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Training courses

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, we have a training path for you: our highly qualified trainers give hands-on courses all over the world, ranging from core skills to advanced programming for research.

We also offer in-company training, and can customize course content to suit your needs.

Practical information

We supply official certificates upon course completion.

Our training courses are taught online and in person, so hours can vary; see each individual course for daily start/finish times. 

Available course languages are English, French and Spanish. 

Beginners: If you are a complete beginner, we strongly recommend that you take the time to run through the Aimsun Next tutorials beforehand to familiarize yourself with the software.

Registration fees include instruction, training materials and temporary licenses of Aimsun Next software.

Participants use their own laptops for the coursework unless advised otherwise. For online courses, a microphone and webcam are required.

Participants must have their web camera activated at all times. This is to ensure that they are present throughout the course so that the trainer can issue the certificate of completion in good faith at the end of the course. If the participant does not activate their webcam then Aimsun cannot issue a certificate.

Registration is subject to availability, and full payment must be received in advance of the course. We accept bank transfers and major credit cards.

Aimsun Next Training for Beginners


Our beginners’ courses for Aimsun Next are offered in three modules, usually together in the same week.

The courses recommended vary based on your Aimsun Next edition.

Our most popular training course, this is a thorough introduction to the fundamentals of building a model in Aimsun Next, with a focus on simulation at the microscopic level.

This course will take you all the way through the workflow of a typical project, from editing to traffic management, scenarios, outputs and calibration. There are hands-on exercises every step of the way to make sure you have mastered the basic concepts and you should finish this course ready to start experimenting with Aimsun Next software.

Editing exercises


Signal plans

Public transport

Detection data

Traffic demand

Managing scenarios

Dynamic scenarios, experiments and replications

Attribute overrides and geometry configurations


Output calculation

Time series, thematic maps

Scenario comparison

Dynamic traffic assignment

Cost functions

Stochastic route choice algorithm and parameters

Dynamic user equilibrium algorithm and parameters

Combining paths

Microscopic network loading

Microscopic vehicle behavior

Calibration of a microscopic model

Traffic management

Traffic management actions

Modeling scheduled events

Modeling incidents and mitigation strategies

This course zooms out from microscopic simulation to look at larger scale modeling. You’ll learn about the event-based mesoscopic model and how to combine it with a more detailed microsimulator.

Then you’ll get to experiment with static macroscopic modelling, which is often used as a preliminary step to dynamic modeling to extract the demand of a subarea from a regional model, to adjust and time-slice it, and to get an initial set of paths to warm-start dynamic assignment.

Mesoscopic network loading

Mesoscopic vehicle behavior

Calibration of a mesoscopic model

Hybrid microscopic-mesoscopic simulation

Macroscopic modeling

Static traffic assignment

Traversal demand calculation

Demand adjustment

The Strategic Modeling course covers the traditional four-step modeling process of trip generation, trip distribution, mode choice, and trip assignment.

You should finish this course with an understanding of the role of travel demand modeling and forecasting within transportation planning and of the principles of each of the four modeling steps. You’ll build a practical case and experience how input data is used, and interpret the outputs from each step.

Travel Demand Modeling the four-step model

Trip generation

Trip distribution

Modal Split

Static public transport assignment

This training course guides you through the process of simulating pedestrians in an Aimsun Next microscopic simulation. You’ll learn the basics of the social force model, how to put together all the required pieces to run a pedestrian simulation and how to manage pedestrian flows interacting with other road users in a truly multimodal way.

Next, you’ll master handling conflicts between pedestrians and motorized vehicles at signalized as well as unsignalized intersections. You’ll also learn how to make pedestrians use public transportation and how to model their choice between walking and taking public transportation. Finally, you will evaluate the pedestrian simulation, examine its different applications and learn how to extend the mobility modeling workflow (for example the possibility of using Dynamic Public Transport Assignment to get skims for the four-step model).

It’s important to note that the pedestrian model embedded in Aimsun Next is designed to increase the realism of urban studies modeling multimodal networks, so this training course is primarily aimed at practitioners and engineers with a strong focus on road networks. For modeling high-fidelity pedestrian flows inside terminals and other buildings, you’ll need to use Aimsun Next in conjunction with third-party tools, such as Legion’s pedestrian simulator.

  • Applying the pedestrian model
  • Preparing the model for pedestrian simulation
  • Pedestrians interacting with motorized traffic
  • Pedestrians interacting with public transportation
  • Evaluating the model
  • Pedestrian skims for upper-level modeling

Aimsun Next Training for Experienced Users


These are more advanced courses, designed for modelers who already have some practical experience.

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Scripting in Aimsun Next is a powerful means of modifying a model, importing or exporting data and calculating and displaying results. This course teaches you how Aimsun Next scripts can dramatically increase your efficiency, including a full day of hands-on exercises. To take this course you will need to already have a  decent level of familiarity with Python and the concepts of programming. 

Please note that this Scripting course does not cover the API module and functions – the key difference to remember is that Scripting allows you to make static changes before the simulation starts or after the simulation is finished, while with API, you can make dynamic changes while the dynamic simulation is running. If you need a custom training course with regard to API, please contact us directly at


Introduction to Python

Variables & data types


Control flow statements

Defining a function

Introduction to scripting in Aimsun Next


Creating a script

Executing a script

Using the scripting documentation

Architecture of the Aimsun platform

Aimsun Next scripting in practice – Exercises

Error-checking inputs

Post-processing outputs

Exporting data

Editing the model

Importing data

Running a simulation

Customizing cost functions

If you are ready to start building more complex models that are on a larger scale and/or that integrate micro, meso and macro levels, then this is the course for you.

We’ll take you on a detailed walk-through of the methodology and workflow for complex projects with exhaustive tuition on calibration techniques, covering behavior parameters and route calculation, as well as real data comparison techniques.

Multi-resolution modeling

Macroscopic, mesoscopic and microscopic modeling approach

Hybrid simulation

Static and dynamic cost functions

Path calculation techniques

Demand preparation

Multi-resolution modeling project workflow


Advanced calibration of mesoscopic and microscopic models

Calibration workflow

Procedures to estimate calibration parameters from real data

Tips and techniques to troubleshoot calibration issues

Validation criteria

Importing real data

Statistic indicators to compare simulation outputs with real data

Course Calendar

Extra courses are possible on request – please contact

Core skills

June 10 – 14, 2024

Course in English

Location: Online

Time Zone: Eastern
Standard Time

Meso, Hybrid, Macro

July 23 – 24, 2024

Course in English

Location: Online

Time Zone: Australian Eastern Standard Time

Meso, Hybrid, Macro

July 23 – 24, 2024

Course in English

Location: Online

Time Zone: Central European Time (CET)


August 13 – 16, 2024

Course in English

Location: Online

Time Zone: Australian Eastern Standard Time

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Cite Aimsun Next

Aimsun Next 24

Aimsun (2024). Aimsun Next 24 User’s Manual, Aimsun Next Version 24.0.0, Barcelona, Spain. Accessed on: April. 16, 2024. [Online].


Aimsun Next 24

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