award title as follows:

  • All modules: Post Grad Cert in Road Maintenance Engineering and Network Mgt.
  • Modules 1, 4 and 5: Post Grad Cert in Road Network Management.

Key Course Information

Note: Each module is equivalent to 5 ECTS credits. Modules 1, 2 and 3 are grouped in one semester (Semester 1); modules 4, 5 and 6 are in Semester 2.

Application Closing Date : 16th August 2024

Entry Requirements

BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering or equivalent.

Applicants without the standard academic qualification and with significant relevant work experience may also be considered through ATU Sligo’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) process. RPL is a process that may allow you to gain admission to a programme or to receive exemptions / credit from some parts of a programme based on demonstrated learning that you may have achieved through another programme of study or through your work and career. Further information is available through which our dedicated RPL portal or by contacting our admissions team at 

Career Opportunities

This programme provide advanced applied skills and postgraduate learning for civil engineers who are currently working or wish to pursue a career in the road services sector. Graduates can build on successive completion of this programme by progressing to Year 2 of the Postgraduate Diploma (2 year programme) and /or MEng in Road and Transport Engineering L9  (3 year programme) and achieving a major QQI postgraduate qualification on NFQ.

Further Study

Upon successful completion of this programme, graduates can apply to transfer into Year 2 of the Postgraduate Diploma  or Masters of Engineering in Road and Transport Engineering Level 9 on-line programmes at ATU Sligo.

Programme Fees

Academic Year 2024/25 Fees

Total Programme Fee: €4,500

To help make the payment of fees more manageable for students who are self-funding their studies, tuition fees can be paid through payment instalment plans at ATU Sligo. For further information on instalment plans, please visit our Fees and Funding webpage

If you apply and are approved for an online course at ATU Sligo, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €250 to secure your place. Your deposit will then be credited against the course fees once you are registered as a student. Students at ATU Sligo are also eligible to claim tax relief at the standard rate for tuition fees.

For further information and guidance about Fees and Funding for online and part-time courses at ATU Sligo, click here.

If you are seeking to take your exams online, and you meet the eligibility criteria (overseas students and those with extenuating circumstances), an additional examinations fee will apply. For further information, please visit our Examinations webpage