Continuing & Professional Education

Renewable Energy Technologies

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One of the fastest-grow­ing in the world, the renew­able ener­gy sec­tor employed 11.5 mil­lion work­ers world­wide in 2019. In Cana­da, accord­ing to Clean Energy’s 2021 report, the cur­rent work­force in the sec­tor sits at 430,500 peo­ple, a num­ber pro­ject­ed to grow almost 50% to 639,200 by 2030. Alber­ta, how­ev­er, is the province poised to see the most impres­sive growth, with jobs set to increase a huge 164% over the next decade.

The Renew­able Ener­gy Tech­nolo­gies Cer­tifi­cate aims to fill the short­age for knowl­edge­able and skilled pro­fes­sion­als for the grow­ing sec­tor of clean energy. 

In this pro­gram, you will under­stand the prin­ci­ples of oper­at­ing the broad spec­trum of renew­able ener­gy tech­nolo­gies as well as artic­u­late the tech­ni­cal chal­lenges for each of the renew­able sources and get updat­ed on the major inno­va­tions and chal­lenges in the industry.

This pro­gram will be of spe­cial inter­est to those who want to devel­op, man­age, or improve their under­stand­ing of the rapid­ly evolv­ing clean ener­gy sec­tor. This includes, among oth­ers, envi­ron­men­tal pro­fes­sion­als, project man­agers, indus­try exec­u­tives, devel­op­ers, and investors inter­est­ed in expand­ing their career or busi­ness with renew­able energy.


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Ladders three series and two additional courses into a certificate.

Fast-track your path into the job market.

No prerequisites; working experience in a related area is recommended but not required. It is also recommended that participants have completed high school and are proficient in English.

Complete the Renewable Energy Technologies Certificate and be eligible to write the Sustainable Energy Technologies Professional Exam (administered by the Foundational Technologies Institute) for a discounted student rate of $200 CAD (regular $800 CAD).

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  • University of Alberta parchment in as little as 12 months
  • Pay as you go
  • Currently open for enrolment

Complete the Solar Energy Development and Design Series:

Complete the Wind Energy Development and Design Series:

The sug­gest­ed (but not required) order of com­ple­tion is:

EXERM 4310, EXERM 4311, EXERM 4312, EXERM 4287, EXERM 4294, EXERM 4303, EXERM 4304

Only interested in taking a course? You can register for a course without applying and enrolling in the program – browse our Renewable Energy Technologies courses. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course you’ve taken will be applied toward your Certificate as long as it is still part of the program plan at the time of your application. Please note, program requirements are subject to change over time.

  • No pre­req­ui­sites. 
  • Work­ing expe­ri­ence in a relat­ed area is rec­om­mend­ed but not required. 
  • It is also rec­om­mend­ed that par­tic­i­pants have com­plet­ed high school and are pro­fi­cient in English.

This program is comprised of seven required courses, for a total of 168 hours. Five of those courses are also offered as part of three distinct course series (Essentials, Solar Energy, and Wind Energy), so you can start with a Record of Achievement for each series and then ladder those into the certificate as you complete two additional courses.

Your program requirements

Once you are admitted, you can verify your program requirements by logging into the University of Alberta’s student portal, Bear Tracks, to view your Academic Advisement.

Apply for Your Credential

To qualify for program completion you are required to submit a request to obtain your credential. For a breakdown of details and how to qualify, visit the program completion page.

Lad­ders three series and two addi­tion­al cours­es into a certificate.

  • An appli­ca­tion fee of $100 is required for admis­sion into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Cours­es are GST-exempt.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
Bursaries and funding opportunities
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Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

income tax return
Skilled Immigrant Micro-Loan 

Whether you intend to work in the same field you trained in outside of Canada, or you wish to apply your transferable skills to a new career, this low-interest loan helps you cover the cost of education and related living expenses.

Up to $15,000 loan

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep

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