Roger Forsgren, Director, NASA Academy of Program/Project Engineering Leadership

“Everyone on the APPEL team understands who our customers are and we value and take their input very seriously. We have developed an outstanding curriculum because of the feedback we have received over the years. We are here for one reason and that is to make NASA program/project managers, system engineers, and engineers the best they can become. We have a responsibility to our stakeholders to develop the training they need and we are accountable to the taxpayer to make sure we implement our program in an efficient and responsible manner.”
~ Roger Forsgren, APPEL Director

The Academy’s training curriculum enables NASA’s technical workforce to develop NASA-specific expertise and capability in program/project management, engineering, and systems engineering. It is intended to supplement an individual’s academic and professional work experience. The curriculum draws extensively on best practices and the knowledge of NASA subject-matter experts to ensure that it addresses the needs of NASA’s practitioners.

The courses are developed following established instructional design processes, and include rigorous annual audits and revisions and incorporation of participant feedback. The Academy’s project management and systems engineering competency model provide the basis for all course objectives.

Courses are highly interactive, featuring case study analyses, group discussions, individual exercises and simulations. Increasingly, the Academy is making its course content available online through video modules and interactive publications. Participants are encouraged to learn from instructors and one another.


APPEL Catalog

APPEL’s online course catalog serves as a one-stop resource for everything members of NASA’s technical workforce need to know about APPEL courses. Practitioners can browse through courses easily searching by subject, category, or alphabetically. Each course features an introductory video detailing the highlights and value of the course to help participants determine if a course will meet their learning needs. Comments by past course participants are included below the video, and in-depth supplemental resources are easy to access. Those interested in registering for courses can click to do so directly from the catalog.

Accreditations and Affiliations

The curriculum has achieved a reputation for excellence within academia and leading professional associations throughout the world:

  • APPEL is a Registered Education Provider of Professional Development Units (PDUs) for Project Management Institute (PMI)® —all participants in project management courses receive PDUs.
  • The American Council on Education recommends granting graduate credits for 12 APPEL courses.
  • APPEL has Accredited Provider status with the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

How to Register

Download the APPEL Master Training Schedule and learn how to register for APPEL courses.


Course Category Definitions


NASA Fundamentals
Explore key principles and practices for project management, systems engineering, and building NASA teams

Building & Leading NASA Teams
Improve team leadership and effectiveness to better accomplish mission-critical work

Program/Project Management
Learn the principles and practices of program/project management that are essential to mission success

Systems Engineering & Engineering
Improve the ability to develop and manage complex aeronautical/astronautical systems

Lessons Learned for Mission Success
Utilize Lessons Learned to develop effective decision-making skills through engineering design and project management case analyses

On-Demand Learning
Learn online with APPEL 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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