Course code: HE20546V01

Undergraduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Engineering

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Overview About this course

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.

Course duration

6 months full time or 1 year part time

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

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

Course outcomes

Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

  • Graduate with an Undergraduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Engineering (AQF 5)

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

Suitability Is 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.

  • 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

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 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.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Electrical Engineering Technician

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.

  • 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.

    3,000 workers

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

    43 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.

    43 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.

    Very high

  • Gender share

    4% 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: 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.

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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.

Subjects Subjects in this course

Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 4 subjects (40 credit points) made up of 4 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.

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