Certificate in Renewable Energy
This 1-year part-time course will address the fundamental principles of renewable energy technologies and will bring learners through the basic mathematical, scientific and engineering principles. This course is also available in online mode.
Important notice about this course
This course is also available in online mode. Here students must attend the first lecture and all prescribed site visits during the course. Other lectures will be recorded and made available online.
This 1-year part-time online course will address the fundamental principles of renewable energy technologies and will bring learners through the basic mathematical, scientific and engineering principles.
The course will address the fundamental principles of renewable energy technology and will bring learners through basic mathematics, science and engineering principles as they relate to renewable energy. Participants will be encouraged to apply knowledge gained to their own environment or situations. This course is also available in online mode. It is also now eligible for Engineers Ireland Continuing Professional Development.
Students will study the following topics:
- Introduction to Energy, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
- Solar Hot Water Systems, Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems and Heat Pumps
- Biofuels - Wood energy, Biodiesel and Bioethanol
- Wind Energy – Large and Small Scale Wind Power Systems
- Water energy – hydropower, ocean and tidal energy sources
- Energy project – applying the knowledge to a local or regional situation
One evening per week over 26 weeks (6.00pm–9.00pm) and four Saturdays for laboratory work, site installation visits and a visit to the DkIT wind turbine. While in-person attendance is required for the first evening and the laboratory work, the remaining classes are delivered in both online and in-person formats synchronously, and a student may attend classes by either method at their convenience. All classes are recorded and class recordings may be accessed by the students for the duration of the programme.
Ireland's energy sector now ranks alongside pharmaceuticals and information technology as one of the key growth sectors of the Irish economy, with growth being driven by organisations themselves as they seek innovative solutions to the challenge of reducing carbon emissions, improving energy efficiency, and security of supply.
Participants on this course can be generally defined as being involved in the application of techniques and procedures to the solution of practical problems in the energy and environmental sector.
Graduates from this course will be able pursue careers in the workplace as:
- energy system designers
- energy system auditors or consultants
- system developers and operators
Total course fee: €950
Application Fee: €50 (non-refundable if you are made an offer of a place)
Accept Offer Fee: €100 (non-refundable)
Instalment 1 = €325 is payable by 31st October
Instalment 2 = €475 is payable by 28th February
The entry requirement is an overall pass of the Irish Leaving Certificate or equivalent examination. Recognition of Prior Learning criteria may also be applied to applicants.
Non-standard entry will be decided by a course board of approvers. Applications will be assessed on a first come, first served basis.
The course is directed at those who are interested in becoming familiar with the subject areas of renewable energy. It will be of particular interest to the following groups:
- Professionals involved in selling and installing renewal energy technologies in businesses and homes
- Construction-related professionals and trades looking to upskill or change careers have found it a useful addition to their CV
- Environmental scientists eyeing the renewable energy market as a career option are also keen to have the qualification under their belt
Thomas Kelly (Lecturer)
Dr Paul MacArtain (Head of Department of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering)
|Course Type||Flexible & Professional|
|Starting Date||Wednesday 27th September at 6.00pm|
|School||School of Engineering|
|Department||Electronic and Mechanical Engineering|
|Awarding Body||Dundalk Institute of Technology|
How To Apply
Apply Directly to DkIT
Apply directly to DkIT using our online applications system. Please remember to upload the required documentation (scanned copies of your existing qualification(s) and your CV) with your online application to expedite your academic assessment. To avoid disappointment early registration is recommended.