Continuing & Professional Education

Renewable Energy Technologies

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Courses for everyone 11

  • project managers
  • project engineers
  • investors
  • industry executives
  • developers

These part-time study courses are designed to enhance current practitioners’ skillsets
Program enrolment is optional – register in a course without applying for admission

Understand key concepts related to electricity and major forms of power generation. Learn about the importance and different applications of direct and alternating current. Get an overview of conventional and alternative forms of electricity generation. Acquire foundational knowledge in conventional and renewable energy systems, as well as the most innovative applications on the market.

Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
Get a comprehensive overview of the major processes behind electricity distribution and transmission. Learn about the challenges that renewable energy systems pose to electricity grids and how they can be overcome. Walk through basic concepts in smart city design, including smart metering, energy dispatching, and IoT.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
Explore the material relationship between electricity generation and the natural environment. Learn about the role of carbon dioxide in relation to the greenhouse effect and the impacts of different electricity generation forms on emissions. Discuss topics such as albedo effect and energy reflection, climate change feedback loops, climate policy frameworks, Canada¿s performance relative to Paris targets, and future trajectories.
May 21
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With Gabriel John, Jorge Osorio Pina
Work through the economics of siting and starting a renewable energy project as you examine related business cases under the different perspectives of the three stakeholders involved in the development and approval of all energy projects: regulators, project investors, and the local community. Learn how to balance the costs and benefits to ensure projects are positive for each involved party.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
Develop an understanding of wide-ranging social issues, with a focus on lessons learned from renewable project development in other parts of Canada, ways to enhance local Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholder engagement in project development, opportunities for community and local ownership of renewable projects.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
Explore different facets of solar power technology and learn about the planning, design and development of solar energy projects. Gain an understanding of mechanical and technical aspects of solar power generation, include the emerging technologies in the area, and discuss the economical requirements of solar energy projects.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
Explore different facets of wind power technology and learn about the planning, design and development of wind turbine energy projects. Gain an understanding of mechanical and technical aspects of wind power generation, including the emerging technologies in the area, and discuss the economical requirements of wind energy projects.
June 11
starts in 18 days
Online learning, synchronous. With Gabriel John, Jorge Osorio Pina
This course prepares practitioners responsible to plan, design and implement wetland restoration and construction projects with a focus on best practices and techniques. Topics include evaluating site information, selecting construction techniques, planning hydrology, grading and planting plans, performance standards, monitoring and maintenance techniques. An overview of compensatory mitigation programs and regulatory requirements will also be covered. This course requires one-day in-field trip to visit completed wetland restoration project sites.
June 6
starts in 13 days
Online learning, synchronous. With Kristen Andersen
Through lecture, classroom and field exercises, students can expect to learn methods to identify wetlands and delineate their boundaries based on indicators of vegetation, soils, and hydrology, in addition to conducting desktop delineations through aerial photo interpretation. Other topics to be covered include wetland classification, impact and assess reports, and relative-value assessments. Prior knowledge of soils and vegetation is helpful, but not required.
May 27
starts in 3 days
Online learning, synchronous. With Kristen Andersen
Advanced agrology course with emphasis on clas­si­fi­ca­tion and map­ping of soils. Soil process­es, prin­ci­ples of the Cana­di­an Sys­tem of Soil Clas­si­fi­ca­tion, soil pro­files and diag­nos­tic fea­tures, fac­tors of soil formation and soil-form­ing process­es, soil sur­vey pro­ce­dures, and uti­liza­tion of exist­ing spa­tial infor­ma­tion to sup­port soil map­ping at a detailed scale are covered. A manda­to­ry field trip to collect data for the map­ping exer­cis­e is required; students need to be fit for duty. Pri­or knowl­edge of soil sci­ence is strongly recommended for this course.
April 30
already started
Online learning, synchronous. With Konstantin Dlusskiy
The practice of hydrogeology as generally applied in Alberta is presented. The course begins with the basics of groundwater flow, groundwater chemistry, and characterizing groundwater. The principles of groundwater contaminated site assessment, site conceptual models, and groundwater remediation will then be introduced along with regulatory considerations. Regional groundwater flow and its manifestations, aquifers and water wells in Alberta, groundwater resource evaluation, vulnerability, modelling, groundwater-surface water interaction, and implications of climate change will be explored.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.

  • 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
Funding source
Eligibility
Amount
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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.

$250+
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
N/A
HRDF 

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

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep
                                                                                                                                       

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