Course code: HE20552V01

    Diploma of Renewable Energy Engineering

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    OverviewAbout this course

    In the Diploma of Renewable Energy Engineering, you’ll gain a broad understanding of the industry, with a focus on key technologies in the renewable energy sector, their design and Australia’s transition into green energy. Learn about the renewable energy industry and how to design, develop and implement renewable energy systems and technologies to create a more sustainable future for ourselves and generations to come.

    Develop a strong understanding of the foundations of engineering practices, energy storage systems and photovoltaic (PV) systems, and build industry-targeted skills in maths, physics and programming. Graduates of this course are eligible to apply for provisional Clean Energy Council (CEC) accreditation. Students who have completed the TAFE NSW Diploma of Renewable Energy Engineering may receive up to 48 credits (effectively one year of study) with recognition-of-prior learning when progressing a pathway to the UTS Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree. More information can be found via TAFE NSW Credit Transfer.

    Course duration

    1 year full time or 2 years part time

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    International students

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

    Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

    • Effectively communicate the benefits and challenges of renewable energy technology

    • Apply the physical science and mathematics of renewable energy engineering

    • Communicate the basic design, installation and maintenance issues that affect renewable energy systems operators

    • Identify, analyse and develop renewable energy solutions for clients using engineering tools and techniques

    • Evaluate the risks, benefits and energy consumption data of renewable energy options in different contexts

    • Operate within legal and regulatory frameworks and follow industry standards to meet compliance requirements and ensure public health and safety

    Course outcomes

    Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

    • Graduate with a Higher Education Diploma (AQF 5)

    • A strong support network of peers and teachers

    • Eligibility to apply for Clean Energy Council Grid-connect Design Only accreditation (provisional)

    • This course has been accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

    SuitabilityIs this course right for you?

    Entry requirements

    This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

    You must demonstrate that you have achieved one of the following:

      • A NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent or
      • A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent or
      • A completed certificate IV or higher vocational qualification

    You must also

      • Have mathematics knowledge to HSC level or equivalent before entering this course, or you may be required to undertake a bridging program or preparatory maths course. All students will submit a skills assessment questionnaire to test their maths capabilities.


      • Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer

    Entry recommendations

    To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

    • A strong desire to design and innovate renewable energy sources and energy storage systems

    • Passion for renewable energy, sustainability and the environment

    • An interest in design, science and mathematics

    You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.

    If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.

    Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.

    TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like:

    Electrotechnology and Telecommunications Trades Workers

    Electrotechnology and Telecommunications Trades Workers assemble, install, test and repair electrical appliances, networks and circuits, electronic systems and equipment, lifts, refrigeration and airconditioning equipment, electrical distribution networks, and telecommunications equipment

    • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


    • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

      74,500 workers

    • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

      38 years

    • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


    • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

      44 hours

    • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.


    • Gender share

      2% female

    • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

      Moderate Growth

    Other jobs include: designer in an engineering team, provisional grid connect solar designer, technical sales in solar PV industry, technical support in renewable energy industry and design officer.


    Once you have successfully completed the Diploma of Renewable Energy Engineering you will be eligible to apply to the Clean Energy Council (CEC) to for your provisional Grid-connect Design Only accreditation. This accreditation is for individuals who want to design solar systems that are connected to the grid. It is not compulsory, but is a popular pathway for people who want to enter the industry. Visit the CEC website for more information on how to apply for provisional accreditation, and how to upgrade to full accreditation.

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    The Diploma of Renewable Energy Engineering does not have any pre-requisite courses.

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    Your experience counts

    At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning ( or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

    SubjectsSubjects in this course

    Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 8 subjects (80 credit points) made up of 8 core subjects.

    Core Subjects

    Elective Subjects

    Note: Some courses offer the opportunity to choose subjects from the complete suite of Higher Education electives that are delivered by TAFE NSW. Once you’ve enrolled, contact your Course Coordinator to discuss tailoring your course to align with your interests and goals.

    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities and support

    TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

    • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

    • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

    • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

    • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

    • TAFE NSW Libraries

    • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

    • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

    • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

    • Student associations – get social with our student community

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