CU-Boulder Offers Renewable Energy Certificate for Online Distance Learners and Working Professionals

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CU-Boulder’s renewable energy certificate is available for online distance learners, non-degree-seeking students, and working professionals of all levels who are looking for new careers or leadership positions in the field of renewable energy. This graduate-level certificate program provides an in-depth study of renewable energy technologies, policies, and business.

Renewable energy certificate

Those completing the three-course program earn a professional renewable energy certificate, granted by the Graduate School of the University of Colorado Boulder.

'What sold me on the program is the mix of technology, business, and policy courses,' said Brett Landin, a current student and a principal engineer at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado.

The University of Colorado Boulder, together with the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), is offering a graduate-level renewable energy certificate for online distance learners, non-degree-seeking students, and working professionals interested in gaining insight into the renewable energy industry. Those completing the three-course program receive nine graduate-level credits and earn a professional certificate granted by the Graduate School of the University of Colorado Boulder, a Tier 1 research institution. Applications are now being accepted for the spring 2013 semester.

Courses are offered both online and in person, and are taught by CU-Boulder faculty who are accomplished scholars and teachers, and have many years of experience in the energy industry.

“Our professional certificate program is an extension of CU-Boulder’s successful graduate energy certificate that we’ve been offering for several years,” said Paul Komor, Ph.D., who directs the program and teaches courses in energy technology and policy. Komor shared in the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The three required courses for the renewable energy certificate are the same core courses that the graduate certificate requires. Furthermore, these courses are designed to be accessible to both technical and non-technical students. Those interested in applying need an undergraduate degree from an accredited academic institution and should be comfortable reading and writing in English, writing a term paper, and doing basic math.

“What sold me on the program is the mix of technology, business, and policy courses,” said Brett Landin, a current student and a principal engineer at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado. “This mix of courses provides an in-depth introduction to the three fields that are key to understanding the renewable energy landscape,” he said. “I really appreciate the ability to take the class as a distance student to accommodate my work schedule, while being able to stop by office hours and work with other students in the class.”

It takes one to two years to complete the professional renewable energy certificate, depending on when during the year one starts the program. Though not required, it is recommended to start in the spring with the first course, RSEI 5000 Energy Science and Technology, taught by Keith Stockton, Ph.D. The second course, RSEI 5001 Renewable Energy Policy, taught by Paul Komor, Ph.D., is offered in the fall semester, and the third course, RSEI 5002 The Business of Sustainable Energy, taught by Steve Lawrence, Ph.D., is offered in the spring semester. Each course is a regular, full-semester course. Summer online “library” courses, which are pre-recorded lectures, are also available and can be taken to expedite the completion of the renewable energy certificate program.

To register for the spring 2013 semester, visit http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1019270.

Contact energy_certificate (at) Colorado (dot) edu with questions.

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