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. The Undergraduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Engineering is a fantastic course for those wanting to fast-track their learning or gain credit for half of the Diploma of Renewable Energy Engineering. Learn about technologies paving the way in the renewable sector with a focus on practical energy storage systems (battery, hydrogen and pumped hydro) as well as photovoltaic (PV) systems.
3 years full time or 6 years part time.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Analyse and measure basic circuits using a variety of techniques
Design and apply Energy Storage Systems in both renewable and non-renewable energy supply systems
Research, design and implement a grid connected photovoltaic (PV) system with energy storage
Produce electrical circuit simulations
Measure solar PV panels in practical laboratory classes
Calculate energy output and monetary payback
Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market
Graduate with an Undergraduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Engineering
Eligibility to apply for Clean Energy Council Grid-connect Design Only accreditation (provisional)
Recognition of prior learning if you choose to continue on to study the Diploma of Renewable Energy Engineering
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
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
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.
Attend a pre-admission interview where you may also be asked to complete a short literacy and numeracy task - this helps us to understand how we can support your study success and provide you with any necessary support.
Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer
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 science, technology, engineering, design and mathematics
A personal computer or laptop to access study materials and complete your assessments. You can access this equipment on campus, however, it is highly recommended you have your own equipment available.
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.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Electrical Engineering Technicians conduct tests of electrical systems, prepare charts and tabulations, and assist in estimating costs in support of Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technologists.
Other jobs include: electrical engineering design officer, designer in an engineering team, provisional grid connect solar designer, technical sales in solar PV industry, technical support in renewable energy industry, design officer, technical officer and engineering officer.
Once you have completed the Undergraduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Engineering you will be eligible to apply for your provisional Grid-connect Design Only accreditation issued by the Clean Energy Council (CEC) . This accreditation is for individuals who want to design solar systems that are connected to the grid. It is not compulsory, but it 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.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
Alternative pathways into this course
Advance your skills to take your career to the next level
Strengthen your expertise and expand your employability
The Undergraduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Engineering does not have any related courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning (https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/recognition-credit-transfers) or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 4 subjects (40 credit points) made up of 4 core 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.
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