The following courses are open to all planners, programmers, landscape architects, engineers, and architects from the DOD and the Army PROSPECT are also open to contractors working for the DOD. Specific requirements regarding enrollment and tuition charges are identified in the course catalogues for each course.
BEGINNING PLANNERS: FOUNDATION COURSES
The coursework for beginning planners should start with foundation courses. Ideally, these would be taken in order starting with Master Planning Principles (PROSPECT 75) and then the service-specific planning course (Master Planning Practices - PROSPECT 241 for the Army; Comprehensive Planning Development - WENG 520 for the Air Force; or Facilities Planner Course – A-4A-0016 for the Navy). After completing the foundation courses, planners should then enroll technical and practice courses as time and resources allow.
INTERMEDIATE PLANNERS: TECHNICAL COURSES
DOD planners with generally over five years of DOD planning experience should enroll directly in one of the technical courses, which can be taken in any order (Master Planning Advanced Techniques – PROSPECT 952 and Master Planning Applied Skills – PROSPECT 326). In addition, planners interested in historic preservation should enroll in Master Planning Historic Structures I – PROSPECT 392 and Master Planning Historic Structures II – PROSPECT 163. Planners interested in learning how to prepare planning graphics can enroll in Master Planning Visualization Techniques – PROSPECT 948. Planners interested in energy and sustainability can enroll in Master Planning Energy and Sustainability – PROSPECT 258. Planners who want to learn more about form-based planning can enroll in PROSPECT 319, Master Planning Coding Practices.
ADVANCED PLANNERS: PRACTICUM COURSES
The Master Planning Institute sponsors intensive practicums for DOD installations that offer applied instruction in the preparation of various planning documents. These include Installation Vision Practicums, Area Development Practicums, Installation Development Practicums, Master Plan Summary Practicums, and Capital Investment Strategy Practicums. These practicums bring together planners and stakeholders DOD planners from the host installation in a facilitated workshop that results in actual plans at a variety of scales. Course fees for practicums are funded by the host installation or appropriate service agency.